Malaysia has so much to offer a visitor in its abundant natural beauty that you would wonder why a tourist would detour from the rain forests and coastal beaches to a busy metropolis but many do, and once you come to Kuala Lumpur you can get an idea why. KL, as it is known, is a fascinating mix of Chinese, Malay, and Indian cultures with rich, lively traditions. This loud, sprawling city stretches over a large area, and rather than having one discrete center it has several. Most visitors tend to head to the Golden Triangle which is the home of the great towers, hotels, and restaurants in this thriving multicultural metropolis.
To get a sense of the Malay culture that underlies all this fast-paced modern development, you could do no better than to book into The Royale Chulan which is a 5-star hotel in the heart of Bukit Bintang. This hotel, which is 45 minutes from the airport, stands out among all the high-rise generic glass towers.
It is based on the traditional design of a Malay palace with grand dimensions and architectural gestures. The interior does not disappoint. It is sumptuous from its polished marble floors and staircases to the crystal chandeliers above. The aim of the hotel is to provide guests with a lush haven to retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Accordingly, the service is excellent with friendly and very obliging staff.
This generosity of The Royale Chulan’s intention can be seen in the rooms themselves, which are beautifully large. From the premier rooms through to the Royale club rooms, everything is on a grand scale. There are ginormous beds with magnificent, traditionally carved bedsteads, private bathrooms with rain showers, and sliding full-length opening glass windows giving a sense of spaciousness.
To give yourself a real treat, it really is worth upgrading to a club room with a lounge and dining area. The top-level rooms have views of the modern skyline including the iconic Petronas Towers. Many of the rooms are connecting making group or family stays a breeze. WiFi is free in all rooms and public areas.
The Royael Chulan also has a good range of dining options with a delicious breakfast buffet and open kitchen dining throughout the day at the Warison. There is fining dining available in three restaurants. The Bunga Emas specialises in traditional Malay cooking while the Tai Ping provides contemporary Chinese cuisine. Those looking for haute cuisine will find it at L’Heritage.
The Lanai Lounge is located in the beautiful foyer of the hotel to meet friends for drinks and high tea. If you want to cool off in the tropical heat, then head to the large outdoor swimming pool where you can laze the day away in one of the shaded lounge chairs.
The lively Bukit Bintang area is thick with malls and restaurants, and some of the best shopping in the neighborhood is just minutes away. The heat means that mall shopping really is the only sensible option for some, and there are plenty to chose from.
The Starhill Gallery is not the largest mall, but it is one of the most high-end with 7 themed floors—Feast, Indulge, Adorn, Explore, Pamper and Muse. All the famous names are there including some local labels. A bit farther away is the Petronas Tower complex which has its own substantial shopping kingdom at its feet.
If you have a head for heights, take the lift to the 86th floor and get a perspective of this vast city from the observation deck at almost 452 meters. Alternatively, you could get off at the 41st and 42nd floors and walk across the much-photographed skybridge and gaze down upon this city on the move.
An excellent location, friendly staff, scrumptious cuisine and grand rooms are just a few of the many reasons visitors will be pleased they chose The Royale Chulan during their visit to Kuala Lumpur.