Just four hours away from Hong Kong, Malaysia's capital is the perfect place for exploring and relaxing, and a stay at Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur will make your trip extra special
Who isn’t a fan of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts? Our very own Island Shangri-La features in countless stories on our site because we love it so much, including our Real Housewives of Beverly Hills guide to Hong Kong (it’s where the gals stayed when they were in town, don’t you know?!) Besides that, Lobster Bar consistently makes it on our best bars list and overall, it’s one of our fave staycations in Hong Kong. Not to be outdone, its sister property in Malaysia’s capital, Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, is the perfect urban oasis for exploring the city and some luxurious downtime.
5 reasons Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur gets us
1) Location, location, location!
We love visiting KL, and one of the nicest differences between Malaysia’s capital and HK is the verdant greenery that sits throughout the city. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and stunning trees, Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur is nestled in nature, and we just love catching those feels.
Whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, the hotel is centrally located, making it a great basecamp for exploring. Just ten minutes down the street and you’ll be at the world’s tallest twin tower structure: Petronas Twin Towers. Around the corner, hop on the Hop-On Hop Off bus and see the major tourist destinations, or walk around to Bukit Bintang and enjoy the alfresco nightlife and restaurants.
2) That swimming pool gets us
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Sometimes, being in a city doesn’t really feel like a holiday, but the swimming pool at Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur will have you catching those vacay vibes in no time. Settle in on the loungers and order a Frozen Margarita as you soak in the sun with your fave book. And as you float around, be sure to look up to catch a glimpse of KL Tower.
3) Live your best relaxed life
Loved the pool, but still not relaxed? You must book yourself in for a massage with the team at the spa. Get there early and jump in the mega Jacuzzi before your treatment, then sip on ginger tea before heading through to the rooms. We tried the Urutan Malaysia Couples Massage which included: a lime and mint foot bath, a head massage and a wonderful full-body oil massage – divine!
4) And we’re eating all the food (again)
Let’s be frank. One of the best parts of vacay is overindulging in tasty food treats, and Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur has it all onsite. Sample the best Malay, Indian or Chinese dishes at Lemon Garden, or head up to Shang Palace if you’re missing your Cantonese fare. Our favourite was definitely Zipangu, a classic Japanese restaurant that makes wonderfully fresh sushi and sashimi. The best part? They have a full vegetarian menu that included gorgeous tofu steaks and delightfully crisp tempura.
5) Club lounge goals
We are suckers for a good club lounge, and the Horizon Club at Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur nails it. This lounge is HUGE, with a breakfast selection to match (omelette filled with beef rendang, anyone?!) Enjoy cocktails in the evening or get some work done in their offices, complete with computers. We also really love the beautiful fresh flower arrangements that are scattered throughout, giving the space a modern edge.
Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur 50250 Malaysia, p. (60 3) 2032 2388