It’s April. For most of us in Singapore, it signals the end—and start—of a financial year. Which means dealing with taxes and budgets.
Thankfully, we get a reprieve in the form of three public holidays in April and May. They’re pretty short so a relaxing trip to Europe won’t quite cut it, but they’re perfect for an upsized staycation: by which we mean hopping on a one-hour flight to Kuala Lumpur to unwind at one of their hotels.
If you’ve not been in the loop of hotels in Kuala Lumpur, now’s the time to check them out (by checking in to them). These are some hotels in KL that boast amazing views of the city, giving you an excuse to stay in bed the whole day.
Marina Bay Sands, move aside.
1For a Hotel with a Gorgeous Rooftop Bar: Pacific Regency Hotel Suites
This rooftop bar has a 360-degree, unobstructed view of the city, a pool right in the bar, two storeys combining an alfresco lounge and a restaurant… who says you can’t have your cake and eat it? The best part of the bar is its location above 283 suites in which you can stay, so there’s no need to get into your snazziest and worry about getting a cab to the bar, or stumbling your way back to your room after one too many flutes of champagne. Just take the elevator down to your suite and sink into bed: that’s the beauty of staying at the Pacific Regency Suites. The suites are not too shabby either, to put it mildly. This hotel is a destination in itself.
2For a View of the Petronas Twin Towers: Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur
The Mandarin Oriental group of hotels is synonymous with luxury. But what makes this particular property stand out is its location: the Petronas Twin Towers is practically its next-door neighbour. From certain rooms, you might even be able to wave to the people in the towers. Combine this gorgeous view with the signature opulence and impeccable service at the hotel, you’d be forgiven if you remain in the hotel for the entirety of your vacation.
3For a Soothing View of Greenery: Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Like the Mandarin Oriental chain, Hilton is no stranger to lavish furnishings and making its guests feel pampered. Stepping into its room is a dangerous endeavour because you’d never want to leave. This inertia is especially pronounced in its rooms which offer a view of the Perdana Botanical Gardens. From your room’s floor-to-ceiling windows, you can see the lush greenery that envelope the National Museum of Malaysia, the National Mosque of Malaysia, and various other institutions that are based in the gardens; a calm lake offers a serene focal point for you to eyes to rest on. Modern luxury in the room and unspoilt nature right outside it: Hilton Kuala Lumpur offers the best of both worlds for the perfect staycation.
4For an Unbeatable Poolside View: The Face Suites
The concept of The Face Suites is somewhat like a serviced apartment done up with the luxury of a hotel—all of its rooms are stylishly furnished and come with a kitchenette, dining area, washing and drying facilities, and other amenities not typically found in hotels, which makes it perfect for those who really want to remain glued to their room. Even though we approve of this sentiment, don’t forget to visit its rooftop infinity pool, which boasts a stunning panoramic view of the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower. At sunset, the view is particularly magnificent and perfect for your obligatory Instagram selfie.
5For a Dreamy View of the City: Sheraton Petaling Jaya
This hotel is unlike the others on this list because it’s not located in the city centre. But don’t be so quick to dismiss it. It is precisely because of its distance from the city that it affords such a magical view: as conventional wisdom says, with distance comes clarity. And the view from the Sheraton Petaling Jaya gives you that sweeping, expansive view of the beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur, letting you imagine, for a second, that everything the light touches is yours.
To find these hotels and other exciting options in Kuala Lumpur, check out changihotels.com.