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Berjaya Times Square Hotel, in Kuala Lumpar is referred to as The Central Park of the city, and when you visit this hotel it's easy to see why - it is nothing but enormous.
The very spacious Berjaya Times Square Hotel, conveniently located in the heart of Malaysia's bustling Kuala Lumpar business district, comprises a hotel area for holidaymakers, as well as residential area. Actually, the Berjaya is really it's own massive oasis; it offers a Spa, basketball court, squash courts, steam room and sauna, and the biggest outdoor pool area in the city (with amazing sky-scraper views) and a gigantic sized Jacuzzi. Inside a restaurant offers cuisines from around the world, the business centre is very central meaning the hotel is perfect for suit travelling, and the hotel has amazingly huge ballrooms and special function rooms - perfect if you're staying for a special ‘do.' For the shopaholics a bargain mall is attached, (access with your hotel swipe card).... and the best part of the hotel (well, I think so) is... a Krispy Crème Donought shop is part of the Berjaya Complex! Watch out all those sweet tooth holidaymakers (that's obviously me, but I bet I'm not the only one.) Luckily, there is also a large fitness centre to work off the extra calories full of weights and cardio machines. And a basketball court if you fancy shooting some hoops.
Your comfortable room will be air conditioned, have amazing city views that come alive at night with thousands of lights, and be nicely and modernly furnished. Soft carpet flooring, a firm bed with delightfully soft and large pillows, a relaxing lounge area facing the flat screen TV and a smart desk space are your utilize. The bathroom is notably large, with a ‘his' and ‘her' WC, and a large bath for that well deserved relaxing bubble bath at the end of a city sightseeing day.
Foods wise, you can order in-room dining, enjoy one of the many restaurants (all named with a noticeably NY theme: Big Apple, Broadway, 7th Avenue) or the cocktail bar, and complimentary breakfast is served daily.
There are baby-sitting services for those traveling with kids, but also a huge kids playground near the pool, the kind you would find in any park - like perhaps NY's Central Park. All this hotel is missing really, is a coffee shop named Central Perk, and the cast of ‘Friends' - so best to bring your own on a holiday and you'll never need to leave the complex, everything is at your fingertips.
The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Malaysia's capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is an esteemed experience where those lucky enough to experience will tell you a stay here can have you mistakenly thinking you are of presidential elite status, or then again, perhaps you are...
Located by the most glamorous shopping mall in KL which is the shiny Pavilion, you couldn't ask for a more central location. Here is where the city's hub of life is at play, with millions of malls, eateries, and other five start fancy hotels, all located within the ‘golden triangle' area - which is right where the Ritz Carlton sits.
Walking into your soft-carpeted room is like coming home to your own first class inner city apartment, Mr or Mrs President. Everything about the room exudes a prestigious air. Large modern and comfortable sofa lounges set to a high status stylish décor, a giant flat screen TV (that has multiple channels to choose from,) mini bar and high-tech safety box are all yours for the stay. An enormous and comfortable bed is just begging you to lie in and never emerge, with your head on a million pillows of the softest kind. A glass wall reveals the city of Kuala Lumpur, best seen at night with all the flashing lights. And then the room has extra features, like an iPod docking station, a study area with intercontinental wall plugs and internet access, a large wardrobe including snug dressing gowns and scales (eek) as well as flip flops/thongs/jandals (depending on where you come from as to which word makes sense there) and if you need it (you won't) extra pillows.
Walking into the large marble tiled bathroom is where you are reminded it's the little things that count. Like shampoos and conditioners of the best quality, luxury bath gels and moisturizers - all luxurious branded RC, even the toilet paper has been glammed up with ‘Ritz Carlton' stamps. A huge marble basin presents itself next to a delightfully large bathtub. The bath offers a charming Menu: Honeymooner's Rose Bath, revitalizing Muscle Soak, or My First Bubble Bath for the kids. One glass door will open to your shower with rain-head, the other the WC. A hairdryer is at your disposal and the softest towels, embroidered with the crown and lion RC logo too!
Upon my arrival, I had three knocks at the door.
Door knock one: Hello, I am your Butler. Here are the special features of the room.
Me: Thank you - Yes, I have noticed the room already, did you say my ‘Butler?'
Door knock two: Hi there Ma'am. Just checking everything is ok, here is an evening cookie, oh and the turn down service.
Me: Mmm Cookie.
Door knock three: Hi there Ma'am. Just checking you are ok for everything, and here is a fine selection of exquisite chocolates to enjoy.
Me: Sound of chocolates melting in my mouth.
As well as a personal Butler on call, there are also two housekeeping services a day for your room.
If you are even considering the gym or Spa treatment, don't hesitate. This is a wellness centre you can spend the day in. In fact, The Ritz Carlton suggest their guests who are taking a later flight, do just that - if they have time to kill between check-out and flying. The gym area is very large full of fancy equipment. What I like is the self-spa area. Take some time for yourself in the steam-room, dip in the heated spa tub, laze in the large sauna or relax in the individual peace rooms with couch facing a flat screen.
Head to the Spa Village for complete relaxation before you leave. Passing the pool (great to swim in a tropical setting with a high-rise skyline) you can plunge between the hot pool and cold pool, or laze on a banana bed. Entering the Spa village will have you understanding why it's called a village. Room after room offering massages of all types (I recommend the Malaysian style) or spend some time in an enclave with flooring constructed to vibrate to the sound of a heartbeat as you glance up to a sky of a thousand stars. This spa village is a truly unique experience.
And so is the Ritz Carlton.
The Concorde Hotel's Spices Cafe in Singapore is the best place in town to go for Lobster. Extending the affordable luxury experience boasted by the hotelier brand, you can induldge in a seafood buffet guilt-free. Two words which pretty quickly grab the attention of most people when used together are affordable and luxury. Lusting for lobster?...Let's go to Singapore's Concorde Hotel! The Hotel is located in the heart of bustling Singapore, between Doby Gaut and Somerset MRT (train stations). Don't let the mall you have to walk through to get there deter you, for walking into the lobby is a breath of fresh air. As you are offered a chilled orange juice and escape the heat from outside, turn left for The Spices Cafe. A classic black and white decor frames the centrepiece of the room; buffet galore. A colourful and varied large display of elegant gastronomical treats will have you returning again and again for ‘just one more serving...' The Cafe (more of a fine dining restaurant than a cafe) offers an extensive menu of local and western tastebud tantalisers.
I tried, and completely recommend a seafood night at this eatery, in particular the one called Lobster is Served (Harvest of The Sea dinner buffet. In fact seafood lovers should be prepared to drool... This is indeed an evening where you are treated to a smorgasbord of fresh, succulent seafood, with each diner enjoying half a lobster (200g) cooked to perfection with cheese sauce and black pepper sprinklings. A menu of crab dishes is presented for your selection; my recommendation is the black pepper crab and chili crab - both large servings and tasting of the heavens. Appetizers of freshly shucked oysters, scallops, prawns and mussels, or fresh sushi and sashimi are on offer. An impressive cooking station serves up pasta with salmon, squids, prawns, live mussels and mushroom sauce, roma tomato and wine. Main course options feature salmon quiche, or non-seafood choices like ox-tail for something different. And for desert? A selection of mouth watering choices such as crème brule, pear tart, coffee Bavarian... are you hungry yet?
Top tip - make your booking early as the restaurant closes at 10pm, and four hours easily passes in the fun of choosing ‘what to have next'.
For contemporary upmarket accommodation near Singapore's Chinatown roll your suitcase to Wangz Boutique Hotel, a stylish art hotel. Wangz Boutique Hotel could probably double as an art gallery (with beds,) where hip, and comfort combine to make your stay in Singapore delightfully and inspiringly colourful.
Also located close to Singapore's business district, (in Tiong Bahru to be exact - Singapore's heritage area which is 7 mins to Orchard RD and 25 mins to Changi airport by taxi,) the hotel proudly opened to guests in December 2009. Converted from an historic church owned building with shop housing, now with 360 degrees of a strikingly modern aluminium-clad façade, Wangz Boutique Hotel gleams against the sun - your cabbie won't miss it! Walking inside shows off a vibrant interior flavoured with artworks blending art deco and straits settlement design, set to ambient jazz music. In fact, arriving here is like arriving at an art gallery slumber party, a fashion that continues through all levels of the hotel and dining areas.
The rooms portray a funky urban-retro feel with generous colour use in designer furniture, chic lighting and textured wallpaper features. Ambient music is piped in rooms to complement ambience - with a volume control you'll be listening to French fusions & 50's style jazz sounds. Otherwise utilise an ipod docking station to your own tunes. You can relax in front of a large (37 inch) flat screen TV showing 13 channels with DVD player. A trendy desk area with universal sockets and complimentary high speed Internet is handy if in town for business.
If you're thirsty, there are tea and coffee making facilities and an in-room glass rack for wine and champers (if you missed duty free, alcohol is avail in the mini bar, which also offers complimentary soft drinks.) Make complimentary local calls from the comfort of your Sealy Posturepedic bedding. (Love a good brand!) Soon you will find yourself Lazing around in a terry bathrobe provided with soft slippers on your feet, while perusing the Pillow Menu. Or you might pop down to the fitness centre for a mini workout on treadmill, weights and fitness ball. Back in your room, step into the floor-to-ceiling glassed bathrooms, and lather yourself in Molton Brown bath amenities. Dry off with large soft towels and modern hair dryer, as supplied. A luggage holder lets you rest large suitcases and makes for an easy level when sifting through that suitcase choosing what to wear. Leave you valuables in the electronic safe (which does fit a laptop,) before enjoying an evening on the rooftop bar.
Stepping onto the rooftop bar called Halo is refreshing and dazzling. As you gaze across a panoramic Singapore city skyline, (best seen as the sun sets and into the night,) jazz and bossa nova music play and a cool breeze will likely blow your way in Singapore's predictable high temperatures - if not then the air-con machine will! This is a great spot to try a fruity cocktail (Halo has many modern cocktails, I recommend the Singapore sling.) A large screen for exciting moments like the world cup, (on my visit!) or a jazz night means not only hotel guests will frequent here, - which I think is a nice opportunity for mingling.
Nectar is the restaurant downstairs, serving modern cuisine with Asian influences and are able to serve dishes on the rooftop for something different. But if you prefer the air-con and a quieter ambience, sit in the usual dining location, inside. Surrounded by more colour, imagination is continued in the serving of food. Dishes are creativity presented and of a fine tasting cuisine. I recommend Sirloin of Angus beef fillet in pepper Madeira sauce served with parsley potatoes, vegetable melange & dashed with port wine reduction. For dessert, Molten Lava chocolate cake with earl grey tea ice cream. At breakfast take your complimentary newspaper along to enjoy your complimentary continental breakfast at Nectar Restaurant.
As you dine, you'll no doubt glance at the artworks on the wall - Wangz boutique Hotel actually houses a private collection of art pieces specially commissioned and worth approx $S400000. Artists such as Anthony Tan, Hijran Seyidov (who counts royalty among owners of his works) and P. Gnana (whose art is in the private collections of the President of Singapore, plus the Singapore Art Museum
I recommend a stay at the Wangz Boutique Hotel to sophisticated travellers who fancy a chic moment in a heritage area, and like to look at art of the floral kind.
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