What: Villa Samadhi, Kuala Lumpur
Location: Upscale locale ten minutes from the centre of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Rooms: 21 Asian-inspired rooms (spanning 600 to 200 sqft)
How: Fly to Kuala Lumpur airport, and travel 45 minutes by car to Eastern Kuala Lumpur
Why go: Spacious villa-in-a-room in a bustling city, delicious and healthy Indonesian food, indulgent private plunge pool
When: March to September is the best time
luxurious enough to leave me feeling rejuvenated on departure.
Business stopovers are exhausting, more often than not your room is snug, the staff are already planning for their next guest, and no matter how high you turn up your air con you can’t drown out the traffic outside.
Business stopovers don’t have to lack luxury. During a recent trip to Kuala Lumpur, I found the perfect business stopover; close enough to the city that I could get about, and luxurious enough to leave me feeling rejuvenated on departure.
Taking its name from the Sanskrit for journey, Villa Samadhi is a boutique resort located in Kuala Lumpur’s leafy embassy district. As you pass the city’s famous skyscrapers, the hotel’s soaring thatched roof creeps up on you.
The huge bamboo-clad gates shut you away from the bustle of the city next door, and cocoon you in a beautiful boutique resort. The hum of cars is replaced by the sound of waterfalls and the tall streetlights are replaced with lantern-lit paths.
my room felt spacious is an understatement, it felt like an apartment.
The hotel’s 21 rooms are simple and rustic made with black cement and timber used from abandoned ‘kampung’ village houses.
To say my room felt spacious is an understatement, it felt like an apartment.
All the rooms are unique, most boast a heated outdoor plunge bath, a spacious balcony, a rainforest shower, high-plush beds and my personal favourite a dedicated wine fridge. As you’d expect this was complemented by an impressive international wine selection.
The ground floor rooms have room to water access into the blue lagoon – the sparkling epicentre of the hotel.
Each room has all the mod cons, including hair driers, toothpaste, gowns etc, although a mirror in the bedroom would have been ideal, as the bathroom was not air conditioned, and a towel rail in the bathroom would have been useful.
All the rooms are unique, most boast a heated outdoor plunge bath
A real bugbear when travelling away is the sometimes limited and unhealthy food selection. A feather in Villa Samadhi’s cap was the selection of healthy and delicious food. Mandi Mandi, the in-house restaurant, serves traditional and Western-fusion dishes wherever you want to eat them, in a luxury canopy overlooking the pool, in the restaurant or in your room. There is no cut off for breakfast so you can eat at your leisure.
For those that fancy venturing further afield, Villas Samadhi offers a complementary transfer to one of their four restaurants. I visited the magical Tamarind Springs, located in a wooden open-air lodge in a nearby jungle. If the enchanting candlelit walkway entrance doesn’t wow you, then the seared scallops with strawberries or the cinnamon skewered duck just might.
Arriving back at the hotel I had a cheeky nightcap cocktail in the Bambung rooftop bar, before taking a last dip in my salted private plunge pool before drifting off in my kingsize bed.
Forget your city skyscraper and head for something completely different. Villas Samadhi is a luxurious and specious resort in a bustling city, where you can relax and recharge your business brain without compromising on luxury.
Need to know
Visit www.villasamadhi.com.my, prices start from £150 per night for a double room with breakfast. Maiden Voyage members can benefit from exclusive discounts on accommodation and restaurants by contacting [email protected].
About the author
Sara Dawson is a travel blogger and web editor of www.maiden-voyage.com.
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