Rest Your Head - W KUALA LUMPUR

Rest Your Head

A sure sign of Kuala Lumpur’s continued growth, the skyline of Malaysia’s sultry capital, once dominated by the Petronas Towers, is increasingly becoming filled with new skyscrapers and high-rise developments. Whilst the Islamic-inspired 88-storey Cesar Pelli-designed buildings are still the world’s tallest twin structures, they will soon be dwarfed by the new Exchange 106 tower once it has topped out in the new fast-rising financial district a dozen blocks away.
A veritable feast for all the senses, visitor numbers to Kuala Lumpur have been steadily growing year-on-year, driven by an interest in the local Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures balanced with a constant drive to be moving at the same speed as the rest of the modern world. This increase in tourists visiting KL has spawned a spurt of new hotel openings, including a swanky St. Regis and a funky Aloft.
Undoubtedly topping the bill in the city’s fashion stakes, and located in the very center of KL just a few minutes’ walk from KLCC, 150-room W Kuala Lumpur opened towards the end of last year, after a delay of many years. Housed on floors 8 through 24 of a 55-storey tower, and fronted by an eye-catching glass and aluminium facade, it was almost certainly worth the wait, not least for the hotel’s WET Deck on the 12th floor which is dominated by an incredible vista of the Petronas Towers.
Views from the guest rooms facing the towers are similarly breathtaking and the hotel really makes the most of its superb position, which affords guests easy access to massive Suria KLCC shopping mall and public transportation facilities. Countless bars and restaurants are also close-by, should you tire of the hotel’s many in-house F&B offerings.
As with all W properties the focus is on flirtatious fun and so a sense of playful decadence is unsurprisingly apparent throughout the hotel. Yet, Veritas Design Group which collaborated with American firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill have struck just the right balance between playfulness and luxury at W Kuala Lumpur, with all of the hotel’s F&B venues being bright, vibrant and slick without being at all tacky.
The hotel’s signature restaurant YEN serves a contemporary take on traditional Cantonese cuisine in a modern-imperial setting.
All-day dining restaurant FLOCK is all about its open kitchen concept, where chefs serve Australian-style farm-to-table dishes made using organic produce, with a focus on sustainability.
WOOBAR is the hotel’s chic all-day meeting place, where inventive cocktails and a vast array of spirits are offered and weekend DJs ramp up the volume.
Helmed by chef patron Emmanuel Stroobant, contemporary French restaurant SAINT PIERRE is privately-owned, but has already earned a Michelin star at its Singapore location, so no doubt KL’s star will follow soon.
Set on the 12th floor of the building, WICKED nightclub is also privately managed, but residents of the hotel are afforded preferential access and the place apparently rocks at the weekends.
Restoring the equilibrium of guests and locals alike is a huge and very good AWAY spa, boasting five treatment rooms, vitality pools, chroma-therapy steam baths and bio infrared saunas. And for those wanting to detox before they party, guests can work out in the hotel’s FIT gym which features an array of state-of-the-art equipment complete with floor-to-ceiling views of the city’s skyline.
Everything one needs to sleep, chill, eat, drink and party is conveniently offered in one uber-fashionable package at W Kuala Lumpur. The danger is, will you ever leave?!