The Luxe List 2018: W Kuala Lumpur

Design motifs reference rain forest and multiculturalism, with playful pops of pink and green ensuring things are kept fun and funky.

Design motifs reference rain forest and multiculturalism.

From an intimate tented camp in the green foothills of Bali to a converted 19th-century Jesuit retreat in Tamil Nadu, our editors and reviewers have roamed the Asia-Pacific region to bring together DestinAsian’s annual collection of the year’s top hotel openings. Read on to discover which new properties stood out from the rest in terms of service, setting, amenities, and a singular sense of style.

Another new hotel and residential tower to put down stakes near the Petronas Twin Towers, the 150-room W brings its brand’s cheeky yet sophisticated stamp to the Malaysian capital. Design motifs reference rain forest (bamboo-inspired chandeliers; streaming LED lights that mimic waterfalls; tree-bark patterns) and multiculturalism (pixelated batik artwork; lamps resembling the beaded bracelets made by orang asli, the Malay Peninsula’s indigenous inhabitants), with playful pops of pink and green ensuring things are kept fun and funky.

Another new hotel and residential tower to put down stakes near the Petronas Twin Towers, the 150-room W brings its brand’s cheeky yet sophisticated stamp to the Malaysian capital.

As with other W properties, there’s a glam Woobar, a poolside Wet Bar, and an Away Spa, which here occupies an entire floor. At Flock restaurant, live stations cook with an all-star line-up of ingredients from local farmers and artisans, while Yen features contemporary (albeit pork-free) Cantonese dishes—try the wagyu short ribs slow-cooked in hua diaorice wine. Coming up: A members-only club called Wicked.

60-3/2786-8888; marriott.com; doubles from US$205.

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2018: W Kuala Lumpur”).

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