The Luxe List 2018: Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur

The hotel’s 55 spacious guest rooms are among the city’s best, each elegantly furnished with hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, paintings from contemporary art gallery Taksu, and cool touches like chromotherapy showers and high-tech Toto toilets.

The pool offers stunning views of the Petronas Twin Towers.

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.

Of the handful of five-star hotels that have opened in Kuala Lumpur this year, the Banyan Tree is perhaps the most charming. It occupies the top floors of a tower flanking the southern edge of KLCC Park (the Banyan Tree Residences are on floors below), with just 55 spacious guest rooms that are among the city’s best, each elegantly furnished with hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, paintings from contemporary art gallery Taksu, and cool touches like chromotherapy showers and high-tech Toto toilets.

Bathtubs overlooking the city.

Just as well endowed are the public spaces: Altitude is a glamorous lounge-cum-bar that serves an afternoon tea of sweet and savory morsels (don’t miss the curry broth) to the local hi-so set; cocktail bar Vertigo on level 59 has stunning views over the Petronas Twin Towers; and Horizon Grill, one floor below, is swathed in orange and blue leather furniture, with impeccable service and a terrific selection of steaks.

60-3/2113-1888; banyantree.com; doubles from US$203.

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

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