After a 45 minutes smooth ride, we fronted the hotel reception and greeted by our names as their usual suspect for such “early arrival”, we were pleased that the registration was brief and precise in order for us to crash in before we could wake up in one of this signature properties of the Mandarin Oriental hotels for the epitome of cosmopolitan living in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city.
Mandarin Oriental groups of hotels now has a record of 15 hotels with Forbes travel Guide Five Star Awards and a revisit is always made better by the presentation of something new. One of the many highlights of this stay was the recently renovated indoor/outdoor sports and leisure floor on level 3 as well as the gym, Spa and the adjacent poolside Aqua Restaurant & Bar (guest rooms to follow). With such a complete makeover that bodes well for the future direction of this Kuala Lumpur landmark, there is no question that you would want to spend more time to enjoy such provided facilities with such major updated refurbishment.
The gym is superbly broken up into different sections with a partial use of lattice screens to define different spaces and it is easier to determine where you want to start your work out and the brand new exercise equipment/machines will ensure you don’t forget any muscle group. We should also highlight that the view is sensational, overlooking KLCC Park, so motivation should not be an issue.
It really has been transformed from good to very chic, with the cabanas mixed up in different positions and some allowing you to watch the pool action while enjoying the spectacular city skyscraper views. Others quietly tucked away to the rear of the pool deck for more privacy and some tranquility in the shade with less noise and disturbance.