Southeast Asia is a true melting pot of history, culture, tradition and experience, with the capital of Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur (KL) – a great example.
While Malaysia was once a British colony, influences from China, India and other European nations mean the country has its own unique blend and feel. As such, whether you use KL as a stopover towards Europe or a weekend escape, 48 hours in this magical city can refresh your senses and offer a touch of class around every corner.
To help you plan your 48-hour KL luxury holiday, we spoke to one of our expert Travel Managers, Symonne Shenker, who knows the best ways to beat the clock.
Business or Economy
On a direct flight from Melbourne, you are looking at a flight time of around 8.5 hours – a considerable journey of 6,360 kilometres. Therefore, you could consider the benefits of flying business class with Malaysia Airlines, starting your luxury holiday off in true style.
Symonne says business class is often considered too expensive, but depending on the season, you can get a great deal on Malaysia Airlines. This service starts right at Melbourne Airport, when you can enjoy the Golden Lounge – food, beverages and entertainment options before you depart.
The real beauty of business class starts on-board. Configured 1-2-2, each business class seat features ample legroom and easily reclined seats allowing you to sleep the flight away. Alternatively, you can enjoy the in-flight entertainment on your personal screen – with access to more than 100 hours of movies, TV shows and music.
As for the fine dining, you’ll be hard pressed to get a better meal at 37,000 feet. With 25 meal options that you can book in advance, Malaysia Airlines go above and beyond for nourishment, enabling you to enjoy a great meal alongside some of the best beverages from around the world.
Business class is certainly accessible to more travellers than ever. If you are interested in learning more about how it can fit around your budget, Symonne is more than happy to discuss your options.
Hotels with a difference
With only two nights to enjoy Kuala Lumpur, hotel selection is key – ensuring that you enjoy a comfortable, fun and enjoyable stay. KL is well known for its luxury hotels, but Symonne believes there is certainly a top four. All are in close proximity to the world famous KLCC Park and downtown KL.
The Westin Kuala Lumpur – Symonne stayed at this hotel in June and described it as a 10/10 experience from check-in to departure. With fantastic deluxe rooms offering all the modern features that you’d expect and an expansive pool, The Westin is a great choice. Of course, its position across the road from first-class shopping at the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur only improves the experience.
JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur – If you are part of the Marriott International Group, then you may choose the JW Marriott Hotel – next door to The Westin. Another high-end luxury hotel, with outstanding rooms and access to the famed business and shopping districts of KL.
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur – To the north of KLCC Park sits the InterContinental, a beautiful hotel close to the Petronas Towers. In the heart of the city, this hotel combines elegant hospitality with traditional Malaysian culture – ideal for both luxury and business guests.
Mandarin Oriental – Directly overlooking KLCC Park, the Executive Park View Rooms at the Mandarin Oriental offer a unique perspective on KL – right from the comfort of a five-star room. This hotel is ideally positioned for quick rail access to downtown.
Day one in KL – What should I do?
Symonne recommends that first time visitors check out the Petronas Towers – twin 88 floor, 451 m high skyscrapers. Head up the Sky Bridge next. It’s an enclosed bridge that stretches from one to the other where you can soak up the enthralling view – you won’t be disappointed. Of course, the modern building is also home to high-end shops and restaurants.
After you’re back on the ground, head south to Bukit Bintang – the heart of the shopping and entertainment district in KL.The indoor, outside atmosphere is home to markets, food stalls, shopping centres, live music. Symonne recommends an afternoon trip to Bukit to watch the busy KL life fly by!
Day two in KL – What should I do?
After a relaxing night in comfort, start your last day in the jungle, without having to leave the city. KLCC Park is a 20-hectare public area with ornamental water features, lush trees and beautiful flowers – a perfect spot for a stroll after breakfast.
If you have worked up an appetite, Symonne suggests Chinatown. However, if you want to see the best bits of Chinatown in a short timeframe, Simply Enak Food Experience Walk can help. Joining a group is a great way to sample all the local cuisine, interact with the locals and enjoy a relaxing tea – just make sure you avoid the afternoon heat!
To end your whirlwind 48 hours in style, check out the Heli Lounge Bar – helipad by day, bar/restaurant by night. With expansive views over the city, enjoying a cold beverage while watching the sunset behind the Petronas Towers can cap off a great couple of days in this special city.
If you would like to start planning your own luxury trip to Kuala Lumpur, feel free to reach out to Symonne Shenker today or phone 1800 FLY FBI.