The Banyan Tree brand brought its luxury offerings to Kuala Lumpur on July 1, boasting a convenient location in the heart of the Central Business District of Kuala Lumpur and connection to Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and Petronas Twin Towers via a linked bridge.
With its limited room inventory and spacious function rooms, the hotel is set to win the hearts of planners with intimate, high-end gatherings on hand.
The property has 55 rooms, including eight suites, all located between levels 53A and 56. My room on Level 56 offered unobstructed views of the cityâ€™s iconic landmarks â€“ Kuala Lumpur Tower and the Petronas Twin Towers.
Staying true to Banyan Treeâ€™s roots in spa retreats, my room came with an essential oil burner and fragrant incense sticks, as well as a chromotherapy shower which offers seven colour lighting changes and three shower settings â€“ rain, column or cascade settings, each creating a different sensation on the body.
I found these amenities to be very thoughtful and unique among city hotels.
There are three spacious and fully-equipped function rooms, spread across the lobby level and level 53. These warmly furnished spaces can accommodate up to 16 people each in boardroom seating.
These are supplemented and complemented by other flexible venues across the hotel. The dining facilities are versatile and can be used for private gatherings.
For instance, Altitude lounge on level 53 offers a private space that opens up to a partial open-air pool area that is perfect for coffee breaks or cocktail parties with live cooking stations.
Also a gem for event planners is Vertigo, said to be the highest hotel rooftop bar in Kuala Lumpur. Perched on level 59, Vertigo charms with breath-taking views of the city skyline. Naturally, this makes it a great venue for hosting VIPs groups or welcome dinners.
Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur houses four dining outlets â€“ Horizon Grill, a seafood and grill restaurant; Vertigo rooftop bar; Altitude wine lounge; and a bakery.
For active business travellers, there is a well equipped, 24-hour gym, as well as an open-air pool.
Not to be missed is the Banyan Tree Spa, an award-winning chain belonging to the hotel brand. This outlet focuses on a non-clinical and holistic approach based on traditional Asian healing therapies. There are four couple treatment rooms which event planners can use for spouse programmes.