Malaysia: Venue update

Hotel development is set to sweep across Malaysia this year, including a trio of new luxury Starwood properties in KL and Langkawi.

St Regis Langkawi
St Regis Langkawi

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced the opening of the St Regis Langkawi hotel to conference and incentive groups in March. The property is the first all-suite resort to open on Malaysia’s 99-island archipelago, coined the ‘Jewel of Kedah’. A total of 85 luxury bedrooms are on offer for C&I groups, including 20 pool suites with cabanas and patio suites.


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The six bars and restaurants in the hotel grounds include the L’Orangerie Signature Restaurant and the Asian-inspired Kayuputi Specialty Restaurant, as well as two bars specialising in wines, whiskies, cocktails and champagne. Meetings can be held in the Astor Ballroom, which is the property’s largest event space and seats up to 300 delegates theatre-style. A further five meeting rooms can host groups from six to 200 delegates.

The luxury Starwood brand didn’t stop there, with the opening of the St Regis Kuala Lumpur hotel in the city’s Sentral Precinct. The new hotel features more than 10,000m2 of private event space and modern features, including its notable LED video wall projection system in the Grand Ballroom. Acting as a LED digital canvas, the projector aims to immerse guests into a virtual reality simulation, providing images and sounds through panoramic displays.

Completing the hat trick of Starwood openings in Malaysia is the W Kuala Lumpur, due to open in March 2018 opposite the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and within easy transfer to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Once complete, the property will offer 1,495m2 of meeting and event space with modern audiovisual technology in each of its seven meeting spaces. Total capacity is set at 150 delegates.

Opening in early 2017 inside the high-rise development, ‘The Establishment’, will be the luxury boutique hotel Alila Bangsar. As well as bringing an additional 127 rooms to central Kuala Lumpur, the property will include an infinity pool and rooftop bar, while the lobby will be situated on the 40th storey promising stunning views of the city. On the ninth floor will be Spa Alila, which will offer treatments inspired by traditional Asian methods.

Also due for completion in 2017 is the highly anticipated Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Located inside a 65-storey tower next to the Kuala Lumpur’s City Centre development, the five-star property will include more than 230 rooms as well as the brand’s luxury private residences and a high-end shopping mall on the ground floor. 

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