SITTING in the lobby of The Westin Kuala Lumpur, all I could think of was how much I needed a place to lie down.
The lobby was packed, but thanks to a speedy check-in process, I was soon heading up to my room.
The minute the door closed behind me, I immediately flopped onto the famed Westin Heavenly Bed. Soft and comfy, it was indeed a welcome respite after a long day.
I then spied a tube of Sleep Well Lavender Balm on the nightstand. Curious, I read the packaging and was pleasantly surprised to find that it helps guests drift off into a good night’s slumber. Even better, the balm’s light smell didn’t irritate my nose.
Westin follows the Six Pillars of Well-being – Sleep Well, Move Well, Eat Well, Feel Well, Play Well and Work Well – to provide an unforgettable stay for guests. As such, the hotel considers itself a wellness hotel.
Its beautifully-landscaped swimming pool is a saltwater one, which is kinder to the skin and hair. Families can swim without any worries about chlorine in the water.
There is also a separate wading pool for children to play safely, while adults get to relax in the pool’s partially-submerged lounging corner and order drinks from Splash, the poolside bar.
Even if guests cannot find the time to experience the hotel’s in-room spa service during their stay, they can still enjoy a Heavenly Spa experience – thanks to the White Tea Bath & Body range of toiletries placed in the spacious bathroom of each room.
Breathing in the faint scent of white tea and aloe immediately puts the mind and body in a calm and relaxed mode, and the hotel room’s Heavenly bathrobe kept me warm and feeling pampered after a good bath.
Eating and moving well
When it comes to food, the options at the hotel are vast, ranging from true Italian food at Prego to authentic Chinese cuisine at Five Sen5es, and breakfast at The Living Room or the Westin Club Lounge.
There are also healthy meal options for both adults and children in the in-room dining menu, specially planned by experts.
To wind down, head over to 443 Bar Lounge to sample craft beers and cocktails. The seductive bar is rich in history, and the bartenders will happily regale you with tales of the lounge’s colourful and glorious past.
You’ll want the night to last forever as you sink into a plush leather armchair with a good drink in hand.
Guests can also stay on track with their fitness regime, thanks to the hotel’s well-equipped gym and workout programme, which give guests really no excuse to skip their workout during their stay.
Forgot to pack your gear? You can rent New Balance gear for a fee through the WestinWORKOUT Gear Lending Programme.
This includes shoes and socks. For hygienic purposes, insoles are changed after every use, and the socks are yours to keep.
RunWESTIN is a complimentary and guided workout programme for those wanting to take their exercise to the streets. Led by a Running Concierge, guests go on a 5km scenic run to the KL City Centre park.
Once you return to the hotel, you’ll be welcomed with a fresh towel or cold, bottled water.
Those who prefer to workout on their own can use the WestinWORKOUT rooms where all the equipment you need is provided.
An escape for the young
Upon check-in, little ones are given a Westin Family Travel Journal and a Local Activity Guide. This helps the whole family explore the city while enjoying fun activities.
Children aged two to 12 years can spend hours playing in the Westin Kids Club. Other than enjoying the mini playground, they get to build their own world with Duplo blocks, various toys and a train set.
They can also enjoy some fun children shows on television. For solitary activities, there are plenty of storybooks to read or they can unleash their creativity through art and craft activities such as colouring, origami and moulding things out of playdough.
All in, The Westin Kuala Lumpur truly ensures guests have the best stay throughout their holidays. I definitely went home feeling refreshed!