Alila Bangsar — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Ahead of openings in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Cambodia, the Alila group continues its global expansion with its debut in Malaysia.
Occupying the top seven floors of The Establishment, a mixed-use skyscraper, in Kuala Lumpur’s affluent Bangsar neighbourhood, the 137-room Alila Bangsar hotel has been outfitted by Shanghai-based practice Neri&Hu who, in contrast to the building’s dark façade, has created an urban retreat by imparting its signature low-key aesthetic with lots of slatted timber, marble, understated lighting and custom-designed furnishings in calming white, sun-drenched tones.
On the top three floors are the open-air swimming pool, best experienced at sunrise, and Entier, the modern French restaurant, where chef Masashi Hirouchi works a menu based on nose-to-tail dining with dishes such as the roasted spring chicken in salt crust dough served with chicken fat mashed potato.
If this isn’t your thing, the colourful maze of textile shops, jewellery stores and restaurants of Little India are just a 10-minute stride away.§