The RuMa hotel lobby, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Following the success of The PuLi in Shanghai, Urban Resorts Concepts (URC) continues its expansion with a flurry of new openings that includes its debut in Malaysia.

Occupying the first 18 floors of a 37-storey mixed-use skyscraper in Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle neighbourhood, the 253-room hotel has been outfitted by Shanghai-based firm MQ-studio, which has created an urban retreat with local references inspired by the country’s colourful history: latticed patterns dotted throughout are a nod to traditional chequered sarongs; original pillars at the entrance have been salvaged from historic Malaysian homes; and details like the copper ceilings, wall lamps and the grand spiral staircase nod to the country’s tin mining history.

Upstairs, the guestrooms – some with views of the Petronas Towers – feature a colonial aesthetic, with lots of rattan, while a bonsai tree, from the rubber tree species, hints at Malaysia’s rubber industry.

With a sixth floor infinity pool, a spa that has a Truefitt & Hill Barber, round the clock check in and check out, 24-hour butler service for selected suites, access to a complimentary in-room minibar and the freedom to breakfast in any of the hotel’s restaurant, which includes ATAS, a modern Malaysian eatery, there really is no reason to leave. But if you do, KLCC and its array of shops are just across the park.

The RuMa hotel lounge, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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The RuMa hotel bar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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The RuMa hotel entrance, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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The RuMa hotel guest room, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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The RuMa hotel infinity pool, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Lauren Ho is the former travel editor at Wallpaper*. Now a contributing editor, she roams the globe, writing extensively about luxury travel, architecture and design for both the magazine and the website, alongside various other titles. She is also the European Academy Chair for the World's 50 Best Hotels.