I’m currently sitting at the desk of what I have proclaimed as ‘The Writing Room’ in our bedroom at Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur. It’s an hour until checkout and we just don’t want to leave this luxurious hotel that is nestled in Kuala Lumpur. Being at this intimate resort feels like we’ve discovered a little known tropical retreat a thousand miles away from the hustle and bustle from city life, even though it’s a mere five minutes’ drive from city centre.
The lush retreat is nestled in a quiet residential area. Thatched roofs between palm treetops are in my eye line as I write this and below at poolside are cabanas and a small quirky wooden bridge that connects to a small island in the middle of the swimming pool. There’s also prehistoric looking reptiles, T-Rex and T-Rex JR, – the resident Snapping Alligator Turtles relaxing in a pond. The wildlife at the boutique resort extends to various other fish and turtles that are sprinkled around the resort grounds.
There are 21 rooms of different categories available. On ground level, there are rooms with private terraces that connect directly to the swimming pool via stepping ladders. However, I didn’t feel any bit envious as I loved the privacy that our luxurious room provided as well as the expansive view of the resort from our wooden balcony. To lounge on the seat and people watch from what felt like our own tree house was a relaxing way to while the time away. And when we got too warm, the awaiting massive room was a wonderful place to escape the heat.
The Thai-inspired Room 20 at Villa Samadhi was bigger than our apartment was back in Dublin (I feel I’ve said that a lot over this past year). In addition to the bedroom, the room had its own spacious sitting room which also contained the area I’ve anointed ‘The Writing Room’. The bathroom is just as large and that’s because it contains its very own plunge bath. This automatically switched on between 2pm-5pm and 7pm-11pm.
It’s the touch of that renowned Thai hospitality evident throughout this 5-star property that instils the relaxing vibe. Never before had I been anywhere where turn down came with a night cap of cognac – a wonderful treat to have on the lantern lit balcony, along with the other accompanying scrumptious complimentary snacks.
The food at Villa Samadhi is really good. Delicious in fact, though this shouldn’t be of great surprise considering the same management group that own Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur own the authentic Thai dining experience at Tamarind Hill. The cold buffet breakfast comprises of the usual pastries, fruit, cereal and bread, which you can toast on an unconventional traditional open flamed toaster, and an ala carte menu along with a choice of smoothies. Everything that we tried was tasty so you can’t go wrong, though the Samadhi Healthy Choice was a particular favourite of mine.
Dinner at The Dining Room was highly enjoyable, however, considering that it’s a Thai themed resort, there were very few Thai dishes available, which I was disappointed by because I just love a good Green Curry. Nonetheless, the food was of exceptional quality and from what we tasted, I recommend having the more Western focused dishes rather than the fusion options. The Chicken Satays (RM 52) appetisers were large and succulent and the Duck Ragout with Pappardelle (RM 58) was divine. We ended up sharing (fighting over) that.
It should come as no surprise at all that my favourite event at Villa Samadhi was the Signature Cocktail Happy Hour from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. A daily selection of complimentary cocktails are offered throughout the hour, and they’re extremely well shaken and stirred.
Gorgeous cocktails in taste and presentation, and there’s no limit to how many you can have, though you can only order another cocktail once you have finished the drink you have first (there’s always a catch!).
Because we currently live in Kuala Lumpur (literally a 10min drive away), we never expected to have such a relaxing staycation at the Villa Samadhi. Kuala Lumpur is typically a connecting destination and I recommend Villa Samadhi to any honeymooners who are staying in Kuala Lumpur for a night or two before continuing on their trip. You won’t regret it.
If you’re headed to the east coast of Malaysia, consider their sister property Japamala Resort on Tioman Island. It’s one of the few luxury resorts on the east coast, and boasts the same luxury and Thai hospitality of Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur. It’s also adults-only, so a perfect excuse for a romantic island getaway with sparkling clear waters and palm trees swaying in the breeze.