I recently had the privilege of experiencing the St Regis KL’s newly-introduced Christmas Staycation with my 15yo daughter and 12yo son. I highly recommend this for families. It was so exciting for both me and my kids and is suitable for all ages of children.
This Christmas Staycation in Malaysia was whimsical and packed with fun and engaging Christmas activities including painting Christmas decorations and nutcrackers; writing a letter to Santa, wax sealing it and posting it in a special letter box; decorating a Christmas tree in our suite; icing decorating gingerbread men and Christmas story time.
These activities were all conducted with my children with our own butler, Alice, who is a gorgeous young woman who relates to kids very well.
A favourite activity was decorating gingerbread houses with a large assortment of lollies in a personal session with a highly-acclaimed pastry chef.
This talented chef also created a high tea for us, where we were each treated to a stand of carefully-curated petite sweet and savoury Christmas-themed delicacies including edible baubles, gift boxes, snowmen and Santas, as well as crab sandwiches, smoked salmon, and caviar.
We had so many special treats delivered to our room, including delicious cups made of cookies to which we added milk.
We were treated to a mouth-water in-suite Christmas feast of Winter Truffle, Oscietra Caviar, Loch Duart Smoked Salmon, and Surf & Turf, which featured Boston Lobster, Black Angus tenderloin – the thickest, juiciest steak – potato terrine, violet artichoke and truffle jus. My 12yo son selected fish and chips from the children’s menu.
The assortment of festive petite desserts included Madagascan vanilla ice cream and cheesecakes, chocolate brownies, red velvet cakes, and chocolates that looked too good to eat.
Arriving at our amazing St Regis Suite we were excited to find a Christmas tree made entirely of chocolate, as well as fresh fruit and a special St Regis gift box filled with activities to keep the kids entertained including a kaleidoscope, pencils, colouring-in activities, bath products, toys, and postcards.
My son was excited to discover a delivery from Santa hanging from a hook outside our suite – a Christmas stocking filled with lollies and quality St Regis teddy bears.
The entire hotel embraced the Christmas spirit with gorgeous decorations throughout, including a Santa-elf-type store with beautiful gift boxes.
St Regis Kuala Lumpur is suited to both the professional and family demographics with a brand-new Kids Club developed near the large rooftop swimming pool.
This pool was a magical sight in the evenings with fairy lights and sweeping views of the KL city landscape. There was also a massive TV screen in the pool televising live sporting events to entertain the men.
The Crystal restaurant opened up onto the pool area, aptly named for its stunning chandeliers and lighting. We enjoyed a three-course dinner here specially prepared by the exclusive chef, the food was sensational.
We enjoyed an extensive, delicious breakfast buffet at the Michelin-selected The Brasserie restaurant. This included fruits, cheeses, cured meats, handmade pastries and cakes, eggs cooked on demand, Asian curries, dumplings, roast meats and the most delectable duck I’ve ever tasted. A la carte was also available which served steak, grilled Turkish sausages, pancakes with berry compote and Nutella and eggs benedict.
There was a juice bar with staff creating personal juice combinations on demand.
The service was top-notch. Staff unpacked our suitcases in the massive dressing room (this was the most spacious I’ve ever seen) and offered to pack our belongings before departure. There was also a complimentary ironing service.
Our St Regis Suite was gigantic and opulent, with classy attention to detail. Christmas-themed balloons were arranged on the king-size bed.
It had a large entry, a powder room and toilet, a large study, dining, and living area with full-length windows that presented majestic views over the city.
There was a separate massage room set up for guests to indulge in private.
The bathroom was stunning – glamorous décor and lighting with a large bathtub that overlooked the city.
The toilet was interesting – a heated seat and digital settings for personal choice in ways to cleanse the backside!
There was 24-hour butler service too.
St Regis is an iconic hotel brand, first developed in New York by stock market mogul John Jacob Astor IV. The historic influence of 1920s New York was infused through the classy décor throughout the premises with black and white images, chandeliers, and old-style glamour throughout.
A penchant for art pervaded the hotel with a large collection of celebrated artists including Andy Warhol, Fernando Botero, and Terry O’Neill.
The hotel included the Astor Bar, an old-school whisky and cigar lounge, which evoked images of 1920s glamour. There was a private circular room in which scenes from the recent popular movie Crazy Rich Asians were filmed.
I had an amazing massage at the Iridium Spa with a very experienced masseuse who incorporated traditional Malay and Chinese acupuncture. She also offered me helpful health advice based on what she could detect was stored in my body.
St Regis is ideally located in the heart of the business district of KL. Access to the monorail was a short walk.
The service provided by this hotel was standout; we were offered local advice for places to visit and shop, and transfers were complimentary.