COLLECTIVE REPERTOIRE

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Colonial never gets old with The Majestic Kuala Lumpur’s unique experiences.

Words ANIS RAMLI

01 The Afternoon Tea

01 The Afternoon Tea
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The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is an illustrious and genuine historical splendour. True to its original 1930s glamorous spirit as the gathering place of choice in Kuala Lumpur during its heydays before it closed in 1984, the hotel’s sensitively-restored grandiose is a tribute to this rich heritage and hospitality.

The re-opening in 2012 continues not just this celebrated legacy, but reacquaints guests with the hotel’s unique English traditions. As it remains steadfast in being an enduring historical icon, it’s time to consider some of the best Majestic experiences not to be missed.

 

THE AFTERNOON TEA

A tradition that dates back to the 1800s, the revival of pausing for tea and making tea drinking culture fashionable is a signature of The Majestic. Served to perfection daily, the Afternoon Tea experience is further refined with elegant service: traditional cake stand, exquisite array of tea delights customary of the hour, and polished silverware with fine China and white, starched linen napkins. Then, there are the various venues for you to choose to have your tea. The surreal Orchid Conservatory, the classic Drawing Room or the refurbished Colonial Cafe.

 

A SNIP AND A SUIT AT THE SMOKE HOUSE

Private gentlemen’s clubs were once hallowed institutions of the strictly male aristocrats and upper class society. At The Majestic’s Smoke House, while restoring the languorous and refined resting place geared towards English gents, the place provides a sanctuary for discreet networking and fraternal relations. The hushed decor, plush leather chairs and dim lighting are all inspiration from British gentlemen’s clubs where can be found, among others, a private dining room with a Chef on call, a bespoke tailor, a gentlemen’s grooming parlour and a screening room. In this oasis of tranquility, guests can book an appointment at Truefitt & Hill, a full-service gentleman’s barbershop with an extensive service that includes a traditional hot towel wet shave; or request to have a made-to-measure suit crafted to perfection. The Smoke House Gentleman’s Membership allows you to enjoy the privilege of Truefitt & Hill’s Royal Cut Barber Service that can last a year (12 visits), a night’s stay at the Majestic Wing and dining vouchers at Contango, known for its bountiful buffet spread and lively open kitchen concept.

 

SLUMBER IN THE COLONIAL SUITE WING

The Majestic Wing delivers vintage architectural charm for those looking to experience the hotel’s old splendour. The 47 luxurious suites are styled to evoke colonial flashbacks albeit with a hint of Art Deco styling. Clean lines meet dark timber flooring, chrome-clawed bath tubs stand against wooden shutters, while a warm palette upholstery plays to a backdrop of decadent linens. Throw mod-con luxuries into the mix – flat screen TV, free WiFi and a separate vanity area – and the suites make for a sophisticated city break. It’s a study in English hospitality too, with butlers assigned to every suite floor, providing 24 hours assistance.

 

AN ENGLISH REPOSE AT THE MAJESTIC SPA

The award-winning Spa Village brand gets an English twist at The Majestic Spa. Housed in an elegant annexe and styled after Charles Rennie Macintosh’s Willow Tearooms, it literally transports you visually to another world. The extensive treatment menu cues upon the quintessential English feel of manors past, with roses and lavender at the heart of its ingredient. The English Afternoon Tea treatment is a nod to all things sweet and decadent. This luxurious two-hour ritual has a berries scrub made from scratch before the body is treated to a berries oil massage. The fragrant English rose natural facial is a nice touch to the treatment where fresh rose petals prevail. Stressed city folk also opt for the indulgent three-hour Queen Victoria’s Lavender pampering where, under the best hands in the business, you’ll undergo a breathing ritual, have your body scrubbed with lavender buds and have it topped off with a relaxing lavender oil massage. For those looking to make this their regular crash pads, The Majestic Spa Membership gets you 10 complimentary treatments with added extras such as two dining vouchers for 2 at Contango, an overnight stay in the Colonial Suite, 20 percent discount off afternoon tea at the Tea Lounge, and unlimited use of the gym and spa pool.

 

 

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