Looking back on our boutique hotel stay at the Villa Samadhi, Kuala Lumpur the one way we could sum up the entire experience really is the word “Samadhi”. It’s actually a state of meditative consciousness in Buddhism, but in India we use the word loosely to mean sanctuary. And that’s just what Villa Samadhi was.
Initially we were concerned about the location. It is a bit cut off from the Malls and the action of Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) But once we got in, and realised how easy it was just to get a cab and ride the 10 minutes into town, and we saw how wonderfully quiet and cut off this upscale residential area was, we were thrilled. Surrounded by embassies and consulates, this area was well lit, safe and full of manicured lawns. We saw the beautiful entryway of the Villa Samadhi and entered a world of calm.
Within the Villa Samadhi, Kuala Lumpur
To the right across from the porch was a giant Buddha statue, with flower garlands draped around his neck and incense sticks burning at his feet. We got out of our car and climbed these large stone steps (with waterfalls on either side) and entered the dark wooden doors into a quiet wood-floored reception. One that opened into a terrace with daybeds overlooking the pool. We jumped at the cold towels and refreshing ginger tea as we waited for our room to be readied. We logged into the Wifi using the passwords on permanent plaques sitting there. (Imperative for travel bloggers). It was 7 am and they had our room ready for an early check in, as well as orange juice to wake us up. The people at Villa Samadhi had us smiling already.
We padded up the stone and wood stairs trying to mimic the silent hush around us, to our room. The door was wooden with a plank for a lock, across from a beautifully stark red Chinese chest. We entered an air conditioned cocoon, with stone floors, black walls, wooden accents and hanging lamps. A welcome letter rolled in a bamboo tube, as well as some dried prunes (a local delicacy) sat on a tray on the bed.
Inside, the room echoed Asian accents, and had a very oriental yet tropical island feel to it. Especially the daybed in a cove by the window, where we spent some time lazing and flipping through magazines, planning our itinerary etc. Sitting here, we could hear the sound of the waterfall pattering and gushing outside. That really helped add to the whole tropical holiday vibe. The bed was high, and Charles laughed each time I had to do a little Olympic high jump to climb in every night. But it was incredibly comfortable. Now when I think back to that night, when I was burning with fever (possibly the fatigue of this whirlwind trip) and Charles was burning the midnight oil on his laptop, it was that comfortable bed that held us together.
Beyond the dressing room (with its large cane basket for a laundry hamper) sat a tropical rainforest bathroom. The reason I call it that was because the little window had bamboo bars across it. So while showering inside, standing under the rain-shower, you really did feel like you were in a tropical rainforest, surrounded by bamboo trees. I loved the rustic black interiors, and the ginger scented shower gel and lotion. Definitely the most unique and special bathroom amenity I’ve come across.
Villa Samadhi discourages children. That itself, was music to our ears. As frequent travellers, there are two things we try to avoid- loud rowdy backpackers and loud cranky children. (This is in no way a sweeping discrimination of backpackers and children in general, we’ve met a lot of well behaved ones too). But we were glad to have a quiet, adults only zone to retire to at the end of the day. Given the all wood interiors and heritage nature of this old structure, Villa Samadhi has no-smoking rooms. We were in a way glad to be pushed into stepping outdoors every time we wanted to light up. Except in the middle of the night.
Breakfast was served at the in-house restaurant Mandi Mandi at the back of the property. We took ours outdoors, at the poolside, as we listened to the chirping of the birds, rustling of the leaves and ripple of water. All the while tucking into crepes, bagels, omelettes and smoothies.
Villa Samadhi also owns a couple of other resorts across the SEAsia region; but they also have two great restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, at which meals are included in their package. Check out our review of a meal at Tamarind Hill [coming soon].
Have you stayed at any property that completely enveloped you in a cocoon cutting you off from the hustle and bustle of the city?
Villa Samadhi, No. 8, Jalan Madge, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
T +603 2143 2300
Doubles from Rs. 11,000/-
All information is true as of December 2014 when we visited Kuala Lumpur. Thanks to Villa Samadhi for making this post possible. Views and opinions as always, are our own.