It would not cross your mind that just 10 minutes from the heart of bustling Kuala Lumpur lies a tropical retreat that exudes serenity and tranquillity. Featuring 21 spacious suites and a lagoon-style pool, Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur is no doubt one of our favourite hideaway spots to unwind in this bustling capital city, yet not forgo being close to the action. You truly get the best of both worlds here.
Here smiling staff go above and beyond to take care of your stay, down to the very last detail. The resort is also exclusive to adults, so you do not need to worry about children interrupting the peace. If privacy, peace and quiet are what you dream of for your honeymoon, this is the place to be. Read on to discover what else is in store for you.
1. Relax in a tropical paradise
Villa Samadhi aims to bring you on a journey that aims to shape, nourish and refresh your mind, body and soul. At the heart of the estate, you will find two comfort zones- the blue lagoon and dining room that sits on its edge. The lagoon, also known as the ‘life-zone’ of the villa, marks a great spot for your morning yoga routine, bask in the sun, or have an afternoon leisure read.
During our visit, we found that being here, being surrounded by the blue waters and lush greenery does have a calming effect on our mind. Also, as there are only 21 suites here, the space is exclusive to only a limited number of guests. The traditional design and woody architecture of the place connected us closer to nature, and we could not imagine for a moment, that we were right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city. When cravings
When cravings arose, we simply head to the circular dining room to delight in local and western cuisine made from local and seasonal produce.
2. Indulge in spacious luxe living
Each of the 21 suites features its own perks. Some come with private terraces and whirlpool tubs and others come with balconies that step right down into the lagoon. One feature they all have in common – each suite is spacious and carefully crafted with a ‘rustic-luxe’ concept. With a design inspired by traditional Malay architecture while preserving its natural surroundings, each crib is accented with raw elements like wood, black cement, stone and bamboo that create a rustic yet sophisticated experience. The result is to have each guest experience a deep sense of peace and connectedness to Mother Nature.
Each suite ranges from 600 sqft to 2000sqft. With the luxury of living space at your disposal, you will feel a sense of spaciousness and freedom like no other. In addition, plush sheets and beddings are provided to ensure a restful slumber. There are a total of 5 room categories – crib, luxe crib, Sarang, luxe Sarang and the loft.
During our visit, we had the pleasure of staying in the Luxe Crib, which came with the exciting whirlpool and a humongous bathroom that spanned the width of a queen-sized bed. However, despite its large size, our stay was accompanied by a sense of cosiness thanks to the warm wood elements, parquet flooring, and bamboo screens. We later found out that the furnishings and fixtures are all made from raw materials specially sourced by the owner from SouthEast Asia! It is no wonder the space retained a sense of organic authenticity.
3. Celebrate love with a unique ‘island’ dining experience
4. Savour delicious Thai & Indochinese Cuisine
One does not visit Villa Samadhi without knowing of its sister restaurant establishments – Tamarind Hill and Tamarind Springs. Tamarind Hill serves up Thai-Burmese styled dishes and Tamarind Springs serves up traditional Indochinese cuisine. If you are looking to indulge your taste buds in some authentic cuisine, simply head over there.
For a Western style of dish, you can also go at the Neo Tamarind that is just located below the Tamarind Hill. Indulge yourself on their pasta and pizza where they combined the European techniques in cooking and the Asian Spices. Other cuisines that they offer are Black Mussels in White Wine, Duck Confi, Black Bamboo Thai Fish Cake Burger and the Tom Yam Goong Pasta.
As fans of Indochinese cuisine, we could not resist paying a visit to Tamarind Springs, for they have many awards and accolades to their name in the 10 years of operation. Helmed by Chef Somkuhan, she ensures to use only the freshest and most authentic ingredients when it comes to her culinary creations. She even once served the King of Siam! Similar to the villa, the restaurant is surrounded by lush greenery and located in a quiet residential spot of Kuala Lumpur. Past an unassuming entrance, you are ushered into an open-air deck that overlooks a garden.
Dishes here are extraordinarily fragrant and delightful. We recommend you try the Deep-Fried Eggplant with Black Bean Crab Sauce (RM32)! It was a delightful experience munching on the thinly sliced eggplant chips, covered in a thick sauce and garnished with fragrant Thai basil. We also tasted the Vietnamese Stir-Fried Chicken with Lemongrass and Cashew Nuts (RM45) and Khmer-Style Stuffed Crabs (RM41) before rounding it off with one of the best Mango Sticky Rice (RM24) desserts we ever tasted. In our opinion, having a meal here at Tamarind Springs is a must-have in your itinerary.
5. A shopping paradise
When staying at Villa Samadhi, not only are you in a tropical paradise, but you are also close to Kuala Lumpur’s shopping paradise. Just 10 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur City Centre, home to the Petronas Towers, it only takes you ~RM5 to Grab down to this spot. The Bukit Bintang area, also known as Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle also presents plenty of entertainment and shopping options, from the ultra-luxe Starhill Gallery, the massive Pavilion, Lot 10, Sungei Wang, and Berjaya Times Square! Do not even get us started on Kuala Lumpur’s amazing food scene, for Chinatown is just a hop away if you are in search for some good old-fashioned street food. If you are looking for a more off-the-beaten-path experience while in Kuala Lumpur, the reception can also arrange for private tours by Travels with Samadhi such as a visit to the Elephant Sanctuary or a heritage food tour.
For couples seeking a respite from the busy city life yet not wanting to live in total boredom with completely nothing to do, Villa Samadhi offers you what often is impossible – the best of both worlds. Apart from enjoying a sense of peace so close the city, you will find that staff of the resort is meticulous and attentive. During our visit, they greeted us by our names and showered us with thoughtful touches that made the stay a very homely one. Look forward to a welcome drink, afternoon snacks and even a complimentary cocktail come evening time. Happy hour is also a must to attend.
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