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Whether for business or leisure, these hotels deliver with aplomb

Published: 20 November 2017, Text by: Eris Choo

Classy Mix

French sophistication meets Malaysian heritage with the opening of Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara. Enter the lobby of the 312-room hotel and be greeted by a feature wall depicting the country’s wau bulan (moon kite), combined with French Art vivre through an Eiffel Tower sculpture. Rooms come with signature bedding, WiFi and premium in-room amenities by Lanvin and Hermès. Be spoilt for choice at the hotel’s five restaurants and bars, and unwind with wellness and leisure facilities such as an outdoor pool, gym and spa, featuring a Moroccan Hammam bath treatment.

Fully Equipped

Business travellers looking for creature comforts with a touch of luxury need look no further than Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore, located above the new OUE Downtown complex in the heart of Singapore's CBD. Getting around is a breeze with many big-name brands within walking distance and easy connections to popular areas for both work and nightlife. The hotel is especially suited for extended stays with fully serviced one- and two-bedroom apartments that sport kitchens with Smeg and De'Longhi appliances. An infinity pool, gym, bar, the Se7enth Restaurant, meeting room, and residents' lounge are among the facilities you'd expect from a top-notch hotel. Using the in-room tablet keeps room service and housekeeping at your fingertips and a complimentary mobile phone means that staff is always on call, no matter where you are.

Ideal Location

Millennium Hotels and Resorts recently took over management of two iconic hotels in Makkah, now renamed Makkah Millennium Hotel and Makkah Millennium Towers. Sitting just steps away from the Al Masjid Al Haram mosque and with direct access to the holy Kaabah, the hotels make the perfect base for pilgrims performing the haj. Both feature beautiful architecture inspired by traditional Arab culture, paired with facilities such as elegant restaurants, meeting spaces, prayer halls and gyms.

An English Experience

Explore the historic abode of Belgravia in London with the Belgravia Experience package by Jumeirah Lowndes. Guests can take a cycling tour with the hotel’s bespoke Belgravia Bikes, through some of the neighbourhood’s most notable spots such as Ebury Street, where Mozart wrote his first symphony, and The Star Tavern, where the ‘Great Train Robbers’ talked plans over drinks before pulling off the 20th century’s greatest heist. The package includes accommodation for two with full English breakfast, a British takeaway picnic of homemade sandwiches and fresh scones to enjoy at nearby Hyde Park, as well as vouchers for local artisan stores and a copy of the hotel’s book of the month.

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