6 reasons to love Kuala Lumpur City Centre

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Kuala Lumpur City Centre offers a bold mix of innovative restaurants, eclectic shops and glittering skyscrapers. It truly is the best urban all-rounder in the capital

Mama San. Photo by Sean Yoong of Eat Drink KL
The ultra-glam Mama San restaurant (details on page 2). Photo by Sean Yoong of Eat Drink KL.

The clue is in the name with Kuala Lumpur City Centre, or KLCC, as it is better known.

While other areas of the Malaysian capital such as Bangsar, Bukit Bintang and Chinatown offer energy and cultural ballast in equal supply, it is hard to overlook KLCC’s potent mix of attractions and amenities.

An entertainment, commercial and business focal point, it is home to some of the most distinctive landmarks in Malaysia (such as Petronas Twin Towers and Menara KL Tower), boasts extensive dining and accommodation options and is coveted by developers and investors alike.

Elements@Ampang
Elements@Ampang

1. The Elements@Ampang

It doesn’t get much more luxe than this 41-storey high-rise, which consists of 1,040 residential units ranging from studio apartments to sprawling three-bedroom condos.

With both indoor and sky gymnasiums for fitness buffs, as well as an infinity pool, swimming pool and wading pool for the little ones, this centrally-located complex is designed to please even the most discerning tenants.

The aforementioned amenities would already be more than sufficient for a somewhat more modest development, but The Elements takes it a step further with perks including a spa, sauna, wine cellar, formal dining hall, and an open bar for larger private parties and events.

As one might expect of such an opulent abode, the security systems here are top-tier.

theelements.com.my

Platinum Park KLCC
Platinum Park KLCC

2. Platinum Park

“Take your place among society’s most prestigious,” boasts the website for this unabashedly posh integrated mixed-use development smack in the centre of the metropolis.

Designed by NRY Architects, these six skyscrapers loom large over Kuala Lumpur’s already vertiginous skyline. Upon completion, the complex will feature a luxury hotel – complete with spa and fine dining restaurant – a green space said to be loosely modelled after both London’s Hyde Park and New York City’s Central Park, and NAZA Tower, a 50-storey office building designed to lure elite companies.

The Residences, two towers with a combined 912 units, offer sweeping views plus extras such as an Olympic-size swimming pool, a miniature cinema, a kids’ play room, a sauna, and a sky gym and deck.

It is set to open fully in 2018, but given the level of buzz, interested parties should enquire early to snag a unit.

platinumpark.com.my

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After a stint in Bangkok she is now based in Germany where she combines writing with consultancy for an emerging fashion brand. She has contributed to a variety of publications, including Travel + Leisure, The Guardian, Conde Nast Traveller India, Cathay Pacific’s Discovery, Slow Travel Berlin, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, among others.