The Club Saujana Resort, Kuala Lumpur

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 March, 2012, 12:00am


What is it? Under the management of Archipelago Hotels and Resorts, the former Hyatt hotel on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur has been transformed into a 'b-leisure' resort hard-wired for business. Deals can be made over a round of golf on one of the two 18- hole championship courses that fringe the resort and the 35-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (or the five-minute trip from Subang Airport) is effortless in the back of Club Saujana's gleaming white Mercedes SLR.

What are the rooms like? Set in a peace- ful environment with abundant bird life, 105 guest suites designed in contemporary Asian style provide refuge from the tropical intensity. Light filters through latticed screens patterning honey-hued floorboards and glancing off exotic timber and clotted-cream walls. There's complimentary Wi-fi throughout the resort, which includes a number of discreet tree-top level suites. The top-of-the-range Club Saujana Suite boasts a palatial bathroom with double spa bath, private gym and twin massage room overlooking the shimmering pool.

What about the food? A tropical lagoon and cascading waterfall provide the tranquil backdrop to Club Saujana's busy restaurant. Inspired by the vitality of the city's hawker food, Austrian chef Alexander Waschl's menu explores Euro-Asian culinary fusions, such as dried watermelon carpaccio. Familiar European dishes are modified to suit local tastes while the combination of chocolate and local passion fruit results in a semi- frozen dessert of Euro-tropical richness.

Tell us about the spa. Spa and Med Beauty is a private sanctuary surrounded by tropical rainforest. On offer at the clinically white beauty section are consultations with the resident specialist doctor and, among other treatments, a luxurious two-hour anti-ageing facial that combines micro-dermabrasion, ultra-sound and vacuum suction with plant stem cells.

What's the bottom line? Rooms start at 1,200 ringgit (HK$3,100) a night, with the Saujana Suite going for 4,000 ringgit.

The Club Saujana Resort, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, is located on Jalan Lapangan Terbang, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia, tel: 603 7843 1234;