Exploring exotic SE Asia

- Bradley Cocks, our SVP of Business Development for the Asia and Pacific region, has been part of the Kiwi Collection team for over seven years. Originally from Canada, he relocated to Sydney, Australia in 2004 and still resides there today.

My travels in July took me away from the Kiwi Collection Asia Pacific office in Sydney, Australia to explore some exotic destinations throughout SE Asia.

My first stop was the island of Penang, Malaysia, which has both business and leisure qualities that attract guests from all over the world.  The island produces 25% of the world’s computer chips and is home to global companies such as Intel, Sony and First Solar, who have just invested over $1 Billion dollars in their new manufacturing plant.

The top business hotels include G Hotel, Penang which boosts contemporary design features, great food and beverage facilities and stunning executive loft suites overlooking the ocean.  The Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa is a lush oasis and is located on Batu Feringgi Beach.  The property is perfect for those interested in getting away from it all and indulging in their fabulous restaurants (six in total), the CHI Spa or simply lounging around the pool with beautiful rainforest surroundings.  For business travelers the property has extensive conference facilities.

My next stop was to the Four Seasons Langkawi a hotel that is worthy of our highest rating in the collection, a 5 Star + WOW Pick.  It is surrounded by 500 million year old limestone cliffs located right on Tanjung Rhu, one of the island’s best beaches.  The most striking features of the property are the middle-eastern design elements, beach surroundings and sheer size.

I was also able to fit in a quick visit to the two GHM Hotels on Langkawi, the iconic Datai and the Andaman Langkawi.  Both hotels are surrounded by spectacular rainforests and have excellent beachfront.  Note the roads to the above resorts are both quite windy!

An exciting new opening (September 1st), led me to Kuala Lumpur (KL) and the Club at The Saujana. This new luxury hotel has a very chic entrance and guest-welcoming lounge, which looks onto their pool water feature and lush tropical surroundings.

The designers have been really clever in hiding the elevator on the first floor with an amazing wine cellar which guests can browse through while awaiting the lift. It is the perfect oasis for those travelling to KL wanting an escape from the central business district, as the resort is only 30-45 minutes away depending on traffic. The hotel offers many different stylish room configurations, my favourite being the corner executive suite.

I would highly recommend experiencing their Japanese and Italian restaurants. For avid golfers the property is surrounded by two 18-hole championship golf courses of the Saujana Golf & Country Club. The owners are also planning on developing the land next door where a new spa and wellness centre is envisioned.

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