the term 'hidden gem' is usually over-rated, especially in a city like kl which, while is not so small that everyone knows where everything is, is also not big enough to have that many secret spots that are thriving quietly. villa samadhi, though, falls into the latter category and to add to its mystique, this luxurious boutique accommodation is just minutes from klcc, nestled in the u-thant area. this part of the city is known for its high-profile residents, including embassies, high commissions, ambassadors and some of the most expensive real estate in the city. but a relaxing resort, right in the midst of all that, where one can lounge by a free form lagoon pool dotted with tropical palms or stay holed up in spacious timber-panelled rooms, warm with asian accents, and some fitted with an outdoor jacuzzi? why yes, villa samadhi is all that and is indeed a charming surprise.
a member of the secret retreats collection, it places guests within easy distance of the city centre and all its conveniences while offering a respite away from its maddening traffic and crowds. owned by the power couple behind the tamarind group of restaurants and inspired by the success of their first boutique resort, japamala on pulau tioman, federico and maple asaro conceptualised this 'rustic-luxe' retreat from a former private residence, remodelling it into a 21-room romantic getaway designed for couples.
all-day dining is available at the sole f&b outlet on premise, mandi-mandi, which, like the rest of the group's eateries, specialises in south east asian cuisine. most items are made in-house and from scratch, including the breads, fruit jams and nasi lemak served at the daily buffet breakfast. for dinner, guests have the option of using their free car transfer to any of their other 3 restaurants in kl - tamarind hill, neo tamarind and tamarind springs.
there is 24-hour front desk service, although this isn't like a regular hotel where everything is on standby and available at a moment's notice. if you need a car transfer to anywhere within the kl city centre, for example, the villa is happy to arrange it for you but do give advance notice as they only have one vehicle available. What you will get is personable service courtesy of villa manager cherie and her small team, who will welcome you like a guest to their family home. for local staycationers who choose to drive there, not only is shaded parking available but they will even clean your car for you. anything else that can't be provided in-house will be arranged for you through third party providers, including day trips to the countryside, city tours - cherie herself often plays tour guide to her guests when time permits - and spa services.
for foreign guests, samadhi may just spoil your perception of the country for good - it is possibly the only urban resort of its kind in malaysia. for locals, especially kl-ites looking for an escape from the usual humdrum, this is it: a sanctuary that's so near home and feels like one, yet places you in a different mind frame and a world that's removed from what you know the city to be.
samadhi, after all, means 'one with the universe' in sanskrit. in the evenings, as you enjoy complimentary drinks and cocktails at bumbung bar, the highest point in the villa overlooking the pool and parts of the capital, you could well find yourself in such a state.
villa samadhi no 8 jalan madge, kl Tel +603 2143 2300 http://www.villasamadhi.com.my/