When we decided that we are going on a family holiday in Malaysia for the first time, the impression of this country in my head was that it is similar to Thailand, but an Islamic country. After hearing some good and bad opinions on this destination, I had some mixed feelings about this holiday. Regardless, we booked an AirBnb for three weeks in Kuala Lumpur because we like to experience everything ourselves before judging places based on others opinions.
I was worried for nothing…
Of course, like anyone else, I was worried about my dress code in such a religious country so I went for more modest outfits when packing, even though we were going into 30-degree weather.
After googling more about Kuala Lumpur I was amazed how modern it looks. It was a stark difference from what I was imagining. I’ve been to Bangkong previously and for some reason, that’s what I expected Kuala Lumpur to be like, maybe even a little less developed. Kuala Lumpur is a fantastic, beautiful big metropolis and perfect for a holiday with kids. Something I can’t say about Bangkong! Even though both are Asian cities I couldn’t find many similarities.
When travelling to Islamic countries, I always feel a little bit nervous when going through immigration. Not because of any past bad experiences, just stories you hear. We had no problem at all here and we were even politely asked to skip the long process of the baggage X-ray because we were travelling with a baby.
Malaysian people love kids! Be ready!
Anywhere you go with your child you become the centre of attention and have to smile and wave to random people all day long. Kuala Lumpur is made for family entertainment and full of different things to do.
Everything in this city is made for your perfect family day out and you will never get bored. Every part of the city we have visited would have some interesting places to go with your child from simple entertaining rooms to big theme parks.
The Central Park of Kl city has a huge area devoted just to kids, and it was our favourite place to come to spend the day. The park is free. Situated right by the Twin Towers and surrounded by many another tall buildings of KL. The huge playground is appropriately built for all ages and has its own outside pool where kids can swim and play. If the weather wasn’t so hot the play time would definitely be more enjoyable, as all you can think of is – if it would look too weird if you were to join those kids at the pool.
Humid weather is not a girl’s best friend
The weather gets pretty hot out there. It was so humid that I gave up on any styling tricks two hours after arrival and didn’t do anything complicated to my hair. In weather like this you want to cut your hair off as everything gets sticky, that’s why wearing hats and wear a ponytail was the only way I survived.
Kuala Lumpur is famous for its large number of rooftop pool bars and shopping malls. The city is full of shopping centres, restaurants and bars. The views of the city are a big selling point. Most of the accommodation will have pretty good views or at least provide an infinity pool with an overview of the city. The cities rooftop bars are famous for their views and are always busy with crowds of tourists and expats.
Grandmother to the rescue
We invited my mum from Russia to join us on this holiday so that she could spend some quality time with Leo and so we could spend some quality time alone. It was a winning situation and of course, we used this opportunity to go out and explore Kuala Lumpur at night.
We love food and restaurant experiences and we found some cool places to suit our preferences. If you are looking for a fun night with nice cocktails, cool vibes and Latino dancing, then you must check out The Canopy Rooftop Lounge & Bar.
If you are feeling like a good night out with some fantastic views and delicious food, then you should make a booking at one of the three restaurants at the fabulous Troika Sky Dining. Good times and good photos at these places are guaranteed.
Locals will stare, but that’s ok
From my personal experience, I haven’t had any problems with the way I looked or what I wore. Of course, you get people looking at you because you look a lot different from the locals, also you show far more skin than most of the local women, but it never made me feel uncomfortable plus you easily get mixed in the crowds of other tourists. The place felt very safe and very welcoming.
We ended up liking the place so much that when we flew back through from Russia to New Zealand, we took another week to explore some more. We had enough time to go to all popular tourist places and experience them ourselves, that’s why I came up with a little list of places I think you should visit when you are in Kuala Lumpur. You can find it at the end of the article.
My Majestic Hotel & Spa experience
To make the most of our baby-free time, my husband proposed to book a separate hotel for a night and get to experience Malaysian hospitality to the fullest. We chose The Majestic Hotel located 20 minutes from the central city. It was nice to get out of a very central part and spend some time away from the busy streets of KL city. The Majestic Hotel includes the original Hotel Majestic which is documented as a national heritage site. It was built in 1932 and now established as part of Autograph Collection of iconic historic hotels. The place is one of a kind, and we had an amazing time there.
The new Majestic Hotel was a perfect combination of modern, glamorous designs and old school architecture. The main lobby hall was impressively big and perfectly decorated – absolute aesthetic heaven!
Before checking in to our room, we decided to have some lunch at the lobby bar. The food was straightforward but very nicely presented and tasted great. It was an excellent start to our night.
As I expected, our room was very stylish and was in keeping with the high standards of the hotel. The view was looking over a beautiful big outside pool which sadly I couldn’t use as it was raining.
If you ever wanted to book a stay at a boutique hotel like this, I’d recommend you always try to book it through the companies own website and not a discount website. Most of the time, good hotels will have some excellent online offers that might be better than just a discounted price. We were lucky to get an offer which included a free 50 mins spa treatment at the Majestic Spa. For a spa lover, like me, it wasn’t long enough, but it was a nice bonus for my husband.
Take a step back in time
The Majestic Spa as a hotel itself was full of history and elegant designs. Places like this back in the day would have been a gathering place for businessmen to meet and for proper ladies to lunch and socialise.
If you want to experience the best of what a spa can offer, you should always go for a signature treatment. I’ve chosen a 2,5-hour treatment that included banana honey hair mask, papaya coconut scrub, lime blossom bath and a message.
An exceptional spa treatment
Malaya Golden Chersonese is the name of this signature treatment named after the most influential female explorer of her time, Lucy Bird and her bold passion for adventure. I thought it was just the right treatment for me. ☺
To be honest, there was more in the treatment than described on the menu. My spa therapist was an exceptional young woman with the most gentle touch and best massage techniques.
Firstly, I was taken to the common room to get my feet soaked and polished. Then I was moved into the private room where I spent the rest of the time of my treatment.
I think I lost track of time as soon as I got on that massage table! I got back to my senses when It was time to get soaked in my lime blossom bath in the beautiful old-school designed bath which is totally bathroom goals!
Baby-free time does not always go to plan
Even though my husband and I had big plans for the rest of the night, after having such a relaxing time at the spa we couldn’t force ourselves into any crazy activities apart from having dinner and going to sleep in our magically comfortable hotel bed.
I can’t recommend enough this hotel and the spa for anyone who travels to Malaysia. You will definitely have a luxurious stay at an affordable price. We have stayed in Malaysia in different hotels, and this one so far ticks all the boxes. I’m looking forward to returning there one day!
Here is my list of things to do that won’t disappoint:
- Visit Petronas Towers. Twin Towers is an iconic piece of modern architecture and something everyone must see!
- Take your kids to the Central Park.
- Go to the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park for a big family day out. The park encompasses a total of five different zones – the water park, Scream Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park and Wildlife Park.
- Perdana Botanical Garden for all the nature lovers.
- Go to Suria KLCC for your the latest high-end shopping fix.
- Merdeka Square for the Insta-worth shot at any hour of the day.
- Take your kids to Berjaya Times Square for some crazy rides and activities.
- KL Butterfly Park was a perfect place for a relaxing day out with my mum.
- KL Bird Park a genuinely entertaining place for all ages. It’s the largest walk-in aviary in Asia and has a free-flight concept.
- Eat the best cheap, delicious food at the Bukit Bintang food court.
- See the stunning evening water & light show by the Twin Towers for free.
- Visit natural caverns and the impressive grounds of Batu Caves.
This is only based on my experience
There are many other famous tourists places that you could be advised to visit on the internet, but from our experience, not all of them are worth your time and money.
We have decided to avoid going to any Zoos or other animal parks that keep the animals in cages. We enjoy experiencing animals in their natural habitat. Also, the famous Menara KL Tower that visually looks just like Sky City in NZ from our experience was overpriced and quite tired.
If you have decided to go there anyway, don’t buy buffet tickets for lunch. The food is nothing special and 5 x the price of places at ground level. If you avoid this one attraction, you definitely won’t be missing out much as there’s so much to do here already.
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog and got to see the place a little bit through my own eyes. This place is definitely worth your visit, and I hope you will get to experience yourself soon!