When you’re thinking of a perfect weekend retreat, a beachy island resort probably comes to mind. Before jumping on a flight to Bali or Phuket, why not consider a getaway slightly closer to home? While Kuala Lumpur isn’t your typical beach holiday destination, it provides the perfect juxtaposition between the tranquility of the tropics and the vitality of the city.
In just 48 hours, go from exhausted to energised – without having to spend ridiculous amounts of money. Plus, we’ve done the homework so you don’t have to. Just pick up this itinerary, pack your bags and go!
Uncover hidden city gems, from flotation therapy to the city's healthiest ice cream
Botanic + Co is a greenhouse-themed restaurant serving amazing breakfast choices. Sandwiches, salads and other delectable dishes are made with the freshest local produce. Wash it down with homemade sodas using local flavours like pandan and lemongrass, and relax amidst the lush, insta-worthy botanical interiors.
Morning adventure awaits at Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam. Relax and enjoy this vast tropical rainforest with a leisurely walk or bike ride. We think the best way is via the obstacle course, so you can take in amazing sights from heart-pumping vantage points. With varying difficulty levels to choose from, anyone can glide their way over the lush forest.
After working up an appetite, pay a visit to Feeka Coffee Roasters, a renowned coffee haunt in central KL. Named after the Swedish word for 'to take a break', Feeka is indeed an oasis in a bustling city. Enjoy fresh, fragrant cups of coffee brewed from beans sourced from local roasters, while basking in the possibilities of the day ahead.
At 2 pm, your relaxing home away from home will be ready for you. Have a quick freshen up before continuing your activities for the day. If you don’t feel like heading out just yet, consider cooking a nutritional snack in the functional kitchenette.
Head up to the 24th floor of the hotel and be awed by the incredible views of KL Tower from here. Take a dip in our rooftop pool and admire the mesmerizing city skyline as you bask in the sunshine and calming waters.
Activity: Explore a Bird Park
After a relaxing dip in the pool, pick up the pace with a stroll through Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. Home to more than 3,000 birds, this astounding landmark has the world’s largest free-flight walk-in aviary. As part of the Lake Gardens, you can also enjoy the Deer Park, Butterfly Park and orchid gardens.
Check out admission prices and opening hours here.
Activity: Flotation Therapy
You're in for next-generation wellness at ZeroGravity Float Centre. Float on your back in a sensory deprivation tank as a feeling of weightlessness washes over you. An hour's float in one of these pods may leave you with lowered cortisol levels and improved mental performance. First time floaters enjoy a special rate of RM120.
For dinner, head down to BreadFruits – a café and grocery offering a wide range of organic and local food in a modest dining space. From their all-day breakfast menu, try the French Toast with Passion Wild Honey then wash it all down with the popular Wild Honey Latte, which is made with locally harvested honey.
About a 15 minutes’ walk from BreadFruits is Kind Kones, which is where you can find the healthiest ice-cream in KL. Satisfy that sweet tooth with unprocessed, vegan, chemical- and gluten-free ice cream. Made with unrefined coconut cane and molasses, they make the perfect treat to end the night.
Make your way back to the city centre and wind down in your hotel room at Oasia Suites Kuala Lumpur. You’ll feel right at home in the apartment-style rooms, designed with spaciousness in mind. Not ready for sleep yet? Get a quick workout in at our 24-hour gym while enjoying panoramic views of the KL cityscape.
Immerse in therapeutic arts, dine in the clouds and be transported to a 1950s speakeasy
Activity: Canopy Walk
Start your second day with a rejuvenating walk at KL Eco Park, one of Malaysia’s oldest permanent forest reserves. This landmark is the world’s only natural rainforest in a city and features a 200m canopy walk for visitors to take in all the natural wonders. We recommend the Penarahan Trail for beginners and the Merawan Trail for fitness junkies.
Enjoy organic, vegetarian and MSG-free breakfast options at Ashley's by Living Food, a farm-to-table restaurant. Try the tri-colour quinoa in almond cream gravy or healthy versions of popular Malaysian delicacies like ketogenic prawn laksa. They even bake their own bread with local flour so you can enjoy fresh buns to-go!
With your tummies full, head to The Craft Crowd to learn how to make floral-themed hand-poured soy candles, which are safer than traditional wax candles. In an intimate setting, enjoy ample guidance from the instructors, who will teach you how to combine different aromatherapy oils for stress-relief and mood-lifting.
Is your yoga routine getting a little stale? At Oxbold Sports, up the ante with stand-up paddleboard yoga! Engage your mind, body and spirit as you balance on floating paddleboards while pushing your body to the limit. You'll also get to bask in the afternoon sun and enjoy the views of the marina.
Engaging in art not only improves your creativity, but also promotes relaxation and reduces stress. Drop by the Petronas Art Gallery located inside the Suria KLCC Shopping Mall to admire over 1,000 local and international artwork, from traditional selections to contemporary masterpieces.
Experience what it feels like to dine in the clouds at Atmosphere360, a revolving restaurant located in KL Tower. Offering authentic Malaysian cuisine, don’t miss out on their lavish buffet dinner spread, with a wide range of their signature dishes like Stir Fried Black Pepper Venison Fillet and Rendang Tok. Don't forget to make reservations!
End your trip to KL on a classy note with an evening at Suzie Wong – a speakeasy that’s reminiscent of 1950s Hong Kong. Complete with lounge sofas and a red velvet performance swing, enjoy a roaring night of jazz performances and spicy cabaret shows with a signature cocktail in hand.