Desa Sri Hartamas
- Publika Shopping Gallery (Solaris Dutamas, 4km away)
- Mid Valley Megamall (Mid Valley City, 9km away)
- The Gardens Mall (Mid Valley City, 9km away)
- 1 Utama Shopping Centre (Bandar Utama, 7km away)
- The Curve (Mutiara Damansara, 7.5km away)
The Signature Hotel & Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur is nestled within the vibrant hub of Desa Sri Hartamas, a mere 12km away from the city centre. It is easily accessible via two major expressways, New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) and Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP), linking it to the city centre as well as its affluent neighbours, Mont Kiara, Dutamas and Bangsar.
Desa Sri Hartamas has the advantage of being just a 15-minute drive away from the pulsating beat that is the Kuala Lumpur city centre, while nestled in a vibrant and upscale hub that is chock-a-block with quirky cafes, excellent restaurants, watering holes and other lifestyle amenities. As Desa Sri Hartamas is popular with the expatriate community, one would be delighted to know that it is a fantastic eating area with a host of both local and international fare to please your palate. Some notable eateries and watering holes include:
17, Jalan 26/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03 – 6201 0090
Stroll over to BreadFruits Café, a charming eatery, for a lazy brunch of hearty favourites with healthy twists. Its menu boasts of local and organic produce, and also includes choices for vegetarians and vegans.
Bricks & Barrels
76, Jalan 27/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 012 – 662 5129
Head on over to Bricks & Barrels, a unique gastro bar and beer garden, where its live band and drinking atmosphere make it perfect for a casual night out.
20, Jalan 31/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2858 7739
The spirit of ‘Omakase’ (I’ll leave it to you) runs Kame Sushi, as diners leave behind their inhibitions and place their trust in the chef. Sans menu, be prepared for a Japanese feast of the freshest seasonal produce, all a courtesy of Chef Mizukami’s creative culinary play of the day.
Podgy & the Banker
2, Jalan Sri Hartamas 8, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Coffee reins here at Podgy & the Banker, where caffeine is served with a kick. The spacious outlet makes for a good hang-out spot with an array of cakes, pastries and sandwiches to go with that latte.
20, Jalan 30/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03 – 2300 1955
Synonymous with Desa Sri Hartamas, Souled Out has cemented its status as a local institution where the food and drinks menu are equally extensive and its entertainment lively. What starts out as a casual al-fresco dinner may likely end up as a great night out as its friendly staff and festival-like ambiance are positively charming.
Desa Sri Hartamas and its surrounding areas are also home to a few local and private education institutions. Notable international schools include the British Garden International School and the American Mont’Kiara International School, while tertiary education institution Taylor’s College is just a stone’s throw away.
The local area is also complete with police and fire stations, to ensure your security, and is served by clinics and hospitals such as Kiara Medical Centre, Global Doctors Hospital, Pristine Dental, Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur and University Malaya Specialist Centre.
Accessible via the walkway bridge at The Signature Hotel & Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur, Mont Kiara is an affluent suburb teeming with expatriate families. It also features the 1 Mont Kiara Mall in its vicinity, for those who’d like to do a spot of light shopping. For an experience of the local street culture, be sure to visit Plaza Mont’Kiara, where bazaars are held weekly at its fountain courtyard. Treat yourself to a culinary adventure by sampling local delicacies at Fiesta Nite on Thursdays, while the Arts, Bric-a-Brac & Crafts (ABC) Market on Sundays promises an amalgam of culture, arts and crafts for sale.
It is worth taking that 10-minute drive to Bangsar as there’s never a dull moment in this hub. Whether it’s for a splurge-worthy steak dinner (Ril’s Steakhouse Tel: 03 – 2201 3846) or a local Indian banana-leaf rice experience (Sri Nirwana Maju Tel: 03 – 2287 8445), a full-on pampering session in a Turkish bath (Hammam Spa Tel: 03 – 2282 2180) or a no-frills foot reflexology massage (SiFu Reflexology Tel: 03 – 2284 0057), there’s always something here for everyone.
The lush Bukit Kiara is also located less than 10 minutes away from The Signature Hotel & Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur. Not only is Bukit Kiara surrounded by flourishing greenery and has excellent jungle trails for avid hikers and runners, it is also home to Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort (Jalan Bukit Kiara, Off Jalan Damansara, 60000 Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03 – 2093 1222), an elite state-of-the-art equestrian centre. Equipped with complete horse riding and polo facilities, and well known for its experienced instructors, impeccable service and first-class environment, the equestrian centre is perfect for riders of all ages and abilities. Other facilities in Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort include a fitness centre, spa, swimming pool, indoor/outdoor tennis courts, badminton courts, basketball courts, bowling alley and such.
Also located in Bukit Kiara is the National Science Centre (Persiaran Bukit Kiara, 50662 Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03 – 2089 3400), where the young and young-at-hearts can explore and experience interactive science and technology.
Kuala Lumpur, or better known as KL, is a bustling metropolis and Malaysia’s largest city. KL itself is a melting pot of culture and is richly interwoven with history where the new blends in with the old. Amidst a backdrop of glittering lights, skyscrapers, luxury hotels, modern office towers and malls, one is still able to find insistent reminders of the old KL – be it remnants of the 19th century migrants or from the British colonials.
This in itself – the unhesitant leap into a progressing modern future while still retaining a rich history and cultural diversity – makes KL a very interesting city to explore. Shop to your heart’s content at luxury malls such as KLCC, Pavilion, Lot 10, Star Hill Gallery and more, or spend a day haggling prices and buying trinkets at Chinatown in Petaling Street or Little India in Masjid Jamek. Enjoy a breath-taking view of the city from the observation deck of the KL Tower, or pack a picnic for a day out at the Lake Gardens or KL Bird Park. Take a stroll at the 1910 Moorish-inspired Old Railway Station, or visit the city’s many interesting museums, such as the National Museum and the Islamic Arts Museum. Mosques, temples and churches are dotted all around the city.
Being a melting pot of varying cultures and races also means that the city offers a rather interesting and colourful dining experience. Malaysians are serious food enthusiasts, so whether it’s at a swanky restaurant or a local street stall, for breakfast or even the odd-hour supper, the dining experience will not disappoint and leave you wanting.
Publika is not your run-of-the-mill shopping mall – besides independent boutiques, charming bistros and eateries, and an assortment of stores, this artsy and creative shopping mall also houses art galleries, exhibition spaces as well as an outdoor stage that has hosted performances and music festivals.
As its name suggests, Mid Valley Megamall is a retail paradise and a firm favourite amongst families. With over 400 stores and a multitude of entertainment centres which includes a cinema, bowling alley, kids’ indoor play area and Malaysia’s largest indoor laser tag arena, there’s bound to be endless fun for everyone.
Located next to Mid Valley Megamall, The Gardens Mall is a pinnacle of style and luxury with stores carrying international brands such as Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Hermès, Michael Kors and more. A shopper’s mecca and a gourmet paradise, the mall also spells indulgence with Cocoon, a haven consisting of an entire floor dedicated to spas and wellness clinics, for the ultimate rejuvenation.
1 Utama has the honour of being Malaysia’s largest mall, consisting of two large wings connected by a sky bridge, and promises a retail and lifestyle experience like no other. The mall also boasts of a lush tropical rainforest within the mall itself, as well as South East Asia’s largest rooftop garden.
The Curve’s most popular attraction is The Street, an al-fresco area that provides a fabulous dining and entertainment experience where cuisine is varied and people-watching is acceptable. Over weekends, The Street comes alive with its street market where one can expect a variety of knick-knacks, fashion accessories and souvenirs for sale.
Golfers will be pleased to know that there are a number of golf courses available in Kuala Lumpur, each unique with its own challenging terrain and pleasant landscaped greens. The two golf courses closest to The Signature Hotel & Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur are Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) and Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam (KGPA), both less than 8km away.
Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC)
10, Jalan 1/70D, Off Jalan Bukit Kiara, 60000 Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03 – 2011 9188
Just 4km away from The Signature Hotel & Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur, lies the sprawling fairways of KLGCC in the lush natural beauty of Bukit Kiara. The private country club has been hailed as one of Asia’s ultimate destination for a premier golfing experience and has played host to numerous international championships. Divided into two courses (East & West), both offer strategically-designed and beautifully-landscaped greens bound to provide a challenging game for the ultimate golf consummate. KLGCC also features a fully-automated three-level driving range with 78 bays, suitable for both beginners and professionals.
Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam (KGPA)
Jalan Damansara, Bukit Kiara, 60000 Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03 – 7957 3344
Located 7.5km away, KGPA is a public golf course that has been voted as the most difficult golf course in Malaysia. This 27-hole course (Hills, Lake and Forest), featuring rolling fairways as well as elevated greens and tees, may be the answer for golfers yearning a challenging golf experience. KGPA also has a driving range, and several other leisure facilities such as a clubhouse café, swimming pool, gymnasium, tennis courts and a park.
Seri Selangor Golf Club
Persiaran Damansara Indah, Off Persiaran Tropicana, 47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Tel: 03 – 7806 1111
Seri Selangor Golf Club, about 13km away, is a public golf course with an 18-hole championship layout that offers plenty of variety and challenge. Sun-sensitive golfers will be glad to know that night golfing is also available here. Facilities at the club include a driving range, practice putting greens, golfers terrace and a clubhouse.
An evening with Food Tour Malaysia is like having a culinary adventure with friends – filled with food, fun and laughter. Eschew touristy spots and eat like the locals do, as the guide regales you with tales and history of Kuala Lumpur.
With a rich history and cultural diversity, Kuala Lumpur has plenty to for you to explore, and this is where Malaysia Heritage comes in. It has several excellent tours to choose from – be it the Royal Heritage Tour, Eat Pray Love Tour, Eco Tour or even a visit to a mangrove fishing village!
Rather venture it alone without a guide? Not to worry, with the downloadable PocketGuide app, you can turn your phone into a personal tour guide and explore walking trails on your own with no fear of taking a wrong turn. Pocket Guide has four trails for Kuala Lumpur – Lake Gardens, Chinatown Walking Tour, Brickfields Heritage Walk and Colonial Heritage Trail. The app is available on App Store and Google Play.