Villa Samadhi is a luxurious retreat in the calm of nature, right smack in the middle of bustling Kuala Lumpur. It is located just a drive away to many of the city’s highlights– the Petronas Twin Towers, the KL Tower, and the Golden Triangle area of Bukit Bintang. The resort itself is nestled within a quiet corner of the city; surrounded by upscale condominiums and foreign embassies.
My Samadhi Experience
There are not many luxury boutique resorts in the heart of Kuala Lumpur– so Villa Samadhi is in a league of its own. Living in the city, I wanted to go somewhere for the weekend that didn’t require me to travel too much; and this villa offered me the peace and tranquility I needed while being close enough to home.
With a front entrance that could easily be missed if you’re not looking for it, I felt like I was stepping into a secret paradise. The resort is built in a modern rustic style complete with wooden furniture, bamboo decorations, stone statues and lush greenery. Villa Samadhi is small, intimate and beautiful.
There are only 21 rooms available in the villa; and they are all designed and decorated in their own Asian-inspired style. I stayed in the ‘Crib’, the most basic room in the resort, which costs about RM660 (US$170) per night. It is elegantly designed and extremely spacious– what I loved about it is the comfortable bed and daybed; as well as the huge bathroom complete with an awesome rain shower. My only issue with the room is the absence of a room-phone, which made it difficult to make inquiries or request for stuff.
The other room rates offer balconies, jacuzzis and pool lagoon access; and are much closer to the pool and lobby reception. To get there, I had to walk quite a bit from my crib. Oh, and I must mention that wi-fi access in the rooms and around the resort was quite decent.
I arrived at the villa an hour before check-in time and my room was not yet ready. However, after the registration process, the receptionist suggested that I waited at the pool area; and he was gracious enough to offer me a drink while I waited. At exactly 3pm, I was escorted to my room where my bags were already waiting– and was given a quick introduction to the room.
The porter also informed me on the opening hours of the rooftop bar, and reminded me of my previously confirmed time for dinner. I have to say, all throughout my stay, the service was impeccable– the staff were welcoming, friendly, and ever ready to help.
The Pool Lagoon
The key feature of Villa Samadhi has got to be its gorgeous lagoon pool. I believe that the best rooms are the ones that have instant access to the pool– that will probably be my choice the next time I stay here again. I loved lounging on the daybeds next to the pool and dipping into the cool waters when the weather got too warm.
However, a slight disappointment was that there are only 4 daybeds facing the pool (it got packed up in the morning), and the cushions were dirty and stained. I suppose it was probably due for cleaning when I visited. I asked for an additional towel after using mine to cover it up– but was told there were no extra ones available.
Towards the evening, I made my way to Bumbung Bar, which only opens during sunset from 6.30-7.30pm. It is situated at the rooftop of the main building, and therefore is a small space; probably able to fit only 5 groups of people/couples.
The bar is flanked by a row of cushioned benches on two sides– one side overlooking the villa and its straw covered rooftops, and the other side facing the apartment buildings next to the villa. I was one of the first few to arrive, so I got comfortable at the corner of the bench facing the villa… and enjoyed the calm while watching the sky change colors as the day ended, with a glass of mojito in my hand.
Mandi Mandi Restaurant
The Mandi Mandi Restaurant is Villa Samadhi’s only restaurant. My room stay included breakfast and a set dinner meal in the restaurant, and the food was pretty good. Breakfast is ala-carte with several choices of eggs, pancakes, and local Malaysian breakfasts on the menu; and there is a cold buffet on the side, serving cold meat, bread and fruits. Portions are small, but I was not limited to only one dish on the menu– if I wanted more, I could order another.
The set dinner is a fixed 3-course meal– I had potato soup for my appetizer, grilled chicken for mains, and chocolate brownies with vanilla ice-cream for dessert. I was not given a choice on the menu; but I’m sure that if I follow a certain diet, all I need to do is inform the waiter. Dinner was simple, delicious and satisfying.
If the set dinner is not included in your room rates, there’s an ala-carte dinner menu as well. There’s also a free shuttle that commutes residents to the posh restaurant under the villa’s management– the Tamarind Springs. And during my stay, a couple arranged a romantic candlelight dinner on the small island in the middle of the pool lagoon.
At The End of the Day
I had a great weekend stay at Villa Samadhi. The villa doesn’t offer the full services or facilities of a resort or hotel, but the charm in this simplicity is what makes it so alluring. It is the perfect place for locals who want to hideaway from the busy city life; for romantic couples who want to runaway together for a while; and for visitors who want to spend time seeing the city, yet prefer a peaceful place to come back to after a long day exploring.
Villa Samadhi is a magical oasis that provides a personal and intimate experience– a place to relax, unwind and while the day away.