Staff Writer
Feb 22, 2019

The forefront of ‘bleisure’ in Kuala Lumpur

In a city fast filling up with famous hospitality brands, Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur Managed by Banyan Tree’s secret recipe lies in its urban hotel-meets-resort vibe.


Excellent geography, good transportation links, and a bustling city centre that deftly balances modernity with heritage, have made Kuala Lumpur a popular business location. Business hotels too, have also popped up left and right, in the city centre.

The recently-opened Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur Managed by Banyan Tree aims to stand out from the crowd by customising its space and services for today’s savvy business travellers and event professionals. 

These days, a good business hotel means much more than a wide enough in-room desk or pressing service. As the world becomes more globalised, and executives are invited to an event somewhere, every other weekend, brands and marketers have strived to engage attendees by streamlining events, in other words, tapping into specific needs by making events more personal.

One thing to personalise events is picking the right space.

Pavilion’s wide-ranging events and meeting spaces allow for a variety of activities.

While the pillar-less Pavilion Ballroom, with a capacity for 470 guests is ideal for large-scale award ceremonies, conventions and exhibitions, smaller events can be held at The Crescent, which sits 110 persons in a banquet setting.

There are also five meeting rooms that can be configured to accommodate a range of activities, from a 12-person business luncheon to a 50-person high level conference. Groups of 8 or more could consider the Residential Meeting Package, which includes the use of the hotel’s main boardroom, buffet lunch, coffee breaks and audio-visual equipment.

Another business travel trend that the Pavilion is capitalising on is the rise of “bleisure” -  and not just among millennials. According to a 2018 report by Travelweek, six out of 10 business trips are now ‘bleisure’ trips, with 68% of business travelers tagging leisure onto business one to three times a year.

Managed by Banyan Tree, a group with its roots in resorts, Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur is primed for this development.

“We’re blessed with our location here, being on top of the Pavilion mall, so we’re right at the foothills of all the best shopping centres in Kuala Lumpur,” notes Andrew Dimblad, general manager, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur and Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur Managed by Banyan Tree.

The hotel is just a lift ride down to the Pavilion, the award-winning mall filled with 500 outlets – perfect to satisfy one’s every luxury needs. For first-timers to the city, the famous Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC Park and Kuala Lumpur Towers are all a quick 10-minute ride away.

Back at the hotel, sneak in a quick workout at the Sky gym or dip in the hotel’ rooftop infinity pool before heading to The Courtyard, the hotel’s all-day restaurant, or Ebisu, serving modern Japanese cuisine, for a hearty meal. Whisky Cove, an speakeasy bar with a selection of whiskies from around the world, complete the strong culinary programme.

The best however, is saved for the last – as any Banyan Tree fan knows, the brand is famous for its award-winning spa. At Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur, the Banyan Tree Spa proffers a range of treatments, from anti-aging facials to 150-minute-long wellness rituals involving scrubs, steam baths and rain showers – a fitting end to a long week of meeting and events.

Are you looking for a venue that can fully personalise your next event? Complete this form and the Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur will get back to you with further details on how to make your venue needs a reality. 


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