Infrared therapy has taken off in the US, UK, and Australia in recent years as a health and wellness trend. This new style of therapy uses infrared lamps which emit waves that heat the body, penetrating deeply into joints, muscles and tissues. Singapore finally has our first dedicated infrared sauna studio with Pure Wellness Studio.

Tucked away in a conservation shophouse in the buzzy Duxton neighbourhood, the quiet sanctuary is home to the boutique space that boasts three sauna cabins, featuring the latest full spectrum infrared technology that heats the core of the body and can penetrate the skin up to 7cm, providing a deeper cleanse as compared to traditional saunas. With skin as the body’s largest detox organ, designed to eliminate toxins safely, this makes sweating, a powerful tool for detoxing — leading to increased health and wellness benefits.

Originally founded in Melbourne, Australia, Pure Wellness Studio Singapore was launched locally by founders Maxie Chan and Rachel Lim, after they experienced the benefits of infrared therapy first-hand. 

As a holistic wellness space, Pure Wellness Studio also curates a series of workshops and classes with two sessions every month that are meant to revitalize. Starting the series in November is a multi-level Vinyasa Flow class (6 November) that will challenge the body and awaken the spirit, and a Crystal Reiki Healing session (20 November) that introduces guests to positive energy interaction that is said to promote physical, emotional and spiritual healing. Sound healing and meditation classes will also soon be introduced. 

Location, location, location — the first thing we consider when choosing our home base during vacation. Over the past year, a range of excellent hotels have opened in Kuala Lumpur but want to know which ones are our favourites? 

The Westin Kuala Lumpur has one of the best locations in the city if tourist attractions, shopping malls and nightlife are your priorities. Located opposite Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and adjacent to Starhill Gallery, getting around the Golden Triangle is incredibly convenient. The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is one of those alluring establishments that captures the evocative spirit of travel. Built during Malaysia’s boom years before World War II, the hotel evokes a luxurious colonial atmosphere. Conveniently close to Sentral Station, the hotel is also near the National Museum, National Mosque, Islamic Arts Museum, Lake Gardens and Bird and Butterfly Parks. A bit further out from the city centre, Alila Bangsar is near a slew of sleek, hip cafés and tasteful hole in the walls in Bangsar. This modern skyscraper is situated in the lively, millennial neighbourhood of Bangsar — a 15-minute drive from the manic buzz and tourist footprint that is downtown KL. 

Some more budget-friendly options include The Kuala Lumpur Journal, which is just off one of the city’s main thoroughfares, Jalan Sultan Ismail. Right in the city’s entertainment and shopping area Bukit Bintang, it’s also only a five-minute walk from the street food hub of Jalan Alor. Located in a historical colonial house with lots of character and charm, The Yard Boutique Hotel is another convenient yet cost-effective option and is ideal for travellers who like to combine the excitement of a buzzing city with absolute tranquillity.

This year, The Upper House celebrates 10 years of unparalleled personalised service and understated luxury. To commemorate the occasion, Café Gray Deluxe presents a Wine Pairing Celebration Menu featuring a range of 2009 vintages to complement a specially curated four-course menu. 

This year, The Upper House celebrates 10 years of unparalleled personalised service and understated luxury. To commemorate the occasion, Café Gray Deluxe presents a Wine Pairing Celebration Menu featuring a range of 2009 vintages to complement a specially curated four-course menu. 

In 2009, Swire Hotels opened the doors to its second House of The House Collective, with the goal to create a highly individualised small luxury hotel that would break with convention.  This has been embodied in the sophisticated and modern design reminiscent of an Asian inspired residence, and the passionate team members who continue to redefine hospitality.  

Available from 1-31 October 2019, Café Gray Deluxe will present a special four-course dinner Celebration Menu paired with a selection of wines from 2009, priced at HK$1,260 per person.  The dishes include Hokkaido Scallops, Grilled Red Snapper, or Slow Braised Veal Cheek and Chocolate Délice to finish. 

Award-winning Chef Sommelier, Leo Au has handpicked four 2009 vintages to complement the dishes on the Celebration Menu. Leo says, “2009 was not only a good year for our hotel’s opening, but also for wine. With optimal weather in Europe throughout the year, 2009 wines are one of the most opulent vintages.” 

Partnering with pioneering sparkling wine producer Nyetimber, those reserving a table for 10 people or more will also receive an exclusive preview of the world’s first Prestige Cuvee English Sparkling Wine, Nyetimber 1086 Rosé in magnum, available for the first time in Hong Kong. 

Nyetimber’s most prestigious wine, 1086 is the ultimate expression of owner Eric Heerema’s vision and his confidence in England’s ability to produce world-class sparkling wines. 1086 is made of a selection from a precious treasury of over 90 exceptional wines superbly crafted by Head Winemaker Cherie Spriggs.

In 2009, Swire Hotels opened the doors to its second House of The House Collective, with the goal to create a highly individualised small luxury hotel that would break with convention.  This has been embodied in the sophisticated and modern design reminiscent of an Asian inspired residence, and the passionate team members who continue to redefine hospitality.  

Available from 1-31 October 2019, Café Gray Deluxe will present a special four-course dinner Celebration Menupaired with a selection of wines from 2009, priced at HK$1,260 per person.  The dishes include Hokkaido Scallops, Grilled Red Snapper, or Slow Braised Veal Cheek and Chocolate Délice to finish. 

Wine improves with age and dining experience improves with wine. Award-winning Chef Sommelier, Leo Au has handpicked four 2009 vintages to complement the dishes on the Celebration Menu. Leo says, “2009 was not only a good year for our hotel’s opening, but also for wine. With optimal weather in Europe throughout the year, 2009 wines are one of the most opulent vintages.” 

Partnering with pioneering sparkling wine producer Nyetimber, those reserving a table for 10 people or more will also receive an exclusive preview of the world’s first Prestige Cuvee English Sparkling Wine, Nyetimber 1086 Rosé in magnum, available for the first time in Hong Kong. 

Nyetimber’s most prestigious wine, 1086 is the ultimate expression of owner Eric Heerema’s vision and his confidence in England’s ability to produce world-class sparkling wines. 1086 is made of a selection from a precious treasury of over 90 exceptional wines superbly crafted by Head Winemaker Cherie Spriggs.

From local delights to exquisite haute cuisine, Kuala Lumpur is the ultimate foodie destination. For fine-dining, our top picks are Nobu and Dewakan. Nobu Kuala Lumpur is a Michelin-starred titan in the world of sushi, sashimi and tempura. Dewakan is Malaysia’s first and only entry into the Asia’s 50 best restaurants awards. It seems simple enough to describe Dewakan as a restaurant that specialises in “modern Malaysian” cuisine, but doing so brushes over the extent to which chef Darren Teoh and his team have pioneered a new direction in the country’s fine dining scene. Another lush affair is the afternoon tea at The Majestic Hotel’s Orchid Conservatory. Showcasing a hanging garden and orchid scape within a glass atrium, this botanical wonder is the only one of its kind in the country. 

With a booming café scene, lazy afternoons spent in coffee shops is a great way to take a break from a packed itinerary of sight-seeing. The industrial-chic Breakfast Thieves is located in the heart of Bangsar where you can expect to be whisked away by modern Australian cuisine with a touch of Asian influence. Pulp is Papa Palheta’s flagship store in Malaysia and offers a range of different roasts that will delight any coffee connoisseur. Nestled between a contrasting mix of sky-high condominiums and antiquated shophouses along Jalan Galloway, VCR Café is well-frequented by discerning coffee drinkers and brunch lovers for its satisfying range of coffee from single-origin beans and unique blends. Remodelled from a corner-lot building, VCR Café retains much of its original charm and old-world feel with rustic fixtures, wood and brick elements, high ceiling and warm lighting.

 Those wanting to get a taste of the local cuisine must squeeze in a visit to the Jalan Alor Night Market. It’s within the Bukit Bintang area, so it’s easily accessible if you’re staying in the city centre. Another culinary highlight is Village Park Restaurant, which is often touted as having the best nasi lemak in town by locals and tourists alike. For something a bit more modern, an up and coming dining establishment joining the cafe scene is Chocha Foodstore. It is located in an old building with a retro interior and offers local favourites that come with a creative twist.

Whether you’re keen on a night cap before bed or somewhere to start a spirited night out, KL’s vibrant night scene will have something for everyone. Located at the W hotel in downtown Kuala Lumpur at the heart of the Golden Triangle, WET Deck is a stylish bar lounge that transcends traditional pool deck bar expectations with its harmonious blend of cutting-edge mixology, bold modern design and view overlooking the Petronas Twin Towers.

Tucked away on a quiet suburban street in Bangsar between a local mechanics and design studio you’ll find the fabulously trendy Coley Cocktail Bar. Expect romantic mauve walls, dim lighting, 1960s beats and brown leather ottomans facing an extensively well-stocked bar. We highly recommend the Gin and Coconut cocktail, which is a thirst-quencher ideal for the tropical heat.

Finding the most picturesque spot to say ‘I do’ or the most private place to escape post nuptials can be overwhelming, with a slew of luxury experiences battling it out to be the chosen destination. The Upper House, The Sanchaya, Capella Singapore, and Singita are some of the most iconic locations to spend the wedding season…

Chic City Wedding: The Upper House, Hong Kong

Already well-known for its highly personalised service and understated luxury, The Upper House has unveiled “YourWeddingJourney,” their new weddings offerings. Inspiring those who seek exclusive and intimate wedding spaces,The Upper House offers various wedding se-tups, one-on-one consultations and curated experiences from hand-selected partners.

Located on Level 6, The Lawn is a secret garden bathed in sunlight and hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Surrounded by lush greenery and a grand stairway, it is an idyllic setting for an outdoor wedding ceremony accommodating up to 60 seated guests or up to 100 standing guests for a chic garden cocktail.

Sophisticated Beachside Honeymoon: The Sanchaya, Bintan

An intimate island estate, just 50minutes from Singapore, The Sanchaya is one of the most convenient yet romantic destinations to spend some alone time as a newly married couple. White powder sands,aquamarine waters, and a monochromatic design combine to create a tranquil bolt-hole and one of Southeast Asia’s most picturesque spots.

A team of experts dedicated to creating unforgettable experiences are on hand to offer a bespoke stay for the happy couple – from His & Hers massages in the Indonesian-inspired spa, to Cheese and Wine Discovery Sessions with the estate’s Sommelier.

Isolated Island Wedding: Capella Singapore

With a coveted island destination on Sentosa, Capella Singapore has become well-known as one of the region’s most luxurious hotels. It caters to a range of wedding needs, with a private Creative Style Director, who was a former florist to the stars in LA; personalised ‘his & hers’ cocktails; and Singapore’s largest curved LED wall.

Set against the magnificent backdrop of the South China Sea, the property combines old-world colonial charm with contemporary chic; inspired by Tanah Merah’s Malay translation of red earth,architects Foster + Partners designed the resort to sit in harmony with surrounding nature.

Sultry Safari Honeymoon: Singita Hillside Suite, Sasawaka Lodge, Tanzania

Leading luxury safari operator, Singita, have unveiled their latest suite, the Hillside Suite at Singita Sasakwa Lodge at the Grumeti Reserve, Tanzania – within Singita’s 350,000-acre private reserve in close proximity to some of the most prized game-viewing on the continent.

Set against the uncharted backdrop of the sweeping views of plains of the Serengeti the newly opened Hillside Suite ensures guests escape into their own world and revel in the endless views over the African wilderness. This private escape for two is a unique honeymoon destination, set away from the main lodge it invites guests enjoy an authentic encounter with the African plains.

With food-stall-lined streets and eye-catching colours bursting from every corner, Kuala Lumpur is filled with spots that will inject vibrancy into your Instagram feed. The ornate Thean Hou Temple is a Chinese temple dedicated to the Queen of Heaven. The temple’s architecture finds its roots from Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian traditions, exemplifying the melting pot of cultures and religions that form Malaysia’s population.We also loved the panoramic views of KL, which is worth the trek up the hill.

For a dose of art, we headed to Art Printing Works in the Bangsar neighbourhood, which was founded in the 1960s as a former printing factory. The space was repurposed into a creative hub in 2013 and is now home to some amazing food & beverage options.

We made pit stops at both Breakfast Thieves and Pulp by Papa Palheta before continuing to Zhong Shan Building, which once housed the Selangor Zhongshan Association. The space has now comeback to life in the form of a three-building independent arts and research hub housing the likes of art gallery OUR ArtProjects, music store Tandang Records, Tommy le Baker’s Kampung Attap outpost and more.

Another artsy highlight was Rex KL – what was an iconic theatre back in the 1970s has since been turned into a vibrant creative space where local entrepreneurs and artists can flourish. Make sure to check each spot’s Facebook page for any upcoming events that you can catch during your time in the city.

While KL may seem like a concrete jungle, decorated with twisting expressways and high-rise buildings, nature lovers need not despair as there are plenty of green pockets both within the city and in its surroundings. In the heart of the city, KLCC park was designed to showcase a heritage of tropical greenery by integrating man’s creation with nature. Elements of shape and topography were created to give an illusion of space while the combination of trees, shrubs and sculptures were arranged to provide colour and form to the park.

A 45-minute car ride brings us to Batu Caves, a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples. Dedicated to Lord Murugan, the cave is one of the most popular Tamil shrines outsideIndia. Top tips: if you’re hoping to snap a picture of the multi-coloured steps leading up to the cave, make your way to the site around dawn.Beware of the monkeys as they can be quite vicious, especially if you’re carrying any exposed food.

The adventurous can take on Bukit Tabur, which is also known as The Dragon’s Backbone due to its long, rugged, protruding ridge that resembles the backbone of a dragon. With a length of more than 16km long and 200m wide, it is probably the longest crystal quartz outcrop in the world, a geological wonder right next to KL City.Make sure to check the weather before you head there as it can get quite dangerous during the rainy season.