Villa Samadhi…

Looking for a sanctuary, a getaway or maybe a romantic stay but, still want to be in the city to enjoy the nightlife or maybe shopping at Suria KLCC or just want to explore KL’s Golden Triangle? Villa Samadhi is the place for you to stay. From the outside, you wouldn’t be able to tell that there’s a lil piece of Nirvana behind the hidden guarded gates to the premise. When we arrived, we were greeted by a guard at the gate and by showing our reservation to him, he opened the gates and led us to a parking space within the lot. Once we had a glimpse of the kept secret behind the gates, we instantly felt serenity and excitement started to creep in. πŸ™‚

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The Room – Luxe Sarang

Here’s a walk through video of the Luxe Sarang. πŸ™‚

We booked the Luxe Sarang for 2 nights and upon unlocking the wooden doors to our Garden Courtyard, we were greeted by a large daybed and also our very own Private Plunge Pool. Then there’s another door that leads into the Villa/room. Behind that door, there’s a big hallway with an antique table with complimentary local delicacy of cookies and “kuih” (cake). Finally, you enter the bedroom area + living area which is well funished with a large and comfortable king size bed and also another daybed that functions as a sofa which gives you a good view to the balcony/patio area which gives you direct access to the pool. Btw, the Luxe Sarang is the only Villa with the defining feature of its direct access to the pool, offering an exclusive luxurious retreat to soak in the afternoon sun or enjoy a romantic moon-lit dinner for two.

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Back in the room, there will be another double door that leads you into another room with a walk-in wardrobe + work station/desk for those that have to keep up with some work. Within that room, you’ll see another double door that leads you into the huge bathroom with double sinks, one for her and another for him where there’s a huge area that’s fitted with double rainshower + shower separated by a set of huge sliding glass doors that gives you direct access to the Private Plunge Pool and Garden Courtyard area.

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For their turn down service, every night they place a decanter of port wine in the room together with chocolates and cookies. πŸ™‚
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The view at night from the villa’s patio area that leads directly to the pool.
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Thank you Hubs for the lovely personalized Tiffany & Co. Rose Gold Necklace. ❀ I love you.

The Dining Room

Is an all day, dining room as it’s name states and is set beneath a soaring ceiling, and overlooking Villa Samadhi, the circular Dining Room sits on the edge of the β€œLagoon” which is exclusively for residents only which serves local and western cuisine made from local and seasonal produce and is walking distance from your own respective villas.

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The Dining Room

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Before checking out, we decided to indulge in a massage session to end the visit on a relaxing note.

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The Luxe Sarang Villa’s price for a night is approximately RM1,114.00 but, for more information and current prices please checkout their official website:Β Villa Samadhi

Villa Samadhi is located at: 8, Jalan Madge, Taman U Thant, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur. West Malaysia.

Hubby and I are definitely going to go back to Villa Samadhi for the romantic stay to get away from the bustling city life.

XoXo, VAS

Dining with a View – Nobu, KL Edition…

This is definitely a long overdue post. To be exact, almost 1.5 months late. After my short 2 weeks holiday in February, I got extremely busy catching up with work and my personal life. There’s definitely been lots of changes, but they are definitely good ones for sure.

I had the opportunity to wine and dine at Nobu, Kuala Lumpur again in February 2019. We definitely managed to get a better table this time around as it was right next to the famous KL Twin Towers with a beautiful view of the KL, Sunset on the 17th of February 2019. Instead of going for the Omakase like I did in 2015, JR and I decided to order off the menu and every dish we had, was definitely to die for. It was totally delish. In all honesty, I’m terrified of heights but dining on the 56th floor once in awhile is definitely something I can get used to. πŸ™‚

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Btw, you don’t have to dine at Nobu just to celebrate a special occasion, just make a reservation and head there to enjoy a nice dinner with your girls or guys or family of course. Definitely, a highly recommended restaurant by me. πŸ™‚

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The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat…

The last time I had a vacation it was back in December 2106 and it was a trip to Hong Kong. Ever since then, I’ve worked till the wee hours of the morning and through festive holidays. That’s just the way it is, when you’re running your own empire. πŸ™‚ This retreat vacation was definitely long overdue and where else to go for a good retreat than, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, Perak for a few days? πŸ˜€ This would be my second time at the retreat. The Banjaran definitely has a soft spot in my heart. ❀

Why I love The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh?

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The Room – The Garden Villa

The Garden Villa has it’s own patio area complete with latest Bose Bluetooth Wireless Stereo System + Daybed/Sofa + Dining Table + Fridge + Mini Bar.

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You have your own private pool with Cabana to dip in, swim and sun tan. Just what I love doing. πŸ˜€

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The room comes complete with a Coffee Maker, Flat Screen TV, a Super Comfortable King Size Bed + Divan. For my second visit to the Retreat, they gave me a pretty bouquet of flowers and a complimentary bottle of red wine. ❀ Thank you The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat.

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The bathroom comes with 2 sinks – His and Hers, Safe Box, 2 Wardrobe Cupboards – His and Hers, a Shower Room and a separate Toilet.

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Don’t forget the Private Hot Spring that comes with a Jacuzzi setting right outside the Bathroom area which comes with an outdoor Rain Shower.

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In the mornings, you can wake up and enjoy the view of your Private Pool while enjoying the In Room Dining Menu of your choice. ❀

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I enjoyed a Lobster Roll one of the afternoons too. It was delish and definitely fresh.

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Every night, you’ll enjoy their Turn Down Service with some goodies like Cookies or Chocolate.

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The Retreat Itself

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is surrounded by hills, mountain terrains and also lots of natural flora and fauna. Hence, you get the natural scents and noises for a relaxing night’s rest.

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The Natural Geothermal Hotspring is located in the middle of the resort with it’s Dipping Pods with a view of resort, Meditation Crystal Cave, Steam Cave and much more.

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There is also a Heated Swimming Pool nearby the main Hotspring at the resort that has a menu offering refreshing beverages to cool you down from the heat.

There is no shortage of good food at the retreat – The Pomelo serves up special monthly menus. If you’re looking for a unique experience, Jeff’s Cellar is set within a limestone cave which is one of the most unique wine bars in the world. They have a wide range of organic and rare wines in a setting where ethereal lighting, intimate cave interiors and breathtaking natural water features present a whole new encounter and indulgence. Lastly, the newest addition to the retreat is The SkyBar which is literally set on top of the limestone hills comprising a cosy upper deck bar with a backdrop of breathtaking view overlooking the geothermal hotspring lake and a lower deck offer an exclusive whiskey lounge inside a cave. The bar serves refreshing signature cocktails and beverages with a fine and delightful light bites, gives you the best hints for an unforgettable experience.

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You really must experience The Banjaran Hotspring Retreat by yourself at least once. πŸ™‚

XoXo, VA

New Year, New Journey…

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Happy New Year, 2019! everyone. I hope that 2018 was kind to you and your loved ones. 2018 definitely brought new experiences for me. At the beginning of 2018, I started my year of with lots of dog related events, gatherings and shopping for Laurent, my Frenchie that was part of the Atkinson family since December 2017 and Saint, my Mini Beagle that joined the family in May 2018. Never did I imagine that I would be a proud Mom to 2 Intelligent, Adorable and Energetic Furkids. Laurent is now 1yr and 3mths while Saint is 9mths old as of 1st of January 2019. They grow up too fast!

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Middle of the year till New Year’s Eve 2019, I’ve been extremely busy with work and family especially Mom. I started to make working out a part of my routine, my form of solitude. I now have two forms of solitude – Driving and Working Out which makes me happy. At the same time, I did “spring cleaning” by removing toxic elements from my life.

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I’m signing off this post by wishing everyone another great year ahead in 2019!! Let’s surround ourselves with Good Vibes as life’s too short to be living with doubts or negative thoughts.

XoXo, VA