Le Meridien Putrajaya is a premier lifestyle hotel that is of international standing, professional and business-like, yet hardly stuffy and instead remain pragmatic and grounded. Ideally situated close to Putrajaya’s key commercial and retail districts, the hotel is accessible via various points of entry that include the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) and the Kemuning-Shah Alam Highway (LKSA).
Being Le Meridien’s third location after Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu, Le Meridien Putrajaya is designed to resonate with travellers who seek enriching experiences through its passion for art, cuisine and locale. According to Le Meridien Putrajaya General Manager Kumar Renoo, intends to “expose the creative-minded traveller to the most unexpected and engaging experiences, inside and outside the hotel.”
“The existence of Le Meridien Putrajaya is to help unlock Putrajaya, Sepang and their surroundings as a veritable destination among Starwood Preferred Guests (SPG) members and other sophisticated travellers,” adds Le Meridien Director of Sales & Marketing Tan Lee Fong.
The hotel’s biggest plus is its 353 stylish, smoke-free and spacious guestrooms, with the smallest starting at 42 square metres. They sport European-inspired contemporary look that come with the ultra-comfortable signature Le Meridien Bed. Most rooms face the golf course, and their efficient layout and business-friendly facilities easily meet corporate and leisure travellers’ expectations. The rooms sizes also make them family-friendly too because the beds could fit two adults and two toddlers. Each room has at least five built-in international adapter plug points to meet the demands of tech-savvy gadget-lugging guests. Free Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the hotel’s premises is provided as well.
In terms of facilities, Le Meridien Putrajaya has an open-air infinity pool located next to the dedicated children’s pool overlooking the golf course, offering guests the chance to cover a few laps and then take in the soothing green scenery. It also has a 24-hour gym with sufficient equipment for a good workout. For those who are still uninitiated about Putrajaya, the hotel’s transport department also offers a two-hour Putrajaya tour for guests at MYR84.20 per hour.
Le Meridien Putrajaya only has two full-fledged dining outlets, Latest Recipe and Li Mei, which offer excellent and distinctive “curated fare” (as Mr. Kumar Renoo puts it), topped with quality service. For more dining options, guests can simply head to the swanky IOI City Mall attached to the hotel, making the experience staying at the hotel more convenient and urbane.
When having breakfast at Latest Recipe, guests should try out the outlet’s unique Signature Breakfast menu comprising cutting edge creations such as duck tartine and egg benedict on Chinese buns, all need to be ordered separately because they are not served at the buffet. During weekends, the breakfast buffet served at Latest Recipe and the expansive Club Lounge on Level 20 are open until 11:00 a.m., understanding that guests prefer to sleep in and have the pleasure of waking up later than usual.
For quick bites, guests can head to Latitude 02, a bar-like corner that serves refreshing beverages and homemade pastries, particularly chocolate and vanilla eclairs, which are Le Meridien’s signature. The eclairs also come in flavours such as mango and roselle to suit local palate.
For a more elevated dining experience, guests must dine at the exclusive Chinese fusion dining outlet called Li Mei, which is Muslim-friendly because it serves innovative cuisine using halal ingredients, allowing both Muslims and non-Muslims to dine with peace of mind. This restaurant is headed by award-winning Chef Michael Wong, who brings authentic Chinese-Cantonese cuisine to the next level of present-day gastronomy by infusing herbs and spices into his creations for stronger contrast of flavours that please even the most jaded epicureans. The restaurant places top priority in the quality and freshness of its food, thus attracting repeat customers. Each dish is exquisitely presented, embellished with seasoning made in-house and no monosodium glutamate.
Guests will definitely be impressed by the restaurant’s elaborately crafted wooden panels at its entrance, similar to those found in the Malaysia-China Friendship Garden in Putrajaya. The restaurant’s interior employs design that is creative and traditional yet elegantly current. Being able to accommodate up to 90 diners at one time, Li Mei also has five individual dining rooms for guests to dine and entertain in privacy. The restaurant is also ideal as a venue for dinner functions, wedding receptions, social events, product launches and even fashion shows. Big names, especially the Who’s Who in Malaysian business and politics, including those associated with them, pass through Li Mei’s door on regular basis since the hotel is within the radius of Putrajaya, Malaysia’s seat of government administration.
Prior to the existence of Li Mei in Putrajaya, this name is used as a brand by Le Meridien for its Chinese restaurants only in mainland China. Le Meridien Putrajaya receives the honour as the first property outside China to carry the Li Mei brand, making the outlet – and the hotel – all the more special and serendipitous. On top of that, Li Mei Outlet Manager, Mr. Ammar Shahril, is the only non-Chinese manager in Malaysia who runs a Chinese restaurant.
Li Mei is popular for traditional dim sum during lunch and modern Cantonese-inspired cuisine for dinner. Some of the restaurant’s must-try dishes are lamb chop with dried chili, and cod fish with egg white. But the one sybaritic diners should never miss is the almost orgasmic dessert confection that combines vanilla ice cream with salted egg yolk topped with red beans, which could make diners wake up all night just remembering it.
In short, dining at Li Mei is an unforgettable experience because it offers great food and great ambience. Diners interested to experience Li Mei at Le Meridien Putrajaya should take note that the restaurant is open daily for lunch from 12:00 noon until 2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
Haven for golfers and their company
Le Meridien Putrajaya offers stay-and-play golf package by working closely with the premium and professional Palm Garden Golf Club where guests do not need to be a member to play and has an 18-hole golf course situated within the IOI Resort City. Designed by an Australian architect who also designed a few reputable courses in Malaysia, Ted Parslow, the golf course is divided into two sections: Eugenia, comprising the first nine holes deemed easy; and Bismarck, the remaining nine holes that offer more challenge. An average golfer may take up to around four hours to complete the entire course.
Though the five-year old Palm Garden Golf Club has a short course, golfers find it enjoyable because it is the number one public golf course in Malaysia due its outstandingly well maintained facilities and service. The leading golf publication ParGolf also ranks the course as the top three greens in 2017. The golf course is popular so much so that besides locals, it also attracts many Japanese, Koreans and mainland Chinese vacationers throughout the year, especially during the northern hemisphere winter season.
According to Le Meridien Putrajaya Assistant PR Manager Rima Malini Theyuanboo, Le Meridien Putrajaya is popular among Korean golfers who take up the Golf Package because they find it irresistibly attractive due to the value they get compared to if they were to play golf back home. Gaya Travel Magazine was further informed that the amount the South Koreans and the Japanese spend on golfing and holidaying at Le Meridien Putrajaya for three days and two nights is almost equivalent to one round of golf in their respective countries.
Since the course receives around 3,000 rounds per month, the grounds are maintained on daily basis so that golfers’ experience when playing at the course can be fully optimised. The club also has a two-tier driving range.
Though Palm Garden Golf Club charges more than the average golf session (MYR400 per person on weekdays and MYR600 during weekends), guests are not required to pay the initial hefty membership fee, thus offering peace of mind to those who want to play without strings attached. “No doubt, the price is slightly higher to play at the course. However, golfers receive more value in the form of better and professionally maintained facilities and well manicured greens so that golfers will be able to ‘feel’ the game. We provide flexibility in terms of time for golfers to play, besides allowing golf buggies to go directly onto the greens so that golfers can access the holes more conveniently. After all things considered, this is a truly accommodating golf course and tourist-friendly,” notes Palm Garden Golf Club Sales & Marketing Manager KC Yum.
Those who do not golf are still welcome to use the club’s other facilities like the swimming pool, gymnasium and tennis court (at a fee), including lounging at the club’s all-day dining outlet R5ve Cafe, which is popular for its comfort food such as Cantonese kway teow, Vietnamese bean curd and fish head mee hoon noodle. Besides, family members or travel companions of golfers who play at the Palm Garden Golf Course can opt for other activities like shopping, dining, ice skating and discovering District 21 at the IOI City mall, besides relishing their stay at Le Meridien Putrajaya.
Le Meridien Putrajaya also offers meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) package comprising one-night stay plus one adventure park entry per person by partnering with District 21, a 70,000 square-foot adventure park with post-apocalyptic theme located within IOI City Mall opened to the public since December 2014. The place does not only offer family fun but also team-building programmes for public and private organisations, including corporations. There are also individual rooms for organisations or individuals to hold functions like learning and development seminars, including private events like birthdays.
Five of District 21’s ten attractions are specifically designed for adults to foster confidence, determination and inculcate esprit de corps together with teammates. The other five attractions are dedicated for children who are at least five years old. Due to the complexity of the attractions that can be physically demanding, most of them require the players to be at least 90 centimetres tall. There are also weight restrictions imposed on certain attractions, hence players need to check with the marshals.
“District 21 emphasises on safety and health of the players. All staff are certified in safety and knowledgeable in administering first aid. Activities are supervised by experienced marshals to ensure that the players remain safe. Safety checks are done every day and thorough safety inspection is done every month,” claims District 21 Senior Sales & Marketing Executive Shahrul Nizar. He added that what makes District 1 more unique is the presence of the vertiginous attraction called the roller glider, which is one of the only two in the world and a must for adrenaline junkies. The other one is in Bulgaria, the origin of the attraction.
Besides District 21, Le Meridian Putrajaya also provides MICE facilities within the hotel’s premises such as 15 meeting rooms that include the nearly 2,500 square metres grand ballroom equipped with state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, supported by a creative event planning team.
With its top-notch accommodation, gastronomy and facilities, including staff who are dynamic, passionate and bent towards making guests’ stay memorable and exceptional, Le Meridien Putrajaya helps to unlock the destination not just among the SPG members but also travellers who are inquisitive and have good taste. Perhaps it is safe to say that the hotel, being ideal for MICE and staycation, helps to place Putrajaya and the surrounding locales on the discerning travellers’ map, giving more reasons for such travellers to explore this side of the world and unlock its delights.
Address: Le Meridien Putrajaya, Lebuh IRC, IOI Resort City, 62502 Putrajaya Sepang, Selangor
Contact Number: +6 03 8689 6888
This article is included in Gaya Travel Magazine 12.3. Read the magazine for free HERE.