By Jeremy Khalil on May 25, 2018
Established 10 years ago, One World Hotel is celebrating its tenth year anniversary in 2017. Besides locals and Singaporeans, this 438-room hotel strongly attracts travellers from the Asia Pacific and West Asian regions. One World Hotel is also a member of an exclusive collection of the world’s most unique independent hotels called WORLDHOTELS that has 450 affiliate properties in more than 250 destinations and 65 countries worldwide. Since the popular 1Utama shopping centre is conveniently attached to the hotel, guests might have the sense of being coddled within a convenient self-contained bubble since their luxurious accommodation comes together with anything that they might need all under one roof.
One World Hotel is increasingly becoming more accessible with the opening of the new Bandar Utama mass rapid transit (MRT) halt located within 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel lobby and directly linked to another hotel currently being constructed by the same owner as One World Hotel. This is on top of the fact that there are already two express coach services that conveniently link the hotel and shopping centre directly to Singapore: First Coach, which terminates at One World Hotel’s lower ground floor; and Aeroline, which stops at 1Utama’s new wing. Gaya Travel Magazine also learned that a family theme park, belonging to the same owner as well, is concurrently being built next to the MRT halt. Once completed, the entire complex consisting One World Hotel, 1Utama shopping centre and the family theme park, including the spanking new hotel, would surely attract more guests and footfalls, turning it into a prime family-friendly and shopping destination at this side of Klang Valley.
One World Hotel completed its full refurbishment around two years ago. Though the hotel in general is grand and represents 21st century opulence to befit its five-star rating, it also crafts cleverly intimate and personal spaces that are smart, elegant and equipped with technological advancements such as fibre optic lighting, remote-controlled curtains and robotic massage chairs at certain rooms and spaces to help soothe away tensions on guests’ major muscle groups. The hotel also possesses enviably comprehensive meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) facilities with over 5,000 metres squared of function areas, so much so that the hotel garnered the award as the World’s Leading Meeting & Conference Hotel for three consecutive years during the prestigious World Travel Awards 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively.
Guests, particularly business executives and important people, are recommended to check themselves in the rooms that grant them access to the Peridot Club Lounge on 19th Floor, which has the said massage chair, just in case guests require them after a long day. Every hotel staff seems to know your name when you stay in one of those rooms. At the lounge, guests are entitled to enjoy continental breakfast in exclusivity from 6:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.; then afternoon tea from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.; and daily evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., all for two persons.
Speaking of the Peridot Club Lounge, the space is remarkably tony and plush yet homely and inviting. Guests are sure to find the space ideal for unwinding, collecting their thoughts and completing their desk-bound work in peace. It was also here that I had the opportunity to chow down a bowl of an upliftingly spicy prawn noodles, which perked me up well.
Those who are entitled or able to splurge more should choose the suite accommodations, particularly the Executive Deluxe Suite, because apart from premium spaciousness, the suite also has dining and living areas, additional toilet, two television sets (one in the living area and another in the bedroom), all of the expected up-to-the-minute furnishings and amenities, including guests’ own massage chair that.
Guests who have access to the Peridot Club Lounge have the choice of having their breakfast here if they do not feel like travelling down to Cinnamon Coffee House on Concourse Level that works up extensive arrays of sumptuous breakfast delights encompassing local, Japanese and Western fare. Though the breakfast spread at Peridot Club Lounge is lesser, it is no less exquisite since it dishes out selected lip-smacking and comforting options like halibut cooked in olive crust with mushrooms and herb oil and minute steak with cauliflower and thyme juice alongside only-prepared-when-ordered refreshing and fresh concoctions such as the healthy detox juice comprising the mix of green apple, celery and bitter gourd that help to activate guests’ digestive system.
From Fridays to Sundays, Cinnamon Coffee House – with its ambience fit for the gathering of family and friends – vends the delectable Weekend High Tea (MYR138++ per person) from 12:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Based on Gaya Travel Magazine’s observations, many guests and walk-in diners are taking advantage of the satiatingly abundant comestibles laid out for their dining pleasure. Those who are not yet in the know are sure to head straight to the Weekend High Tea at Cinnamon Coffee House once they realise what they have been missing.
Another of the hotel’s food and beverage outlet that guests should try out is the pork-free Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant, situated on the same level as the hotel lobby. The restaurant’s menu for dinner leans more towards seafood that includes sumptuous dishes like steamed cod and scallops with vegetables. Diners should culminate their meals with the restaurant’s much acclaimed desserts such as lemongrass jelly and longan with ginseng filled inside fresh coconut, ginseng root with peach jelly that are also inside coconut and dried longan with snow lotus seed. Durian lovers should order the durian trio consisting durian spring roll, durian pancake and ice-cream to end their meals on a high note.
Besides dinner, Zuan Yuan Restaurant also serves up dim sum (bite-sized portion of food served in small steamer baskets or dishes) for lunch during weekdays starting from 12:00 p.m. and for brunch during weekends starting from 9:00 a.m. Guests are recommended to try out the restaurant’s mouth-watering siew mai (traditional Chinese dumplings), especially the succulent fish dumplings, and have them washed down with refreshing chrysanthemum tea.
When staying at One World Hotel, guests are recommended to undergo the signature spa treatments dispensed by one of the four well trained and experienced masseuses at sanctuary@one (www.sanctuaryatone.com), located on the same level as the hotel’s pool and spacious fitness centre. This spa, which highlights Asian style massages, is incredibly popular during weekends so guests need to make reservation if they wish to come to between Friday and Saturday – during the other days, they could just walk in. One of the most popular massages provided by the spa is the deeply relaxing and reinvigorating aroma massage (MYR233 nett per person for 60 minutes), making it one of the best pick-me-up experiences available at the hotel (other than the detox juice and massage chair at the Peridot Club Lounge, of course).
Gaya Travel Magazine loves One World Hotel’s straightforward, fuss-free, upscale, upmarket and family-friendly nature, which makes it ideal not just for corporate and foreign travellers, but also affluent local and regional travellers seeking staycation destinations equipped with contemporary state-of-the-art conveniences. It is obvious that the hotel is slated for more better times to come.