What’s the worst thing that could happen to a writer? Well, personally speaking, what’s worst that could happen to me as a writer is being hit by the writer’s block and feeling terribly burned out an uninspired. Writer’s block usually hit me when I feel awfully stressed up with my workload. March was one of those crazily hectic month where I feel pretty much dead inside and out and I was in a serious need of de-stress. As much as I want to go for an eco-escapade again to escape reality for a little while and just get lost in the jungle somewhere, I just couldn’t do so. There’s too much work commitments for me, so getting out of Kuala Lumpur is simply out of the question, so instead of my usual camping and hiking trip whenever I feel overwhelmed, I decided to have a relaxing staycation instead at RED by Sirocco.
RED by Sirocco is a beautiful hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Easily recognizeable by this beautiful mural. This alone is beautifully inspirational, I must say. This mural was painted by a renowned Malaysian graffiti artist by the name of Kenji Chai and it beautifully graces the entire length of one side of the external hotel building’s wall. It took him 10 hours to paint the mural daily and it was completed it in 21 days. The title of this mural is the ‘Courage to Dream’ but it’s better known around as The Sleeping Dayak Girl. You may look up all about this mural on social media by using the hashtag #sleepingdayakgirl. The Sleeping Dayak girl is currently the tallest mural in Malaysia, endorsed by The Malaysia Book of Records.
RED by Sirocco is one of the latest four-star boutique hotels to open in town and it is conveniently located along Jalan Kamunting in the Chow Kit area of Kuala Lumpur. It can easily be reachable via Dang Wangi LRT and Bukit Nanas Monorail. Located just beside the well known banana leaf restaurant; BaRnana Leaf and spa; The RUB Bar, this hotel seems small from the outside. But once you step in, the hotel tells an entirely different story from the inside.The interior of the hotel screams nothing but classy and chic with a hint of minimalism. As per it’s namesake, everything is decorated in red theme.
RED by Sirocco’s lobby is chic and welcoming. The staff here are also very warm and helpful.
The lobby is decorated in an artistically contemporary manner. Artworks can be spotted hanging around on the wall at the lobby and waiting area. If you are a fan of all things artsy, you’ll like the deco cuz you’ll feel as if you’ve ventured into an art gallery’s exhibition hall.
Business centre at the lobby offers complimentary usage of the desktops.
Here’s my room. It’s an Executive room that comes with beautiful view overlooking KL Tower at the balcony. Another note worthy thing about the rooms in RED by Sirocco is that they are not only equipped with air conditioner but comes with a ceiling fan as well. That’s really environmental friendly and praise-worthy in my opinion.
Comfy King sized bed is definitely a cure for insomnia.
My room came with complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and a huge 49” LCD TV.
Bathroom was really spacious. I guess it’s designed for couples.
Shower booth comes with complimentary toiletries that you can bring back.
Vanity table with plenty of light. This is simply love at first sight for little vainpots like me.
Towelling robe and iron can be found in the wardrobe.
The Executive room is also equipped with a spacious study area, making it a perfect room for those who are here not only for leisure but for business as well.
Sparkling night view from the balcony of my room.
The mini bar is interesting; instead of the regular instant coffee and tea satchet, guests gets to brew their own capsule espresso and traditional Chinese tea.
Cafes Richard Coffee Machine. Cafes Richard is a world famous French cafe that serves delicious food and coffers and so far there is only one of it in Malaysia; in SkyAvenue at Resorts World Genting.I’ve been to Cafes Richard in SkyAvenue, Resorts World Genting and their cold drip coffees are to die for. And the one that’s brewed by this capsule machine is equally good. A must try if you’re staying at RED by Sirocco.
Traditional teapot for you to brew Chinese tea. I can’t read Chinese, so I’m not sure what tea are these. I suppose they must be from the famous variant, from the look of the packaging.
I’m not much a coffee drinker but I couldn’t resist a cuppa first thing in the morning during my stay. It serves as a wonderful pick me up drink to perk me up for the rest of the day.
I was at RED by Sirocco for a rest&relax weekend, but I’m not the sort of person who likes to slack off when it comes to working out. After all, I kinda feel like I’ve been out of shape these days due to all my foodie adventures. So I decided to check out The Fitness Centre at RED by Sirocco and I’m glad that I did. It’s complimentary to be used by in-house guests and it’s decently equipped with weights and cardio equipments. Not forgetting that it’s sufficiently mirrored, making it a perfect place for my cardio dance routine. Here’s yours truly working out, first thing in the morning before breakfast.
I had my breakfast at The Rogue Club. The Rouge Club is actually a cool sky club that doubles as a cafe in the morning during breakfast time.
The inifinity pool overlooking beautiful city view at The Rouge Club. I wanted to take short morning swim at the pool after my workout, but it was drizzling that morning. Swimming while raining is a no no, so I had to shelve that idea and just enjoy my breakfast instead.
The Rouge Club may look all serene and calm, located on the 25th floor of RED by Sirocco, but at night, it’s a perfect place for a night out with friends. The place served a variety of cocktails, with DJs and live bands playing music on weekends or special occasions.
The Rouge Club offers plenty of delicious things for breakfast ranging from local delights like Nasi Lemak, Noodles and Porridges to Western Style Breakfast, but I like my breakfast light instead of heavy and so I assembled my own sandwich from the pastry and cheese section and paired it with a cup of fruit yogurt.
Decicing to make the most out of my staycation, I visited The RUB Bar for more R&R ‘ME’ time before I leave.
The RUB Bar (a word play on ‘raba’ which translates to ‘to rub’ in English) was recently opened to both Malaysians and tourists at RED by Sirocco Kuala Lumpur. The spa offers premium quality services and products at a really reasonable prices.
The RUB Bar has its own natural wellness products such as aromatherapy oils for detoxification, lotions for muscle relief and relaxing as well as body scrubs.
Checking out the Fun Soap section. These are among their bestsellers and customers’ all time favourite.
Wanderbath soaps and bath bombs spotted over here too.
You may also customise your own ‘The RUB Bar Body Scrub’ or lotion to your own liking.
But what I’m here for is their massage. With more than 10 treatment areas for guests to enjoy some private “ME” time, The RUB Bar is a sanctuary for those who wants to rejuvenate their bodies.
I went for the foot Reflexology and Body Massage package and here’s my therapist giving me a footbath before proceeding with the massage.
Getting massaged. It feels so good but here’s trying my best not to laugh out loud when the therapist was massaging my feet cuz I’m awfully ticklish there.
Once the foot reflexology session is up, I was ushered upstairs to the curtained treatment are.
Sorry guys, no pictures of me here. I was in nothing but my panties and a towel as my therapist massaged my body. I was told that it was just a basic traditional Malaysian massage, but it feels pretty much like magic to me. I feel so relaxed that I fell asleep during the treatment.
A picture of me after the treatment. I felt so rejuvenated and relaxed that I thought that it’ll be really nice if I can just go back to the room and sleep. But alas, the clock already stroke 12 and I needed to check out and return to the realm of reality. Such a shame.
My staycation at RED by Sirocco is short, but really relaxing and rejuvenating. I usually prefer eco-escapades to staycations like this, but I have to say that it recharged me much more than my camping or trekking trips. A perfect remedy for a tired mind and body. I guess I’ll be back here again soon for more R&R treats when I feel all stressed out again.
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