Recent accolades and developments — from a spot on Asia’s 50 Best Bars to the soon-to-open Exchange 106, replacing the Petronas Twin Towers as the tallest building in Southeast Asia — are really putting Kuala Lumpur in the spotlight, and with flights from Hong Kong just under four hours, it’s certainly one of the best spots in Asia to choose for a weekend city break. But beyond ogling at skyscrapers and gorging on your body weight in Hokkien mee, we’re also interested in seeking the most worthy, local-approved places to explore and hang out.

With the Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur slated to open by this autumn, visitors looking to get a thorough taste of the city will also soon get to anchor their trip right in the heart of the city’s CBD, referred to as the ‘golden triangle.’ Situated in the best possible location in the city, the 65-storey tower will be home to 209 lavish guest rooms and suites, six F&B outlets, a whole host of luxury retail, as well as 242 private residences and 27 serviced apartments within Four Seasons Place — the largest residential project by the brand in the world.

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At the helm of the new Four Seasons KL is Belgium-native Tom Roelens, who started his Four Seasons career in Southeast Asia at the former Regent Jakarta 17 years ago. After stints in California and at the acclaimed Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, before leading the head-to-toe revamp of Hawaii’s private island escape Four Seasons Resort Lanai, it’s no doubt Roelens is well accustomed to seeking out the finer things in life.

Returning to Southeast Asia and having spent over a year now in KL in preparation of the new hotel opening, Roelens shares with us the local gems he’s picked up along the way: worthwhile must-dos for the Kuala Lumpur newbie or veteran alike. Tick the following off your list…

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