Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Villa Samadhi

Rates from (inc tax)$185.83

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21MYR), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Sultry sanctuary


Leafy embassy enclave

In Kuala Lumpur's leafy embassy district, Villa Samadhi hotel – whose name means 'journey' in Sanskrit – is a tempting boutique retreat replete with Thai influences. Expect lantern-lit paths and a serpentine pool that winds its way around the lush gardens at this intimate hideaway that feels far from the bustling streets of Malaysia’s capital city.

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A Samadhi gift (a sarong or chopsticks) on departure. Guests staying in the Sarang room (and higher room categories) will receive the gift and a bottle of wine.



Need to know


21, including 10 suites.


Midday. Check-in is 2pm, but flexible subject to availability.


Double rooms from $185.83 (MYR777), excluding tax at 6 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (MYR824.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include à la carte breakfast.


Bespoke experiences are yours for the picking: ask about pamper sessions at nearby day spas, or private cooking classes and market tours with the chef.

At the hotel

Gardens, laundry, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, Samadhi toiletries. Luxe Cribs and above feature private plunge pools, and Sarang's also have kitchenettes.

Our favourite rooms

Luxe Sarang 15 lured us in with its oversized bathroom, complete with an open-to-the-elements plunge pool, soothing water feature and double rainwater shower. For even more space, book the top-tier Loft, which features a striking sloped timber ceiling in the bedroom, expansive living area and sun-drenched deck with plunge pool (skinny dippers take note: the rooftop bar overlooks this inviting space).


Surrounded by cabanas and tropical gardens, the blue-tiled, lagoon-shaped pool weaves through the heart of the hotel. Ladders from ground-floor terraces allow guests to swim out from their rooms.

Packing tips

Channel manager Cherie's refined Japanese style with avant-garde designs from Yohji Yamamoto and Comme des Garçons.


Team a stay here with a stint at sister property Japamala Resort, on idyllic Tioman Island, known for its laid-back beaches and diving.


Little Smiths can come too. Families should book room six, which has two bedrooms on the ground floor and pool access via a balcony.

Food and Drink


Top Table

Stake a claim at one of the pool-view tables, or lunch in one of the cushioned cabanas outside.

Dress Code

The guest-only dining room is a laid-back affair, so casual is the way to go.

Hotel restaurant

A giant silk lantern takes centre stage in Mandi-Mandi, a pavilion-style restaurant overlooking the pool. Excellent breakfasts start with tropical fruits, cheese and freshly baked goods before your choice of hot main is served – standouts include flaky roti canai and indulgent eggs Benedict. For lunch and dinner, the menu is a mix of Malaysian and Italian cuisines, with choices spanning fragrant yellow seabass curry and grilled prawns with squid-ink risotto.

Hotel bar

Come sunset, rooftop Bumbung Bar opens for a short-and-sweet hour-long service of free cocktails and canapés. Don't miss the 6.30–7.30pm nightly session, when the bartender shakes up specialties such as the Travel to Japamala of roasted apple, cinnamon and vodka, or a punch-packing Eliya Grapefruit cocktail of gin, tea and grapefruit jam. The bar only stays open for an hour and only seats six, so arrive early to bag your spot (or enjoy a cocktail in the restaurant, instead).

Last orders

Chef Affendi and his kitchen team call it quits at 9pm.

Room service

There's no room service as such, but you'll find snacks and wine in your well-stocked minibar. Ask nicely and kitchen may be able to rustle something up for you too.


Villa Samadhi
No 8 Jalan Madge
Kuala Lumpur


Global flights touch down at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The main carriers plying these routes include British Airways (www.britishairways.com), Malaysia Airlines (www.malaysiaairlines.com), AirAsia (www.airasia.com) and Singapore Airlines (www.singaporeair.com). It's worth noting that AirAsia flights land at a second airport, a 20-minute taxi ride from the main hub. If you catch a cab from the airport, don’t bother negotiating a fare with a random cabbie outside: buy a fixed-price taxi ticket to ensure that you arrive at your hotel without haggle-induced stress.


The non-stop, high-speed KLIA Ekspres service (www.kliaekspres.com) whooshes from KLIA to KL Sentral Station. It’s zippy (faster than a taxi at any time, let alone rush hour), air-conditioned and reliable. And when you leave, do it in style: check-in alongside savvy jet-setters at the Kuala Lumpur City Air Terminal (KL CAT) inside KL Sentral Station before you get onto the KLIA Ekspres. Sentral Station is 10 kilometres from the hotel. From here you can simply hop in a taxi.


If, like other guests, you've steered your sportscar into town, there's free parking available at the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Culture vultures should call into the National Visual Arts Gallery (+60 (0)3 4025 4990), which offers a spectacular introduction to Malaysia’s arts scene. If you’re looking to add to your personal collection, leading local curator Valentine Willie's gallery, Valentine Willie Fine Art (+60 (0)3 2284 2348) exhibits works by south-east Asia's finest artists. 

Retail is the lifeblood of the city, with sprawling malls such as Suria KLCC and Bukit Bintang. If you prefer a more down-to-earth shopping experience, haggle with street traders in Chinatown and the Central Market. For upscale boutique treats, head to the suburb of Bangsar, which is rapidly becoming fashionista-central, or to the eye-catching Lee Rubber Building, where fans have dubbed Peter Hoe Evolution & Beyond (+60 (0)3 2026 0711) the Shanghai Tang of Malaysia.

There’s plenty to do in and around KL that doesn’t involve bargain-hunting. The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park (+60 (0)3 2272 1010) is one of the world’s largest covered aviaries and is home to a photo-friendly array of feathered folk. To experience Las Vegas, Asia-style, head out to Genting, a colossal casino and theme park an hour away in the Titiwangsa mountains.

Local restaurants

The finger-on-the-pulse Villa Samadhi team is also responsible for three of KL's hottest eateries. Tamarind Springs (+60 (0)3 4256 9300) is set in the jungle-clad outskirts of town in Taman Tun Abdul Razak. This serene series of breezy dining rooms blends wooden furniture with statement lanterns and carvings for a romantic retreat that feels far removed from the swarming city. Tempting pan-Asian tastes at this award-winning eatery include native fern salad, Thai soups, and tropical-fruit desserts. Classic Thai and Burmese flavours are on show at Tamarind Hill (+60 (0)3 2148 3200), a rustic-luxe restaurant that's been transplanted to the heart of the city on Jalan Sultan Ismail. Nearby, sleekly styled Neo Tamarind is the place to go for mod-Thai bites and seductive cocktails.


Local cafés

Get a cool caffeine fix at Artisan Roast Coffee (+60 (0)3 7733 6397) at the TTDI centre on Lorong Rahim Kajai. The home-style cakes and slices are worth a nudge, too. Brunch on scrambled eggs, sausages and stellar sandwiches at Antipodean Café (+60 (0)3 2282 0411), a hip, Kiwi- and Aussie-inspired hang-out on Jalan Telawi in Bangsar.


Local bars

Mingle with the KL style set at poolside SkyBar (+60 (0)3 2332 9888), perched on the 23rd floor of the Traders Hotel, with jaw-plummeting views of the Petronas Towers. Book ahead to score one of the cushioned alcoves overlooking the city. Rooftop roost Luna Bar (+60 (0)3 2332 7777), on the 34th floor of the Pacific Regency Hotel, is similarly lofty. Sink into one of the loungers that line the lap pool and order a berry martini.




Anonymous review

Tucked away in an upscale corner of Kuala Lumpur, with the Petronas Twin Towers looming grandly in the distance, Villa Samadhi presents a cool proposition for couples who can’t decide between a resort or city getaway. Instead, it offers a chilled-out retreat with all the trappings of a buzzy metropolis – from luxe shopping malls to vivacious hawker markets – on your doorstep.

Shaded by swathes of young bamboo, the villa is easy to spot thanks to its distinctive grass-thatched roof, a lone concession to traditional Malay architecture amid the neighbouring high commissions and embassies. Framed by epic blue skies and palms, it’s oddly thrilling to leave the city behind as we enter what feels like our own private villa. We are bid a silent wai greeting by Samadhi’s resident Buddha statue, palms pressed together, before we step into the tranquil lobby area to check in over lemongrass juice and ice-cold towels.

Our Sarang suite (Indonesian for ‘nest’) is one of four similar, charming boudoirs at this cosy 21-room property. Fitted out with a rustic wooden slat for a lock (a padlock provides added security), the bedroom-meets-living space has a distinctly Asian flavour with its recycled teak walls and floors – we even have our very own Buddha to watch over us – while a squashy cream sofa adds a contemporary twist. The suite also boasts a generous kitchenette, although with an abundance of restaurants just waiting to be sampled nearby, our activity here is likely to be limited to making tea and coffee. For a dash of romance, retreat-style, all bathrooms at Samadhi are equipped with an oversized plunge tub for a pre/post dinner soak.

Having escaped the frenetic energy of KL – I keep thinking we’re in Seminyak or Samui – I complete the fantasy by stepping down the balcony ladder straight into the pool for a leisurely dip. Sumptuous gold silk lanterns blow idly in the wind overhead and guests recline on day-beds, heads in magazines, sheltered by palms. Mr Smith is flopped on a chaise longue on the terrace sipping a TWG tea (its signature blend, the 1837 Black, is a real find with a lingering aftertaste of caramel, he raves). Save for the faint buzz of dragonflies gliding over the pool’s surface, the air is silent and downtown Kuala Lumpur seems more like 50 minutes away, rather than just 15.

Ravenous, back in the suite, we crack open the jars of free home-baked biscuits (standouts include pistachio and chocolate chip) and dried fruit: fragrant guava, juicy papaya and chewy pineapple. Nibbling away, I notice with pleasure that there is nothing vaguely businessy in this Asian-inspired cocoon (although rest assured there’s WiFi).

After exploring the buzzy hub surrounding Petronas – below the two towers there’s a lively square where we order flat whites at Italian bar/restaurant Svago and watch the dancing KLCC fountains – we return for complimentary cocktails at the hotel’s Bumbung Bar. Like Samadhi’s restaurant, Mandi-Mandi, the bar is only open to villa guests and has a delightfully sleepy ambience akin to a lone bar on a quiet beach. Over star anise-spiked cocktails, we recline on vibrant embroidered cushions by the airy window.

Dinner beckons at sister restaurant Tamarind Springs, suggested by resident manager Cherie Al-Jufferey. We savour Indochinese fare served in Ampang’s natural forest reserve under palm-fringed roofs soundtracked by the gentle hum of crickets. The salty Vietnamese duck-egg omelette is a winner. Chic red and black decor contrasted with curtains of bamboo sets the scene as flickering candles illuminate wooden Buddha statues. In such a serene spot as this, Mr Smith and I keep forgetting we’re in Kuala Lumpur – it’s like checking into Villa Samadhi all over again.

Energised by a deep, dreamless sleep between pristine white sheets, the next morning we drift over to Samadhi’s only restaurant, Mandi-Mandi, where timber flooring and bare white walls make for a minimalist feel. Banana muffins and home-made bread are proffered alongside a platter of fruit and another of cheese, cured meats and grapes. My coconut waffle sets the scales tipping even further, as does Mr Smith’s nasi lemak, a steaming round of rice with hot chili and anchovy sauce topped with a boiled egg, while a kopi ban – espresso, honey, banana and milk dusted with cinnamon – packs a caffeine buzz Malay style.

It’s difficult to extricate ourselves from the soporific surrounds of Villa Samadhi with its dangerously comfortable day-beds and restful pool ambience, but we know it would be madness not to chow down with the locals at one of the city’s hawker markets. In the Bukit Bintang quarter, we discover that Jalan Alor, a mouth-watering stretch of Malay, Chinese and Thai food stalls, is worth a visit if only for the cheap beer and authentic Malaysian staples such as bak kut the (literally ‘meat bone tea’) soup. Keen to seek out a less touristy experience, Mr Smith and I also pull up a stool at muslim restaurant Nasi Kandar Pelita, a 10-minute walk from the hotel, where Mr Smith – adventurous as ever – orders a gloriously spicy kari kepala ikan (fish-head curry). Reflecting that it’s been a very food-led trip – my shorts are definitely tighter when we head back home to Hong Kong – we discover the best mango lassi of our lives at Sangeetha in Lebuh Ampang, KL’s Little India, where Indian restaurants and sari-filled stores abound.

There’s one final culinary adventure back at the hotel, before we reluctantly turn the padlock on our ‘nest’, as a Malaysian salad of tofu and satay sauce with green beans and beansprouts for lunch sets our tastebuds singing. Mr Smith is doubly impressed as the waiter has remembered how he takes his coffee.

Motoring down our peaceful leafy street to the airport, I’m as surprised as ever to hit the KL traffic after the calm of the villa. For indecisive travellers such as Mr Smith and I, who can never choose between city or retreat when booking a break, Villa Samadhi really has delivered the best of both worlds.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Villa Samadhi’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The generous room size, the wooden finishes, the beautiful garden and pool, lovely breakfast and most of all the attentive and helpful staff.

Don’t expect

To be able to walk to other restaurants.


Stayed on 19 Apr 2016

We loved

The rooms; the pool and surrounds; the staff; the security 10/10

Don’t expect

Massages and pampering although a spa is in the pipeline


Stayed on 12 Apr 2016

We loved

Location, decor

Don’t expect



Stayed on 17 Mar 2016

We loved

Villa Samadhi was an ideal location for us. Far enough from the daily noise and bustle of the centre of this vibrant, expanding and stunning city which is modern Kuala Lumpur, but close enough to not be an inconvenience. The Villa is in the "embassy district" which is quiet and low rise. Our room, The Loft, was ideal for two people and boasted its own plunge pool. The food was excellent both at breakfast and dinner. However, the secret of Villa Samadhi, is its staff. They are hugely polite, helpful and knowledgeable. Nothing is too much for them and everything they do is accompanied graciously and with a smile. They are the most lovely people. 10/10

Petronas Towars are a must to visit both day and night. We also visited restauarant Tamarind Hill which is ideal for a romantic dinner. If you want the restaurant with probably the most stunning view in KL, visit Fuego in the Troika building. I won't spoil it for you but it is something you won't ever forget (but be warned, you need a head for heights).

Don’t expect

A lively, buzzy city hotel or neighbourhood. It is quiet and calm.


Stayed on 15 Mar 2016

We loved

The pool, the roof top bar for pre-dinner cocktails, the restaurant and all the staff. 10/10

Don’t expect

5 star luxury. This is a boutique hotel totally different from the big corporate chain KL hotels.


Stayed on 9 Mar 2016

We loved

The oasis in the city. The rooms were huge with the biggest rain showers I have ever seen times 2. The hotels sister restaurant Tarmarind Hills was lovely with great food and service.


Stayed on 11 Oct 2015

We loved

The room, the hot tub and the pool - complete paradise! Beautiful food in the restaurant and free cocktails, the ancient turtle. An oasis in the heart of busy KL.

Don’t expect

Air conditioning in bathroom - this is outside and mosquitos lurk there.


Stayed on 12 Aug 2015

We loved

How attentive and helpful the staff were (although they forgot our mr mrs smith gift so we went without but this was the only oversight). The room was beautiful and spacious and there were lots of little edible treats around the room. The jacuzzi was a great way to unwind in the evening.

Don’t expect

Much company in the restaurant. The food was great but we dined alone for both dinner and breakfast which felt a bit odd! Also it's a shame the bar is only open for 1 hour and closes as 7.30 before the sun sets, would be great to sit with a drink overlooking KL lit up at night.


Stayed on 6 Jul 2015

We loved

It was like a little oasis in the heart of KL. Staff we really lovely and the place was stylish.

Don’t expect

The lovely bar was only open for an hour!! Also no complimentary bottled water in the room. The jacuzzi was a bit useless as it was only on between certain times and took forever to heat up so we couldn't use it!


Stayed on 22 Jan 2015

We loved

The plunge pool in the room. That the hotel suprises you with treats during the day. The whole feeling of the room is just perfect.

Don’t expect

The bathroom at the main restaurant seemed quite smelly to me.


Stayed on 28 Dec 2014