The Groom’s Guide to KL
With Kuala Lumpur the perfect jump off point to Europe and Asia, it makes a great spot for pre-wedding festivities. Expedia’s Aussie travellers spend two to three nights in KL – a night on the town to celebrate the wedding countdown with your favourite people? A spot of ever so masculine pampering to have you looking your wedding best?
Here’s the Groom’s Guide to 48 hours in KL.
Drink all the cocktails
If there ever was a bar that makes one feel like a gentlemen (or gentle lady) then The Smoke House, on the grounds of The Majestic Hotel, is it. Think bar tenders in white dinner jackets and bow ties, modern hits remixed into jazz favourites and a cocktail list of classics with Malaysian inspired tipples. The Smoke House has a private room with private chef for something extra special and downstairs? A private screening room showing black and white movies all day, a card and cigar room and a grooming suite.
Tailor all the suits
Last minute suit shopping? Head to Lords Tailor in Bagsar Shopping Centre for the perfect fit. The team here is renowned for their workmanship and attention to detail. Carrying major brands such as Ermenegildo Zegna and Dormeuil, they’ll even create a bespoke suit for your suit loving heart (or sweetheart).
But if you’re looking for a full-bespoke suit experience, word on the street is that Ah Loke Tailor is the place to go. The deceiving shop front, located at 26 Jalan Yap Ah Shak is a treasure trove of finely milled fabrics waiting to be turned into suits for that very special occasion. Each suit meticulously fitted and measurements precisely taken before the final fabric is cut for a suit, this is a suit that’s made just how you like – right down to the lining, buttons and lapels.
Have all the massages
The Majestic has one of the best spas in Kuala Lumpur (complete with its own private pool) and for a buck’s celebration with a difference, a facial, or massage will have you looking every bit the glowing groom before you hit the big day. Start with a deep cleansing pure facial to leave your face squeaky clean and end with Malaya massage with East Indian spice oil to get rid of those knots from the months of wedding planning stress.
Get all the trims
Truefitt & Hill, the world’s leader in gentlemen’s grooming, is a must visit for the groom-to-be when in KL. Located downstairs from The Smoke House at The Majestic, the grooming salon comes complete with a tailor and shoe shine area.
Want to hear it from a gentleman himself? Mr. Polka arrived back from his appointment with barber Sam looking rather dapper and had this to say,
“Because I knew prior to leaving for KL that I was booked in with an appointment at Trueffit and Hill, I didn’t have my normal cut and shave before coming – in anticipation.
And let me tell you I was not disappointed. Not since my good old-fashioned barber retired have I had such a good experience having a cut. Truefitt and Hill are an institution, have been at this for a long time. While Australians are starting to see the benefit of a good barber, these guys never lost sight of it.
From the moment you sit down in the chair you’re in for a treat.
I opted for a pretty simple cut and beard trim. As I’m from that select group of less on top and more on the face, the bulk of my time was spent with the work being done on the beard. The hair cut for me was a pretty quick affair, but done with great precision and care.
The care given to the beard trim is something I haven’t experienced in a very long time. A full range of products was used to ensure the experience went smoothly, as did the blade. From the warm towel beginning to the cool towel ending, it was entirely relaxing and an experience I would happily enjoy again.”
Buy all the scents
It’s not a secret that smell evokes strong memories; so choosing a scent just for your wedding day is a must.
For an experience in luxury, head to Fragrance Du Bois, Starhill Gallery 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang. This luxury perfume house is famous for nature-inspired fragrances (based on 100% pure, natural Oud oil) crafted by fifth generation perfumers from the 17th century French traditions of Grasse. Apart from their carefully curated range of fine scents, their semi-bespoke scent tailoring is my favourite part – their trained Maître Parfumeur works with you to match your personality with a Shades Du Bois scent.
If there is ever a time to take advantage of all the hidden treasures a city has to offer, a wedding and planning its details is it. Kuala Lumpur’s hidden gems can lead you down the wedding aisle in perfectly groomed style.
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