50088 Kuala Lumpur
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Arabian nights and house music….
Unless you are your parents, hotel clubs and bars have always been a bit naff. Joints like Luna Bar at the Pacific Regency, Skybar at Traders Hotel and Zeta Bar at The Hilton KL have helped to shed that image for something a little younger and swankier. The same can be said of Sultan Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental. Designed by New York-based Stephane Dupuox (www.dupuoxdesign.com), the creative force behind Buddha Bar in New York, Cocoon in London and Nikki Beach in Miami, the Sultan Lounge is what you’d get if Diddy pitched a tent in the desert – minimal, luxe, exotic.Â Â
Text Kevin Yeoh
Images Mandarin Oriental KL
Access is gained by way of a gilded lift which connects the space with the dreamy white Pacifica restaurant above. 10 semi-private booths seating 10 a piece run the length of the room, but the club can accommodate 160. Sure to give you whiplash if you don’t keep it in check is the towering water feature and opaque long bar from which only the best champagne, spirits and morsels to pamper your palate are served. There is an additional bar near the entrance and two pool tables at the far end of the club but the club’s most expensive feature is the gold-plated cloud from which KL’s finest DJs massage out the classiest house music.
Clientele Opened in December 2008 it was a well kept KL secret amongst high society’s rich and fabulous, but now this sexy feline is out of its designer bag.
Music policy The Hed Kandi crew, DJ Colette and Chuck Love have all touched up Sultan Lounge’s wheels of steel revealing the quality of music played here; it’s as sensual as the set up. From the gold-plated cloud residents Donovan Tho aka Tha Funkie Junkie, Shazan Z and Azran drop luscious sounds of downtempo house in the evening working up to sexy house you can sweat to later in the night.
Drinks Only the finest, at hotel prices. Ask for the signature Sultini, a cocktail of vodka, mango, cassis, orange and cranberry. Air-kiss!
Eats High-end nibbles from caviar to chocolate truffles are served from behind the opaque bar.
Dress code It bags, heels and labels.
Door policy There’s a RM50 cover charge, so if you don’t already know the DJs it could be time to make new friends.
Open Mon-Sat, 6pm-3am.
Parking Mon-Sun: 1st hour RM6, subsequent hour RM4; after 7pm RM8/entry.