In Kuala Lumpur one of the top places to try Chinese Hakka cuisine is Hakka Restaurant,
in the open air, overlooked by Kuala Lumpur's Twin Towers and the city lights in the
centre of town. With over half a century of experience cranking out sizzling dishes
to 1,000 diners every night, you can be sure this place knows how to serve up its
extensive flavourful menu which includes steamed crab, Chinese vegetables, and
roasted pork belly.
And, whilst you won't want to miss the hawker food on offer at the city's markets
throughout the day and night, Frangipano offers a more upmarket dining experience.
Situated at Bukit Bintang, the French cooking here is sophisticated and sumptuous,
known for its fresh salmon dishes, and its fusion food with Malaysian twists such
as foiegras with apple rendang strudel.
Further proof of Malaysia's many tempting offerings for holidaymakers, lies in
its splendid golf courses. Owing to the country's hugely varied geography, you can
play anywhere from beaches to mountains, to remote rainforests. There are over 200
courses across the country to choose from and a wide selection of top quality
golf hotels and resorts means greens and fairways are usually in excellent condition.
Situated a short hop from Kuala Lumpur across the South China Sea in Borneo,
the Hornbill Golf and Jungle Club is not for the faint of heart. Nestled in the
ancient virgin rainforest 1,000 metres above sea-level, it's built on previously
damaged and deforested land. The $100 million resort aims to give something back
to its incredible surrounding environment, and its design by Neil Crafter is a
fitting tribute to it. Nearer the city, Tan Sei Lee Kim Yew - the man behind the
Hornbill Club - has built the Mines Club, a rightly well-known adventurous course
on what used to be a vast open tin mine. And then there's the Royal Selangor Golf
Club which has had a presence as far back as 1893 but has recently seen renovations
at the hands of Nelson & Haworth. Its extensive range sits right in the heart
of Kuala Lumpur.
When it's time to relax, spa treatments and spa resorts in Malaysia offer unique
experiences incorporating the lesser known elements of traditional Malay massage. 'Silat'
is a traditional Malay martial art and its movements and combinations of natural
remedies have been used in treatments in Malaysia for generations, with a focus
on pushing blood along the veins for an invigorating experience, or away from
them for relaxation.
Spa resorts on the coast such as TanjongJara offer traditional Malay treatments that also
include rituals based on history and culture, such as traditional drumming. You
can skip the rituals if you like, and pick the treatments a la carte, which
include everything from scented body steaming to a heated sea sand therapy.