Having unveiled its first luxury hotel in New York more than a century ago, St Regis now has nearly 40 properties worldwide – and two of its most recent openings have been in Check-in Asia‘s home cities. We cast our trained hotel reviewers’ eyes around St Regis Kuala Lumpur for Forbes Travel Guide and St Regis Shanghai for DestinAsian. Here’s a sneaky peek of what we found…

The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur

KL’s most modern luxury hotel is located in the high-rise KL Sentral business district and comprises 208 of the city’s most spacious rooms and suites, starting from 63 sqm. Among The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur’s six dining venues, there are not one but two impressive Japanese options: the first restaurant outside Tokyo by three-Michelin-starred Taka by Sushi Saito serving signature blue fin tuna and tamago, and a five-course Wagyu Kaiseke menu at Ginza Tenkuni, founded in Japan in 1885. On the rooftop, the infinity pool is an ideal spot to luxuriate in the Malaysian capital’s balmy climate and its photogenic urban skyline, dominated by the Petronas Twin Towers and Menara KL Tower.

The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan

Occupying a contemporary art deco tower that rockets 68 stories above Shanghai’s downtown Jing’an district, The St. Regis Shanghai is an extravagant affair filled with jazz music, stingray-upholstered surfaces and massive chandeliers. The 436 guestrooms are located from the 36-68th floors offering panoramic downtown views. Six restaurants and bars include the signature Cantonese Yan Ting, the delightful Drawing Room in a sun-dappled winter garden setting and The St. Regis Bar spread over two levels with a nightly live jazz band (Tues-Sat) and upstairs Champagne lounge.

What’s Your Poison? Assam Boi Bloody Mary or a Mary Jing…

Finally, it would be remiss of us not to try St. Regis’ signature Bloody Mary. The cocktail classic was invented at The St. Regis New York in 1934 and each hotel around the globe has its specially crafted local version. In KL, we got a peppery kick out of the Assam Boi Bloody Mary, mixed with locally grown assam boi infused vodka, calamansi and Sarawak pepper. While in Shanghai, the Mary Jing is a sweeter concoction spiked with fig-infused vodka, yellow tomatoes and osmanthus honey.

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