Why not spend Hari Raya in luxury hotels?

While the coronavirus pandemic has upturned traditions and plans, it has also meant that luxury hotels have slashed prices

by NUR HANANI AZMAN/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

WITH a movement ban ruling out traditional Hari Raya family reunions, some Malaysians are opting to spend the holidays in hotels nearest to them.

While the coronavirus pandemic has upturned traditions and plans, it has also meant that luxury hotels have slashed prices.

The circumstances are providing an alternative way to spend time with family while complying with the travel ban.

A check by The Malaysian Reserve at several hotels in Kuala Lumpur (KL) revealed that hotels that have only catered to essential frontliners fighting the Covid-19 are opening their doors to leisure guests.

Four Seasons Hotel KL said they accept guests while ensuring that health and safety of patrons and staff are the top priority.

“Our hotel is now open and welcoming guests, and we have embarked on an important collaboration with Johns Hopkins Medicine International to validate our enhanced global health and safety programme, ‘Lead With Care’.

“We continue to closely monitor the evolving situation and to abide by all local health authorities,” it said on its website.

Four Seasons Hotel KL restaurants Curate and The Lounge are reopened in accordance with the government specifications, but the spa, pool and fitness facilities remain closed.

Travel and lodging search site Agoda showed one five-star hotel in KL slashes its room rates by 63%, offering a room at RM500 from RM1,351.

Rooms at the posh JW Marriott Hotel KL are on offer at RM430 (during the check) from RM1,048.

Located in the city’s prime business and shopping district, and adjoining to the prestigious Starhill Gallery, JW Marriott offers easy access to the lively and vibrant shopping strip which boasts upscale brands.

Serviced apartments like Ascott KL are one of the options for the KL-lites who want to eat lemang and rendang in a glam way.

The Ascott Ltd CEO Kevin Goh said all guests, staff and associates have been advised to practise good personal hygiene and seek medical attention immediately if they feel unwell.

“We have also implemented precautionary measures at our serviced residences and hotels in accordance with the guidelines from the World Health Organisation and public health authorities in the respective countries.

“These include intensified cleaning and disinfecting of our properties, having house- keeping attendants wear masks and gloves when cleaning the apartments, and health measures such as temperature screening as advised by the authorities,” he said in a statement.

Studio Premier rooms at The Ascott KL, which include kitchenette, are on offer at RM378 (during the check) from RM723, based on Agoda’s promotion.

Meanwhile, National Union of Hotel, Bar and Restaurant Workers Peninsular Malaysia secretary general Rosli Affandi encouraged more hotels to accept leisure guests as a way to increase revenue.

With the implementation of the Conditional Movement Control Order allowing most economic sectors to reopen from May 4 onwards, some Malaysian hotels resume business operations according to recommended guidelines.

However, Rosli said there are some hotel operators who are still cautious about future prospects and have opted to cease operations temporarily.

“As long as the hotels are following the standard operating procedures, it shouldn’t be an issue.

“Rather than keep hotel rooms empty that could lead to more closures and lay-offs, it’s better to resume business and resolve cashflow challenges,” he said.