Rediscovering Malaysia via staycations

Hotels across the country have come up with staycation packages allowing people to ‘be away, while staying close to home’

by LYDIA NATHAN/ pic credit: eqkualalumpur.com

THE Covid-19 pandemic has certainly made most people restless with many avid travellers now praying hard everything will be over soon so they can escape and enjoy great holidays in faraway countries.

While international travel is still prohibited in most places, hotels across the country have come up with delightful “staycation packages”, which allow people to “be away, while staying close to home”.

The EQ Hotel in Kuala Lumpur (KL) is one such hotel. Recently, the management introduced three different staycation promotions and emphasised on extra precautions in safety and hygiene for both staff and guests.

“Employees on the property are to work on rotational shifts on all floors and have their body temperature checked twice a day,” a press release from EQ stated.

It added that rooms assigned to guests will be vacant at least 48 hours before check-in, and thoroughly cleaned and sanitised.

“Neighbouring rooms will be kept vacant to limit the number of guests staying on each floor. Guests will also have body temperatures checked and asked to fill out a Health Declaration Form with personal contact details and particulars,” the hotel added.

The three packages, available for booking and staying until Dec 29, 2020, are expected to give guests some relief from the stress in the past months.

One of the packages is “Urban Getaway”, which is catered for couples who want to get the most out of staying in the city.

For RM788 per night, couples can enjoy the Deluxe King Room with the Twin Tower views and breakfast for two at its all-day dining restaurant Nipah or room service if preferred. There will also be an RM150 daily dining credit for guests.

Families with children are not left out with the option for an all-inclusive “Family Staycation” package at RM688 per night including breakfast and lunch.

The third package is “The Suite Life”, for those who want to indulge and get pampered with luxury suites and upgraded bathroom amenities that are priced at RM1,088 per night.

Available for Studio Suite bookings, this promotion includes complimentary breakfast for two adults at Nipah or room service, as well as a set lunch for two adults at Sabayon.

Meanwhile, The Shangri-La Hotel KL said it’s ready for guests to rediscover the hotel with the lifting of interstate travel ban.

With the launch of its special package “Rediscover KL” that is available until Dec 31, 2020, guests can rejuvenate and escape into the comfort of the luxurious hotel.

According to a statement from Shangri-La, guests will also have the option to check-in at 8am and check-out by 8pm. Room rates include breakfast for two adults and children eat for free.

Since the start of the Movement Control Order, the hotel management has been actively taking precautionary steps to ensure the health and wellbeing of staff and guests are being cared for.

“We have tripled our hygiene and safety enhancements in our effort to continue redefining hospitality standards.

“This includes sanitised floor mats for footwear at the hotel’s entrance and complete disinfection of guest luggage before checking into rooms. There are also clear perspex screens between guests and staff at the front desk,” the hotel’s statement read.

For its restaurants and recreational facilities, there is an increase of contactless interactions through QR code menus and digital forms of payment.

Accordingly, seating capacity is capped at 50% to ensure social distancing and tables are spaced apart.

For recreational facilities, the operation times are shorter and will have reduced capacities to allow for cleaning purposes.

Shangri-La also assured guests that their staff has all undergone training with Diversey Inc, an infection prevention expert, on all its added measures.

The global Shangri-La Group had also introduced in June 2020 “Shangri-La Cares”, a commitment to care for people and staff in the highest regards and standards.

The group rolled out a pilot programme for selected hotels that ran throughout April and May 2020, to refine additional health and safety protocols and to expand on an already rigorous operational protocol with respect to the pandemic situation.