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Four Seasons Hits Up Kuala Lumpur, and Perhaps Venice?

October 29, 2013 at 9:17 AM | by | ()

Something tells us we’ll need a recurring feature on new Four Seasons Hotels if the expansion strategy under its new CEO is going to take off even more than it has already; the list of potential future openings we have based on what floats around on the internet gets longer by the minute.

We mentioned Cabo last week, we’ve known about Disney for a while, there is Madrid, Turkey, and everything from Japan to Brazil as well. Today we are adding Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, to that list, and tentatively, Venice.

Though KL isn’t listed yet under future openings on the Four Seasons website, there is a live site for its residence component, called Four Seasons Place. From what we can patch together, the hotel will have 231 rooms and 242 private residences, with the latter going all the way to 7,000+ square foot duplex apartments with their own private pool. Opening will be sometime in 2017.

Residents and hotel guests will get close up views of KL’s most famous landmark, the Petronas Towers right next door. It reminds us of the setting at the Four Seasons Shanghai Pudong, where you can do laps with the World Financial Centre (also known as the bottle opener) in the background.

Not surprisingly, this area of Kuala Lumpur is chock-full of luxury hotels; within spitting distance there is the Mandarin Oriental, the Ritz-Carlton, the Shangri-La, and the St. Regis (opening late next year).

Moving swiftly from Asian high-rises to classic European hotels, the historic San Clemente Palace in Venice may well have the Four Seasons name attached to it once it emerges from a €25 million restoration project. The former monastery, on its own private island overlooking the Venetian lagoon, looks like a perfect location for a Four Seasons to us, which we know wants to expand its presence in Italy beyond Milan and Florence (Rome is purportedly in the works too). There is some debate about exactly which group will operate the hotel when it reopens in 2014, so we will keep it as a ‘maybe’ until we get something more definitive on this bit of hotel gossip.

[Renderings: Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur, Photo: San Clemente Palace Venice]

Archived Comments:

Eugene Or travel

Travel and Lodging Oregon Blog
First I Just want to say that the place looks very elegant. I especially love the way it looks all lit up at night it really stands out. The architect that came up with the futuristic roof design is a genius