The Wonders of Kuala Lumpur
The Kuala Lumpur (KL) metropolis is Malaysia’s booming capital and most highly populated city. KL is known for its cutting-edge architecture, flourishing infrastructure, and beautiful temples. Imagine you had just landed your private jet at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Kuala Lumpur’s premium private jet terminal. The VIP transportation brings you and your friends to Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur. The futuristic hotel lounge offers exclusive champagne and floor to ceiling views of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers – the tallest twin buildings in the world. The luxurious top-floor infinity pool has VIP service and views of the KL skyline. You and your closest friends grab a couple of neighboring luxury beach cabanas and sip cocktails under the comfort of the shade and breeze.
The next day, you take a day trip to Batu Caves to experience the traditions of Malaysian culture. The first thing you see is the colossal gold statue of Lord Murugan, the infamous Hindu deity, guarding the stairs to the limestone caves surrounding beautiful Hindu temples. After your mindblowing trip to Batu Caves, you are sure to travel through the vibrant streets of Chinatown on your way to Suria shopping center. At Suria, you stop in the Petronas Art Gallery, browse through small boutiques, and purchase a new Omega watch with a polished black ceramic bezel bordered with 18K Sedna gold – perfect to wear to the Royal Selangor Polo Club tomorrow morning.
Situated next to Merdeka Square, the Royal Selangor Polo Club hosts top-level polo tournaments and attracts athletes from around the world. The tudor-style, charming architecture makes the facility a perfectly laid-back getaway from the KL city center. After being dropped at the entrance, you walk past white picket fences to enjoy a day full of polo and conversation with politicians, corporate leaders, and celebrity jet-setters.
A History of Polo in Kuala Lumpur
The Royal Selangor Polo Club was founded in 1884 under British rule, and is Malaysia’s most sought after polo destination. The club started out as a highly-selective, members-only club for British expatriates and remains mostly unchanged today. The picturesque club corridors are filled with historical photos, thought-provoking paintings, and highly detailed sculptures that take members on a trip back to the late 1800s when Royal Selangor was first established. The club was a founding member of the Royal Malaysian Polo Association in 1922 – a group that is still active and passionate about the sport today. The club currently hosts several different bars and restaurants with sophisticated staff offering vintage wine, cold beer, fabulous chicken curry, and good conversation.
Polo in Malaysia is booming beyond the borders of the Royal Selangor. The number of registered members and players is growing, and young enthusiasts have the choice to practice at four different locations – the Royal Selangor Polo Club, Bukit Kiara Resort, Tanamera, and Putrajaya Equestrian Park.