Raise your hand if you’d rather spend your money on experiences than things? Me: Raises both hands and looks like a freak.
My husband and I recently took a trip to Malaysia and had the opportunity to stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur for one night (out of the 4 nights we were there). It would not be an exaggeration to say that it became the favorite part of the trip for us. We were in a one room suite which was very tastefully decorated and had a living area, two bathrooms (we each claimed one, hehe) AND a walk-in closet. Don’t judge me but I could’ve totally just lived in the bathroom the whole time, it was so beautiful!
There was also a complimentary fruit basket, a whole bunch of chocolates AND a butler service (whaaa?!). We checked in and were just settling in when someone rang the doorbell. It was the nicest little man in a suit who introduced himself as Ismadi and said he would be our personal butler during our stay so we should feel free to call on him for anything we need. Oh and, he also brought welcome drinks. It took everything in me to not start jumping up and down like a deranged weirdo, LMAO.
Funny story: Ismadi had also taken the initiative to add a baby cot to our room and asked if we had already placed our baby in it. He was so cute and apologetic when we told him there was no baby to put there and promptly took it away.
Long story short, they really lived up to their reputation of being the best – we felt so pampered while we were there. Couldn’t help but wish there were hotels here that offered the same level of service. Also, compared to other Ritz-Carltons all over the world, I think the one in KL is the most affordable. So, if you’re ever in the mood to give yourself a treat, you should definitely check it out (even if it’s just for one night, lol). The only drawback is that you might not feel like ever leaving your room!
The point of writing this is not to come off as a privileged arse (excuse the expression). In case you couldn’t tell from all the extra extra excitement, this isn’t exactly something we do every day. The reason I wrote about it is because in the grand scheme of things it might appear quite silly and trivial but it was an experience that brought us a lot of joy and made our trip memorable.
So, here’s the point I’m trying to make: it’s okay to find ways to pamper yourself once in a while in whatever capacity you can. It can be as tiny as taking a walk in your favourite park or as big as treating yourself to a luxury hotel or bigger (whatever floats your boat). You might even need to save up for a while to get there but once you do, I promise you it will be worth it. The things we buy get old and dusty with time but the memories we make stay with us forever (such a cliché, pls don’t disown me, but there’s a lot of truth to it too).