Where is the heart | Peripheral markets

KUALA LUMPUR (September 4): People who have been in business long enough will tell you that mixing work and friendship is a recipe for disaster. And yet, as controversial as the subject may be, there have been many testimonials attesting to the success friends of chemistry can bring to the table. Example: Bungalow18 in Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur.

Multi-concept space founders Francisca Turner and Gaya Subramaniam, who have been friends for three decades, talk to us about creating the restful property and how it became a place for women to connect through an array of shared experiences including boutique, fitness classes, wellness therapies, dining and private events.

If you’re looking for a different type of city retreat, especially for young people on school holidays, IOI City Farm offers visitors a chance to do something unique, in addition to learning about the well-being of animals and various plant species. Fancy an unusual Japanese meal for dinner? A trendy new sushi and yakiniku restaurant in Taman Tun Dr Ismail is perfect for meat-heavy bites (think wagyu, tiger prawns, cheesy scallops and mentaiko chicken rolls).

In Bangkok, the Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park renews tourists’ desire to travel, explore and learn by hosting the Asian portion of The Curiosity Room, a live escape experience designed in collaboration with TED-Ed. This themed initiative by Marriott Hotels aims to disrupt traditional accommodation by adding more value to your stay.

Read more in the September 5 issue of The Edge Malaysia weekly.

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