Hotels in the Klang Valley deck their halls while showing they care for the underprivileged


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  • Friday, 19 Dec 2014

Children from two homes and the UNHCR sitting round the Christmas Charity Tree at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The tree was lighted up by general manager Manfred Weber with help from some of the children with heart ailments who will benefit from the tree.

TIS the season for giving and sharing and several hotels have not forgotten the underprivileged while brightening their premises.

Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur has a “Sparkling Christmas” theme with silver, white, gold and red decorations embellished with bright lights.

“The idea behind the decorations was to ignite a sparkle of hope for children with congenital heart disease by raising funds to pay for their operations,” said the hotel’s general manager Harvey Thompson.

The Christmas Wishing Tree allows guests to pick a patient at Gleneagles Hospital and buy them a present.

A customised Christmas sleigh has also been filled with Christmas bears dubbed Bintang for guests to buy.

Each soft toy costs a minimum of RM50 and all proceeds will be channelled to underprivileged children.

At Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur, a 6.6m-tall Christmas tree is adorned with close to 40 stars which represent patients from the cancer paediatrics ward of Hospital Kuala Lumpur. Guests can pick a star from the tree and buy a present for the child to be delivered by Dec 19.

Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur’s Christmas Wishing Tree. The names of child patients from Gleneagles Hospital are hung on the tree so that guests can pick a name and buy a Christmas present for the child.
Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur’s Christmas Wishing Tree. The names of child patients from Gleneagles Hospital are hung on the tree so that guests can pick a name and buy a Christmas present for the child.

Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur put up a Christmas Charity Tree 2014 in its main lobby on Dec 4.

The tree was lit by the hotel’s general manager Manfred Weber, assisted by parents of 10 children with severe heart ailments.

The “Embrace the Gift of Life” project was initiated by the hotel for children suffering from serious heart ailments who need surgery.

With the theme “Merry Nutcracker Joy Ride”, crafted sugarpieces of Nutcracker soldiers and trains made by the hotel’s pastry artists are stacked up on a conical steel structure to form the 4m-tall Christmas Tree. Meanwhile, Hilton Kuala Lumpur has decked its lobby lounge with a Christmas tree and glittering lights next to a gingerbread house.

A team led by executive pastry chef Paul Gardin built the gingerbread house with almost 20 ingredients.

The lobby of One World Hotel has been transformed into candy land. A 6m-tall white tree is decorated with the classic Christmas colours of red, green and white.

The centrepiece is adorned with candy canes, dazzling ornaments and presents based on the theme — Christmas in Candy Land.

There is even a marshmallow tree at the concourse level.

Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa celebrates the season with a show of lights adorning the main entrance to the hotel.

The driveway has been illuminated with ribbons, stars and holly.

The lobby is decorated in red and white hues while a brightly-lit 6m-tall Christmas tree takes pride of place in the lobby.

The Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur public relations manager Farah Halim said the theme this year was “Traditional Holiday Christmas”.

“We created a real gingerbread “house” to sell our Christmas baked goods and a giant “Santa Boot” for guests to place donated goods for several charities,” she said.

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