No honey? No problem! Let’s be real here, don’t we have just the best of times when we’re with our girlfriends? While, yes, a significant other brings about the feeling of romance that most of us enjoy gushing over and revelling in, what we’re saying is not to feel bad if you choose to celebrate the season of love with the people you love most platonically. Or heck, just celebrate love all around and with everyone. We reckon that’s much better, really.
That said, here are some fun ways to celebrate love with your best gals around Kuala Lumpur (KL).
Have a spa day at Lax Retreat
This women-only wellness retreat is a literal oasis in the middle of the city. A safe and private haven where you can enjoy myriad spa treatments from massages to scrubs to facials to manis and pedis, book a spot for you and your girls and let loose.
What’s fun is that even though you’re heading there together as a group, the spa does well to ensure that your experience is personalised by allowing you the freedom to ‘build’ your treatment with your choice of music, scenting, and lighting.
Address: 2-17, Level 2, The Linc KL, 360, Jln Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6017 347 7623
Eat only good food at Opera Cafe
Now, who doesn’t love taking photos at the OTT restaurants and cafes they visit with their friends? We certainly do, and the pictures always turn out magical, thanks in part to the setting and beautifully-plated fare.
You can count on both at Opera, and yes, the food and desserts taste as good as they look. Be sure to book a booth for your group, and don’t forget to go snap happy at the angel wings swing just by the main entrance.
Address: G29, Ground Floor, Starhill Gallery, 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 9772 2222
Get a glow-up at COCOdry
Okay, so perhaps you’ve all got beaus. Why not spend some QT with your girl gang before you all head out for your dates for the evening at a blow bar? We love the no-frills approach that COCOdry takes to ensure a polished coif and perfect tendrils every time. Here, your only options are to wash, blow, and/or treat your mane. Even their blowouts have a menu of 10 styles to choose from!
If you’d like to mark the occasion, ask the team at COCOdry about the availability of their private room so you and your friends can go ham during your glow-up. Oh, and consider opting for their TAI TAI Life ritual that allows you extra head massage time. Sheer bliss!
Address: No 8, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6017 226 6648
Shop till you drop along Bukit Bintang
When it comes to shopping, retail therapy is best indulged in alone or with fellow fashionistas. Ditch the boys for a bit and take your time exploring each and every store trying on various ensembles sans the pressure of hurrying up. Plus, you’ll get the genuine opinions of your friends who only want the best for your sartorially.
For us, the best malls to hit can all be found along the super-long Bukit Bintang stretch. If you like your designer duds, Pavilion KL and Starhill Gallery are the places to hit up for your high fashion purchases. Meanwhile, we’re also digging the street threads and cult brands on offer at Lalaport’s MIND/KIND. Oh, the store even hosts periodic shopping parties, so be sure to follow them on their socials!
Hit the dance floor at the Zhongshan Building
Artsy haven by day, safe space for music and mayhem by night! The beauty of the Zhongshan Building is that it’s ever-evolving and full of surprises. Hit up FONO for a night of fun, as the music-focused community space regularly hosts listening parties and visiting performing acts. The underground scene is also thriving in the building, but we’ll keep mum about all that. What we can tell you is that you’re in for a good time.
Address: Jalan Kampung Attap, 80 – 84, Jalan Rotan, 50460 Kuala Lumpur
Practice good grooming at Nailsmith Spa & Bar
Not your ordinary nail bar, the Nailsmith at Publika is a plush respite where you can get your digits dazzling and follow the service up with a lovely hi-tea. It’s definitely our idea of a fun afternoon with friends where you get to be both pampered and fed — what’s not to love?
If you happen to be visiting with your mom tribe, there’s even a kiddy playroom to keep the little ones occupied so you can be pampered in peace.
Address: Block D, D3-G3-5, Publika Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 6211 7118
Sip and paint at Art and Bonding
The OG, when it comes to sip and paint classes in KL, this is a great way to, well, bond over making art! Don’t be daunted by the idea, as you needn’t have the painting skills of Rembrandt to have a good time. Heck, we’ve done it before and had a ball laughing at each other’s painterly skills — or lack thereof. And think of the sipping bit as liquid courage. At the end of the day, the goal is to have fun and do it together.
Address: 22-3, Jalan 25/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6010 650 1212