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The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

5, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Tasik Perdana, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
| +60 3-2785 8000

A close shave in Kuala Lumpur's Majestic Hotel

I dare not move. My head rests reassuringly against the leather restraint while, out of the corner of my eye, I can see the blade being sharpened to a samurai keenness. Then, with a deft hand reserved for practised executioners, the lethal instrument is applied to my throat and drawn upward in a slick motion that removes only the offending follicles.

But Aras, my expert swordsman, is no Sweeney Todd. There’s no blood, no serenades to homicide. The 30-minute Traditional Hot Towel Wet Shave is an entirely urbane experience and I’m revelling in it for just 75 ringgit (about US$25)

“I learned my craft in Iran,” confides Aras with textbook-perfect English, “then I worked in London before coming out to Asia - and here I am.” [read more]