In my previous post about finding the Lost Horizon in Shangri-La Putrajaya, I mentioned that the hotel was on a hill in the center of the city. There is only one other property on the hill and that is the Istana Melawati, the second national palace and retreat house of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) of Malaysia. Istana means "palace" and Melawati means "guard's tower".
So not only was I in a fabulous garden hotel, I was neigbors with royalty. Well, almost. I don't think the King and Queen were in residence while I was there.
I ended up visiting Istana Negara along Jalan Istana, which was the official residence of the King of Malaysia for 54 years up to November 2011.
Beyond the palace gate are cypresses and casuarinas.