Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, is a sprawling densely populated metropolis. A rich mix of Javanese, Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian and European culture and traditions have influenced the architecture, language and cuisine of this pulsating city.
The epicentre of Indonesian politics and commerce, Jakarta is a conglomeration of villages known as kampung, now crossed by main roads and superhighways, and developed at an astonishing rate. Once the bustling heart of Dutch Indonesia, the old town now known as Kota is home to the traditional cobblestoned square of Taman Fatahillah.
The BusinessClass.com guide to the best luxury hotels in Jakarta:
The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place is located in the Central Business District, a short stroll from the Jakarta Stock Exchange and with easy access to Jakarta’s top museums, monuments and parks. The hotel’s 62 rooms, spread over four storeys of a stylish skyscraper, draw from both regional and global inspiration, with every bit of the space designed to ensure a one-of-a-kind experience. The large hotel guest rooms and suites have floor-to-ceiling windows and sunken marble baths. The rooms are air-conditioned, equipped with a 46-inch flat-screen television, an iPod dock, tea/coffee maker and private bathroom – and a dedicated hotel concierge throughout your stay.
At PASOLA, local farmers are the stars showcased at the buffet and traditional Afternoon Tea. Melt away stress with a treatment at The Ritz-Carlton Spa & Health Club. Surrounded by a lush garden on the eighth floor of the hotel, this peaceful sanctuary inspires relaxation. There’s a sauna, hot tub, steam rooms, cold plunge pools and a fully-equipped fitness centre with an outdoor swimming pool and walking track. An oasis of well-being in the energetic heart of downtown Jakarta. Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place is home to the city's largest hotel ballroom.
Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta - 9/10
The Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta overlooks the iconic ‘Selamat Datang’ Monument and fountain – the centrepiece of Jakarta’s iconic Bundaran circle. Situated in the financial and diplomatic district, it also has two of Indonesia’s largest shopping malls just across the street. In the 272 spacious guest rooms and suites, touches of lilac and oriental mauve complement the dark wood and creams. They range from spacious to palatial and offer different perspectives of the city from floor-to-ceiling windows. Even entry level rooms have a separate living area. Bath lovers will appreciate the deep tubs, although there are separate rain showers. Plush terry robes and 500 thread-count sheets add to the indulgence.
The hotel’s six dining options include Lyon, which uses fresh, seasonal ingredients to create classic French dishes. Li Feng serves authentic Cantonese cuisine and Cinnamon offers Asian and international cuisine. The Mandarin Cake Shop is where you’ll find a selection of dreamy pastries and chocolates. Surrounded by lush gardens the fifth-floor outdoor swimming pool is perfect for soaking up some sun. The adjacent spa has five treatment rooms – with the Borneo Signature Exfoliation recommended. There’s a large Fitness Centre, with steam and sauna facilities available too. If you’re a runner keeping fit between the indulgences the Taman Menteng jogging track is close to the hotel. Another nearby spot for running is Taman Suropati, across from the Governor’s mansion and the US Ambassador’s residence. The hotel makes exploring the city easy with its range of curated cultural and gourmet excursions and experiences.
Raffles Jakarta - 9/10
Hotel Raffles Jakarta is a stylish addition to the Jakarta hotel scene. Located in an art-filled oasis in the bustling business and diplomatic Kuningan district, it sits amid coffee shops and restaurants. Colour and light dominate the bright lobby, with the focal point a flower-shaped, Preciosa crystal chandelier from the Czech Republic, and a towering mosaic reproduction of an evocative painting by Hendra Gunawan. The Indonesian artist is the inspiration behind the property’s interiors, which is evident in the vivid scenes of nature and the female form the artist was famous for. The 129 guestrooms and 44 suites exude subtle luxury. Elegant Indonesian design is combined with modern technology. Bright colours and forms from Gunawan’s work, neutral furnishings and marble floors are matched to fashionable blues, greens and purples. The roomy bathrooms have baths tucked in alcoves and etched into grey marble. Oscar Lawalata–designed robes, plus minibars, Illy espresso machines and 24-hour room service – as well as attentive butler service.
Decorated in gold and glass with luminous artwork, the Arts Café serves daily breakfast and weekend dinners. The pool bar Navina is good for coffee, afternoon tea and cocktails. While The Writers Bar, a much-loved haven at Raffles Singapore, is re-interpreted in Jakarta as an oasis of Indonesian culture, history and literature. There’s a futuristic spa, a glamorous outdoor pool, three tennis courts, a fitness centre, Hendra Gunawan–inspired gardens and a compact appointment-only museum dedicated to the life and work of the artist. The hotel is part of the Ciputra World 1 complex, putting you next to the Ciputra Artpreneur gallery, museum and theatre. The National Museum and Pasar Barang Antik market are also nearby.
Fairmont Jakarta - 9/10
Fairmont Jakarta has pride of place in Senayan, with close proximity to the Indonesia Stock Exchange, and Jakarta Convention Center and linked directly to Plaza Senayan, one of the city’s most stylish shopping venues. The 380 well-appointed guest rooms and suites have incredible views of the Jakarta skyline. In addition, the hotel has 108 Sky Suites for the more independent traveller wanting the best of both worlds: suite-style living with the comfort of home. The rooms are remarkably spacious with plush bedding, Japanese spa-inspired bathrooms with soaking baths and rain showers, thoughtful amenities and wood accents. Select suites have separate living and dining areas, and kitchenettes.
As for dining options, 1945 serves authentic Indonesian flavours in a refined atmosphere. Senshu offers Japanese dishes, while House of Yuen is known for its contemporary Chinese flavours. Enjoy live jazz with dinner at Motion Blue. Linger over afternoon tea in the Peacock Lounge, or sip a craft cocktail at Barong Bar. The on-site Spectrum Restaurant serves hearty Indonesian and Western all-day dining options. Alternatively, guests can try the great restaurants and cafes in the area. Fairmont’s signature Willow Stream Spa is among the city’s most luxurious retreats with 900 square metres of soothing surroundings featuring nine fully equipped treatment rooms, and an outdoor swimming pool. There’s a children’s splash pool, whirlpool bath, steam room, sauna, ice fountain, and impressive fitness studio. The Senayan Golf Course is a short walk away.
Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta is in the heart of Central Jakarta near the famous Bundaran HI circle and ‘Welcome Statue’. Somewhat of a landmark in the city, the interiors were refurbished by Hirsch Bedner & Associates, with the commission to return Hotel Indonesia to its former glory and artistic legacy, and the public areas and luxury suites feature art by Indonesia’s best contemporary artists. There are 289 rooms, with an extravagant Presidential Suite, four Diplomatic Suites, Salon Suites, and Executive and Deluxe Rooms among them. Each guestroom is equipped with every conceivable convenience, a big bathroom with a bath for two, double washbasins and a separate rain shower.
OKU Japanese Restaurant serves Japanese food with a modern take on traditional flavours. International and Asian dishes are served at the on-site Signatures Restaurant. The Nirwana Lounge in the lobby is where people gather for coffee and conversation while the Kempi Deli offers fresh fine on the go meals. Not to mention the country’s only microbrewery restaurant, Paulaner Bräuhaus, that serves the best of Bavaria. Sweet Boutique is where you’ll find a range of amazing cakes and sweet treats. The property was designed with balance in mind and the spa, swimming pool and fitness centre have pride of place on the 17th-floor rooftop. Here you can live the high life with a Javanese massage or a tropical drink poolside at Sky Pool Bar Café. The hotel provides BMW cars and helicopter services on request. There are two ballrooms, including the historic 50-year-old Bali Room, with a capacity to accommodate up to 3,000 people!
Alila SCBD Jakarta - 9/10
Alila SCBD Jakarta is distinguishable by its striking and rather unusual architectural design. Taking lavish living to the next level, the skyscraper-based luxury boutique matches the emerging energy of Jakarta. The minimalist-chic interiors by the Rockwell Group bring high walls adorned with innovative artwork and bold colours. The name Alila comes from Sanskrit meaning ‘surprise’, which suitably describes the first reaction of most guests. The hotel lobby has pristine marble floors and a serene ambience. Styled like a modern, minimalist home, you will quickly sink into a comfy sofa to enjoy a welcome drink while completing your digital check-in on arrival. The hotel has 246 rooms which continue the modern minimalistic theme. Comfortable and spacious with hints of Asian design in the clean lines, shades of white and slate grey, they have views overlooking many of the city’s historical landmarks.
Restaurants include the French-American Vong Kitchen, by the Michelin-starred celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his son Cedric. The eclectic Buzz Café serves an international menu from an open kitchen, while the Space Lounge is a quiet spot for sipping cocktails. In contrast to the rest of the hotel, the Alila Spa is styled in traditional Indonesia with skilled therapists offering a wide range of health and beauty treatments. There is a lovely outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and evening entertainment. Although marvelling at the art installations – may be entertainment enough.
The Dharmawangsa Jakarta – 9/10
The Dharmawangsa Jakarta in the leafy upmarket area of Kebayoran Baru offers a homely atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Inspired by Indonesian art, tradition and culture, the boutique hotel takes pride in its hallmark sense of space and serenity. The 99 elegant rooms are made up of 64 rooms and 35 suites. Each is themed with traditional fabrics from one of the following regions – Java, North Java, Bali, South Sumatra and East Indonesia. Room types range from Executive Rooms to the Dharmawangsa Suite, and the expansive Presidential Suite. All rooms have private terraces, large marble bathrooms with double vanities and in-room entertainment. The Suites include 24-hour butler service. At the heart of the hotel is The Majapahit Hall, a magnificent 14th-century House Temple with doors leading to four lounges – all bathed in natural light.
Take afternoon tea in the Tea Lounge, retire to the Caviar Lounge for cocktails, sample The Bar’s signature chocolate martini or savour an after-dinner cognac in The Library. Sriwijaya Restaurant offers traditional French cuisine, or have a casual meal at Jakarta, and authentic Japanese at Sekitei Restaurant. The Dharmawangsa has modern fitness equipment, an infinity indoor and outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, indoor squash courts and outdoor tennis courts. The Bimasena Spa provides a traditional journey into physical and mental wellness in an environment that combines art, greenery, natural marble and exotic hardwoods with the finest natural products.
JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta - 8/10
JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta is in the bustling Central Business District of Mega Kuningan. Spread over 30-storeys, are the 317 spacious accommodations – 285 guestrooms and 32 suites. Modern in design and flooded with natural light, they have classic furniture, plush bedding, marble bathrooms with standalone baths and rain showers, ergonomic workstations and sweeping views of the city skyline. The executive-level rooms provide access to an exclusive lounge with complimentary food and drinks. There are specially designed rooms and kids amenities for the young travellers.
The hotel takes you on a culinary tour with its six onsite restaurants – some award-winning. Sailendra Restaurant has an open kitchen and walk-in wine cellar and is known for international buffets and live cooking. Asuka serves the freshest of Japanese cuisine, from sashimi, sushi, and wagyu, to the sweetest desserts. Pearl is a modern-day Chinese restaurant honouring traditional Cantonese cuisine. Before or after your meal, unwind with a signature cocktail at the Blu Martini Bar & Lounge where talented mixologists bring their infusions to spirited life. For coffee enthusiasts, Chaiholics is a beautiful set-up on the terrace that serves custom-brewed chai latte and exotic teas. With all those indulgences it’s good to know there’s a well-equipped health club for getting your life back on track. End your day with a rejuvenating wellness treatment at the spa, or with time in the hot tub or sauna. A refreshing dip is a must.
The Hermitage, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Jakarta invites you to step back in time. Located in the heart of Jakarta and close to Jalan Sudirman and Jalan Thamrin and the famous antique market area, Jalan Surabaya, it occupies a 1920s building that features original Art Deco architecture. With an artistic design, the 90 elegantly decorated rooms and suites are fitted with flat-screen satellite television, air conditioning and deluxe amenities. The decor is matched to the era with lots of white and generous splashes of yellow. Natural light and handpainted floor tiles lead to generous bathrooms. Some of the rooms open onto the garden or charming balconies.
Dine in the brasserie-style fine dining restaurant, 1928 Restaurant, accented with Carrara marble and Peranakan artwork. Or stop by the warm, inviting Hermitage Lounge for light bites and evening cocktails. The hotel serves afternoon tea in the enchanting, glass-domed Courtyard Café. You will want to spend your balmy evenings at the romantic rooftop La Vue Bar. Balancing the human senses through a variety of holistic treatments is the Cantik Ayu Spa serving up signature treatments, body massages, and facials treatment. Although some may argue the even better for the soul and the true gem of the hotel is the swimming pool on the top floor.
Hotel Mulia Senayan Jakarta - 8/10
Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jakarta is in a 40-storey high-rise in the heart of Jakarta. The hotel’s 795 rooms and 199 suites vary from Mulia Splendor rooms to the luxuriant Presidential Suite, satisfying the needs of business and leisure travellers. They all radiate elegance, with unique Indonesian touches, rich velvets and delicate silks in shades of ivory and gold. All rooms are tastefully furnished and have state-of-the-art amenities, signature Mulia beds, and lounge areas. The Presidential Suite has two wings – one for living and the other for entertaining, with separate dining and living rooms and a fully equipped kitchen.
The restaurants at Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jakarta showcase globally inspired cuisines and the best of Indonesian dining. They include the Japanese dishes at Edogin and Italian fare at II Mare. French and Cantonese cuisine, and an extravagant buffet at The Café. CJ’s Bar serves a selection of cocktails while desserts are often taken at Chocolate Boutique. On the hotel’s 5th floor is the Mulia Spa, a sanctuary dedicated to spoils. The recently remodelled Mulia Fitness Centre has 360-degree panoramic views of Jakarta to inspire the workout session, which can be followed by a relaxing soak in the hot tub or a sauna session. The large outdoor pool is a triumph – with lounges and couches to relax on between dips, a cocktail at hand should you wish. Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jakarta offers an out-of-town limousine service and is adjacent to Senayan Golf Course – the only 18-hole golf course in the city centre.
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