Mandarin Oriental Jakarta
Towering above the urban metropolis, the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta is a gleaming beacon to weary travelers, representing an oasis of tranquility amidst the choke of city life. Less than 40 minutes by car from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, its the ideal location from which to explore Indonesia’s multifaceted capital and notable attractions, such as Istiqlal Mosque, and Taman Mini Indonesia (a fascinating museum-cum-theme park highlighting some of Indonesia’s most fascinating attractions). Of course, if you’re craving an experience of the wilder variety, the Thousand Islands (“Palau Seribu”) scattered along the Jakarta coastline offer endless opportunities for adventure – including shipwreck dives!
In true Mandarin Oriental style, the Jakarta hotel has been designed to impress at every level. With its vaulted ceiling, mirror encrusted pillars and vast swathes of marble, the circular hotel lobby yields some clue as to the luxe and extravagance beyond the rotunda. Guests are spoiled for choice by the plethora of dining facilities on site: 3 restaurants offering Cantonese, French and International fayre; a pastry shop-cum-cafe for afternoon tea, and two casual lounge bars serving light snacks and cocktails until the small hours. Decked out in expensive teak, with sumptuous silk furnishings and plush carpets, Mandarin Oriental’s 272 rooms and suites offer guests a superior level of comfort, and superb panoramic views of either the Welcome Monument, or the gleaming spires of Jalan Sudirman (“Money” Street). Superior Rooms include a separate en-suite with rain shower and tub, but for a little extra, you can also enjoy the convenience of a separate living/ dining area