Saturday, November 25, 2017

Raffles Jakarta: Luxury Spa, Arts Cafe Brunch Buffet and Indonesian Art

The Raffles Hotel is a familiar brand for many. Raffles Hotel Singapore has such historical significance as the grand dame of hotels in Singapore. Today there are 12 Raffles properties - in places like Paris, Istanbul, the Seychelles - all of them somewhat different but strive to offer the same luxurious hospitality.

We got a chance recently to take a peek at Raffles Jakarta which opened in 2015.

Raffles Jakarta lobby
The interiors of the Raffles Jakarta are an homage to Indonesian artist Hendra Gunawan's dramatic art. Property tycoon Mr Ciputra, who owns the Raffles Jakarta building, is an avid collector of Hendra's works and was the one who decided to fill the hotel with his paintings.

Mr Ciputra not only met Hendra but provided him a place to paint after he spent 13 years in prison under the Suharto regime for suspected communist cultural activities. Hendra’s paintings have recently fetched millions of dollars at international auction houses.

Rooms and Suites

Suite life at Raffles Jakarta
The rooms are mostly suite-like here. There is a bedroom, a separate living space and bathroom. 

Bathroom at Raffles Jakarta

Living room of a suite at Raffles Jakarta
The 173 luxurious rooms and suites are some of the largest in Jakarta. I think the artwork with the bold colours fits big rooms well.

Living area
It still looks really classy and peaceful.


Presidential Suite

Presidential Suite living room
The Raffles Suite is one of the largest in the city at 390 square meters. This presidential suite has two bedrooms with its own private gym, private spa room, steam room, unique shower experience feature, a grand piano and a private den. Floor to ceiling windows enable lots of natural light and sweeping views of the city.

Even bodyguards get twin beds at the Presidential Suite
The bedroom upfront can be used by bodyguards.

Conference room in the Presidential Suite
This can be used for dining or conference purposes.

Presidential Suite bedroom
The main bedroom is huge and has a separate walk-in wardrobe that's almost as large.

Presidential Suite bathroom
The all-marble bathroom is just stunning. A separate walk-in shower and deep soaking bathtub is just around the corner from this, and links to the walk-in wardrobe.

Raffles Spa

Spa technicians at the Raffles Spa in Jakarta
The Raffles Spa gave me one of the best massages I've had in years. The staff are very professional!

The Raffles Spa, Raffles Jakarta
Apart from six treatment rooms, there are hydrotherapy experiences and steam facilities. Separate male and female relaxation areas allow more freedom and ease.

Arts Cafe: Raffles Brunch

The Raffles hotel group is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year. The Arts Cafe is offering a special brunch that features on rotation signature dishes from other Raffles Hotels.

Signature items from Raffles Hotels around the world
From Singapore, we have a charcoal mantou bun in chili crab gravy!

The brunch itself is huge with so much food!

Arts Cafe brunch at Raffles Jakarta

Fruits at Arts Cafe

Desserts at Arts Cafe

Meetings, Weddings, Conventions

The ballroom and convention centre is of epic proportions
The convention facilities are simply huge here. Raffles Jakarta is also popular for weddings, which are often larger than life and super glamorous here.

Ciputra Museum

Ciputra Museum just outside Raffles Jakarta
Right outside the hotel at the connected mall is the Ciputra Museum. It's an homage to Hendra Gunawan and features some really interesting artwork in its gallery.

The Ciputra Museum is a tribute to Hendra Gunawan
This huge piece drew oohs and aahs when the room went dark. Hidden behind the faces were unexpected symbols and imagery that spoke volumes.

Raffles Jakarta
Raffles Jakarta is more contemporary than Raffles Singapore. It may not be as high end, and is more suited for business travellers, but they focus just as much on personalised butler services and culinary excellence. I love the rooms and would love to come back to have a stay to get the full experience.

Lotte Shopping Avenue, Ciputra Word 1,
Jalan Professor Doktor Satrio Kav. 3-5, Karet Kuningan,
Setia Budi, RT.18/RW.4, Karet Kuningan,
Kota Jakarta Selatan,
Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12940,
Tel: +62 21 29880888
Toll-free: +800 1 7233537

Many thanks to AccorHotels for the familiarisation trip!

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