An Es­cape for Re­lax­ation

Shangri-La Ho­tel Surabaya is a ho­tel where the city dis­ap­pears, and a tran­quil oa­sis awaits.

Maxx-M - - COVER STORY - Text by Grace So­larbe­sain | Pho­tos Cour­tesy by Shangri-La Surabaya

hangri-La Surabaya is one of my favourite ho­tels. Ev­ery time I go to Surabaya, Shangri-La is al­ways my top choice for ac­com­mo­da­tion. What I like most about Shangri-La is the ser­vice and hos­pi­tal­ity of the staff. Shangri-La Ho­tel, Surabaya has a warm and homey at­mos­phere from the mo­ment I walk in. If you are into aro­mather­apy like me, you will love the sig­na­ture ShangriLa scent. Ev­ery time I en­ter the ho­tel, the aroma is so calm and re­lax­ing. My room fea­tured a warm and cosy am­bi­ence with a stun­ning view of the city sky­line. The room boasted an en­hanced work­sta­tion for all business needs. My room of­fers a full range of ameni­ties and ser­vices, in­clud­ing flat-screen LCD TV equipped with 50 cable chan­nels and a ded­i­cated high-speed in­ter­net con­nec­tion. All of that en­ables me to en­joy stay­ing in my room all day. The other thing I love about this ho­tel is the food. ShangriLa Ho­tel Surabaya is fa­mous as one of the best din­ing venues in the city. This lux­u­ri­ous ho­tel has five el­e­gant and de­li­cious restau­rants and bars. I usu­ally have break­fast at JAMOO, an all-day café and restau­rant. Upon en­ter­ing JAMOO, I am greeted by beau­ti­fully dis­played art­works, in­clud­ing carved wood pan­els, mu­rals and mir­rors, re­flect­ing In­done­sia’s rich cul­tural di­ver­sity within a con­tem­po­rary set­ting. There are six open kitchen sta­tions that of­fer a va­ri­ety of an­tipasti, sushi, a hot pot as well as a noo­dle sec­tion, a Chi­nese wok sta­tion, dessert sta­tion with spe­cial­ties such as ice cream tep­pa­nyaki, a flow­ing choco­late foun­tain and a range of tra­di­tional jamu (tra­di­tional health drinks). All the food is tasty. Shang Palace and Nishimura are also my other favourite restau­rants at Shangri-La Ho­tel Surabaya. Shang Palace is an el­e­gant and tran­quil restau­rant that fea­tures clas­sic provin­cial Chi­nese cui­sine for lunch and din­ner. My favourite food here is dim sum and Chilled Mango Cream with Sago. It con­tains fresh mango puree and sago pearls that de­liver a sweet end to a sat­is­fy­ing meal. Nishimura is a popular Ja­panese restau­rant in town. The Ja­panese food here is de­li­cious, and when I stay in ShangriLa, I al­ways visit Nishimura. The venue is a per­fect ex­am­ple of how cui­sine, art and ser­vice come to­gether to cre­ate an ex­quis­ite din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. From sushi and noo­dles to tem­pura and hot-pots, with de­li­cious yakiniku and tep­pa­nyaki sets, Nishimura of­fers a whole spec­trum of Ja­panese cui­sine. A stay at Shangri-La Ho­tel, Surabaya would not be com­plete with­out vis­it­ing CHI, The Spa. It has a se­lec­tion of treat­ments that showcase Ja­vanese cul­ture and well-be­ing tra­di­tions, such as Ba­li­nese Mas­sage, Madu­ranese Har­mony, Spirit of Java and Rem­pah Body Scrub. I de­cide to opt for the Ba­li­nese Mas­sage. It is ut­terly re­lax­ing, leav­ing me re­freshed and look­ing for­ward to my re­turn to Jakarta.

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