Week­end Won­der Shangri-La Jakarta.

It is a place of com­plete ec­stasy, de­light and peace. It is the It’s a haven of lux­ury in the midst of the cap­i­tal’s hus­tle and bus­tle. Its beauty is im­pec­ca­ble, its glory un­matched.

Maxx-M - - COVER STORY - Text by Me­lani Se­muel | Pho­tos cour­tesy of Shangri-La Jakarta

To say that Shangri-La Jakarta’s sta­ble of fine restau­rants is its great­est draw is do­ing a mas­sive in­jus­tice to the rest of the 5-star ho­tel’s of­fer­ings. While our time here un­equiv­o­cally re­volved around be­com­ing em­i­nently sated at the ho­tel’s renowned din­ing spots, there were plenty of other things that kept us full and ful­filled dur­ing our week­end here. The ho­tel hith­erto draws crowds over the week­ends – from fam­ily get-to­geth­ers, business lun­cheons and lav­ish dates to its F&B es­tab­lish­ments like Nishimura (Ja­panese), Shang Palace (Chi­nese), Rosso (Ital­ian), SATOO, Blu, Lobby Lounge and B.A.T.S. And while a meal at any of th­ese fine places will un­doubt­edly leave you rather pleased with your­self, take a tip from us: book your­self a week­end stay so that you can feast, re­tire to your room, in­dulge in a lit­tle ho­tel R&R, feast again and re­peat: Yes, it’s that deca­dent. And if you need fur­ther con­vinc­ing that a week­end “eat and re­peat” pro­gram is pre­cisely what you de­serve, here are more rea­sons: The Ideal Suite: The royal treat­ment con­tin­ues on in your room. It has all the finest fab­rics from floor to ceil­ing, couches to arm­chairs. Dark wood fur­nish­ings, smooth-to-the-touch linens, big sturdy arm­chairs and a king-sized bed filled with pillows, you can also choose your pil­low pref­er­ence from the hypo-al­ler­gic pil­low menu – it’s all very lux­u­ri­ous and grown-up, a boudoir fit for all your VIP whims. The One Bed­room Suite, in which we stayed, is 88 sq me­tres of old-school op­u­lence with a sep­a­rate liv­ing area, a foyer, even a guest bath­room. The main bath­room, boasts a bath­tub and a sep­a­rate shower stall, with its L’Oc­c­i­tane toi­letries. The view is just as spec­tac­u­lar out­side. Jakarta is not a city within which tree-lined thor­ough­fares and wide green ex­panses are a common sight, so gaz­ing down and be­ing greeted by the lush green of the ho­tel pool and gar­den is a real thrill. Ex­tracur­ric­u­lar com­forts: When you’re

done oohing and aahing about the awe­some views, it’s time to run amok in your pala­tial sur­round­ings. Ven­ture to the ground floor and you’ll find your­self at the ho­tel’s pool. It’s as pretty as they come, so pack a swim­suit and soak in the sun. If you re­ally must, put in a few calo­rie-bust­ing laps dur­ing your time there too. Waist not, want not: Leave the weight-watch­ing, and the nig­gling guilt at home. When con­fronted with a galaxy of gas­tro­nomic op­tions, the stars dic­tate that you should eat with wan­ton aban­don. We had din­ner at Rosso; this Ital­ian restau­rant be­daz­zles din­ers with ev­ery­thing lav­ishly done up in red; from the wait­ers’ uni­forms to ev­ery piece of fur­ni­ture. Fea­tur­ing a con­tem­po­rary look com­bined with a taste­ful and or­nate art-deco style, this is one great Ital­ian restau­rant. Ital­ian Chef Paolo Gion­friddo pre­pared a spe­cial menu for us. Our Ital­ian culi­nary jour­ney started with pan-seared red mul­let fil­let, car­rot puree and cap­sicum com­pote in thyme flavour, which is deli­cous. Then Chef Gion­friddo fur­ther pam­pered our palate with potato ravi­oli, Cana­dian lob­ster and leek scream in lime essence. One thing about the food here is that it looks as good as it tastes. The pre­sen­ta­tion is sim­ple yet very ap­peal­ing to the eyes. Then came the deli­cous baby squid, wild chicory and S. Marzano tomato pesto. For dessert we had Si­cilain Can­nola, Buf­falo ri­cotta cheese. We have to say that this is a very de­li­cious jour­ney in­deed. Another Shangri-La Jakarta’s favourite is the Sun­day brunch at SATOO. Our ad­vice is to get there early so you can take your time to eat, drink and re­main merry. Boast­ing a buf­fet spread con­sist­ing of 12 open-kitchen sta­tions, you can sam­ple food from all over In­done­sia, as well as Malaysian, In­dian, Chi­nese and Western. In­dulge in their Spe­cial Seafood plat­ter, which comes with jumbo prawns, fresh oys­ters, crabs and a wide range of sushi and sashimi. They also have fan­tas­tic duck noo­dle soup, In­dian cur­ries, Pek­ing duck and some lav­ish, tempt­ing desserts. Last, drink a glass of tra­di­tional jamu for re­fresh­ing and healthy pur­poses. The mood was suit­ably rau­cous when we vis­ited and it was packed with fam­i­lies that had ei­ther drunk a bit too much of the bub­bly, or were just re­ally en­joy­ing their time there. Par­ents who need to get kids out of their hair will be pleased to know that ex­ten­sive fun-filled ac­tiv­i­ties such as a bouncy cas­tle, face­paint­ing, bead-mak­ing and many more are avail­able to keep them oc­cu­pied. Lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion: Shangri-La Jakarta makes for a cav­ernous play­ground for week­end war­riors look­ing for some much-de­served R&R, of­fer­ing a host of ac­tiv­i­ties and in­dul­gences with­out you hav­ing to step foot out­side once you’ve checked in. But for those who can’t do with­out a week­end spot of shop­ping, the ho­tel’s con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion in the heart of Jakarta, just a stone’s throw from shop­ping malls Plaza In­done­sia and Grand In­done­sia, also means you’ll be able to work off some of those ex­cesses by pound­ing the floors at th­ese re­tail havens: Now if that’s not the best week­end plan ever! From the fic­tional place de­scribed in James Hil­ton’s 1933 novel Lost Hori­zon, “Shangri-La” is syn­ony­mous with utopia. If you have ex­tra time while stay­ing at the Shangri-La, you’ll have fun read­ing the leg­endary novel to see how the ho­tel’s theme was first in­spired. In the novel, Shangri-La is in a Hi­malayan val­ley where ev­ery­one en­joys eter­nal youth, peace and hap­pi­ness. In real-life, Shangri-La Jakarta puts a great deal of em­pha­sis on each guest’s stay, mak­ing it much more than just a ho­tel stopover.

Shangri-La Jakarta

Kota BNI, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1 Jakarta - In­done­sia

Phone. + 62 21 570 7440 www.shangri-la.com

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