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.
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.
Kota BNI, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1 Jakarta - Indonesia
Phone. + 62 21 570 7440 www.shangri-la.com