The Best Stay­ca­tion Ever

You don’t need to travel far to en­joy a won­der­ful and re­lax­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Sim­ply check-in at Gran Melia Jakarta and be ready to be pam­pered.

Maxx-M - - CHECK IN - Text by Yully Kus­nadi | Pho­tos courtesy of Gran Melia Jakarta

It was an Easter week­end in Jakarta and many peo­ple took the chance to leave the bustling and buzzing of this mega city. I was un­cer­tain whether I should take a va­ca­tion or a stay­ca­tion? My daugh­ter and I de­cided for a stay­ca­tion. We planned to stay some­where within the city, a place which of­fers some­thing for me as well as for her, some­thing ma­ture and some­thing youth­ful. A place that will take us away from our rou­tines, and yet not too far away. And the lot fell to the Gran Melia Jakarta. Gran Melia is lo­cated on one of the ma­jor ac­cess roads in Jakarta, Jl. Ra­suna Said, Kuningan and re­mains one of the most pres­ti­gious ho­tels in Jakarta for the past 20 years. I was very in­ter­ested in its Red Level, the exclusive and con­tem­po­rary ho­tel lounge af­ter read­ing what they had on of­fer. The Red Level rooms are lo­cated on the 14th to the 16th floors of the ho­tel. The rooms are spa­ciously 44m2 with a beau­ti­ful view of the Jakarta sky­line. Guests also en­joy the pri­vate so­cial lounge lo­cated on 14th floor and are treated to per­son­al­ized check-ins and outs avail­able only to the Red Level guests. En­chant­ing scents greeted us as we en­tered the lobby lay­ered with pret­ti­fy­ing flow­ers. We later found out that this scent is the trade­mark of Gran Melia. We were very much im­pressed with the way the ho­tel wel­comed us through ap­peal­ing to oursenses.Wes­melledthe­fra­grance­an­den­joyed the sights of both the flow­ers and the smiles of the Gran Melia Jakarta’s staffs. The check-in was smooth and im­pec­ca­bly timely. Peo­ple who plan to stay for business, in and around Jakarta, would find this ef­fi­ciency ben­e­fi­cial as time is saved to do other things or re­lax at the 24-hour lounge, to en­joy the view and maybe a bit of net­work­ing be­fore head­ing out to meet­ings. Once we reached our room, our re­lax­ation time started with the Mother-Daugh­ter Yhi Spa. The Spa be­gins with some ginger tea and sur­pris­ingly thor­ough con­ver­sa­tion about our health history. Y hi Spa staffs were very cour­te­ous to my daugh­ter as this was her very first time get­ting a spa treat­ment. They guided her to choose the oil she prefers and taught her a thing or two from there. We took a 60 min­utes body mas­sage for 2, a good treat­ment for a young first timer. The result was as ex­pected, we both felt re­ju­ve­nated. My daugh­ter gig­gled a cou­ple of times as she found the mas­sage tick­lish. I liked the oil that Yhi Spa uses. My skin felt hy­drated and smoothened. The masseurs were ex­cep­tion­ally skill­ful and friendly.

Soon enough, I craved for tea and glided my­self to the Red Level high tea. It was worth the ef­forts. I went to en­joy my “me” time at Red Level. I thought I would just en­joy the ‘alone in the crowd’ type of mo­ment. I should’ve known bet­ter! I was over­whelmed with Red Level’s class and sin­cer­ity, to be­gin with. I ended up chat­ting with the staff about a wide range of topics from pol­i­tics, ev­ery­day life, and fam­ily. It was as if I had just bumped into an old friend. We ex­changed views about a lot of topics, but one thing I learned from the con­ver­sa­tions was that the staffs were all proud of their Red Level and be­ing a part of Gran Melia Jakarta. I in­deed en­joyed my high tea and the com­pany. It was din­ner time, we chose to have din­ner at “Yoshi Iza­kaya” as we both love Ja­panese bar­be­cues. Yoshi Iza­kaya served what I be­lieve is one of the best beef teriyaki in town. It was so ten­der and juicy topped with per­fect teriyaki sauce. The chicken tep­pa­nyaki was a mix­ture of the ten­der­ness of the meat and crispi­ness of the skin. Seafood was grilled to per­fec­tion, not over­cooked at all. The salad bar could use an up­grade to start up our ap­petite though. The am­biance was overly ro­man­tic for a moth­er­daugh­ter time, but I think it is very sooth­ing for those look­ing to have a quiet din­ner af­ter a tir­ing day. I de­cided to go to Red Level Lounge be­fore I went to bed. The staffs knew me by name this time and asked about my daugh­ter. They po­litely sug­gested bring­ing her so she could en­joy some desserts for a short while. They fairly and po­litely in­formed me the ex­pected be­hav­ior for her to be able to en­ter Red Level lounge. I com­plied with the con­di­tions. My daugh­ter joined and en­joyed the desserts. We did not stay for long as it was a bit late.

As we made our way back to our room, the staffs made sure we were ready for the night and of­fered to de­liver to our room soft drinks, cook­ies or any pas­try of our choice. They made us feel like we have a royal pantry just a floor below us. They told us to come any­time just in case we need any­thing and grab from the shelves. It was like a del­uge of hap­pi­ness. The next day, we started our day with scrump­tious break­fast at Cafe Gran Via. We tried not to be over con­sump­tive as we so look for­ward to hav­ing Easter Brunch later on dur­ing the day. Gran Melia held Easter Brunch along with a bak­ing class for chil­dren. We dipped our­selves in the pool, and soon af­ter, my daugh­ter was ready for her in­ter­ac­tive bak­ing class. There were plenty of chil­dren, both boys and girls join­ing the class. They played games while wait­ing for their cup­cakes to bake in the oven. My daugh­ter de­cided not to join the games and sat with me for brunch. We treated our­selves to de­li­cious In­dian del­i­ca­cies at the Café Gran Via brunch. My daugh­ter and I are In­dian food lovers. Our taste buds were spiced up with the Biryani and Green Masala Mut­ton. Creme Brulee was our next fa­vorite desserts. They were just per­fect! As I was seated and sa­vor­ing the del­i­ca­cies in front of me, taking the plea­sure of hav­ing qual­ity time with my daugh­ter and re­lax­ing, all at the same time, I re­al­ized that I was hav­ing a per­fect hol­i­day. I was sur­rounded by the scent of na­ture, won­der­ful sights of green and col­or­ful flow­ers and the eu­pho­nious chil­dren’s laugh­ter. One of my finest va­ca­tions in­deed! A stay­ca­tion! Gran Melia Jakarta Jl. H.R. Ra­suna Said Kav. X-0, Kuningan Jakarta – Indonesia Phone. +62 21 526 8080 www.gran­melia.com

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