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The newly re­vamped Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Jakarta in­ter­weaves the present with blasts from the past.

Robb Report Singapore - - Art & Design - By CHAR­MAINE TAI

Stand­ing at the ope­nair sky gar­den of Alto restau­rant in Four Sea­sons Jakarta, I’m greeted with panoramic views of the city’s CBD and res­i­den­tial ar­eas that stretch for miles. The view from above, need­less to say, marks a stark con­trast com­pared to cen­turies ago. In the 1200s, Jakarta was known as Sunda Ke­lapa, a port that thrived on the in­ter­na­tional spice trade be­tween In­done­sia and Europe. It was con­quered and re­named Jayakarta, then Batavia by the Dutch.But even as progress threat­ened to over­shadow Jakarta’s past, the city now has a mon­u­men­tal re­minder of its glo­ri­ous hey­day in the form of the Four Sea­sons. To­gether with award-win­ning in­te­rior de­signer Alexan­dra Cham­pal­i­maud,

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