A Lux­ury Gem

Hid­den away amongst the hus­tle and bus­tle of the city is the five-star bou­tique HotelGranMa­hakam.

Maxx-M - - COVER STORY - Text by Umesh Bhagchan­dani | Pho­tos cour­tesy of Ho­tel Gran Ma­hakam

Tucked­awayinthe­heartofSouthJakarta, Ho­tel Gran Ma­hakam is lo­cated at the cross­roads of the city’s big­gest busi­ness and com­mer­cial district. Strate­gi­cally po­si­tioned, it takes mere min­utes to reach ma­jor shop­ping malls, myr­iad bou­tiques of fa­mous fash­ion de­sign­ers, tra­di­tional art shops, good food and vi­brant nightspots. It is im­pos­si­ble not to be im­pressed by the ho­tel’s Euro­pean baroque façade, which is de­tailed with or­na­ments in semi-clas­si­cal style. The lobby is the epit­ome of com­fort and el­e­gance with its spa­cious, wel­com­ing en­trance, dec­o­rated white mar­ble tiles, colour­ful flo­ral adorn­ments, grand stairs sweep­ing up to the next level and a wrap-around bal­cony show­cas­ing the ho­tel’s in­te­rior – a mes­mer­iz­ing sight to re­mem­ber. Gran Ma­hakam houses 158 rooms and du­plex suites fur­nished in lux­u­ri­ous style, yet the ho­tel’s re­lax­ing am­bi­ence will make guests feel right at home. Each room boasts a semi-clas­sic in­te­rior

and comes equipped with com­fort­able king­size bed, car­peted floor­ing, spa­cious liv­ing room with the finest fur­ni­ture and an en-suite bath­room, along­side mod­ern ameni­ties such as in­di­vid­u­ally con­trolled air-con­di­tion­ing, high­speed in­ter­net, satel­lite TV and com­pli­men­tary tea and cof­fee. Ev­ery ac­com­mo­da­tion boasts five-star in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, which makes Gran Ma­hakam per­fect for busi­ness or leisure trav­ellers. Not only beloved for its richly ap­pointed rooms and attentive ser­vice, Ho­tel Gran Ma­hakam is also home to the fa­mous Le Gran Café Restau­rant. Lo­cated on the mez­za­nine level, the restau­rant serves an ar­ray of In­done­sian, Asian and in­ter­na­tional dishes. The Corn Glass Noo­dle with Shrimp Salad, Soto Mie Ma­hakam and Es Lobi-Lobi are amongst the most pop­u­lar dishes. The cosy venue, with a touch of gold, pre­cious onyx stones, low-hang­ing lamps, el­e­gant long ta­bles and flaw­less mar­ble floor­ing, is the per­fect set­ting for busi­ness lun­cheons and in­ti­mate din­ners. Aoki Ja­panese Restau­rant is slowly but surely be­com­ing the most stylish venue in the city after its re­fur­bish­ment. With a mod­ern con­cept, earthy colour pal­ette, dark wood walls, flo­ral wall­pa­per, white and lime green leather seats, and nat­u­ral wooden cen­tre­piece ta­ble, Aoki is truly a realm of its own. Don’t miss out on Aoki’s sig­na­ture dishes, in­clud­ing Dry Sukiyaki and Shabu-shabu served in Kam­inabe pa­per, Sake Yaki Maki Sushi, Gyu Enoki Maki, and home­made Ogura, Green Tea and Black Se­same Ice Cream, for a tan­ta­liz­ing Ja­panese ex­pe­ri­ence. If you are in the mood for light snacks, de­li­cious cock­tails and evening tea and cof­fee, pay a visit to Ma­hakam’s Re­gal Bar & Lounge to help you un­wind after a long day. Gran Ma­hakam re­cently un­veiled its lat­est es­cape for loyal cus­tomers, the Spa at Ho­tel Gran Ma­hakam. Com­bin­ing bronze mir­rors, mar­ble walls and a touch of dark wood par­quet, the Spa is a stylish place to re­lax and be pampered over the week­end. The Spa fea­tures one dou­ble room and one sin­gle treat­ment room, all equipped with per­sonal steam rooms. Guests can choose from a wide range of treat­ments, in­clud­ing the Ma­hakam Sig­na­ture Mas­sage, which blends Swedish, deep-tis­sue and sports mas­sage along with other tech­niques, and the Tran­quil­lity Mas­sage, which uses aro­mather­apy to stim­u­late the mind and en­cour­age the body to re­lax. The Cakra Mas­sage is a spe­cial bal­anc­ing mas­sage

that uses heated stones to stim­u­late cir­cu­la­tion, ex­pand blood ves­sels and al­low the body to nat­u­rally detox and heal it­self. OxyLUXE is the lat­est treat­ment for those who want to stay healthy and beau­ti­ful by re­ceiv­ing 100 per cent pure oxy­gen into the body in a com­fort­able yet stylish air pres­sure cham­ber. Not to for­get the lit­tle ones, Ho­tel Gran Ma­hakam of­fers the Kids Spa, which in­cludes real spa ser­vices spe­cially de­signed for young­sters, pro­vid­ing re­ju­ve­na­tion for the whole fam­ily! Fa­mous for its fab­u­lous set-up, Ho­tel Gran Ma­hakam is the ideal choice for wed­dings. Take a look at their wed­ding pack­ages, which in­clude the spa­cious Magnolia Ball­room, splen­did ban­quet set­ting, com­pli­men­tary stay in the ho­tel for the new­ly­weds and fam­ily, flo­ral ar­range­ments, and sump­tu­ous wed­ding menus to en­sure your spe­cial day is per­fect.

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