Staycation at Raffles Jakarta

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That Jakarta is a chaotic city, everyone already knows. Traffic everywhere and endless motorcycles make anyone?s routine faster and more stressful. To help you relax your body and mind, a staycation is an excellent choice, being one of them the Raffles Jakarta. The hotel is located in Kuningan, the city?s commercial and diplomatic district, and even in a super busy area, it maintains a cozy atmosphere, which will give you the feeling of being away from the hubbub of the metropolis, and still offers views of the capital’s skyline.

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The hotel has 173 rooms, many with the essential factor for hotels in big cities: large floor-to-ceiling windows that will allow you to see the city’s buildings and the illumination of it at night. The bathroom is made of light marble and features a soaking tub, amenities from Parsley and bathrobes made of cotton and batik (an Indonesian dyeing technique) signed by designer Oscar Lawalata. In addition, you will find a comfortable sofa for relaxing and office with TV (ideal for those traveling on business and need to attend meetings).

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For dining, Raffles offers the Arts Café, which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch – there you can enjoy the buffet or choose from the à la carte menu; Writer’s Bar (very famous in Singapore’s Raffles) which is strong for its gin drinks – including a cart dedicate to offer different combinations of the drink – and where afternoon tea is served; and the pool bar, called Navina, where you can order juices, drinks and sandwiches while taking a dip.

 

And speaking of the pool, the Raffles Jakarta has a 25-meter swimming pool, surrounded by palm trees, frangipani, several sun loungers and 4 more isolated huts for a quieter rest. But if the pool water is chilled, go to the hidden whirlpool to warm up and enjoy the water jets.

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Next to the pool is the fitness center, with basic yet new appliances. The view from there is something that will give you a greater incentive to sweat. In addition, they offer water, dry towels and some icy towels so you can refresh after exercise.

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The hotel’s spa has 6 treatment rooms, a steam room, an ice fountain, an experience shower and a heated lounger for relaxation and stress relief.

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I tried the couples massage which was exceptional. On arrival at the spa you receive a jamu (Indonesian elixir) of saffron and ginger to sip as you fill out the form; then you will have a scalp-foot for cleansing and exfoliation; in the sequence, 75 minutes of massage await you, focusing mainly on the parts that you marked in the form; after the massage the treatment goes into a bubble bath with oils and petals; and to top it off you will receive tea with oatmeal cookies as you prepare to go out and get to know the other spa facilities I mentioned above.

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After a stay at the Raffles Jakarta, tell me if you will not start the week in the city much more relaxed.

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