Escape / June 2017

Above and Beyond

GlobeAsia explores the many offerings of the tallest hotel in Indonesia: The Westin Jakarta.

By Denverino Dante

In August last year Jakarta welcomed the newly opened The Westin Jakarta, located in the Kuningan business district. Owned by Martua Sitorus, co-founder of agribusiness giant Wilmar International, the Westin Jakarta is the second Westin property in Indonesia after The Westin Resort Bali.

The property is nestled between the 50th and the top 69th floors of the newly built Gama Tower, making it the tallest hotel in Indonesia. Taking advantage of this, it’s all about the view in The Westin Jakarta. Not just from its 272 rooms, but go into any public space - the Seasonal Tastes restaurant, gym, the main lobby - and you will find plentiful floor-to-ceiling windows.

Room to view

The Westin Jakarta has guest rooms starting from 46 square meters, all the way up to the 270 square-meter Presidential Suite on the 66th floor. The Westin Club Rooms, Renewal Rooms and the Executive Suites give guests access to the Executive Club with meeting rooms serving complimentary breakfast, all-day tea and coffee and evening cocktails.

All rooms are retrofitted with Westin’s Heavenly Bed, of which the hotel is justly proud, designed by bedding company Simmons exclusively for Westin hotels.

GlobeAsia’s favorite place to stay was the Premium Rooms category as the sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows in these corner rooms stretch from the bedroom all the way to the bathroom, where the bathtub is placed right next to the window. Come nighttime, with the view of all the city lights and the bathtub filled with bubbles and the aromatherapy candles lit, this will definitely become one long bath.

The all-day dining Seasonal Tastes buffet restaurant on the 51st floor serves Indonesian, Western, Indian and Japanese cuisines and its dining tables surround seven live kitchens. For light meals and snacks there is the Daily Treats deli on the 52nd floor.

While enjoying the freshly baked breads, cakes and pastries at Daily Treats, we suggest to pair it with JING tea, one of the tea brands of choice for Michelin-star restaurants and the finest 5-star hotels in the world. The UK-based tea maker sources tea leaves from various parts of Asia, served to you in their very own clear glass tea-ware.

Our favorite food in The Westin Jakarta surprisingly was the in-room dining options. We ordered the medium-rare rib eye steak that was seasoned and grilled to perfection and the steamed sea bass, which was simply sumptuous.

Well-deserved wellness

Due to the hotel’s high elevation, even running on the treadmill in the fitness room is a unique experience. As the treadmills face toward the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a spectacular view from the 50th floor, it’s definitely a much better experience than running facing a wall or a TV. Also on this floor - dubbed the Wellness Floor - is the indoor swimming pool and Westin signature Heavenly Spa, the highest spa in the country.

Various treatments are offered in the spa with the favorite with guests the Heavenly Spa Signature Packages. The Signature packages are Hope, Dream, Wish and Nurture. Hope is for re-energizing the mind and body by using botanical essential oils, Dream for detoxifying, Wish uses a Bali Coffee Scrub for exfoliating and de-stressing, while Nurture is a prenatal therapy of soft massage for mothers-to-be.

We had the luxury of experiencing the 90-minute Heavenly Spa Signature Massage treatment, which combined the best of massage techniques: Balinese soothing rub, Thai energizing strokes and Oriental deep acupressure. Not only was the massage excellent, it was perhaps the most comfortable massage bed we have ever been on!