Four Seasons achieved a remarkable thing in their new all-suite city hotel in Jakarta. They created a light-filled, glass-and-steel property that combines Indonesian energy with the classic European glamour — and somehow infused it all with a distinctive hallmark of true Four Seasons luxury.
Located in the Financial District of Jakarta, the hotel is a perfect venue for the city’s fashionable elite come to play. Which was evident to us as soon as we arrived — as we stepped into the spectacular lobby we found ourselves in the middle of a wedding party.
But then the staff of Four Seasons dealt with both the crowds of the chic wedding guests and with our arrival without any collisions or interruptions, and with the warm, thoughtful service synonymous with the name Four Seasons.
Game of contrasts
The lobby, giant and soaring, conveys the feeling of luxury and glamour, with a grand staircase and a magnificent crystal chandelier focus of attention. But there are softer and cosy corners too, especially the cute patisserie, Instagram-tastic with all its pastel colours and mouth-watering sweets.
Many of the hotel’s public areas are defined by the contrasts of the grand and the intimate. For example, the Palm Court restaurant is a soaring space, with a spectacular Lasvit lighting feature hung from the ceiling dominating the upper part of the room — but at the ground level, each seating is a shell-like high-back armchair covered in dark green velvet. We loved having prolonged breakfasts here.
For another kind of sensory experience, we visited the spa. Having been to a few Four Seasons spas before, we had to pop in for a massage, just before our departure. We were treated to the hot poultice massage, which set us perfectly for the journey back to Europe, on the same day.
The Four Seasons hotel looks into Jakarta’s history and cosmopolitan culture to create its own unique character. The European influences, especially in the guest rooms, reflect the colonial period in the country, but also the confidence of its independent standing today.
If there is some polarity of contrasts in the hotel’s public areas, the hotel’s interior designer found the perfect harmony in the guest suites. First off, they have a great size: large by any city hotel standards, and yet feel very cosy and intimate. The interior here feels sophisticated and elegant too. The refined colour palette, expensive materials and fine furnishings, the well-designed lighting — all of it works together to create a real living space with character.
Our previous experience with Four Seasons included a stay at their Seychelles, Bali, and Koh Samui resorts. While they were obviously very different from the city hotel that is the property in Jakarta, we were struck by how much care and effort the brand put into making this hotel adhere to, and in many ways surpass, the legendary Four Seasons standards — especially given that their Jakarta outpost is basically brand new. Or maybe because of that.