LUXURY CAPITAL CITIES: CENTRAL JAKARTA EDITION - Tourists and residents of Indonesia alike tend to flock to places like Seminyak for a luxury break. However, what many people forget is that the capital Jakarta is also an affluent and luxurious place. In fact, there are some fabulous, high-end places to stay, restaurants to visit, and things to do in the capital.

Keep reading to find out what they are. 

Getting There
Those coming from outside of the country will usually fly into Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (SHIA) located in Tangerang. Of course, if you are looking for the most high-end experience, you will want to eschew economy class and bump yourself up to first, or even business class.

Luckily, some of the biggest hitters in airlines fly to SHIA, including Emirates, and Etihad so you can expect a flight with all the pampering you deserve.

There is even the possibility of catching a direct flight, depending on where you live, as airline like Garuda offers non-stop flights from London.

Of course, if you are traveling from within Indonesia, then you have a myriad of options to choose from. These include driving yourself, catching the train, or even hiring a driver and air-conditioned car. Well, you’ll want to get that high-end feel as soon as possible, won't you?

Where to Stay
Once you have your journey sorted you can start to think about where to stay in the city. Happily, you won't be short on options, and there are some really stunning hotels on the higher end of the scale.

One such hotel is the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta, part of the world-famous chain. Here you can expect only the most exceptional service, along with the opulent, yet modern decor. There are even over 20 suites that you can pick from for your stay.

Of course, hotel life doesn't suit everyone, and some folks prefer the privacy that having their own vacation property provides them with. Luckily, it is pretty easy to find high-quality places in central Jakarta, as Sewa Rumah is plentiful. Although the more you can pay a year, the higher quality and facilities you can expect.

Of course, buying your own place means that you can be surrounded by all the personal items and home comfort you desire when on vacation that you wouldn't get at a hotel. It will, no doubt, encourage you to spend more time in this glorious city as well, from weekends to entire vacations throughout the year.

Where to Eat
Once you know where you are staying, and have got settled, you can start exploring all the delights that Jakarta city has to offer. Obviously, as you would expect from a thriving capital city one, of the most impressive things to experience is the excellent quality and selection of food that is on offer.

One place, in particular, that is worth a visit is Plataran Dharmawangsa where you can sample some delicious Indonesian food. The traditional style decor of the restaurant itself is fabulous as well, and the garden is the perfect space to cool off in between courses. You can even expect live music and a Bloody Mary bar on special occasions, making this eatery one well worth trying out.

Although, if you are genuinely looking to push the boat out and go for a once-in-a-lifetime experience then Namaaz is your best bet. This is because they serve Indonesian food here, but in the molecular gastronomy style. Something that makes dining not only tasty but fun too.

In fact, eating there will probably be unlike anything you have ever done before, with a 17-course tasting menu on offer. Be sure to book up in advance though, because, with only 28 covers per night, places are seriously exclusive

What to Do
Although, you won't want to spend all your trim eating when in Jakarta even if the idea of it is pretty tempting! In fact, there is a myriad of places that are at the higher end of the spectrum which is also worth visiting.

In particular, make sure that you go to the Grand Indonesia mall and treat yourself to a little retail therapy. In fact, apart from all the usual array of shops you can expect, there are also designer brands like Calvin Klein and Coach on offer too.

Then once you have exhausted yourself and your credit card through shopping, why not head over to SPA Intercontinental for a relaxing and revitalizing massage? Then, after a short rest, you will be ready to continue exploring and experiencing the luxurious and fascinating city that is Jakarta. 

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