Ayana is an award-winning luxury brand known for its spectacular service and design aesthetic, and so, I was suitably excited about Ayana Midplaza Jakarta’s debut in the Indonesian capital.
Having taken over an older hotel and opened in Jakarta in April 2017, Ayana is currently in the midst of infusing the property with its own signature touches. For a start, the lobby has been beautifully updated with contemporary decor, including an artistic chandelier suspended over an illuminated fountain – a dramatic focal point.
The hotel has a leisurely air that you don’t often find in business hotels. In my Executive Room, I found macarons, and instead of towel swans, I was greeted by a towel person in an anjali (Balinese greeting with palms pressed together) pose. The room was tastefully furnished with wooden panels, a sitting area with a comfy sofa and velvet cushions, and a large plasma screen TV, as well as a spacious marble bathroom. It served as a peaceful sanctuary, but it was definitely not my intention to remain indoors.
I was in Jakarta for a spot of retail therapy, and the central location of my hotel – in the business district of Sudirman – enabled easy connectivity to the city’s best shopping venues. My first stop was Citywalk Sudirman, a mere two-minute walk from the hotel. Aside from inexpensive casual clothes, the mall is known for its Japanese restaurants and specialty stores selling everything Japanese, from toiletries to fresh sashimi. It’s a little slice of Tokyo!
The nearest BRT (bus rapid transit) station is a mere five-minute walk in the opposite direction, and it’s just a five-minute ride to Sarinah, built in the 60s as Jakarta’s first modern department store. Here, I picked up traditional snacks, kopi luwak (civet coffee) and batik paintings.
For shoppers looking for luxury brands like Dior, Chanel and Givenchy, Plaza Indonesia is a high-end mall just 10 minutes walking distance from Sarinah. For me, being a fan of the French art de vivre, I made a beeline for Pacific Place Jakarta, a 20-minute cab ride south of the hotel, and home to Southeast Asia’s only Galeries Lafayette, an upmarket department store that carries coveted names such as Zadig & Voltaire, Zac Posen and Elie Tahari.
Having shopped all day, I was happy to find that I was spoilt for choice when it came to dining at the hotel – from JimBARan, a garden lounge where one can enjoy a tipple under the stars in circular decks over waterways, to the all-day dining Rasa, which serves up international fare and Indonesian delights like Galantine, a chicken roll dish popular in Solo, Central Java, and my favourite as a kid! And then, there’s Blue Terrace, which forever changed my mind about healthy food with its innovative dishes. Their Baby Gems Wrap (Romaine lettuce stuffed with roast duck and crushed peanuts) and Green Sounds Good (kale, pak choy, kyuri, banana and pineapple juice) were nutritious and delicious at the same time.
Ayana Midplaza is also home to Kado, a Kyoto-style dining venue specialising in kushiyaki (skewered charcoal-grilled meats) and kamameshi (rice cooked in a pot and topped with grilled meats); and honZEN, a contemporary Japanese restaurant inspired by Japan’s four seasons.
Undoubtedly, Ayana Midplaza, with its strategic location and trendy offerings, is the place to be for a fabulous stay.
Try decadent but healthy desserts like the bittersweet Yam & Cranberry Cake with edible flowers at Blue Terrace.
Jl. Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 10-11, Jakarta Pusat, Jakarta 10220, Indonesia