FESTIVE SEASON. Indonesia certainly has lots of fun Christmas and New Year’s events. DA MAN compiles top five luxury hotels in Indonesia for you to celebrate the holidays
Grand Hyatt Jakarta
The sophisticated Grand Hyatt Jakarta (Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28-30, Jakarta; +62 21 2992 1234; jakarta.grand.hyatt.com) celebrates this festive season with a grand feast and exciting party. A Christmas buffet will be held in Grand Café on December 24 evening and Christmas lunchtime. During which, Christmas carolers Out of the Blue will be in attendance to chant heart-warming Christmas songs, and you’re invited to sing along!
On the last day of 2014, you can ring in the New Year at Grand Lobby Party with Australian Big City Beat (BCB) leading the countdown. The New Year’s dinners vary from one venue to another—the Fountain Lounge charges Rp.1,788,000++ per person, Grand Café Rp.888,000++ per person and C’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant Rp.1,388,000++ per person. Smack dab in the heart of the city, the luxurious hotel is undoubtedly one fine place to sit, relax, and revel in the New Year’s holiday. Reservation is requisite.
Keraton at the Plaza
Keraton at the Plaza (Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 15, Jakarta; +62 21 506 80000; keratonattheplazajakarta.com) presents irresistible Christmas and New Year offers for those who intend to stay in the big Durian this year-end holiday. One of the most luxurious hotels in Jakarta, Keraton at the Plaza treats their guests to delicious Christmas specialty foods at Bengawan on Christmas Eve’s dinner buffet, and brunch and afternoon tea the following day.
A mix of international flavors is set to elevate the New Year’s Eve at the Keraton. Dine in a mouth-watering buffet of Mexican, Indonesian and international delicacies on the last dinner of 2014 (Rp.995,000++ per person) and the first brunch in 2015 (Rp.595,000++ per person). The Keraton also offers guests three different hampers to extend the wonderful celebration at home.
Bulgari Resort Bali
Intimately secluded yet elegantly lavish is Bulgari Resort Bali (Jl. Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin Uluwatu, Uluwatu, Bali; +62 361 8471000; bulgarihotels.com). A delectable six-course tasting menu prepared by the resort’s award-winning culinary team will please dining guests throughout the Christmas holiday on the island. Christmas carolers will also stroll around the premises and lend heartwarming Noels to the ears.
On New Year’s Eve, you can indulge in a special gala dinner enlivened with a top-notch live jazz session at the Sangkar Restaurant. There will also be a spectacular fireworks display at the breathtaking Uluwatu cliff top.
The soothing Conrad Bali (Jl. Pratama 168, Tanjung Benoa, Bali; +62 361 778 788; conradbali.com) brings you a most wonderful experience this year-end holiday. For Christmas, the hotel has put together a lineup of programs, including special dining promotions, for guests of all ages. Traveling families surely wouldn’t want to miss out exciting kids’ activities at the resort from December 23 to 29. The programs include shipbuilding, ice cream decorating, watermelon crash games, cookie baking and treasure hunting.
For the New Year’s Eve, all fine eateries in Conrad Bali are on hand to spoil you with their tasty offerings. Go to Rin for a traditional Japanese cuisine, Azure for quenching cocktails by the pool, and Eight Degrees South for al-fresco dining by the shore. Otherwise, soak in the mesmerizing traditional performances and a delectable buffet at Suku, or drop by at East for champagnes and all that while overlooking the infinite Pacific Ocean. Counting down to a new year in such a beautiful location might just be your best bet for starting the year 2015.
W Retreat & Spa Bali
If all the above options don’t make the cut, chances are you’d fall for this special beachside hideaway in Seminyak Bali. The vibrant W Retreat & Spa Bali (Jl. Petitenget, Kerobokan, Seminyak, Bali; +62 361 3000 106; wretreatbali.com) hosts an array of events from Christmas Eve to New Year.
The in-house Fire restaurant throws a hearty feast on Christmas Day that features the best of both worlds, of East and West. Aptly called Super Brunch, this delish treat will set a guest back Rp.850,000++ per person. Yet for New Year’s Eve, the W Bali holds tantalizing dinners in Fire (Rp.2,100,000++ per person) and Starfish Bloo (Rp.2,500,000++ per person). Following that is an exuberant, fun celebration with eight awesome DJs to bid farewell to 2014 and ring in 2015 till the wee hours in the morning.
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