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Fairmont Jakarta takes prime position at Senayan Square

Formally opened in August 2015, the 32-storey Fairmont Jakarta is strategically located on the cusp of Jakarta's CBD, in the affluent neighbourhood of South Jakarta. It's a tenant in the prestigious Senayan Square complex, putting it steps from shopping, dining, residences and offices, all easily accessed by an underground passageway. The Gelora Bung Karno stadium, Jakarta Convention Centre, Senayan National Golf Club and the Indonesia Stock Exchange are within walking distance.

The main lobby is a grand, dramatic space, anchored by a huge, vibrant flower centrepiece, with the concierge desk to the right, and the front desk to the left. Linear timber and embellished columns with towering wall sconces accentuate the lobby's verticality, lending to a sense of vastness.

The 488 rooms and suites include the Gold category of accommodations that in essence carve out a hotel within a hotel. Fairmont Gold guests receive a dedicated check-in and check-out, access to the Gold Lounge and complimentary food and beverage perks. Sky Suites with one or two bedrooms come with full-service kitchens, dining areas, and washing machines and dishwashers for some.

The rooms are dressed in light walls and dark woods for a sophisticated look, and feature the usual mod-cons such as plug sockets that accommodate multiple plug configurations, amenities customised by Le Labo perfumery, and Japanese-spa-inspired bathrooms fitted with timber blinds.

Spectrum serves all-day-dining and buffet options featuring international and Indonesian dishes that are whipped up in open-kitchen live stations. Sapori Deli is an Italian trattoria with a retail section for those on the run, while 1945 promises fine Indonesian cuisine. Fans of Asian cuisine can also drop by Senshu (traditional Japanese) or House of Yuen (pan-Chinese). Peacock Lounge offers a classic High Tea, while the stylish Barong Bar lures guests with a selection of premium whiskies and spirits. Expect small plates of creative food and drinks at View Gastro Bar, situated on level 22, which also houses the semi-alfresco K22 Bar. Drinks are best enjoyed with the skyline view.

The Willow Stream Spa on level four spreads across 900sqm and has nine treatment rooms, a wet area with sauna and steam rooms, an inhalation room, a jet body shower and a jacuzzi. Treatment styles take their cues from the traditions of different regions of Indonesia. The bright, adjacent fitness centre has a 25m outdoor swimming pool and a state-of-the-art gym.

A highly skilled team and the latest technology support the property's world-class meeting facilities. The Fairmont offers 3,500sqm of function space, including a 1,200sqm Grand Ballroom. Located on the ground level, the ballroom has its own separate porte-cocheres on each side of its two drop-off points, giving the guest direct access to the ballroom foyer and forsaking the need to go through the hotel's main lobby.

Additionally, the ballroom's foyer of more than 500sqm allows it to comfortably handle the flow of large crowds as they filter into the main hall. The pillar-free and chandelier-free ballroom has a contemporary design, and the eight-metre ceiling accentuates a sense of liberating space. It also has a flexible configuration, accommodating 1,500 guests for standing receptions and about 70 tables for gala dinners. Successful events already staged at the ballroom include car launches for BMW and Mazda, fashion shows (for Iwan Tirta and a number of bridal designers) and the 18th annual Panasonic Gobel Awards for TV shows, which was attended by Indonesian celebrities and glitterati. A 200sqm VIP Meeting Room on level 2, and eight smaller meeting rooms on level 3 meet small-scale space requirements, accommodating events ranging from 10 to 800 pax.

The Fairmont stands out from the crowd, thanks to its huge, showstopper lobby (possibly the largest in the city); Japanese-style design with Indonesian accents; lively, practical location; and the proliferation of art throughout the property, varying from paintings and antique batik collections to metal and wooden sculptures.