What:

A signature Mandarin Oriental city hotel that is a local legend and which was totally refurbished in 2009 to reveal a contemporary urban resort. Designed by renowned architects Tim, Teo and Wilkes (LTW), it combines the classic Mandarin Oriental Asian references with the local Indonesian aesthetic.

Where:

At the hart of Jakarta, in the city’s financial and diplomatic district, with views over the nearby Welcome Monument. A great option for overnight connections to Bali.

Why:

With 272 rooms (including six suites), four restaurants (from regional Chinese to traditional French cuisine), a cake shop (a MO signature), spa, and outdoor swimming pool surrounded by lush gardens, this is something of an urban resort. Mandarin Oriental hotels are renowned for their legendary service and impeccable housekeeping, and its Jakarta outpost is no different. Indeed, the staff can often be heard saying “selamat dating kembali”, which translates as “welcome back”, as so many guests return time and again.