Raffles Hotel now open in Jakarta

Officially opened on March 16, Raffles Jakarta is the latest addition to Raffles' portfolio of 11 hotels and resorts; from the flagship Raffles Hotel in Singapore to China, Cambodia, the Philippines, Seychelles, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Paris and Istanbul.

There are plans for further openings in Jeddah, Sharm-el-Sheikh and Warsaw over the next few years.

In Jakarta, the hotel is linked to the Ciputra Artpreneur Center which opened last year in the commercial hub of Kuningan.

"Jakarta is the economic and cultural seat of one of Asia's fastest growing economies and we are delighted to be part of this growth," said Raffles Hotels & Resorts president Peter French in a press release received on March 17.

"With Raffles Jakarta, we are bringing to Indonesia an authentic expression of Raffles Hotels & Resorts' philosophy - the hotel is a combination of both Indonesian and global influences that gives it a unique sense of place."

Like its sister hotels -- the Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris and the newly opened Raffles Istanbul -- Raffles Jakarta will be a celebration of artistry and in particular a homage to the iconic Indonesian artist Hendra Gunawan. His legacy comes to life at Raffles Jakarta, where his works enhance the elegant interiors.

The hotel's Art Concierge will provide insights into his fascinating life.

As for facilities, Raffles Jakarta offers 173 rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, a butler service that is part of the anatomy of every Raffles hotel, the Writers Bar, the Arts Cafe, Navina which provides an informal poolside setting, meeting places -- from a private boardroom to the 2,500-square-meter Dian Ballroom -- the Signature Raffles Spa, swimming pools, fitness centre, a yoga terrace, tennis courts and a 300-meter jogging track on level 14.

Two more restaurants will open later this year.