Two Days Trip in Jakarta – Massage Spa in Kempinski Hotel (Day 1)

couple body massage at kempinski the spa

One of our agenda for this trip is to get a soothing massage. When we first tried booking at Kempinski’s Spa, it was only available at 11pm and thus we tried checking other spa locations. Not wanting to be going to far away from the hotel, we called in Grand Hyatt Hotel right opposite and query for couple massage slots. However, as indicated by the telephone receptionist, they were fully booked and it was only available for their own hotel guests. Our reaction ? We quickly called back Kempinski’s Spa to lock in our reservations.

View across the Jakarta central at the smoking area.
View across the Jakarta central at the smoking area.

After our dinner at Sun Tiang, we strolled slowly back to the hotel and went to the top level where the spa was located. Greeted politely by the receptionist, she asked for our reservation and told that we have to wait a while. Looking at our watch, we was fifteen minutes earlier and waited at the smoking area. We finished our stick of cigarette and walked back to the counter and the receptionist again politely told us that we are still ahead of schedule. It will be one hour later before our massage session. Suddenly, it strike us that we did not adjust our watches and that we are one hour behind Singapore time. Thus, we used this time to explore the entire spa area.

Resting area for the guests.
Resting area for the guests.
Another side of the resting area.
You can also choose to nap a while on bed at resting area.
You can also choose to nap a while on bed at resting area.
Jacuzzi and Swimming Pool at the back of the spa.
Jacuzzi and Swimming Pool at the back of the spa.

Exploring towards the back of the spa area, it is a tranquil area where you can enjoy the Jacuzzi and have a slip of your favourite drinks or just sit down at the comfy chairs along the swimming pools to have a heart to heart chat. I would not expect it to have much privacy because the next building is in fact quite close. (See the building with white horizontal line behind the swimming pool).

Views of the city at the back of the spa.
Views of the city at the back of the spa.

Sorry for the blur image, I just managed to adjust and took the best photo with my iPhone 6 plus. The night life of Jakarta certainly looks vibrate just like Singapore. I believe that this scene will change dramatically after Indonesia advance into the next stage of economy.

Our Couple Room

We walked back to the resting area while the receptionist served us tea before the commencement of our massage session. The masseurs came by shortly and ushered us to our couple room.
Massage beds are clean and tidy.
Massage beds are clean and tidy.
Comes with a bath tub and two basins.
Comes with a bath tub and two basins.
Basins with mirrors.
Basins with mirrors.

It looks like a traditional Indonesia-theme that emphasise heavily on using of wood. The room’s serenity and ambience let us feel calm and relaxed. Apart from that, the room is also neatly tidied to its every little details. There are a bath tub which we can choose to wash up before and / or after the massage and amenities around two basins – reduce the need to fight for a mirror.

We changed into disposable underwear provided by them and lay down comfortably on the beds while waiting for the masseurs to enter the room. We did not start immediately, the masseurs had to do some preparation to make sure all are in good order. They lit a candle burner for the aromatic essential oil, play some soothing music and dim the lights.

The body massage started from the backs and while they skilfully rub with adequate strength, my whole body relax further more before resting my mind and falls asleep. However, throughout the session, I could still feel the masseur’s experienced hands going through those intense knots in my body using smooth strokes.

Unknowingly, the massage session has ended. Unfortunately, we only managed to book an hour’s body massage. We laid lazily on the bed, take a short rest and trying to regain to our full consciousness before dressing up and walked back to the resting area for a hot tea.

Considering it is only USD 50 for a 60 minutes body massage, we find it totally worthwhile. In additional, we tipped the masseurs as well for their good service. Back to the hotel room…

Its SUPPER time ! Room service please !
Its SUPPER time ! Room service please !

I always have the tendency to have some snacks before I go to sleep. I wasn’t seriously hungry but just need some good food to go with a good sleep. We called in the room service for some fried calamari, nuggets and coroke. Yummy and sleepy !

Two Days Trip in Jakarta – Dinner at Suntiang in Grand Indonesia (Day 1)

Interior of Suntiang

Exploration of our room took quite a while before finally settling down on the sofa for a short rest. One of our objectives for this trip was to enjoy one good massage and we started flipping through the directory in the hotel room. We booked a couple massage at 10pm which gives us ample time for dinner and strolling around the neighbouring complex.

Exhaustedly, we rested on the bed and unnoticeably, we had fallen asleep… The journey to our hotel has worn us out a little due to the bad traffic. We woke up in time just to catch a glimpse of the sun setting beautifully upon the central square. We pulled ourselves out from the bed to wash up a bit before going down in search for a place for our dinner.

From the hotel’s lobby, we can access to the Grand Indonesia’s West Mall without leaving the main building. The shopping centre is spacious and I would say “uniquely” designed that it becomes slightly complicated to explore. We had to go all the way to level 3 before going through the connecting mall to access the restaurants.

street-like restaurant on the dining level of Grand Indonesia Mall.

Be amazed by the interior design of the dining level as they have decorated to be like walking along an outdoor street – the entire stretch of it. Definitely much better feel compared to those Japan street or Hong Kong streets we have in Singapore’s shopping mall. I believe you can see that they really put in many efforts into designing the restaurants as well. Below are a few creative designs.

Fook Yew restaurant at Grand Indonesia Mall

Cafe at Grand Indonesia Mall

While we have wandered in the mall for so long and unable to decide which restaurant for our dinner (almost all looks appealing), we ended up at Suntiang. What is so special about them ? They are the first restaurant (maybe in Indonesia) to combine authentic West Sumatran recipes in Japanese style. They even had a conveyor belt for the food ! Below are some of the dish that we have tried.

Suntiang's Brocolli AgedashiBroccoli Agedashi – Japanese-styled tofu in miso soup with Broccoli.

Suntiang's Ayam PopAyam Pop – One of my favourite West Sumatran dish which can also be found in Nasi Padang. A Minang cooking style that involved marinating the chicken with ingredients and spices before boiling or at times fried. The chilli sauce helps to bring out the sweetness of the meat while the spiciness mingle with your tongue. A must try dish.

Suntiang's Sayur NangkaSayur Nangka – At its first sight, I was wondering if this is chunks of meat or bones. In fact, this is young jackfruit simmered with various spices. The sauce is nice but I could not accept the taste of jackfruit cooked with spices. I only managed to take a small bite out of it before giving up.

Suntiang's Gindara BakarGindara Bakar – Char-grilling the Gindara traditional Indonesian-style and set aside was a special mix chilli sauce to go with. The fish alone is flavourful. Try it with the chopped chilli and garlic sauce to enhance the taste.

Soon after dinner, we have to rush back to the hotel for our massage appointment at 10pm.

Two Days Trip in Jakarta – Checking in Kempinski Hotel (Day 1)

My client has invited me over for his daughter’s wedding dinner on a Sunday evening and I thought this could be a good opportunity to take a break away from work for a day or two and enjoy the weekend with my girl friend.

It wasn’t my first time in Jakarta yet the only places I have visited was only the factories and industrial area. Thus, I have make a point to find a hotel that is near the city centre to enjoy the views and maybe some shopping at the same time. There was ample good hotels around the vicinity but eventually we have chosen Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta since it looks like a decent hotel which is linked to the shopping malls.

We arrived Jakarta in the late morning and was greeted by the hot weather. As usual, the places is packed with people and taxis (legal and illegal) trying to get some customers for taxi hire. Fortunately, my client has arranged to pick us up from the airport to his factory. It was just a short two hours meeting before we requested to be send back to our hotel.

During the factory visit, my girl friend actually hit off went with my client and while they was chatting happily about plants and fruits, my client stopped by one of the supermarkets along the road which my girl friend could shop for some fruits. Before our eyes were rows and rows of fresh fruits like mangoes, pineapples and even durians of many different varieties – an uncommon sight in Singapore. It took us almost an hour before we could finish shopping just on the fruits section alone – so just imagine !

 Talking about fruits, did we missed our lunch ? Apparently, we was so busy buying fruits that we had totally forget about our lunch. My client has offered us for lunch which though we have politely reject but his persistency paid off and we agreed to have a light meal at a local restaurant – Sari Minang, a Nasi Padang restaurant.

As usual, hotels in Jakarta are often with security and Kempinski wasn’t exceptional. It was a quick check before we drove to the front porch. The moment the vehicle stopped, a porter immediately opens our door while the bell boy is standing right beside him waiting for our luggages. A female staff politely greeted and ushered us to the reception counter for our check-in which took less than ten minutes before accompanying to the lift. What a service !

Kempinski Jakarta Hotel
This is our room ! We have booked for an deluxe room but maybe they does not have sufficient room and upgraded us to grand deluxe room instead ! Comfy !

Kempinski Jakarta Hotel
Comes with a sofa set where you can sit down to watch TV and enjoy our fruits from supermarket.

Kempinski Jakarta Hotel
A stylish glass-made table top for all your business discussion and writings.

Kempinski Jakarta Hotel
A chair by the window facing the parade square where you can sit down with a nice cup of coffee with watching the busy streets and central square


Complete view of the central square from the hotel’s window.


Two basins – full with amenities. You does not need to wait for your spouse to finish her make-up to brush your teeth.


Last but not the least, a bath tub. It has a TV at the side which you can watch your favourite shows or simply relax with an overview of the central square – with a glass of wine.

Details of the hotel can be found below

Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta
Jalan M.H. Thamrin No. 1
10310 Jakarta, Indonesia
Tel: + 62 21 2358 3800