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Indonesia's Hotels Leading Push for Tourism

Hotel & Resort | James Ruggia | April 07, 2015

Indonesia's Hotels Leading Push for Tourism

PHOTO: The New Six Senses Bali will be built atop this stunning cliff. (Courtesy of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas)

Last year was very strong for Indonesia, as some 9.5 million visitors generated about $11 billion in revenues. Tourism may be getting more attention in the nation of 17,000 islands, where oil production usually rules the economic roost. The Indonesian government’s Tourism Master Plan calls for $470 billion in both public and private investments in infrastructure.

Hotels are already on board with investments on the luxury front in both resort development in Bali and in business oriented hotels in Jakarta. AYANA, Fairmont, Nihiwatu, Nikki Beach, Raffles, Ritz Carlton, Six Senses, Sofitel and Swiss-Belhotel are just some of the brands with new properties in Indonesia.

In January, the 380-room Fairmont Jakarta opened in the Indonesian capital in the center of Senayan Square, the Central Business District’s high-end shopping, entertainment, offices and apartments complex. The hotel offers a total of 3,500 square meters of function space including a 1,200 square meter ballroom as well as 108 Sky Suites.

Five restaurants and lounges include the all-day-dining venue Spectrum, serving world cuisine; Peacock Lounge serving light food, tea and coffee throughout the day; Sapori Deli serving eat-in or take-out; the View restaurant with windows that frame dramatic views of the city skyline; K22 Bar, which specializes in creative cocktails; and the Mont Bar, serving fine wines, champagnes, premium spirits and rare malt whisky.

The hotel also offers a gym and Fairmont’s signature spa brand Willow Stream. In Indonesia, Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali recently marked the brand’s debut in Indonesia, Fairmont Jakarta now establishes the brand in the capital and Fairmont Bali is scheduled to open next year.

The 173-room Raffles Jakarta opened in the commercial hub of Kuningan with a link to the new Ciputra Artpreneur Centre, a landmark arts development in Jakarta’s golden triangle which opened last year. The hotel’s rooms and suites are some of the largest in Jakarta and they’re backed up by Raffles Butler service.

The selection of restaurants and bars include The Writers Bar; the Arts Café; Navina has a poolside setting; and two more restaurants will open later this year. The hotel has a 2,500-square-meter ballroom. When it debuts later in the year, the Signature Raffles Spa will open with six treatment rooms. There will also be a choice of swimming pools (including a children’s pool and play area), a fitness center, a yoga terrace, tennis courts and a 300-meter jogging track around and through the garden on level 14.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bali opened in February in Sawangan on the Nusa Dua peninsula. The 313-room hotel includes 34 cliff top and ocean view villas. Décor is “Anyaman” style, coupled with design influences from local craftsmen and the surrounding landscape. The Ritz-Carlton, Bali features six restaurants and lounges: Bejana, which serves Indonesian cuisine; the Beach Grill, set along the shore, which offers seafood and grill specialties; Raku, a Japanese Lounge & Bar, The Ritz-Carlton Lounge & Bar, which serves selections of premium tea; Senses, an all-day dining restaurant; and Breezes Tapas Lounge, which serves light snacks and Tapas by the pool.

The Ritz-Carlton Club Level includes a private pool and sun deck exclusively for club guests, while The Ritz-Carlton Spa will consist of 14 serene treatment rooms seamlessly incorporating indoor and outdoor spaces.

Following a complete renovation, The Villas at AYANA Resort has re-launched 24 of its Ocean View Pool Villas, which represent a portion of the resort’s 78 Villa-style accommodations. The one-bedroom Ocean View Pool Villas use warm palettes and textures, hand-crafted artwork, plush bedding and décor, and seamless indoor-to-outdoor living that reflects the island’s iconic style. The resort completely changed the interiors, including all furniture and fixtures, and significantly increased the living spaces and natural lighting.

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas will develop a resort in the southwest of Bali at Uluwatu; a 35-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport atop a cliff, sharing the spectacular ocean views with the island’s famed Uluwatu Temple. Six Senses Bali will include 28 sky villas, 62 one-bedroom villas and seven two-bedroom villas that draw upon the local culture, embrace nature and offer every creature comfort. Six Senses Bali is scheduled for completion by the end of 2017.

In January, Nikki Beach opened on the grounds of the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Hotel & Resort. The resort has a gigantic swimming pool complete with underwater speakers, 2,500 fiber optic lights and a swim-up cocktail bar.

Nihiwatu joined The Leading Hotels of the World. Located on the island of Sumba in Eastern Indonesia, Nihiwatu was developed with the intent to protect and preserve the culture of the island and to enable local residents to support themselves and their families. Through The Sumba Foundation, all profits from the resort are fed into various community-based projects, including access to clean water, four malaria clinics and malnutrition and school lunch program. The resort also employs ninety percent of its staff from the nearby villages.

The resort’s 32 thatched villas are surrounded by more than 500 hectares of land. All have outdoor living areas, marble-floored bathrooms, private pools, and Indian Ocean views as well as such comforts as round-the-clock butler service, unlimited Wi-Fi access and quality cuisine. This spring the resort will open a range of new luxury villas as well as a Nihi Oka Spa Safari to nearby Nihi-Oka Valley. Sumba in Eastern Indonesia, just 240 miles East of Bali, is an outpost of  world-class surfing, sport fishing, ancient villages and butterfly trails. It also offers the unique experience of stand-up paddling down the Wanukaka River.

In November, Swiss-Belhotel International opened the Hotel Ciputra World Surabaya.

The hotel features eight meeting rooms, including a ballroom catering for up to 450 people, a health club, non-smoking floors and a roof-top outdoor pool deck overlooking the city and featuring a kid's pool and Jacuzzi. Hotel Ciputra World Surabaya's culinary highlights include the all-day Gallery Restaurant, serving international cuisine via a buffet or a la carte.

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