A Closer Look At The Langham, Jakarta’s Five-Star Splendour

At The Langham Hotels & Resorts, modern luxury coalesces fluidly with inimitable hospitality. Since its inception with the flagship hotel in London in 1865, the brand has remained true to its distinguished British heritage, offering exemplary amenities, curated art collections, scads of culinary options, and signature pink accents across Europe, the United States, Asia Pacific and Greater China. Situated within the bustling nexus of Sudirman Central Business District (SCBD) in South Jakarta, The Langham, Jakarta stands as a five-star refuge catering to the needs of both business and leisure travellers.

The Langham, Jakarta’s sky lobby.

The choice of location was inspired by the creation of District 8 within the SCBD of Jakarta, which is presently maturing as the new centre of the city. An intriguing aspect that people may not be aware of lies in the surrounding of District 8. Here, the number eight—symbolic of good luck and good fortune—manifests multiple times, with a total of eight buildings and towers, eight fountains, and eight entrances or exits within the district. This deliberate incorporation of the number eight fosters a sense of positive energy and prosperity throughout the area.

The inner facade of Tom’s by Tom Aikens.

Constructed by Smallwood Reynolds Stewart Stewart (SRSS), the tract provides a safe environment with well-maintained sidewalks—a rarity in Jakarta—and is surrounded by the most vibrant dining, drinking and entertainment venues in the city, all within walking distance. “Some of Jakarta’s best bars and restaurants, clubs and food streets are around the hotel, and are easily accessible for our guests,” says Alexander Poindl The Langham, Jakarta’s general manager. Additionally, the hotel’s connection to lifestyle mall Ashta adds to the convenience. This strategic location sets them apart from many other luxury hotels, as Poindl emphasises: “Our hotel is situated within the most desired area in Jakarta, where Jakartans also come to celebrate.”

One-bedroom suite.

The hotel incorporates classic architectural motifs that eminently projects grandeur and metropolitan charm. Stepping into the arrival lobby, my attention was swiftly gripped by a salient chandelier embellished with 3,000 crystal butterflies, tactfully suspended by elaborate wire work. Dubbed Haven, this chandelier by Czech-based bespoke light installations company Lasvit was designed to reconceptualise Indonesian rainforests, with the added champagne-coloured lattice reminiscent of a monarch butterfly’s wings.

The bathroom in the Executive Room.

In my room, I am greeted by a delightful pink flamingo-themed box of chocolates—the Langham pink identifies with the brand’s connections to celebrations, health, love, and positivity. The room features floor-to-ceiling windows, intricate wall panels, plush bedding, smart entertainment, decent-sized wardrobes, and regal marble bathrooms with rain showers and freestanding soaking bathtubs. For discerning ultra-luxury seekers, the Presidential Suite spans 336 sq m and comes with a spacious living room, a dining area adorned with contemporary décor such as sculptures, paintings and artefacts, as well as an outdoor terrace with all-encompassing cityscape vistas. The suite also includes a private in-suite gym with the option of hiring a personal trainer for tailored workouts.

The Langham Club lounge.

Taking a comprehensive approach to well-being, the hotel’s Chuan Spa draws from the ancient healing practices of traditional Chinese medicine. The spa embeds treatments inspired by Wuxing principles, also known as the five elements—wood, fire, earth, metal and water. By implementing present-day comforts and age-old therapeutic concepts, the holistic facility crafts personalised regimens adapted to individual mood, lifestyle and wellness needs. This mind-body sanctuary occupies secluded therapy suites, a fully equipped fitness centre, and Jakarta’s highest indoor infinity pool. In addition, men can also head over to Barberia for luxury grooming services such as shaving, hair care and restorative sessions.

Iron chef Masaharu Morimoto.

One of the ultimate highlights of The Langham, Jakarta is its culinary excursion. Guests are encouraged to start their day with breakfast at Tom’s by Tom Aikens on Level 62, while taking in the city’s business district landscapes through huge, towering windows. Early risers can indulge in à la carte selections or explore their rotating buffet stations. An ice cream station near the entrance offers an assortment of treacly bracing flavours to enjoy. Morimoto Jakarta by Iron chef Masaharu Morimoto is another signature dining experience. Located on Level 63, this modern Japanese restaurant accommodates up to 99 guests within its chromatic simplicity and neutral-toned interior. Its menu ranges from small plates to seasonal specialties, with noteworthy dishes such as toro tartare, tuna pizza, and Japanese A5 wagyu served with three different sauces.

Artesian Bar on the 65th floor.

The latest addition to the hotel that is currently gracing Jakarta’s downtown skyline is Artesian Bar, ensconced on the 65th floor. “Artesian Bar is one of my favourite spots now, especially during sunset,” Poindl says. “I like to unwind with an Aperol spritz when I’m off duty, and it’s a fantastic place to relax. I would still visit even if I wasn’t working here.” Central to the Artesian experience is its catalogued cocktail menu that includes Forbidden, Passion, Devine, Envy, Temptation, and more. Guests can also witness head mixologist Marcelo Monte working his magic behind the bar, along with live DJ performances from Wednesday to Saturday.

The gentlemen’s parlour, Barberia.

While navigating Jakarta’s teeming megalopolis amidst heavy traffic may pose a challenge, you can find everything you need within the walls of The Langham, Jakarta. Whether it’s treating oneself with gourmet meals, revelling in upscale sleeping quarters, attending to physical and mental care, or patronising nearby retail venues, this posh establishment ensures utmost contentment and fulfilment.

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