Jakarta is a bustling megalopolis, ablaze with culture, history and business. Indonesia’s capital city has contrasts at every corner. From skyscrapers to weaving hutongs lined with tin-roofed shops and traditional snack sellers.
Ethnicities, cultures and religions exist beside one another and meet in a display of vibrant colors and celebrations. But perhaps most juxtaposing of all is the growth of Jakarta’s business hub, surrounded by historical and cultural epicenters.
Business in Jakarta
Jakarta is home to 10 million residents and acts as the focal point for educational, political and business-orientated activity in Indonesia. It also incubates many global tech companies, such as Facebook, Uber and Microsoft.
Being Southeast Asia’s largest economy and one of the most heavily-populated cities in the world, it is no wonder businesspeople flock to Jakarta. Companies observing the business boom have rushed to the area to gain a slice of the market.
While the government works hard to preserve the country’s culture and teach its history, it also aims to expand the economy through the 1000 Startup Movement. The program aims to grow 1000 startups by 2020 to reach a combined value of US$10 billion.
But it is not all work in Jakarta. There is plenty of fun to be had among the meetings and conference calls.
Culture in Jakarta
The city bursts with historical parks that have been transformed from Dutch colonial governmental spaces to playgrounds for Jakarta’s aspiring skip-rope champions.
The high-energy and constant buzz in Jakarta will entice you to try as many new things as you can while visiting. Often the capital is used as an entry and exit point for travelers, but some of Indonesia’s most awe-inspiring culture resides in the city itself.
Put your bargaining skills to good use and take a trip down to Menteng. Go and explore the unique handicrafts, antiques, jewelry and old vinyl records on sale, and find a treasured memento that will remind you of Jakarta for years to come.
For the cultural cultivators visiting the city, Kota Tua is a wondrous place to go. It is one of the most historically significant parts of Jakarta. You can meander through the cobbled streets and admire the Dutch colonial architecture.
Those looking to get away from the vibrant buzz of the city can and find a moment of relaxation, head to Jakarta’s golden strip of powdered sand and warm waters at Ancol Beach. The shoreline hosts a series of swimming pools to maximise relaxation potential.
If you are wanting something a little more high-brow and cultured, head over to the Museum MACAN – the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantra – Indonesia’s first international modern art museum. The fascinating collection includes more than 800 artworks, with around half comprised of Indonesian works and the rest from Europe, North America, China and throughout Asia.
Continuing the art theme, the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel is also a big player in the Southeast Asian art scene. As well as hosting the second edition of Art Stage Jakarta in August 2017, it is home to some incredible art instillations. These include Rudi Mantofani’s “Love” and Jean-Michel Othoniel’s “Mirrored Glass and Metal”, which can be admired in the lobby area of the hotel.
No better place to stay
After spending your day either discovering the best of Jakarta or attending meetings or events, you will want someone luxurious to rest your head. And there is no better place to stay in Jakarta than the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel.
Restaurateurs, property investors and hoteliers are among those who have been investing in the Indonesian market, and in 2016 the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel opened its luxury doors to business and leisure travelers alike. Having already won the Elegant Luxury Hotel of The Year award, the hotel has earned a reputation as one of Indonesia’s best for corporate travelers and vacationers.
Located between Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) and Halim Perdanakusuma Airport (serving domestic and VIP flights), the hotel could not be in a more convenient location to easily navigate your way to meetings and appointments, if you are traveling on business.
The hotel is also perfectly situated to explore the city, safe in the knowledge you can return to a luxurious space, dine to your heart’s content, relax in contemporary style and have your every need accommodated.
The contemporary hotel design, warm neutral tones of the rooms, floods of natural light, exceptional customer service and the most comfortable beds money can buy, allow Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel to be confident travelers will be left feeling fresh for another day in the bustling capital.
From convention room to outdoor pool
If you are in search of a convention space, why not consider the hotel itself? Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel has a glowing reputation for supplying meeting-friendly services and amenities, with planners to manage every detail of your meeting or event.
You can choose from nine conference rooms that open onto terraces for a fast business-to-pleasure transition, and the 7.5-meter high ballroom equipped with LCD projector space, elegant chandeliers and advanced audio-video technology is the ideal place to hold your event.
After networking, you can relieve the day’s stresses in the outdoor pool and then head over to the international restaurant to sample the flavors of the world.
Whether you are looking for a luxury stay while exploring all Jakarta has to offer, or want to find a secure, confident and contemporary venue to host important meetings, the team at Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel will cater to your every need and make your experience in Jakarta unforgettable.
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