The Amazing Umang Island

October 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Adventure Travel, Destinations, Hotels

Pulau Umang – A Nature Themed Resort Island for All

The international global trend of going “back to nature” is a lifestyle that is fast becoming a passion to city-dwellers. Pulau Umang is proud to showcase a nature-themed resort which is uniquely designed to have each and every aspect of its architecture blend in with the beautiful nature surrounding it. This is the perfect place to rest and relax for individuals who are stressed out and bored by their daily routine.

Umang Island is located at Sumur, Pandeglang, Banten, roughly 183 km from Jakarta (approximately five hours away by car). With its mesmerizing mountains of Honje and Ujungkulon, this resort boasts an enviable location. Currently, the resort offers 60 nature-themed rooms, all located on prime beachfront property with a host of of amenities and facilities that offer traditional massage, a swimming pool, kids pool, and a jacuzzi, an event hall, table tennis, and a kids club. On top of that, there are other nature-based activities on offer, such as snorkeling, banana boat, flying fish, fishing, outbound games, barbeque and more.

Pulau Umang also boasta two unique nature-based activities – Outbound Adventure and Amazing Camp Adventure. In Outbound Adventure, guests experience various “back to nature” activities, such as trekking, river rafting, as well as traditional al-fresco meals served in the heart of the jungle. Supported by a creative and professional group of nature-lovers, Outbound Adventure is sure to be a hit with urban dwellers. The Amazing Camp Adventure is another offering designed for kids to allow them to learn more about nature as well as their own capabilities and skills.

All in all, Pulau Umang is slated to become one of the main tourist attractions for those looking to have a family gathering, company events, outbound team building and more – there is a little bit of everything here!

Kuningan City : Jewel in the CBD

October 16, 2011 by  
Filed under Attractions, Exotic South East, Luxury Travel

The urban lifestyle of Jakartans continues to evolve, and now, a mall or a shopping center is no longer just a place to buy your everyday needs. But instead, it is now a center of life and activity, a meeting point to gather and socialize, as well as for young executives in between their busy schedules and a place for family recreation.

This is also true for the business lifestyle which differed very much compared to 5 to 10 years ago where formality, monotone and strict dress-codes are the order of the day. The modern business lifestyle is practical, dynamic, semi-formal and most importantly – mobile. Business can be done from wherever you want to, be it from the office, mall, cafe, restaurant, and others. This is true as well when looking for a place to stay, the trend gravitates toward emphasizing a homey atmosphere that is located near a business center.

It is to meet these evolving demands of the modern and future generation that longs for a life that is more practical and dynamic that Agung Podomoro Land undertakes the development project of super-block Kuningan City, which integrates the needs of a worker and businessman with the recreational activities and relaxation that are available to stay true to its tagline – Work, Rest and Play.

Kuningan City was built above a 2,9 hectare landmass, with a total built-up of 384,000 m2, boasting a parking space that can accommodate up to 3,000 cars. The property is divided into six floors of retail, 39 floors of residential towers, as well as 32 floors of The Oval Premium Office Tower which will be known as the AXA Tower in future.

The super-block development boasts an unparalleled portfolio with award winning DP Architects Pte Ltd from Singapore as the main Concept Architecture Consultant. They are the same brains behind various iconic architectures such as the Esplanade, the Singapore Flyer, Paragon and Dubai Mall.

For special lighting, First Concept Technologies by Chris Tju takes over the helm, while the Bennitt Design Group from USA is in charge of the Landscaping. The Kuningan City super-block will soon be a part of the business and commercial hub of International Shopping Belt Jakarta.
Various outlets such as Lotte Mart, Best Denki, Cinema XXI, PT Mitra Adi Perkasa, Trans Mahagaya, Flame Karaoke, Lollipop Playland, Eatery, Amazing Zone, Metrox Group and various other brands have signed up to ensure that the Kuningan City shopping center will be a lifestyle and entertainment destination for modern urbanites.

The Only Local Hotel in Jakarta CBD

October 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Exotic South East, Hotels

The Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, is a hotel with a colorful past. The five-star hotel boasts more than 37 years of history and experience that dates back to 1974, when it opened its doors with 439 guest rooms. Today, the hotel has blossomed into one of Jakarta’s most reputable hotels with more than 670 units consisting of several room categories including superior rooms, deluxe rooms, deluxe suites, executive suites and presidential suites.

Hotel facilities include 26 meeting rooms that can be used for small and large scale events, a swimming pool, fitness center and spa, Internet services, a business center, barbershop and beauty salon, drug store, money changer, travel agent, wedding consultant, daily laundry and dry cleaning service, 24-hour room service and round-the-clock in-house doctors.

To better meet the needs of guests, the hotel also boasts 4 different restaurants, a cake and pastries shop, as well as a bar and lounge, all of which maintains a unique sense of cuisine and service offerings to complement the luxurious turn-down service.

The Bengawan Solo Restaurant, founded in 1991, provides original flavors of Indonesian cuisine from each region of the archipelago. Andrawina Restaurant, located in the hotel lobby, is open 24 hours a day, serving a buffet of a wide variety of cuisines, from Indonesian to Chinese and Western dishes.

There is also the Sahid Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant, which offers more than 80 types of seafood imported from various countries, as well as the Bushido Japanese Restaurant. All in all, you’ll find yourself spoiled for choice when staying at this prestigious hotel.

Tourism Indonesia Mart & Expo (TIME) 2011

October 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Attractions, Destinations, Exotic South East, General Fun

This year, Indonesia’s annual Tourism Indonesia Mart & Expo (TIME) will be hosted in Bandar Lampung. This premier tourism event will be held from 12 to 14 October 2011 at the Novotel Hotel in Lampung, hosting more than 120 buyers from 22 different countries. Entering its 17th year, TIME is organized by the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board and is supported by the expansive tourism elements from all over Indonesia. “TIME is the only international travel mart in Indonesia with a business to business concept. The event is a meeting place for those who sell tourism products and services in Indonesia to international market, and has been listed in the calendar of international travel mart together with ITB Berlin, WTM London, Arabian Travel Mart, PATA Travel Mart and so on,” shared Meity Robot, the Chairperson and Steering Committee of TIME 2011.

Bandar Lampung will be hosting this year’s annual travel mart Tourism Indonesia Mart & Expo (TIME) or Pasar Wisata Indonesia, from October 12 to 14, to promote Indonesian tourism destinations to the international market. This premier tourism event will be held at the Novotel Hotel Lampung, and will see various highlights and presentations from all tourists destinations from all over Indonesia.

During the signing of MOU between Indonesian Tourism Society and the Culture Tourism Office of Lampung, Meity Robot, the Chairwoman and Steering Committee of TIME 2011 commented that the exhibition will be the perfect place for buyers and suppliers of tourism services and products to meet and network with each other. “The preparation of the event is progressing smoothly, and we have high expectation that the event will be able to boost the development of Indonesia’s tourism industry. The delegations from 30 countries would take part at the event,” Meity enthused.

This is the 17th annual event of TIME, and boasts a prestigious status as the only international travel mart in Indonesia with a business to business concept. It has been listed in the calendar of international travel marts together with other prestigious events such as ITB Berlin, WTM London, Arabian Travel Mart, PATA Travel Mart, and so on. With the full support of the travel and tourism industry in Indonesia, the event is bound to be a huge success.

Culinary Celebrations in Jakarta

June 16, 2011 by  
Filed under Gourmet, News

Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta is proud to invite the public to join them for a celebration of summer holidays around the world with delicious culinary promotions including a visit by Michelin-starred chef Fabien Lefebvre.

Michelin Star
Chef Lefebvre, who is renowned for modernizing French cuisine with touches of Mediterranean flair, will be showcasing his skills from 7 to 9 July at the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta’s signature restaurant Lyon. Enjoy Chef Lefebvre’s innovative and award-winning dishes with a two-course, a three-course menu or a six-course degustation menu, special business lunch menu is also available. Book early to your secure your place!

Jakarta Fair
The chefs have been inspired by celebrations around the world to create a summer of culinary excitement. Treat your palate to the spices of traditional Betawi dishes in a nod to Jakarta’s birthday. Celebrate Jakarta’s 484th anniversary, from 17 to 26 June. Cinnamon restaurant is delighted to introduce a fare of traditional Betawi dishes including fresh and spicy Asinan Betawi, creamy Soto Betawi, crunchy Kerak Telor and refreshing Es Doger.

Peking Duck at Xin Hwa
From 3 June to 24 July, Xin Hwa restaurant invites you enjoy wonderful Peking Duck prepared before your very eyes. Enjoy the sweetness of the plum sauce, savour the freshness of the duck meat soup and ask our Chinese chef to prepare your dish just the way you want it. Half Peking duck is IDR 155,000++ / Whole Peking duck is IDR 220,000++

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Jakarta Capital Treats

September 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Exotic South East, Gourmet

Many travelers treat Jakarta simply as a stopover spot on their way to Bali’s island paradise. But this metropolitan capital to Indonesia certainly deserves more than a day or two,especially if you’re wanting to try all of the delightful eateries that add glam, glitz and style to the Big Durian. Sampled here are some of the capital’s best gourmet offerings, from international to local delights alike!

Social House

This laid-back lounge style restaurant/bar is proving hugely popular. It is the latest addition to a long list of successes by the Ismaya group, who also runs the ever popular Blowfish, Dragonfly and Sushi Groove. Social House, or SoHo, as it is affectionately known, boasts huge windows and a panoramic view of the iconic Hotel Indonesia Kempinski and its surrounding.

The Apartment

The Apartment lives up to its name in spectacular fashion. The interior of the restaurant is uniquely designed as an apartment complex. Diners can choose to be seated in the kitchen, living room, bedroom or even the bathroom! The decor plays right into the delightful food served by Chef Andry Winata, who specializes in modern European cuisine with Italian influence.

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Dapur Babah

For excellent Indonesian food with Javanese and Peranakan Chinese influences, head to Dapur Babah at Jl Veteran 1, near Merdeka Square. This restaurant reeks of colonial charms. It’s filled with various objects and items that look like they belong in a museum instead of a restaurant. Dapur Babah is more than just a restaurant. It is a living museum that will transport you to the Batavia of old. The cuisine on offer is similarly nostalgic, featuring some of the best renditions of traditional local delights you’ll ever taste in town.


This well known restaurant has a branch in Jakarta and Bali. Its wholesome, authentic, homemade pasta is filled with creamy goodness. A homey and friendly spot where good times and good food reign, this simple Italian trattoria restaurant is well known to lovers of Italian food city-wide. The two storey restaurant is a great place for business lunches and brunches. It also serves as a comfy hangout for group dinners.

If you’re visiting Jakarta, don’t forget to also head to Pulau Seribu (Thousand Islands), a group of small islands located approximately 2 hours north of Jakarta. A weekend getaway would be perfect to destress and get away from the hectic urban living in Jakarta!


The recently opened new wing at Plaza Indonesia plays host to Immigrant as its crowning jewel. Located on the sixth floor, this flashy new restaurant-lounge is set to attract the city’s glam and glitzy crowd for the foreseeable future. Just like SoHo, Immigrant features an open air balcony offering diners a fantastic view of the city skyline. The people behind Immigrant are also responsible for the celebrated Rustic restaurant, so you can be sure the steak here is up to par.

Le Seminyak

Balinese food is much under-represented here in the nation’s capital, but Le Seminyak, an intimate restaurant located on Pacific Place’s fifth floor, is a welcome addition to the short list of Balinese restaurants in town. The restaurant is a breath of fresh air, with mellow earthy tones and wooden decor completing the Balinese experience. Unfortunately, the restaurant does not serve Bali’s famed pork dishes, as they are a halal restaurant.

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After a two-year layoff for renovation, the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta is now open for business. Cinnamon, and all day dining and buffet restaurant, is located on the hotel’s ground floor. The restaurant features all kinds of Asian food, as well as a selection of familiar international dishes. A relic from the Mandarin Hotel of old, however, is the cake shop, which has now been revived as Cinnamon’s dessert counter.


Located in the newly expanded Plaza Senayan, TeSate is a classy modern restaurant where you can try out local favorites transformed into gourmet offerings. Try out the satay, nasi goreng (fried rice) and the ever popular sop buntut (oxtail soup), reinterpreted and redesigned for your enjoyment.


Behind the pillars of Sampoerna Strategic Square’s South Tower Entrance stands Bibliotheque, arguably the hippest restaurant bar in Jakarta at the moment. In a city constantly crying out for innovation, Bibliotheque stands out with its low-key and effortless concept, that of an old-school library with books and wooden panels. The food is a mix of Middle Eastern and Western cuisines.

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A Tale of Four Cities

March 13, 2010 by  
Filed under magazine, News

For our Issue 02 of the magazine, we share with you travel tales from four cities all over Asia – Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Seoul – and much more!

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In this issue
+ Shanghai Hip
+ Singapore’s Dempsey
+ The Heart of Seoul
+ Sydney’s Culture Capital
+ Tasty Taiwan
+ The Art of Humanity
+ Asia’s Little Dragon
+ Wellness for the Soul
+ Chic Melbourne
+ Jakarta Capital Treats
+ Bali, Romance in Paradise


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