You don’t need to travel far to enjoy a wonderful and relaxing experience. Simply check-in at Gran Meliá Jakarta and be ready to be pampered.
My daughter and I planned to stay somewhere within the city, a place which offers something for me as well as for her, something mature and something youthful. A place that will take us away from our routines, and yet not too far away. And the lot fell to the Gran Meliá Jakarta.
Enchanting scents greeted us as we entered the lobby layered with prettifying flowers. We later found out that this scent is the trademark of Gran Meliá. We were very much impressed with the way the hotel welcomed us through appealing to our senses. We smelled the fragrance and enjoyed the sights of both the flowers and the smiles of the Gran Meliá Jakarta’s staffs.
Our relaxation time started with the Mother-Daughter Yhi Spa. The Spa begins with some ginger tea and surprisingly thorough conversation about our health history. Yhi Spa staffs were very courteous to my daughter as this was her very first time getting a spa treatment. They guided her to choose the oil she prefers and taught her a thing or two from there. We took a 60-minute body massage for 2, a good treatment for a young first timer. The result was as expected, we both felt rejuvenated. My daughter giggled a couple of times as she found the massage ticklish. I liked the oil that Yhi Spa uses. My skin felt hydrated and smoothened. The masseurs were exceptionally skillful and friendly.
Soon enough, I craved for tea and glided myself to the Red Level high tea. It was worth the efforts. I went to enjoy my “me” time at Red Level. I thought I would just enjoy the ‘alone in the crowd’ type of moment. I should’ve known better! I was overwhelmed with Red Level’s class and sincerity, to begin with. I ended up chatting with the staff about a wide range of topics from politics, everyday life, and family. It was as if I had just bumped into an old friend. We exchanged views about a lot of topics, but one thing I learned from the conversations was that the staffs were all proud of their Red Level and being a part of Gran Meliá Jakarta. I indeed enjoyed my high tea and the company.
It was dinner time, we chose to have dinner at Yoshi Izakaya as we both love Japanese barbecues. Yoshi served what I believe is one of the best beef teriyaki in town. It was so tender and juicy topped with perfect teriyaki sauce. The chicken teppanyaki was a mixture of the tenderness of the meat and crispiness of the skin. Seafood was grilled to perfection, not overcooked at all. The salad bar could use an upgrade to start up our appetite though. The ambiance was overly romantic for a mother-daughter time, but I think it is very soothing for those looking to have a quiet dinner after a tiring day.
The next day, we dipped ourselves in the pool, and soon after, my daughter was ready for her interactive baking class at Café Gran Via. There were plenty of children, both boys and girls joining the class. They played games while waiting for their cupcakes to bake in the oven. We treated ourselves to delicious Indian delicacies at the Café Gran Via Sunday brunch. My daughter and I are Indian food lovers. Our taste buds were spiced up with the Biryani and Green Masala Mutton. Creme Brulee was our next favorite desserts. They were just perfect!
As I was seated and savoring the delicacies in front of me, taking the pleasure of having quality time with my daughter and relaxing, all at the same time, I realized that I was having A Perfect Holiday. I was surrounded by the scent of nature, wonderful sights of green and colorful flowers and the euphonious children’s laughter. One of my finest vacations indeed!
Gran Meliá Jakarta
Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. X-0
Jakarta – Indonesia
Phone. +62 21 526 8080
Text by Yully Kusnadi | Photos Courtesy of Gran Melia Jakarta