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Stepping out for Valentine’s Day

Christian Razukas

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, February 8, 2018  /  03:31 pm
Stepping out for Valentine’s Day

How sweet it is at The Fairmont Jakarta. (Courtesy Fairmont Jakarta/File)

It’s February, when the thoughts of lovers turn to Valentine’s Day – specifically, where to spend the special day with their paramours.

While we cannot help you in your quest for “the one”, The Jakarta Post can curate a selection of some of the most romantic places in the city that are offering special deals to realize the calendar’s most romantic day.

Sweets and singles: Grand Hyatt Jakarta 

Grand Hyatt's delicious Double Chocolate Cake.Grand Hyatt's delicious Double Chocolate Cake. (Grand Hyatt Jakarta/File)

The Grand Hyatt Jakarta is offering a rose and praline chocolates for the lady upon arriving at the hotel's restaurants for Valentine’s Day. On offer are romantic dinners by the pool, a five-course set menu at Seafood Terrace or a six-course Valentine’s set menu by the hotel's chef de cuisine, Hugo Bertolini, that includes two glasses of Taittinger Brut/Rose.

Meanwhile, Burgundy is throwing a party for singles with Singleton Single-Malt Scotch Whiskey and DJ Wachitarica, with special prices of Singleton Single Malt Scotch Whiskey by the bottle and by the shot.

Phone: + 6221 2992 1234

Arabian evening: Le Meridien Jakarta

Encouraging romance at Le Meridien.Encouraging romance at Le Meridien. (Courtesy of Le Meridien/File)

An evening of excellent cuisine in an intimate setting will be presented for Valentine’s Day by Al Nafoura Restaurant, which is offering a six-course set-menu dinner including salmon mdakan ma babaganoush, tuna fish tartar, shorbet fettar, samak and laham as well as a complimentary sparkling cocktail or mocktail.

Meanwhile, La Brasserie Restaurant will offer a Valentine’s Day Dinner buffet with an array of local and international dishes and a Valentine’s Day dessert buffet, and includes one non-alcoholic drink.

Phone: +6221 251 3131

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Urban oasis: DoubleTree by Hilton Jakarta – Diponegoro

On offer for Valentine’s Day at the The DoubleTree by Hilton Jakarta – Diponegoro is a package at OPEN} Restaurant including a buffet dinner, a Valentine gift and a live music performance, while Sea Grain Restaurant & Bar is offering dinner for two with a four-course set menu, house wine and other beverages, as well as a Valentine gift and live music.

Pro tip: Enjoy an après-dining romantic walk around the pool amid the stars and neon lights. The space is surprisingly serene and open, despite its central location.

Phone: +6221 2985 7093

Italian touch: Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta

The Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta, home of one of the city’s favorite French restaurants, Lyon, is offering a six-course “Love in Paris” dinner menu with dishes like baked truffle foie gras in puff pastry, wagyu rib-eye stea and partage de dessert.

Meanwhile, the Mandarin Oriental’s Cinnamon restaurant will offer a Parisian-themed all-you-can-eat dining experience in an inviting space for romantic dining, with cured salmon, escargot bourgignon, lamb navarin, and assorted French cheeses.

Phone: + 6221 2993 8888

Artistic souls: Raffles Jakarta

The fine arts are woven into the design DNA of the Raffles Jakarta, making the hotel’s Arts Café an ideal destination for the creatively inclined.

On hand will be a special guest, Paul Walsh, executive chef of London’s City Social restaurant, who will be offering guests Michelin-starred cuisine from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14. Walsh will be preparing a five-course set dinner at the Arts Café including a wine pairing, while those seeking to indulge should look at “The Ultimate Valentine Experience”, which includes a night’s stay at the hotel’s Artist Suite, a 5-course dinner from Chef Paul including wine pairing, breakfast at the Arts Café and a 90-minutes’ couples massage.

Phone: +6221 2988 0888

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Atmospheric dining: The Dharmawangsa Jakarta

Dinner by candlelight at The Dharmawangsa.Dinner by candlelight at The Dharmawangsa. (Courtesy The Dharmawangsa/File)

The Dharmawangsa, famous for its effortless elegance and exquisite touches of Javanese decor, has several options for Feb. 14. A “Valentine Buffet Dinner” at the Jakarta Restaurant and The Courtyard includes a Norwegian smoked salmon station, bultarra organic saltbush lamb, organic beef rib eye, a giant lobster Thermidor and cherry jubilee. There are also two more intimate opportunities, each limited to three tables, and each including a private butler and personal chef.

The “Love is in the Air” dinner at the Pool Garden offers a 4-course set menu, a bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte champagne, wine pairing, a hand bouquet for the lady and a treasury box giveaway. The “Journey of Love” at the Pool Garden – Sriwijaya – The Courtyard offers a cocktail, an amuse bouche, a 4-course dinner and with dessert, a glass of Nicolas Feuillatte champagne, a rose for the lady and a treasury box giveaway.

Phone: +6221 725 8181

Brazilian flair: Keraton at The Plaza

Elegance at The KeratonElegance at The Keraton (Courtesy of The Keraton/File)

Brazilian Chef Rafa Gil, fresh from a Michelin-starred restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, has arrived at Keraton at the Plaza just in time to present a series of delectable offerings for Valentine’s Day.

An aptly named “Fly Me To Heaven” package includes cocktails at the Keraton Lounge, an hour’s sensuous massage, a five-course dinner at Bengawan Restaurant, dessert at the Keraton Suite and a breakfast in bed for two, while the “Love Baby Love” offers the same, sans massage, and “Love Is In The Air” offers cocktails and dinner at Bengawan. There’s also a dinner package at La Moda offering spiced and marinated short ribs, mixed mushrooms and Gillard summer's black truffles.

Phone: +6221 5068 0000

Italian flavors: Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta

Dinner at Rosso at The Shangri-La JakartaDinner at Rosso at The Shangri-La Jakarta (Courtesy of The Shangri-La Jakarta/File)

Chef Gianfranco Pirrone will be offering couples a romantic, five-course dinner at Rosso Italian restaurant that comes with a complimentary glass of prosecco, a rose-gold giveaway and a fun photo corner.

Phone: +6221 2939 9637  

Breathtaking views: Fairmont Jakarta

A Valentine’s Day dinner at VIEW Restaurant offers breathtaking views of Jakarta’s glittering skyline – as well as a seven-course “aphrodisiac” menu with wine pairings by candlelight.

Fairmont Jakarta’s Willow Stream Spa is also offering complimentary flower baths for those who purchase couple’s treatments for Valentine’s Day. (kes)

Phone: +6221 2970 3333