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[NEWS] Fairmont Jakarta - Senayan

1/22/2015 soya yanagawa 0 Comments

I am so honoured to be invited to the most prestigious event in Jakarta last Wednesday. It was 21st January 2014 and it will be the day to be remembered for Fairmont Hotel & Resort Jakarta. Yup, it was the day that they opened their second hotel & resort in Indonesia. Here is a brief about Fairmont Hotel & Resort:

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, reflecting each locale's energy, culture and history. Passionate travellers choose the luxury hotel brand for its ability to deliver memorable travel experiences, personalized and thoughtful service, and hotels that are one-of-a-kind. Serving as genuine gateways to their destinations, Fairmont hotels offer locally-inspired cuisine and spirited bars and lounges, distinctive design and décor, and a steadfast responsibility to environmental and social priorities. With more than 65 hotels globally, and many more in development, landmark hotels in the Fairmont collection include The Plaza in New York, London’s The Savoy, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai and Quebec City’s Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel company with over 110 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residence clubs, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties. For more information or reservations, please visit fairmont.com.

Located at Senayan Square complex, South Jakarta, this stunning new urban hotel features 380 guestrooms, Fairmont Gold accommodation (the brand’s exclusive ‘hotel within a hotel’) and 108 Fairmont Serviced Residences. The five-star property has world-class restaurants, 3,500 sam of function space with the latest technology including a 1,200 sqm ballroom, a Willow Stream Spa, a fitness centre and a pool. The 18-hole Senayan National Golf Club is conveniently located across from the hotel.

The guestrooms have unrivalled views of the Jakarta skyline and the golf course and  feature plush bedding, elegant Japanese spa-inspired bathrooms and state-of-the-art in-room technology. Each room is remarkably spacious, complete with premium amenities for both business and leisure travellers.

For a more luxurious experience, the Sky Suites offer guests the best of both worlds: suite-style living in a five-star hotel with the comfort of home. The one- and two-bedroom Sky Suites range from 85sqm to 128sqm, and include a kitchen and dining area for guests that are traveling for extended periods. Sky Suites guests also enjoy a dedicated reception desk and private elevator.

Fairmont Jakarta has five distinct Food & Beverage outlets on site:

  • Spectrum, the hotel’s innovative all-day-dining restaurant, is where guests can wine and dine, enjoying international cuisine with several ‘Culinary Theatres’ surrounding the main dining room, bar and lounge. 
  • K22 Bar & Restaurant has spectacular views from the 22nd floor with both indoor and outdoor spaces. It is renowned for its creative ‘culinary cocktails’ with house-made infusions, fresh juices, muddled fruit, flavoured syrups, earthy spices and savory herbs.
  • Peacock Lounge is a sophisticated space where guests can relax and enjoy light bites, tea and coffee throughout the day, including the famous Fairmont Afternoon Tea experience. 
  • Mont Bar offers progressive, innovative cocktails in a sleek yet relaxed ambience. It also features a refined selection of champagne and premium spirits with particular focus on Fairmont’s renowned selection of rare and unique malt whisky. The menu has delicious and simple food to match.
  • Sapori Deli artfully combines casual meals to eat in or take out – with a professional barista and gourmet breads and treats.

Fairmont Jakarta, which is right on Jalan Asia Afrika, gives you the best of the capital at your doorstep: Sentral Senayan Office Towers, Gelora Bung Karno sports arena, the Jakarta Convention Centre and, of course, one of the city’s most stylish shopping malls, Plaza Senayan.

The ceremony went so smooth that day. But the peak of the event was the ribbon cutting ceremony, where the BOD of Fairmont Jakarta line up and cut the ribbon;. What a mezmerizing experience. 

I have been given some interesting article by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts that might be useful for you. It was about Fairmont's milestone. Well, here it is:


For more than a century, Fairmont hotels have been at the heart of it all, serving as places of occasion for their communities. The exhilarating events, memorable meetings, and defining moments that have taken place within their hallowed halls are fascinating and countless. A look at some of the more notable ones:

Bermuda's The Fairmont Hamilton Princess opens its doors, making it the oldest hotel in the Fairmont collection.

Canada's first grand railway hotel, The Fairmont Banff Springs opens, bringing to life the vision of General Manager and soon-to-be President of Canadian Pacific Railway, Sir Cornelius Van Horne.  It’s not all joy though, as Van Horne is furious to discover initial hotel plans give the kitchen the magnificent views of the Bow Valley. A rotunda is soon built to give the view back to the guests.

Britain's first luxury hotel, The Savoy, opens and pioneers a number of “firsts” for hotels, including “ascending rooms” (electric lifts), 24-hour room service through a “speaking tube” connected to the restaurant, and its own laundry service and postal address.

Silver baron James Graham Fair purchases the land where Fairmont's namesake San Francisco hotel now resides, hoping to build a family estate. His daughters begin planning on “The Fairmont” as a posthumous monument. “Fairmont” combines the name of the hotel’s founding family with its exclusive location atop Nob Hill.

Society hostess Lady de Grey gathers a group of female contemporaries to dine at London’s The Savoy, a strike for equality, making it socially acceptable for women to gather for meals in public without their husbands, and inspiring generations of ladies-who-lunch.

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac opens in Quebec City, the first of a series of "château" style hotels built for the Canadian Pacific Railway company.

The first woman to smoke in public, The Duchesse de Clermont-Tonnerre, chooses The Savoy as her venue.  

Claude Monet takes up residence at The Savoy for two months, painting his famous series of views of London and the River Thames. He returns in 1900 and 1901 to continue the work.

Canadian Pacific Hotels introduces professional Swiss Mountain Guides to the Canadian Rockies. In the 55 years they teach thousands to ascend mountains safely, no one is seriously injured while climbing under their supervision. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise revives the tradition in 1997.  

Fairmont The Norfolk opens as the first hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.  The capital city literally grows up around it.

The Fairmont San Francisco, just days before opening, is saved from collapse during the Great Earthquake by its mammoth Corinthian marble columns. From its strategic position atop Nob Hill, the hotel becomes the emergency command post for rescue efforts.

Exactly one year after the Great Earthquake, The Fairmont San Francisco opens as the first hotel to bear the brand's namesake. Its reconstruction is overseen by Julia Morgan, later considered the nation's preeminent female architect.  

New York's The Plaza opens. That same day, the first motorized, metered taxi fleet makes an appearance on city streets, congregating at the hotel and offering free rides to guests. Room rates are $2.50 per night.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is published. As the author was a recent guest of The Fairmont Hamilton Princess, rumor has it that the secret garden is in Bermuda.

The first meeting of The Other Club, a private dining club founded by Sir Winston Churchill, takes place at The Savoy. Club continues to this day for political leaders to engage in civilized debate and dining.

Boston's The Fairmont Copley Plaza opens on the original site of the Museum of Fine Arts. Rose Fitzgerald, future mother of President John F. Kennedy, makes her social debut at the hotel. The Kennedy clan hosts events there for decades.

The opening of Ottawa's Fairmont Château Laurier is delayed when Charles Melville Hays, the hotel's commissioner, perishes aboard the Titanic, which also claims furniture set to outfit the new property. The new hotel, which is opened by Sir Wilfrid Laurier, then Prime Minister of Canada, offers separate sleeping quarters for men and women.

Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Switzerland is used as a hospital to shelter Allied soldiers throughout World War I.

During Prohibition, permanent residents and guests of The Fairmont Empress invent countless ways to hide their liquor. Winston Churchill is secretly served his favorite brandy in a china teapot.  

Also during Prohibition, a float plane carrying illegal malts for hotel guests crashes into the glacier-fed lake in front of The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Guglielmo Marconi makes first wireless broadcast to the United States from The Savoy with a simple exchange of messages transmitted in the middle of a music program by The Savoy Orpheans, a popular British dance band.

Over 200 men and 50 teams of horses clear the land for The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course. Existing soil is poor, so the hotel purchases farmland near Edmonton and brings in 40 boxcars of topsoil by rail.

U.S. President William H. Taft opens Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu's 18-hole championship golf course.

The Fairmont San Francisco's Penthouse Suite is created with three secret passageways – shhhh, they’re still a secret to many to this day! 

Kaspar the Lucky Black Cat makes his debut at The Savoy, joining the ranks of the elitist Other Club in lieu of a 14th guest. He continues to round out dinner parties to this day.

Aviator Charles Lindbergh, outfitted in an unusual jumpsuit, makes a spectacular entrance in the lobby of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City, causing quite a stir. He is on a mission to aid an ailing friend.

The 18-hole Golf Course at The Fairmont Banff Springs is built by Canadian golf master architect Stanley Thompson, and opened by the Prince of Wales. It is the first course in the world to cost $1 million, the equivalent of approximately 25 million today.

The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto opens on the eve of the Great Depression. It is the largest hotel in the British Empire, and a local paper heralds “A city within a city reaches the zenith of human achievement.”  

The Super Simplex Projector, one of the greatest cinematic achievements of the 20th Century, is invented and one of the first motion picture machines which produced “talkies” is housed in The Fairmont Royal York.

The Fairmont Copley Plaza becomes the first hotel to install a skating rink.

Playwright Noël Coward finishes Private Lives in the Penthouse suite at Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai while fighting the flu.

The Savoy, the birthplace of some of the most famous cocktails in the world, becomes the first hotel to publish its own book of drink recipes. The Savoy Hotel Cocktail Book has remained in print ever since.

The King and Queen of Siam arrive at The Fairmont Empress with 56 attendants, 556 pieces of luggage and occupy an entire floor. They leave two teak elephants as a gift, which guard the entrance to the hotel’s Bengal Lounge today.

Fairmont Le Château Montebello, the biggest log construction in the world, is created with more than 10,000 red cedars imported from British Columbia by train. Employing more than 3,500 workers, it takes just three months to build.

Betty Grable, “The Girl With The Million Dollar Legs”, and poster girl for G.I.s during WWII is “discovered” singing in the lounge of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows by MGM studio executives.

Fairmont Le Montreux Palace hosts the Montreux Convention or “Traité des Dardanelles”. Nine participating nations (with over 500 diplomats in attendance) sign an agreement regarding control of the strategically vital link between the Black and Mediterranean Seas.  

The basement of The Fairmont Hamilton Princess becomes headquarters for an Allied intelligence center where 1,200 censors secretly scour mail being sent across the Atlantic.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth officially open The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa falls under the control of the U.S. Navy, becoming an 'R&R' site for sailors and marines until 1945.

The Fairmont Royal Pavilion is the first hotel constructed on the west coast of Barbados.

Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and William Lyon Mackenzie hold The First Quebec Conference at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac to devise plans for the Allied Forces’ campaigns overseas.  

Ministers from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg gather at The Savoy to discuss a post-war "customs union", laying the groundwork for today's European Union.

The United Nations Charter is drafted in the Garden Room at The Fairmont San Francisco and signed by 50 countries.

The Plaza's legendary Oak Bar opens.

Britain's Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) is seen in public with her husband-to-be, Prince Philip of Greece, for the first time at a wedding reception at The Savoy.

During the filming of Emperor Waltz at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, staff is hired to keep Bing Crosby from sneaking off to go fishing or golfing instead of completing the movie.

A fire on board the cruise ship Noronic on Toronto's harbor sends the injured to The Fairmont Royal York, where the lobby acts as a triage centre and guests offer their rooms to those rescued.

Alfred Hitchcock, fascinated by Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, makes it an integral part of his movie I Confess. Hotel manager Mr. Jessop plays himself. Staff members remember Hitchcock's love of rare beef.  

Marilyn Monroe films River of No Return at The Fairmont Banff Springs. After she twists her ankle, bellboys jockey to assist pushing her wheelchair.

Eloise, Kay Thompson's classic book about a precocious little girl's adventures at The Plaza, is published.

Film star William Holden and friends buy Kenyan property after enjoying a safari there and one of the world's most glamorous and exclusive clubs is born. It lives on to this day as Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club.

Tony Bennett croons his classic "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" for the first time in The Fairmont San Francisco's Venetian Room.

Relations between China and France are restored at Fairmont Peace Hotel after a successful meeting between Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai and his French counterpart Edgar Faure.

High-priest of pop-culture Marshall McLuhan, famous for his thesis, “the medium is the message” meets with California spin-doctors Gerald Feigen and Howard Gossage at Toronto's The Fairmont Royal York. Their global publicity campaign spreads McLuhan's ideas around the world like wildfire.

Truman Capote throws the "Party of the Century" - the Black & White Ball at The Plaza. Henry Fonda, Rose Kennedy, Lauren Bacall, Andy Warhol, and newlyweds Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow, among others, attend.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold their famous Bed-In for Peace at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth. International media converge on suite 1742, where the anthem of the anti-war movement, “Give Peace a Chance” is composed and recorded.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) gathers at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth to announce Montreal as the host city of the 1976 Summer Games.

Princess Grace of Monaco officially opens Fairmont Monte Carlo. Built in part upon pillars approximately 49 feet high, the hotel is entirely heated and air conditioned by a sophisticated system which draws water from the Mediterranean.

Seattle's Fairmont Olympic Hotel gets “Sedated” when punk band The Ramones show up for a gig in the Georgian Room on their first West Coast tour. There's only enough material for one set...so they play it twice.

Fairmont Le Château Montebello hosts the G-7 International Summit conference, welcoming Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, François Mitterrand and Pierre Trudeau.

Aaron Spelling shoots the pilot and early episodes for Hotel, a hit TV series about the fictional St. Gregory hotel, at The Fairmont San Francisco. The hotel's signature look is later recreated on a Warner Bros. lot.

The Plaza is deemed a National Historic Landmark in the United States. 

The Fairmont Palliser becomes the official Olympic venue and headquarters for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the XV Winter Olympics in Calgary.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts (then Canadian Pacific Hotels) is the first hotel company in the world to launch a comprehensive environmental mandate. The pioneering program, called the Green Partnership Program, is emulated by others in the decades that follow.

The Fairmont Banff Springs is designated a National Historic Site to recognize its role in opening the west of Canada to tourism, and the building of a nation.

Fairmont Hotels and Canadian Pacific Hotels merge, forming Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, a leading luxury hotel brand which today has over 60 landmark properties worldwide.

Fairmont introduces Willow Stream Spas, its signature spa brand, offering treatments which draw on the nature, energy and essence of each spa's surroundings.

Fairmont welcomes its first property in the Middle East, Fairmont Dubai. Its distinctive design is a modern interpretation of an Arabic wind tower or barajeel.

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is the first hotel in North America to offer an entire floor of hypoallergenic guestrooms.  

Vancouver's The Fairmont Waterfront welcomes the brand's first official canine ambassador, Morgan, a Black Labrador. More than a dozen dogs now call Fairmont hotels home, much to the delight of guests.

Fairmont St Andrews in Scotland hosts The Northern Ireland peace talks, leading to the St Andrews Agreement, the cornerstone to peace in Ulster today.

Kingdom Hotels International and Colony Capital purchase the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts portfolio and merge it with the Raffles and Swissôtel brands to create a new luxury hotel powerhouse, FRHI Hotels & Resorts. Qatari Diar joins the party a few years later, becoming a major shareholder in the luxury hotel brand’s parent company.

Fairmont celebrates its Centennial with a yearlong series of special events. The Fairmont San Francisco and The Plaza also mark a century.

Fairmont Mayakoba's El Camaleón golf course, Greg Norman’s first in Mexico, hosts a new event on the PGA TOUR - The Mayakoba Classic. It's the first official TOUR event outside the U.S. or Canada.

Fairmont Le Château Montebello hosts the North American Leaders Summit welcoming world leaders US President George W. Bush, Mexican President Felipe Calderón, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Fairmont's abuzz. Bees arrive in rooftop gardens at The Fairmont Royal York and The Fairmont Waterfront. This sweet and sustainable trend is adopted by many other Fairmonts in the years that follow. 

Fairmont Peace Hotel and The Savoy reopen to great acclaim after extensive restoration projects.

Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel, opens in Islam's holy city. At 76 stories, it's the world's tallest concrete building. Its 130 foot Royal Clock, which announces daily prayers, is five times bigger than London's Big Ben, and can be seen from 10 miles away.

Fairmont launches Lifestyle Cuisine Plus, the hotel industry’s first brand wide program that caters to guests with specific diet-dependent conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and celiac disease, as well as unique dietary preferences including macrobiotic, raw and vegan diets. 

The Fairmont Copley Plaza and Fairmont Château Laurier join the elite ranks of 100-year-old iconic hotels. Both hotels celebrate with noteworthy renovations including the restoration of the 1929 art deco pool at Ottawa’s grand Château.

Fairmont opens the iconic Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers in Azerbaijan. Described by some as one of the most audacious buildings of modern times, the hotel is tallest building in the country and is designed in the shape and essence of a flame.

It’s a year of milestone anniversaries as The Fairmont Palliser turns 100 years young and The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel celebrates 125 years of welcoming guests to London.

Well, after the ceremony, guests were guided to their Ballroom to be treats with a lot of delicacies. You can find Arabian, Chinese, Indonesia, US and French delicacies there. Too bad, I cannot join with Felicia Setiawan, Director of Marketing Communications Fairmont Jakarta, for the hotel tour. Well, Hopefully there will be next time.

Congratulations Fairmont Jakarta and Godspeed!

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