As the world watches curiously what's shaping up to be the new Shangri-la mould, its newly renovated Jakarta branch stands steadfast by its cyclopean chandeliers and gargantuan pillars.
The Health Club may feel a tad reductive as a full spa but the signature massage rendered by a very experienced and skilled Pak Rio is the best we've experienced in recent times. Jia is a stunningly refurbished Chinese fine dining restaurant that serves resolutely Cantonese favourites and the most inviting dim sums in the city.
No surprises here with the familiar touches of a Shangri-la establishment, truly reflecting the Shangri-la finesse that reminds one that sometimes old is gold.
The old world glamour that extends from expansive lobby to extensive lawns is well and alive in this pioneering edition and keeps unto itself a coterie of die hard fans even as the tastes and preferences of a new generation may change and decide that more is indeed less. The rooms here have mostly been renovated and injected with a luxurious silvery sheen but the layout and feel remain largely familiar.