Jakarta Hotel

One of Southeast Asia's most distinguished hotels

The metropolis of Jakarta seems an unlikely place to find one of Southeast Asia's most distinguished hotels, but The Dharmawangsa, managed by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, doesn't miss a beat when it comes to blending style and comfort. Named for King Dharmawangsa, the 11th-century Hindu ruler who rang in the Golden Age of Java—a period in which the country glorified all facets of art and culture—the property is an oasis of tropical gardens and stylish alabaster mere minutes from the city's traffic snarl. Architect Don Sandy of San Francisco and local design guru Jaya Ibrahmin have created an equitable mix of classic Javanese, Dutch Colonial, and contemporary hotel chic, particularly impressive for its authentic Indonesian art and antiques. Even the most basic room is a sumptuous 700-square-foot sprawl; the most sybaritic is the Presidential Suite, a veritable palace with its own plunge pool. Marble bathrooms boast tubs for two, and 24-hour butlers are available. Savvy businessmen make use of the hotel's executive business center and boardrooms.

The Klub Bimasena, an exclusive stomping ground for the nation's oilmen, shares its facilities with the hotel, including a deep-blue, tree-lined swimming pool. Dharmawangsa also has a spa offering traditional Javanese treatments, such as the mandi lulur, a milk-bath scrub. Afterwards, the attendant will hose you off with an ultra-massaging "Scotch shower."

The royal treatment guests get throughout their stay seems a splendid tribute to King Dharmawangsa. $280-$5,500. Jl. Brawijaya Raya 26, Jakarta 12160, Indonesia; 62-21-7258181; fax 62-21-7258383; www.rosewood-hotels.com.