What $500 Buys in Jakarta

Bruce Hutchison

Lots of new venues are opening in Indonesia’s capital.

A cream floor-length lace-and-tulle evening dress from the new boutique of Benten, the Indonesian fashion house whose glamorous gowns are a favorite among local glitterati, like former Miss Indonesia Asyifa Latief. bentenfashion.com.

Dinner for eight at Negev, a new Euro-Asian restaurant filled with work from local artists. Penyet-style slow-braised short ribs and the Negev Bar, a dark-chocolate sabayon, are house specialties. negevresto.com.

A night at the Keraton at the Plaza, the luxury hotel opening at the end of April. The 140 rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning city views and haute contemporary design with a twist of Indonesian flair. starwoodhotels.com.

Four three-day passes to the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival (March 2–4), which features Indonesia’s most famous jazz guitarist, Tohpati Ario Hutomo, plus tickets to a special Friday concert with jazz artist Al Jarreau, winner of seven Grammy Awards. javajazzfestival.com.

Six 90-minute Indonesian massages and six Javanese scrubs using Lulur, a mixture of red-rice powder, Indonesian lemon, avocado and coconut oil at the Sheraton Media Hotel & Towers, near the Mangga Dua shopping district. starwoodhotels.com.

As of January 25, 1 Indonesian rupiah = 0.00011 cents.

Compiled by Erin Schumaker and Jamie Wiebe