Capital Return: Four Seasons, Jakarta
Jakarta’s high-society mavens were none too pleased when the Four Seasons shut its doors at the end of 2014 after a very successful 19-year run. Which explains the applause that has greeted the hotel’s reopening, a few blocks away, in the Cesar Pelli - designed Capital Palace. With a gentle nod to Jakarta’s Dutch colonial past, interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud has furnished the 125 all-suite property in a palette of pastel hues, rich Chinoiserie - patterned wallpaper, stylized Indonesian artwork and plush fabrics.
The public spaces are suitably grand, not least the custom-made Lasvit chandelier that hangs from the Palm Court’s 13m high rotunda, and the outdoor swimming pool on the fifth floor thats flanked by hanging daybeds and thick landscaping, courtesy of Bill Bensley. Meanwhile, La Patisserie’s gold-leafed ceiling and blue salon buzzes as the city’s tai-tais roost happily amid jewel cases filled with pastry chef Lorenzo Sollecito’s feathery sugar treats.