Above: The lounge terrace at Skye provides a bird’s-eye view of the Indonesian capital.
Jakarta may be all urban sprawl at street level, but from the vantage point of this rooftop roost, the views are nothing less than jaw-dropping. Perched 227 meters above the crawling traffic of Jalan Thamrin, Skye (56/F Menara BCA, 1 Jl. MH Thamrin; 62-21/2358-6996) is the latest hit from the folks behind Dragonfly and Social House, and has joined the ranks of the region’s high-altitude hot spots. One side of the 56th-floor aerie is occupied by a double-height restaurant with stone-clad walls and thick timbers that bring to mind an alpine hunting lodge, albeit one with such soigné touches as bespoke light fixtures and a striking wall mosaic of Bisazza tiles. The food, a mingling of East and West highlighted by updated Latin American street fare (sea-bass tacos, juicy oxtail-and-shiitake empanadas), is good, but the star of the show is the adjacent lounge. Here, a parade of sit-com starlets, models, and socialites helps populate an indoor-outdoor space whose tropical-resort vibe provides a surreal contrast to the pulsing cityscape beyond its terrace. –Chris Kirkpatrick
Originally appeared in the August/September 2012 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Skye’s The Limit”)