The Four Seasons’ return to the Indonesian capital following the closure of its original premises in 2014 makes for a strong second act, with drama to spare. It all begins under the soaring ceiling of the lobby, which lead designer Alexandra Champalimaud has done up in French Art Deco style with gold accents and wall friezes depicting clove and nutmeg, just one of many nods to Jakarta’s early days as a spice entrepĂ´t. Another is the cozy Nautilus Bar, where a coffered ceiling, paddedÂ leather seating alcoves, and a muÂral depicting the old port of Sunda Kelapa combine to create one of the most beguilÂing watering holes in town. Upstairs, the 125 suitesâ€”all cream, taupe, and paleÂ gray huesâ€”feature chinoiserie wall panels, framed batik, and floorÂ-toÂ-ceiling views of the city. Perched on the top floor of the 20Â-story CĂ©sar Pelli-designed building is Italian dining room Alto, helmed by LombardyÂ-born chef Marco Riva; back on ground level, Palm Court, set under a 13Â-meterÂ high cupola, serves comforting EastÂ-meetsÂ-West fare likeÂ tom yum risotto and lobster laksa. Another highlight is the Bill Bensley-designed pool area, a tropical refuge of fan palms, fanciful statuary, swing beds, and flaming torches. (62Â 21/2277Â 1888; fourseasons.com;Â doubles from US$308).
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