Ascott Unveils The Botanica Sanctuary

It’s the latest arrival on the hospitality scene of a popular weekend destination in Indonesia.

The rooftop pool at The Botanica Sanctuary. (All photos courtesy of Ascott)

Residents of Greater Jakarta planning a future break with their loved ones at Puncak Pass should check out The Botanica Sanctuary, a newly opened resort managed by the Singapore-based Ascott brand. Located a five-minute drive from Taman Safari Indonesia, the property offers views of Mount Pangrango and the nearby pine forests from most of its 166 rooms. Its grounds are home to over 40 species of native flora, and nature stars in the decor and prominent use of wood throughout the guest quarters — these comprise eight different apartment types as well as three categories of suites.

Each room features a balcony looking out over the forest and mountains, a flat-screen TV, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Accommodations start at 32 square meters; the larger split-level Loft Family rooms come with a sofa bed on the mezzanine and board games, while The Botanica suites, which measure in at 81 square meters, also boast a spacious outdoor terrace and a bathroom with double vanities.

Mountain views are guaranteed from The Botanica suites.

The Botanica suites feature a chaise longue and a sizeable terrace.

Inside a 42-square-meter Loft Family Room.

Guests won’t have to step out of the resort to eat well. All-day dining venue The Garden Brasserie has several live cooking stations where chefs prepare an array of Indonesian, Japanese, Middle Eastern, and Western dishes. At lunch or dinner, meat-lovers will no doubt gravitate toward Gyu Steak House — the restaurant focuses on quality cuts in a space that has both indoor and semi-outdoor seating. Meanwhile, Rafflesia Lounge specializes in afternoon tea and cocktails.

Other on-site facilities at The Botanica Sanctuary include a fitness center, a Jacuzzi and a rooftop swimming pool, a spa and sauna, and a fully stocked games room centered on a billiards table. Events spaces here encompass a series of meeting rooms and the 614-square-meter Sailendra Ballroom, which affords sweeping mountain views. Another is an outdoor venue on the manicured lawns of the resort’s pine-cloaked garden area, where guests can take advantage of the milder temperatures with impromptu picnics and morning yoga sessions.

Doubles from Rp 1,195,200 (US$83); thebotanicapesonaalam.com

A seating area and the bar at Rafflesia Lounge.

Inside The Garden Brasserie, the resort’s all-day dining venue.

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