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 entrepôt. Another is the cozy Nautilus Bar, where a coffered ceiling, padded leather seating alcoves, and a mural depicting the old port of Sunda Kelapa combine to create one of the most beguiling watering holes in town. Upstairs, the 125 suites—all cream, taupe, and pale gray hues—feature chinoiserie wall panels, framed batik, and floor-to-ceiling views of the city. Perched on the top floor of the 20-story César Pelli-designed building is Italian dining room Alto, helmed by Lombardy-born chef Marco Riva; back on ground level, Palm Court, set under a 13-meter high cupola, serves comforting East-meets-West fare like 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. (62 21/2277 1888; fourseasons.com; doubles from US$308).
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