Situated off of Jalan Sultan Iskandar Muda, on the northwest coast of Java, sits Jakarta, Indonesia's capital city and home to the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel. As part of the Superblock Gandaria City complex in South Jakarta, the hotel is just steps away from the corporate offices of the business district and the Gandaria City Mall—a retail and restaurant lover's paradise.
Soak up the captivating views from the observation deck at Monas, the city’s most famous landmark located in the center of Freedom Square. Catch a glimpse of Jakarta’s rich history at Pasar Baru, an area that dates back to the Dutch colonial period. See the world’s last wind-powered trading schooners at the picturesque 17th-century port, Sunda Kelapa. For a weekend adventure, consider a trip to Pulau Seribu (the Thousand Islands) in the north coast of Java, reachable by ferry or boat from Marina Ancol Pier in under two hours. Comprised of many inhabited islands and boasting crystal clear waters, the area is a prime spot to snorkle, dive or fish among stunning multi-colored corals and abundant sea life. Other weekend plans can include a visit to the Presidential Palace for a peek at the Indonesian president's official residence, a day on the links at Pondok Indah Golf Club, or a trip to the Botanical Garden and Zoology Museum in Bogor.
Museum lovers can take their pick of must-see permanent and traveling exhibits at the National Museum, The Elephant Building—featuring one of the world’s largest collections of Southeast Asian ceramics and Hindu Javanese art—and the Museum Wayang, dedicated to puppetry, one of Indonesia’s most famous traditional art forms. History lovers will enjoy Fatahillah Museum and square. Walk around and explore this former colonial Dutch townhall and soak up the jailhouse stories of its colorful past.
No visit is complete without a day trip to one of Asia’s largest theme parks, Ancol Dream Park, which offers a fun day for the family thanks to highlights including Fantasy World, Seaworld, and Ocean Park.
Take a break from touring the city's hotspots by relaxing over traditional Indonesian cuisine at local restaurants. Sample and savor national dishes like nasi uduk (coconut rice), gado gado (boiled vegetables with peanut sauce), sate (grilled meat skewers), and soto (meat and vegetable soup).