In the center of Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia is Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta. Surrounded by Jakarta’s infamous traffic, you won’t find the stress and craziness of waiting in a car but a quiet and spacious environment.
Upon arrival, beautiful lobby flowers and a grand Christmas tree awaited. Also awaiting was a gingerbread house surrounded by pastries and sweets. The gingerbread house was not to be eaten but the pastries and sweets were up for grabs if you have afternoon tea at Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta…
Four Seasons Jakarta is located in Jakarta’s city center. You may not be able to walk outside of the hotel but with just a short car ride, you’ll arrive at shopping centers and offices.
For tourist attractions, Four Seasons Jakarta is close to the National Monument (called Monas) for a view of the whole city of Jakarta. Or visit the National Museum of Indonesia.
Afternoon tea is served in Four Seasons Jakarta’s Lobby Lounge. It’s a small area of about eight tables across from the reception desks. Although there is no separation from the main entrance and lobby, it still feels relaxing and calm, away from Jakarta’s crazy traffic.
Since my visit was during Christmas, a huge tree was set up on the top of the lobby’s grand staircase with Christmas garland adorning the stair rails. Soft Christmas music was playing on the speakers and the best part was the calming effects of a water fountain right before the staircase.
Looking up, part of the roof is made of glass allowing natural light into the Lobby Lounge. All this added together makes for a good location to have a leisure or business chat.
On the menu for tea includes English breakfast tea, earl grey, sencha, darjeeling, jasmine and camomile. I went with darjeeling and found they use Dilmah tea. Served in a giant pot, there are no tea leaves and just a bag of the tea.
The way afternoon tea works is slightly different from other afternoon teas I’ve experienced.
First, pick your drink of tea or coffee. Then your server will bring plates, napkins and utensils. Meanwhile, the food will be arranged on a table- afternoon tea at Four Seasons Jakarta is buffet style!
Servers brought out the savory items but you could take as little or as many scones and sweet items.
The Savory – (sandwiches – tomato, lettuce, olive, avocado; cheese, ham and mayo; the traditional smoked salmon with capers and onion)
Samosas (filled with potatoes, carrots, onion, curry and a creamy yogurt dip)
The Scone – (fruit scones with lots of fruits and cinnamon were warm even when brought out buffet style, accompanied by papaya and apple preserves, clotted cream)
The Sweet – (items were seasonal- during my visit was Christmas so there was Christmas fruit cake and a chocolate yule log cake)
Apple in red wine chumble:
Extra! During afternoon tea, a selection of milkshakes and healthy juices were brought to the table.
Overall, food for afternoon tea at Four Seasons Jakarta was great quality for the price. Also, the buffet style offers flexibility. If you don’t like macarons (which typically comes with afternoon tea), you don’t have to get it and instead, can get an extra scone to replace it!
The sweet items for afternoon tea were placed on a small table in the middle of the Lobby Lounge. During Christmas season, there was a gingerbread house on the table so the sweets were placed around the house.
As with most of Jakarta, security is very tight. It almost feels like going to an airport when arriving at the hotel. There’s a gate to drive through to the entrance and a airport like body scanner and bag scanner. But that’s where the similarity to an airport ends.
You’ll actually be ok with going through this security as staff open your car door for you, lead you to the body scanner which was decorated with Christmas garland and help carry and scan bags.
At the Lobby Lounge, staff spoke excellent English, were very friendly and talkative. You can tell that some love their jobs.
Yes. No code needed easy to connect fast WiFi.
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For a different concept to the traditional English afternoon tea, try buffet style afternoon tea at Four Seasons Jakarta.
Note though that the hotel is closed for renovation spanning a total of three years. I’m glad I got to visit just a month before it closed and await the re opening if I visit Jakarta again.
Cost: Afternoon Tea for one 125,000 IDR (about USD $10); note there is a 21% service charge and government tax
Tea Time: Monday-Friday from 2:30 pm to 6 pm at Lobby Lounge
Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta
Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said