This year’s summer holiday is fast approaching. Even though more and more people are getting vaccinated for Covid-19 in Indonesia, there are still many travel restrictions in place, leaving parents at a loss when it comes to filling up the long holiday. The travel bugs may still have to wait for a while, but staycations at a hotel in or out of Jakarta would be a fabulous alternative!
The Big Durian has many amazing, well-rounded, and relaxing hotels to choose from. Fantastic swimming pools, fun kids clubs, and a mouth-watering menu for the whole family to enjoy are only a glimpse of what families can get at these stylish accommodations in or around the capital city of Indonesia. Whether it is a splurge at a 4- or 5-star hotel or stay at a budget-friendly lively boutique hotel, we make sure you’ll get the rest you deserve and the fun you have been waiting for. Check out the Little Steps guide to the best family-friendly hotels in Jakarta!
Bali may be dubbed Paradise Island, but now you won't have to fly anywhere to feel like you're there! Just over an hour's drive from Jakarta, Mandapa Kirana Resort is strategically situated near Mount Pancar and Bidadari Waterfall. Imagine a relaxing time sipping a cup of latte at their outdoor cafe with a breathtaking view of the mountain hovering over the infinity pool, or get adventurous and book one of their activities like trekking to the waterfall and walk through the rice fields. Their iconic Candi Betar is the latest Instagrammable spot you wouldn't want to miss. Kids and adults would definitely enjoy the fresh highland air while spending time at the resort.
Once in a while, we all feel tired of urban life and need a back-to-nature kind of getaway. Tiger Island Resort is an eco-resort in the famous Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu). Surrounded by clear turquoise water, the island is reachable by speedboat; it makes getting there an adventure on its own! On the island itself, kids can play in the sand, lay on one of the hammocks, or play one of the games provided for guests. There are scheduled snorkeling trips every day that guests can sign up for or take a paddleboard and cross to the Small Tiger Island on their own.
In 2020, they updated all their standard operating procedure to comply with government regulations and international guidelines for COVID safety. Currently, the management charter all boats to ensure the guests' safety and recommend that you stay a minimum of two nights.
Tiger Island Resorts, Pulau Macan, Kepulauan Seribu, +62852 1849 1579, www.pulaumacan.com
Padma Hotel Bandung boasts a spectacular hill view, elegant guestrooms, and exceptional hospitality personified by its 24-hours Butler Service, located at the hillside yet only minutes away from Bandung's city center. They enhanced their facilities to cater to the little guests, teenagers, and the young at hearts with various fun, educational, and exciting activities. Guests have options to choose from: mini-golf, labyrinth, flying fox, petting zoo, bird park, fishing, cooking class, art class, Hobbit house, and high rope, just to mention a few. Just a couple of hours' drive away from Jakarta, Padma Hotel Bandung makes an excellent choice for your staycation. For guests who prefer train rides, they provide pick-up and drop-off services to and from Bandung train station.
Padma Hotel Bandung, Jl. Rancabentang No.56-58, Bandung, +62 22 203 0333, padmahotelbandung.com
When camping may sound all exciting to children, parents enjoy having a proper bed, shower, and toilet. When you want to give the kids some adventurous experience, why not compromise and give glamping a try? At The Highland Park Hotel Resort Bogor, not only do kids get to stay in a real tent but with real beds, a bathroom, and a toilet (and AC!). During the stay, they can also enjoy the large playground and pool area. You can choose from Apache tents, Mongolian tents, and more. For further excitement, they provide high and low rope areas, zip bikes, and flying fox activities. Horse riding and fishing are also available at the facility. It would make a great option for your next staycation.
During the pandemic, all visitors have to make reservations by phone or Whatsapp. No drop-ins are accepted.
The Highland Park Hotel Resort Bogor, Jl. Ciapus, Curug Nangka, Bogor, +62 855 8132 999, thehighlandparkresortbogor.com/Indonesia
R Hotel Rancamaya understands the unique needs of parents and is prepared to make every child's stay magical. Really! With ponies, rabbits, deer, an upside-down house, a game room, and a kids club, a family staycation can’t get much better than that! Rent a room or rent a house all to yourself, the option is yours to take. Just an hour’s drive away from the busy capital, your stay at R Hotel Rancamaya is the answer to your much-needed break.
This summer holiday, R Hotel Rancamaya is offering a special holiday package that includes breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children, access to R Kids Club and Deer Park, as well as access to hotel and clubhouse facilities. If you show your student ID card, you can get horse riding, a family golf lesson, a buggy tour, as well as animal feeding activities all for free; so make sure to bring your student card along!
Stay period: June 26 -July 10, 2021
R Hotel Rancamaya, Jl.Rancamaya Utama, Bogor, +6225 1824 8899, www.rhotelrancamaya.com
The inviting lagoon-style pool at Shangri-La Jakarta provides an enticing escape from the city and respite from the heat. There’s something for the whole family to indulge in, complete with an Aqua playground, sauna, and hot whirlpool bath. Kids especially love the surprise kids amenities provided in the rooms, including a lush green area to play in.
If you book through their mobile app or website, there is a special Staycation package available that includes daily breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children, discounts on laundry and food and beverage services, plus a complimentary extra bed. If you want to give your kids extra special activities, look no further than their curated children's activities like Cookie Decorating Kit, Playground Package, or Entertainment Package.
Shangri-La Jakarta, Jl. Jend. Sudirman No.Kav. 1, Jakarta, +6221 29229999, www.shangri-la.com/jakarta/shangrila
Located in the heart of Jakarta, DoubleTree by Hilton hosts a very nice and cozy Kids Club for the tots to spend a whole fun day. The little ones can explore the indoor playground, make crafts, play console games or roam free at the lush-surrounded swimming pool outside. Kids' menus are also available at the restaurant and through in-room dining. Don't forget to check the Family Package stay for the best offer!
Ritz Kids at The Ritz-Carlton is definitely dedicated to junior guests! They will warmly welcome the little ones upon arrival and encourage them to explore the environment. Ask for some crafty indoor activities, such as coloring, to make sure the tots enjoy their time. On top of that, delicious and healthy kids' menus are available at Chihuly Lounge & Pool Bar or through in-room dining. The best thing about this hotel is that it is in conjunction with Pacific Place, a stylish shopping destination for families with a wide range of nice restaurants, boutiques, a bookstore, a supermarket and a cinema.
The Ritz-Carlton Pacific Place, Sudirman Central Business District (SCBD), Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav. 52-53, South Jakarta, Indonesia, +62 21 2550 1888, www.ritzcarlton.com
With a total of 427 guestrooms, Grand Hyatt Jakarta is the perfect place for a staycation. They boast a 43 m (141 ft) lagoon-shaped swimming pool in a lush Balinese-style garden, complete with a fully-equipped fitness center, including a 575 m (1,886 ft) jogging track, steam and sauna rooms, and outdoor tennis courts. If you request a room that faces the iconic Bundaran HI, you'll be treated with a nice urban view. Sometimes the city decides to put the huge water fountain on and that would be worth watching. Tip: enquire about their special kids' activities around the hotel - you might be surprised.
At Kempinski Little VIP, junior guests are welcomed to express their energy and happiness! Kids can enjoy the indoor playground with a wide range of fun features and live entertainment and crafty activities, while parents enjoy the luxurious buffet. At Sunday Brunch, a complete package of pleasurable programs are well-prepared. For the best family weekend getaway, explore the next-door Grand Indonesia mall for non-stop culinary explorations or souvenirs hunting at Alun-Alun, Indonesia.
Situated in the heart of the capital, ARTOTEL Thamrin is easy to find with its edgy 360 mural facade. This super artsy hotel in the Big Durian offers unlimited Instagrammable corners all around. Every room is a painting canvas for various talented local artists. You can choose from 20, 25, or 40 square meters of space to suit your needs. Ensure you check out any ongoing art exhibition and get involved in some crafty workshops for all ages. If time permits, don't forget to head to the rooftop bar.
Artotel, Jl. Sunda No. 3, Menteng, Central Jakarta, Indonesia, +62 21 3192 5888, www.artotelindonesia.com
Kids have their special place at The Westin Jakarta! This luxurious hotel in the posh area of Jakarta has a 360-degree view of the city. On Sundays, the Sky Bridge is converted into a playground full of kids' funtertainment, in conjunction with the exciting Sunday Brunch at Seasonal Tastes Restaurant. Don't forget to order from their Eat Well Menu for little tummies. Cooked with nutritious SuperFoodsRX ingredients, all-time favorite dishes include pancake, pasta, and brownies. Invite the whole family for an unforgettable swimming experience on the 50th floor and enjoy the stunning view of Jakarta's skyline.
The Westin Jakarta, Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. C-22 A, South Jakarta, Indonesia, +62 21 2788 7788,
Every Sunday, Hotel Mulia dedicates a tailor-made corner, especially for kids! Little ones won't think twice to spend the day with face painting, Xbox, free-flow Cotton Candy and more. When you stay at the hotel, juniors will be presented with cute welcome gifts, Mumu the Teddy Bear, chocolate sticks from Chocolate Boutique, and exclusive milk (upon request).
Hotel Mulia, Jl. Asia Afrika, South Jakarta, Indonesia, +62 21 5747777, www.themulia.com
From a rejuvenating retreat in their elegant rooms and suites to fun family-friendly activities, your family staycation is guaranteed to be memorable. Located in the mega-complex Gandaria City, the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City has direct access to the popular Gandaria City Mall. This 5-star hotel offers a delicious buffet at their Anigre restaurant as well as a relaxing time with drinks at the lobby lounge. Ask about their Side by Side program. It includes perks like daily breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children, the Sheraton signature bear for the kids, early check-in and late check-out, and special bathroom amenities for children. Some of the activities that the whole family can enjoy are Family Art Tour, Art and Crafts Class (additional fee at IDR 200,000 net/person), Family Yoga Class, Cupcakes and Cookies Decoration, and Pizza Making (additional fee at IDR 100,000 net/child).
Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City, Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda, Jakarta, +62 21 80630888, www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/jktgs-sheraton-grand-jakarta-gandaria-city-hotel/
Located in the misty highlands of Puncak, West Java, Villa Puncak by Plataran offers a secluded yet convenient escape from the busy metropolis of Jakarta to relax and recharge. Their private villas are spacious and are enveloped in unrivaled natural beauty, each completed with the pleasures of a private pool and outdoor patios positioned to enjoy soothing views of the forested mountains and the riverfront. Learn about historical sights to local life and traditions during the Morning Tea Walk activities to start your day, or choose between a picnic breakfast spread and a floating breakfast at the pool that the kids would love. Later on, try your hands on archery, paintball, and horseback riding for an extra memorable time with your family.
If you are ready for a laid-back staycation, give Kosenda Hotel a try. Located in the heart of Jakarta, ignorant of the hustle and bustle of Indonesia’s capital, it is upbeat with modern mid-century aesthetics and the ambient of nature's calling. This boutique hotel offers simple, intimate, yet homey rooms, complete with curated furnishings, handcrafted yukatas, double-down mattresses from Lady Americana, duvet covers made with 350 thread count fine cotton. During your stay, you can spoil the whole family with Peranakan dishes at the Waha Kitchen or relax and sip a cup of joe at Cafe 127. Pssst... go ahead and chill at the rooftop bar when the kids are asleep!
Kosenda Hotel, Jl. KH. Wahid Hasyim No.127, Jakarta, +6221 31936868, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kosendahotel.com.