Business and leisure (or generally abbreviated to ‘bleisure’) seem to be two things that are contradictory. Yet, lately, people seem to find meaningful holiday experiences by combining those two elements. When one goes on a business trip, it is not uncommon for them to also seek leisure in the place they are visiting. Oftentimes, both of those things are located in the same place or in a nearby area.
There are many destinations in Indonesia that offer the luxury of business and pleasure altogether, and most of the good ones are located in Jakarta and Bogor. Here are some recommendations on where you can conduct your business trip while also experiencing the ultimate leisure!
1 | Beach view in the city: Mercure Convention Center Ancol, Jakarta
In Jakarta, there’s a place where you can savor the laid-back atmosphere of the beach while also conducting your business in a conducive and proper manner. The place is a resort called Mercure Convention Center. Situated in the beachfront of Ancol in North Jakarta, the resort is designed to cater for a mass convention, conference, and other kinds of social events while also delivering leisure in a place that is away from the hustles of one of Southeast Asia’s biggest cities.
Mercure Convention Center presents a wide range of luxury facilities such as all-day dining and Teppanyaki Restaurant, bar and café, on-site spa, gym, kids club, resort-style pool with slides, a beach volleyball court, and also team building areas. Do not worry about parking issues because they also offer free parking service in their large and accommodative parking area. Furthermore, if you want to take a quick trip outside of the resort, you can visit many attractions nearby such as Eco Park and Convention Center, Dunia Fantasi Amusement Park, Atlantis Water Park, SeaWorld, and many other entertainment spots around the Ancol seaside area.
MERCURE CONVENTION CENTER
Address: Jl. Pantai Indah, Ancol, Special Capital Region of Jakarta 14430
Phone: (021) 6406000
2 | An oasis amongst the concrete jungle: DoubleTree, Jakarta
If you prefer calming, lush surroundings for an escape out of the busy life in the heart of Jakarta, you can always find it in DoubleTree by Hilton Resort. The place is situated near the Golden Triangle (Thamrin - Rasuna Said - Gatot Subroto), the famously known Jakarta’s central business district. It is also strategically placed because you can reach The National Monument (Monas) and Grand Indonesia shopping mall within only 3 kilometers away.
Inside the resort is where the quietness dwells. After conducting your business in its convention area, you can lay your back at its outdoor pool which is designed to replicate a natural lagoon. Time for lunch? Visit their in-house Sea Grain Restaurant & Bar, which serves Italian and Spanish cuisine. All is there to make you enjoy your business trip even more!
DOUBLETREE BY HILTON RESORT
Address: Jl. Pegangsaan Timur No.17, RT.10/RW.1, Cikini, Jakarta, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10310
3 | Lush garden nearby the capital: Pullman Vimala Hills, Bogor
Looking for the one in the neighboring area of Jakarta? Try Pullman Ciawi Vimala Hills in Bogor. It is popular as the first Pullman resort in Indonesia which feels far from the bustling crowd of Jakarta yet it’s only an hour drive away from the capital as it is situated near Ciawi toll gate.
Conduct your business trip here and savor the extraordinary beauty of quiet nature as you walk toward the lush resort garden and gaze at the rolling landscape of Mount Salak in front of you. There’s indeed no better leisure than letting the cool breeze and the comforting surroundings pampers you. Need a full relaxation service? Pullman Fit & Spa is always available to you 24/7 with their undisputedly satisfactory amenity.
Address: Jl. Raya Puncak, Gadog, Megamendung, 16770 Bogor, Indonesia
Phone: + 62 (251) 830 6888
4 | Waterfall in the neighborhood: Safari Garden Resort & Convention, Bogor
Located in Cisarua, Safari Garden Resort & Convention offers a one-of-a-kind business & leisure. The resort presents a wide display of flora & fauna in their exclusively designed animal-friendly areas such as Dewi Kinaris Bird Park, Terrarium American Fish, Rabbit Playground, and hydroponic garden. Safari Garden Resort & Convention also provides a lot of recreational activities ranging from The Splash Waterpark, Bumper Cars, Mini Train, Paddle Boat, and also a mini-golf course. Furthermore, if you’re looking for a short natural getaway, you can also get easy access to the neighboring Cilember Waterfall which is located only 4.8 kilometers northeast of the resort.
Those who are looking for a complete escape on a business trip might find the place enjoyable because the resort is located 77 kilometers away from Jakarta and 90 kilometers away from Bandung. Furthermore, the resort also offers an affordable package of accommodation + entry ticket to Taman Safari Indonesia, a walk-in zoo that is only 4.1 kilometers away from the resort. After all, a business trip should have a little bit of a fun side, right?
SAFARI GARDEN RESORT & CONVENTION
Address: Jl. Raya Puncak - Gadog No.601, Cisarua, Kec. Cisarua, Bogor, Jawa Barat 16750
Phone: (0251) 8253000
5 | Sounds of the river outside your window: Aston, Bogor
Another place where you can mix business & leisure in Bogor is Aston Bogor Hotel & Resort. Located only 30 minutes from Bogor Railway Station and 50 minutes from Jakarta via Jagorawi Toll Road, you will find ASTON Bogor a really soothing place to conduct your business trip because it is situated in Bogor Nirwana Residence Area. The view of Mount Salak from the window of your room will surely maximize the experience.
Aside from being a famously known option for business trips, conventions, and conference organizers due to its convenient location and great facilities, Aston Bogor Hotel & Resort is also popular for being a great choice for family retreats due to its strategic location. You can get easy access to the nearby Jungle Water Adventure Park, Indoor Futsal Field, the Orchard Walk Entertainment Center, and many more. It’s only a 5-minute drive to The Jungle Fest and just 20 minutes to the Bogor Palace and Botanical Gardens.
If you’re not planning to go anywhere but the resort itself, you can take a quick dip in one of the outdoor swimming pools, pamper yourself with a self-replenishing spa package, chill in the gardens, or enjoy a range of dining options in its lounge & bar. Plus, you can listen to the sound of the neighboring river and enjoy its stunning view from the poolside. It’s a complete package that will never fail to satisfy you in one way or another.
ASTON BOGOR HOTEL & RESORT
Address: Bogor Nirwana Residence, Jl. Dreded Pahlawan, Mulyaharja, South Bogor, Bogor City, West Java, 16132
Phone: (0251) 8200300
Business and leisure are indeed two different things, but these resorts we recommend for you can provide the best of both worlds at the same time. Furthermore, you can conduct your business trip with less worry since those places strictly implement Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) protocol. Maximize your bleisure trip and make the best moment of your lifetime.
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