Night time view of Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta
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Three days of wellness: Jakarta

Far from being a new concept, the importance of keeping one’s physical and spiritual health in balance is deep-rooted in Indonesian culture and has been for centuries – long before wellness became a 21st-century buzzword. While there’s no denying that this megapolis with its gleaming shopping malls might not have a reputation as the calmest destination, it is packed to the gills with enriching cultural experiences, spa treatments that harness ancient healing wisdom, as well as fun fitness options. This three-day itinerary weaves together our top wellness picks

Batik

Day One

Kick-start your day

Start as you mean to go on with a personal circuit training session at Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta’s Fitness Centre. The expert trainers here are well-versed in creating completely tailored low resistance, high-volume repetition workouts, which not only help to improve cardiovascular fitness, but also build strength and muscle tone, too.

Do something different

Undertaking creative pursuits can help to reach a state of concentration and enjoyment known as ‘flow’. Visit Palbatu Batik Village to see artisans doing batik (pictured above) – an intricate form of wax-resist fabric dyeing – before having a go yourself. Indonesian batik is recognised by Unesco as an intangible cultural heritage, and the experience offers the chance to let your creativity run wild.

Settle into stillness

For a pampering and restorative spa treat that’ll help ensure a good night’s sleep – and that you wake up energised the following morning – head back to Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta for a signature Royal Javanese treatment. It begins with a gentle foot ritual, followed by a soothing massage inspired by Javanese healing techniques, which uses deep-pressure stroking movements to unknot any areas of tension, and to stimulate the body’s lymphatic system.

Turtle swims in ocean

Day Two

Kick-start your day

Work up a sweat with a morning jog at Taman Menteng – a 30-hectare park just ten minutes’ walk from the hotel which has its own dedicated running track. There’s also a pretty greenhouse to explore, and tree-shaded benches that provide the perfect spot for post-workout recovery. Another good choice nearby is Taman Suropati, which sits in front of the impressive Governor’s Mansion; ask the Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta concierge for a jogging map and the best insider tips.

Do something different

Spending time near ‘blue spaces’ such as the ocean has been proven to have a positive impact on mental and physical health; even the sight and sound of water can trigger relaxing neurochemicals in the brain. For stylish ‘blue space’ therapy, head by yacht to Pulau Macan, a private isle ringed by sandy beaches north of the Jakarta coastline. Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta’s well-connected team can help to arrange trips, for time spent swimming and watching marine life scoot through the shallows.

Settle into stillness

Unwind back at the hotel with a Black Sea mud wrap treatment which – in a different way – harnesses the power of the ocean. Warm mineral-rich and aromatic sea mud is slathered generously onto the body, helping to alleviate aches and pains, reduce stress and stimulate circulation. As an added luxe touch, dinner in the treatment suite can be arranged, meaning you can dine fully blissed out.

Woman relaxes by pool

Day Three

Kick-start your day

Encompassing breathwork, physical poses and meditation, yoga is a tonic for mind and body, shown to decrease stress levels, increase muscle strength and help clear the mind. Book in for a bespoke, one-on-one session in the hotel’s Fitness Centre where a yoga professional will tailor your experience, taking into account your individual body type, fitness levels and wellness goals. Alternatively, make the most of Privatus golf course access through your Fans of MO membership and head to the greens at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club – one of Asia’s most lauded courses – to enjoy a bracing 18 in this city idyll.

Do something different

Getting to know a country’s food scene is enlightening and delicious. For a foodie fiesta make for Pantjoran PIK on North Jakarta’s Golf Island. Inspired by the city’s original Chinatown, Pantjoran PIK has cemented itself as a go-to food market. Behind an impressive gapura (entrance tower) are a rush of crimson-fronted eateries, including a new outpost of Wong Fu Kie, the city’s oldest Hakka restaurant – try the mun kiaw mien braised noodles –  as well as vegetarian favourite, Namy House. Closer to home, stop by Li Feng – the hotel's Cantonese restaurant helmed by Chef Fei from Michelin-starred Jiang at Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou – for nutritious salads and soups, creative dim sum and plant-based dishes.

Settle into stillness

Round things off at Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta’s pretty outdoor swimming pool. An ideal spot for an evening dip – be it a heart-racing cardio workout or a more leisurely swim – not only does the freeform pool have stellar views of the glittering urban skyline, it’s surrounded by a leafy landscape garden. Taking a breather here post-swim adds a further boost, as spending time outdoors in green spaces has been shown aid relaxation.

Words by Ianthe Butt

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