By Jeremy Khalil on January 8, 2019
Built and owned by one of Indonesia’s leading property developers Duta Anggada Group, Oakwood Suites La Maison Jakarta is a sharp property that hits the mark in South Jakarta, an up-and-coming area teeming with expats, particularly those from Japan and South Korea. Created in the concept of serviced residences, Oakwood Suites La Maison Jakarta is the sole Oakwood Suites in the world thus far, making it a jewel in the Oakwood’s crown.
According to General Manager Christian Jacob, Oakwood Suites La Maison Jakarta hosts many Japanese long-stayers. “As a matter of fact, 80% of the property’s guests are long-stayers,” he added. However, the property also welcomes short-stayers, defined as those who check-in only for a night or two up to less than a month.
One benefit derived from opting a lodging occupied mostly by long-stayers is that the check-in and check-out experience is hardly hectic. When Gaya Travel Magazine team members were checking into the property, there were no other guests checking in or out at the same time, thus the whole process was a breeze and even felt exclusive because the team received the staff’s utmost attention.
Since Oakwood Suites La Maison Jakarta is rather new, it has the advantage of applying the latest state-of-the-art technologies that meet the expectations of current lifestyle such as the need for more natural light, latest appliances, high-end fixtures, up-to-date furnishings, and sheer convenience. As the team members stepped into the unit where they were to stay for two nights, they pleasantly found the unit to be exceedingly homely, airy, tranquil and private.
Oakwood Suites La Maison Jakarta offers 160 smart and uncluttered serviced residence units with unusually high ceilings and accompanying floor-to-ceiling windows that allow generous amount of natural light to flood into the living room and bedrooms to beat the feeling of claustrophobia and stuffiness normally associated with spaces confined within stratified buildings. These units come in two types of configuration: two-bedroom (127 metres squared), the smallest size offered by Oakwood Suites La Maison Jakarta but one of the largest in its class in the city; and three-bedroom (169 metres squared), which is more than enough space for a small intimate group of travellers or an expat family.
As what can be expected from a stylish spacious home nestled within a contemporary landmark building in a prosperous Asian city, the accommodation units at Oakwood Suites La Maison Jakarta are provided with housekeeping service; bath amenities; fully functioning open kitchen consisting of Smeg refrigerator, Philips toaster, Bentley electric kettle and Webber oven; the increasingly important washing cum drying machine; water purifier and drinking water dispenser; including private corridor, private lift, alarm and intercom to ensure the property remains secure and well-appointed. Gaya Travel Magazine team adores the Grohe durable showering system comprising plate-like shower head that channels out water similar to bathing under a refreshing pouring rain. On the same note, the main bedroom of each unit has a bathtub, and all bathroom sinks are ergonomically designed in the same vein as the specially curated furniture pieces reminiscent of the sleek, timeless and pragmatic Scandinavian style.
Regarding facilities available at the property, Oakwood Suites La Maison Jakarta boasts children’s room, gym and pool on level 7, all open from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., including an executive lounge for business meetings and discussions. There are also treatment rooms to be utilised by guests seeking recuperative massage and treatments in-house.
Attached to Oakwood Suites La Maison Jakarta is a low-key retail mall offering several upmarket dining options and supermarket selling local and imported products for guests’ grocery needs. 15% discount is given to guests whenever they dine at a chic cafe called Glosis situated within the mall on the same level as Starbucks.
In terms of rates, long-staying guests are charged USD3,800 per month for a two-bedroom unit, and USD4,800 per month for a three-bedroom unit. Conversely, short-staying guests are generally charged USD250 per night for a two-bedroom unit and USD380 per night for a three-bedroom unit. Travellers are sure to find the property good value for money, especially after dividing the cost per head and realising the high quality of the accommodation.
What really strikes the Gaya Travel Magazine team when staying at Oakwood Suites La Maison Jakarta is its enviable location. Getting to the airport by car takes 45 minutes since the property is close to the less congested Jakarta outer ring road that zip through West Jakarta. Besides, it is a mere 40 minutes’ drive from Serpong, dubbed as Indonesia’s Silicon Valley, including other economically-important satellite cities, hence become the property of choice among start-up investors, entrepreneurs, and employees.
Being 10 minutes’ drive to Jakarta’s central business district and within proximity to international schools, the property is popular among long-staying expat families. Simatupang Road, where many important oil and gas companies are based, is also nearby. Kemang, where expats usually go for dining and unwinding, is merely eight minutes by car. The golf course in Pondok Indah is 15 minutes’ drive away.
Many Malaysians love Oakwood Suites La Maison Jakarta because of its proximity to Block M, a much-loved shopping and entertainment area, including Melawai Raya, dubbed as Little Tokyo since many Japanese expats hang out there. Additionally, Melawai (in front of Blok M Square signage, to be exact) is the place where Indonesian movie enthusiasts can find ‘Filosofi Kopi’, a cafe constructed specifically as the main setting for the box office film of the same name based an eponymous novel by local author Dewi Lestari – the café was eventually converted into a permanent establishment that promotes coffee and blends primarily sourced from the Indonesian archipelago due to overwhelming response from the public.
Another spot where coffee lovers may head to when staying at Oakwood Suites La Maison Jakarta is the café owned by renowned local actor Nino Fernandez serving reasonably priced comestibles and beverages called ‘Di Bawah Tangga’ (literally translated as ‘Under the Stairs’, or more accurately ‘Under the Escalator’) in Gandaria City, located five minutes away by car. Who knows, lucky travellers might just bump into Nino Fernandez in person when dining there…
It is easy to understand why this solid 32-storey property is deeply appreciated by travellers irrespective of their duration of stay: Oakwood Suites La Maison Jakarta is an efficient, value-for-money, safe and secure lodging, which sophisticated travellers are sure to appreciate not only for its practicality but also for its accessibility to significant places of business, commerce, retail, leisure, culture and entertainment in Jakarta.