The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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Though homosexuality is frowned upon in Indonesia, all hotels in Jakarta are gay-friendly in that they won’t bother you or ask any questions. That said, some gay travelers prefer the comfort of staying with a big international chain to be extra sure.
Jakarta is one of the best places in the world to indulge in a bit of 5-star luxury. The best hotels in the city are all incredibly affordable for international standards, meaning everyone has a chance to enjoy the city in style. This is why, exceptionally, half of the hotels on our list are 5-star. If you really are traveling on a shoestring, quality budget options also abound.
Jakarta doesn’t have any gay saunas, but a couple of the hotels on this list have saunas that are commonly frequented by gay men. Public sex is illegal and can get you in a lot of trouble in Indonesia, so if you are thinking of meeting someone in the saunas, it is recommended you stay in the hotel so you have a private room upstairs.
♥ Top of the tallest building in the country – it doesn’t get any more high-end
♥ 5-star luxury for a very affordable price
♥ One of the city’s swankiest nightlife spots, just an elevator ride away
The Westin Jakarta occupies the top 20 floors of Gama Tower, the tallest building in Indonesia. This incredible vantage point, combined with the tower’s location at the heart of the Setiabudi business district, gives The Westin the best views in the city. This is as luxurious as it gets in Jakarta, and rooms are available for as little as $100 a night.
The rooms feature gorgeous modern decor and large floor-to-ceiling windows from which to appreciate the view. Wake up on a patented ultra-comfortable bed with a fresh cup of illy coffee and complimentary digital newspapers, or luxuriate in the marble bathrooms with rain shower and separate soaking tub.
The hotel is located in the Golden Triangle area of Jakarta, where the best restaurants and bars in the city are located. Apollo Bar & Club, one of the only gay venues in the city, is a 20-minute walk away from the hotel.
That said, you won’t really have to leave the hotel to party: Henshin, The Westin’s trendy resident bar, is one of the hottest spots in town. Spanning three floors and with unmatched city views, it is generally gay-friendly and popular with local guys. The bar also serves deliciously unique Japanese-Peruvian fusion food.
There is a fabulous fitness studio with 360° views of the city, as well as an indoor pool for swimming laps and an excellent in-house spa.
♥ Large lagoon-style outdoor pool for lounging and cooling down
♥ Excellent selection of international restaurants
♥ Spacious, comfortable, and elegant rooms
Shangri-La Hotel is located just next to Jakarta’s city center, but it’s easy to forget that once you’re inside. This huge hotel, totaling over 600 rooms, is located in a sprawling oasis next to the river. With a huge lagoon-style pool, several restaurants, and swaying palm trees as far as the eye can see, this is perhaps the closest you can get to an Indonesian beach resort in the middle of the capital.
Of course, Jakarta is still very much around you, as seen through skyline city views from most rooms. The decor in these is elegant, blending classic luxury with contemporary touches. The beds are large and plushy and the amenities are all high-quality. Attentive touches like complimentary mineral water and a daily fruit plate elevate the whole experience even further.
Shangri-La Hotel boasts five restaurants and three bars, serving a wide range of foods and drinks. Among these, you will find SATOO, a stunning international buffet with a whopping twelve food stations from around the world, as well as authentic Chinese, Japanese, and Italian restaurants.
The pool is, of course, the hotel’s biggest draw, and the separate kids’ pool keeps the main area nice and quiet. There is also a good fitness suite, an exercise studio, and even a set of tennis courts. Spa facilities including jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, massages, and other wellness treatments.
The hotel’s proximity to the Golden Triangle means that most trendy nightlife spots in the city are easily reached by public transport or on foot. There is a loop line train stop (Karet) a short walk from the hotel, which can be handy for getting around the city. As usual in Jakarta, BusWay stops are also easy to find nearby.