Rest, Relaxation and Recreation in Jakarta
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Once you have settled in to the regular activities of your new life in Jakarta, you will begin to think about how to enjoy your leisure time in your new home. There are a good number of recreation and sports activities available in Jakarta that will appeal to various members of the family.
Many expatriate homes have their own swimming pool and housing complexes
and apartments often have a pool and other facilities such as pool, fitness
center, and tennis courts. Sometimes it's nice to go out for a change
of atmosphere and to socialize, and the ideal place is one of the family-oriented
Family Outing Fun
For family fun outings here are a few suggestions:
There are several water parks where children can enjoy swimming in various kinds of pools with water slides, etc. One is Pondok Indah Water Park (Tel. 750-6750) adjacent to Pondok Indah Mall, and it's also worth going out to Lippo Cikarang in Bekasi, to spend a day at Water Boom (Tel. 8990-7814), a beautifully landscaped park. Ancol Dreamland in North Jakarta also has the Gelanggang Renang "Water Park" (Tel. 6471-1512) featuring a large swimming pool with slides, wave pool, and children's pool.
For more fun activities, try Waterboom Pantai Indah Kapuk with 19 world class water slides including The Hairpin, Aquatube, Speed Slide, Bomblazter and many others (Jl Pantai Indah Barat No 1 Pantai Indah Kapuk, Tel 5596-6666)
Scuba Diving is not a sport for younger children certainly but older kids will enjoy the challenge. Before you and your offspring venture out into the deep blue sea however, you’d better practice first with a proper teacher. ( Kristal Klear Dive – Hotel Kristal Jl. Tarogong Raya Cilandak Barat Tel. 7581-8025)
Over 40 golf courses located in and around Jakarta are open daily from
sunrise to sunset, and with very reasonable charges, making Jakarta a golfer's paradise in Indonesia!
Read Fun Things for Kids to do in Jakarta for some more ideas!
Many shopping centers and malls have food courts, restaurants, indoor recreation facilities such as rides and arcade games, as well as multiplex cinemas. Many of the latest movies are screened in Jakarta not too long after their international release, with English soundtracks and Indonesian subtitles.
Most quality cinemas belong to the Cinema 21 chain and movie schedules can be found at their website, giving a listing of theatres, movies, and playing times. Premiere service theaters can be found at most of the 21 theatres that are located in the popular malls in Jakarta. Premiere theatres have their own ticket booth and exclusive lounges where the moviegoers can relax and enjoy snacks and cocktails while waiting for the movie to start. Your snack can also be served to you within the theatre and a blanket provided so that guests need not worry about being too cold in the air conditioning. The seating in the Premiere theatres is made luxurious by giving each guest their own Lazyboy- type reclining chair that has a foot rest and can recline to the guests specific preference.
Blitzmegaplex that is located in Grand Indonesia and Pacific Place is also popular with movie goers. Not only do they screen
most of the popular American films that are released, but also offer their
clients a more international selection of films. Often current Indian
Tiwanese and European films can be viewed in one of the 11 auditoriums.
The adjacent lounge offers guests a place to meet friends and enjoy food
and drinks either before or after the movie.
While their activities are mostly geared for adults, the Indonesia Heritage Society is a great organization to join if you want to learn about the incredibly diverse and fascinating Indonesian culture and arts.
For more contact information on recreational and relaxation opportunities in Jakarta, see AWA's Jakarta Shopper's Guide.
Our thanks to Colliers International for their generous contribution of this article!
Last updated December 21, 2012.
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