I made my way to Karawang Regency over a weeked for a staycation. Now, before you make any preconceive assumption of ‘where and what so hip about Karawang?’ Let me try to convince you that it might be a good mini getaway from the Jakarta. It is on the outskirt of the metropolitan city and though it is known more to its industrial activities (factories), I believe in few short years to come it will be the next It destination.
Karawang is being developed under two big developers; Agung Podomoro and Summarecon group and knowing by reputation of both groups, Karawang is in good hands. The hearsay is that there will be upcoming shopping malls in development and airport to be established which a shoo in for surge of people coming to this area in the future.
|the fancy entrance|
|tall building in Karawang|
|what an exterior|
|welcome to Resinda|
The hotel I was staying, ‘ Resinda Hotel’ is run by the well-known Padma group. Which you might not already know, Padma group already has 3 five stars resorts in Bandung, Legian and Ubud Bali (click the link to read my review on Padma Resort in Ubud, Bali). A prestigious mall in the name of ‘Resinda Park Mall’ is on its completion (just recently opened on March of 2017) and it is linked by a bridge that directly brings guest to the mall.
Resinda Hotel has 256 rooms in total with five different types from Deluxe, Signature Deluxe, Grand Deluxe, Premier Suite, and Executive Suite with price range from IDR 750K to IDR 2000K. I had the luxury to experience their premier suite which has a spacious living area, two big screens flat TV, king size bed, and a big bathroom that comes with a bathtub and a separate shower in the size of 45 sqm on the highest floor the hotel has, the 22nd floor.
|love this hanging lamp|
|a cozy king size bed|
|hallway to the living room|
|nice and cozy living room|
|45 sqm bed room|
|I am in Love|
The room was cozy, clean and smells new, floor to ceiling window that brings plenty of sunlight in with sa very high point of view of the city. The room was equipped with the sleek Dolce Gusto machine to pamper your every caffeine need. Not to forget the very important fast working wifi, I feel home or more to a luxurious hotel.
|swimming pool from the top|
At the moment, there are more Japanese expats staying at the hotel since I noticed that the factories around Karawang are Japanese run factories. As I have observed, being that it has more Japanese expats staying, the hotel caters more to their need, from a Sento Japanese Bath and Japanese buffet restaurant, which is exquisite. Not forgetting other guest, the hotel provide high end facilities; fitness centre, lagoon swimming pool, a green park and sauna.
I believe that once the mall is open, a different crowd will come to visit this area with its strategic location, it is close to other leisure family activities such as Taruma Leisure Waterpark and Wonderland Adventure Park, Sedana Gold or Lotus Golf which are located within minutes by car. Resinda offers complimentary transportation such as shuttles to nearby factories and airport transfer shuttle.
The restaurants offer buffet with affordable price or a la carte if you are not in the mood for food binging. The restaurants are consisted of Tenkai Japanese, the Oryza restaurant and the Hai Wang Chinese Delight. Having three restaurants inside with different specialties, I was able to try of all the restaurants.
Tenkai Japanese Restaurant
|nice interior decor|
|cozy and clean seating area|
With seating capacity up to 115 people with a couple of private rooms, this authentic Japanese cuisine is prepared by chef Kenji from his live sushi bar, bento box, Japanese course meals and sushi buffet during the weekend. It is decorated with mainly wooden themed design with traditional Japanese touch carvings that delivers the idea of semi traditional Japanese with a touch of contemporary design. The restaurant is spacious and has a nice view of the lagoon pool.
In term of menu selection, it has a range of Japanese dishes such as sushi roll, katsu, soba, miso soup, etc. I personally love the spicy tuna and salmon sushi rolls as it was fresh and the special sauce made it more delicious. The one thing that was lacking was the bland chicken teriyaki roll, I would prefer it to have more teriyaki sauce inside to elevate the flavor though I have to say that the chicken was cooked nicely and the vegetables were fresh.
From breakfast, I had a great time at the Oryza, from the international buffet breakfast, the evening cocktail-mocktail time to the Indonesian buffet dinner. The restaurant was slightly bigger than Tenkai with approx 150 people seating capacity. It is designed with vibrant colors in the style of contemporary design. I enjoyed my international breakfast such as sausage, eggs, hash brown, bacon, pastries, waffles, and delicious selections of Indonesian breakfast such as fried rice, coconut rice, and Indonesian porridge. The range of selections and the high quality food deserves all kind of praise.
I decided to take a dip in the pool in the evening while enjoying the fresh breeze with a couple of mocktail drinks. The kiwi mocktail and the coconut mocktail were my choice of drinks and they were at the right amount of sweet and fresh as it could be.
|the outdoor seating|
|selection of mocktails and cocktails|
Just in time for dinner back at the Oryza, their dinner menus are unique and delightful. I loved the tempura Gado- gado that was served with peanut sauce, It was creative in presentation and delicious at the same time. A good solution for people who do not like vegetable, having the vegetables deep fried with the tempura skin might actually be the answer.
My second favourite dish was the Ayam garang Asam ( leaf-wrapped chicken in coconut and milk sauce). This Garang Asam flavor was rich in flavor; cooking the chicken in leaf is totally a genius idea to make the chicken tender and the sauce was thoroughly drenched through the meat. I was very surprised that I myself finished four of them!
Oryza restaurant deserved a big applause for serving such beautiful dishes and I personally am thankful to experience such a wonderful meal here at Oryza.
Hai Wang Chinese Restaurant
|the dining area|
My staycation ends with this lunchtime at Hai Wang Chinese Restaurant, which serves a dim sum buffet brunch during Sunday with a price of IDR 135k nett per pax and I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of every food served in Hai Wang, it was almost to perfection. I could confidently state that the Dim Sum could easily compete with any Dim Sum place in Jakarta.
I would recommend the pineapple fried rice, the steamed shiu mai , and the chicken bbq bao. Those three are my top three.
Come to the dessert and it was just delectable. If you are into non-Halal food do try their crispy pork, not just because it is crispy but It is heavenly! Just believe me.
I had a wonderful experience staying at the hotel, the service was impeccable and it is done with outmost passion and professionalism. By the rate it is going, Resinda Hotel seems to sniff the future of Karawang Regency area and made its early start. Good move.
Resinda Hotel Karawang by Padma
Jalan Resinda no 1
Karawang, West Java
web : www. resindahotel.com
IG : @resindahotel
Ph : (+62) 2678 622 000
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