Durian — that infamous thorny, pungent Southeast Asian fruit — is also possibly one of the most divisive foods on the planet. Heavenly or hellish, the so-called King of Fruits inspires a legion of lovers and an army of critics. A perfect metaphor, then, to describe Jakarta, the heaving mass of a city often referred to the Big Durian.
Once the initial shock of first impressions subsides (congested, polluted, crowded — to be fair, ailments all big cities suffer from), it's not hard to imagine why the Indonesian capital was once given a much fairer name — Queen of the Orient. Leafy suburbs and even leafier city parks work to balance the urban thrills, while numerous museums, a scenic old town area, and an antique shopping street round up the heritage hit list. When all else fails, Jakarta is littered with shiny malls and more fantastic food joints than you can shake a bowl of nasi goreng at.
Bali and Lombok might shine bright in the well known constellation of Indonesia's tourism campaign, but to really get to the heart of the country's culture and cuisine through luxury travel experiences, there really is no bigger star than Jakarta.
Two years since the inaugural publication, we’re back with a bigger and better 2nd edition of
Launched in April 2019, the second edition of 100 Best coffee table book highlights LuxuryHunt’s latest travel experiences in 26 countries across the globe, including in new destinations from Cuba to Kenya. The expanded 744-page publication now comes in two sizes and features the same gorgeous photography which has captured the essence of the journey since 2014. For the first time, the 2019/2020 edition of 100 BEST also features people, experiences and brands.
A series of launch events during 2019 brings the 2019/2020 100 BEST to Phuket, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bali, Zürich, London, Chengdu, New York and Bangkok.