The Ritz-Carlton, Jakarta Opens May 2005; Feng-Shui Inspired Design in Mega Kuningan

CHEVY CHASE, MD — (MARKET WIRE) — 03/16/2005 — Expanding its presence in the capital cities of Asia, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. will debut its eighth luxury property in the heart of Jakarta’s exclusive Mega Kuningan district on May 1, 2005, with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Jakarta. The hotel is owned by Dua Mutiara Group. An introductory Bed and Breakfast package at this five star caliber hotel is available starting at $158 USD on the weekdays and $138 USD on the weekends from May 1 to August 31.

“We are very pleased to introduce a second location in Indonesia,” noted Simon F. Cooper, president and chief operating officer. “It is a strategic address in Jakarta and will provide our customers with every convenience and amenity,” he said. The Ritz-Carlton, Bali Resort & Spa, on Jimbaran Bay, is one of the world’s most acclaimed hotels.

The 333-room hotel, located 13 miles from Soekarno-Hatta Jakarta International Airport, is ideally situated for both business and leisure travelers to Jakarta. Designed by Hirsh Bedner & Associates and embracing the five elements of feng shui: wind, earth, water, metal and fire throughout the interior and exterior, The Ritz-Carlton, Jakarta will offer understated elegance and exceptional guest service.

Through placement of feng shui enhancers in the design of spacious guestrooms and suites, the hotel will capture the essential energy of “chi” with color palettes of warm yellow and cool white. The “yin & yang” theory of balance and harmony is also evident in the location of furnishings and artwork.

Full-length windows overlooking the city will offer an in-room environment of both comfort and beauty. The most modern amenities will be found in guestrooms, including a 42-inch plasma television, high-speed Internet access, plush feather bedding, and bathroom with sunken marble baths, showers and double vanities.

The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta includes 51 suites, one Presidential suite (400 square meters or 4305 square feet) and three Ritz-Carlton suites (250 square meters or 2690 square feet). Signature special services will be available in The Ritz-Carlton Club, an elevator-key access private floor. Featured amenities include complimentary food and beverage presentations throughout the day and the services of a dedicated, multi-lingual concierge staff.

Circular in design, the high-rise building of 48 floors features a main lobby area distinguished by a spectacular grand staircase. Five dining and entertainment outlets are available at The Ritz-Carlton, Jakarta including: The Portovenere, serving contemporary Italian cuisine; The Prime Steak House with a menu of grilled beef and fresh seafood; Airlangga, with an array of regional cuisines; Mistere, a nightclub with live music and private karaoke room; and The Lobby Lounge, offering cocktails, wines, desserts and traditional afternoon tea service.

For meetings and social events, The Ritz-Carlton, Jakarta can accommodate groups in a variety of venues. From the 1,600 square meter (17,222 square-foot) Grand Ballroom to the 20 smaller meeting rooms and five executive boardrooms, the hotel’s facilities are state-of-the-art. The services of a conference concierge are available to assist with any needs and requests of a meeting or event planner.

Recreational offerings at The Ritz-Carlton, Jakarta include an outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool and sauna and separate children’s pool and playground. A full-service spa and fitness center and Ritz Kids activity program are also available. The hotel includes a jogging track for runners and is within a short distance to squash and tennis courts. Private golf courses are available for hotel guests and are less than 30 minutes away.

Nearby visitor attractions include The Museum of Fine Arts and History Museum. The Mega Kuningan District of Jakarta includes many fine shopping areas featuring name brand designer goods.

For more information on The Ritz-Carlton, Jakarta, contact Director of Sales and Marketing Mrs. Jodi Doughty, at 62 21 2551-8888, fax 62 21 2551-8889, or visit Toll free reservation numbers throughout the world are: Australia 0011 800 241 3333; China 00 800 241 3333; Hong Kong 001 800 241 3333; Japan 0120 853 201; New Zealand 00 800 241 3333; Singapore 01 800 241 3333 and The United States 800 241 3333.

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