Novotel Bongol an ideal team building venue in Jakarta, Indonesia.

This is our second trip to Jakarta, Indonesia. This time, our team of 6 flew up for an American Bank who wanted to bring home the importance of adapting to change and being a change agent within their organisation.

They initially asked us for recommendations, however, we have only been to Jakarta once before and that time, we did our training at Manulife’s training room in their office. So we had non to offer.

They eventually decided on Novotel Bongol Golf Resort as their teambuilding venue after some recommendations by locals. We were optimistic about the resort when we saw the map of the resort online, even though we did not know how open they were to having external trainers run programmes at their resort.

After some research, we learnt that Novotel Bongol Golf Resort is a popular destination for many Indonesians, especially during the weekend. It takes about 90 minutes to get from the Jakarta airport to the resort with clear traffic.

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It took us about 2hours to get to the resort from the airport. The hotel staff are well trained, friendly and helpful. The hotel is tastefully decorated, with Chinese and Indonesian influence. The bedrooms are not large by Indonesian (or Malaysian) standards but they are adequately sized and comfortable with standing shower in our twin-sharing bedroom.

Interesting sculptures can be found around the hotel grounds. There are lots of greenery and open spaces around with adequately equipped seminar rooms and ballroom to support trainings and meetings.

Food an beverage in the hotel is reasonably priced by Singapore’s standard, a buffet dinner cost only Rp215,000++ per person. The quality of food was great and the selection was pretty wide, with a good mix of local and regional delicacies.

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We also checked out the bar, which serves a good mix of mock-tails and cocktails. Food preparation time was a little tardy as we had to wait more than 30mins for an order of 3 mini tapas with a basket of truffet fries (as with many hotels in Indonesia and Malaysia) so we can’t really complain. Drinks are reasonably priced at about Rp45,000 for mock-tails and Rp90,000 for alcoholic cocktails the drinks were served in pretty big jugs too.

While planning for the training, we realised that the staff are professional and accommodating to our requests and despite the rain, there are sufficient pockets of spaces for us to carry out wet weather activities.

We will highly recommend this venue to our other clients who are considering Jakarta as their next meeting venue.

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