Holiday homes are likely to conjure images of tropical sunsets by the beach, or sweeping mountain ranges covered in rich autumn hues.
Not for businessman Andreas Utomo, whose holiday lodging is a 3-storey house in an upscale neighbourhood in South Jakarta. This is where he finds weekly refuge from his day job. He is the managing director of PT Aman Agrindo, a sugar manufacturing and distribution company. His company in Semarang, Central Java — away from the holiday home in South Jakarta.
He works in what has been touted as the “cleanest tourist destination in South-east Asia”. But ironically, he heads to the bustling Indonesian capital in his free time.
But the house in Pakubuwono suits his needs just fine. It also has an office on site, which Utomo says “saves on travelling time in Jakarta which is notorious for its traffic jams”.