It's as if Robinson Crusoe had built himself a sun-bleached, solar-powered five-star resort.
Nowhere else can you get such spicy salads, such colourful cakes with excellent coffee and a dish named after Barack Obama.
Yes it is possible to find a green haven amid the choking chaos that is Jakarta.
Astounding puppets, spicy tucker and super polite locals are just some of this city's assets.
Its reputation as a five-star airline and one of the world's top 10 airlines seems well-deserved.
In the Indonesian capital, Brigid Delaney finds classy hotels, fine food and, thanks to Ramadan, few signs of its infamous traffic.
Belinda Jackson lists eight favourite destinations at which to arrive with empty bags.