Jakarta, the city that never sleeps and now here is a Jakarta massage plus small guide. This is one of the biggest metropolitan zones in the world in terms of the area and inhabitants. Many of its surrounding rural areas are supporting the city economic growth and country’s central entertainments, governance, business and activities, creating what it called Jakarta Greater Area or “Jabotabek”. Indonesia has a Muslim majority population (largest Muslim country in the world) but that doesn’t stop Indonesians for being permissive to foreign lifestyle influence that in fact is on the favor of most of its youths.
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This is including the entertainment business that has been culturally there since its inception, when there’s demand, there’s always supply that following it and just the matter where you can find the perfect massage parlor for you. Following the underground business it’s never easy without the right local connection, especially in Jakarta, you won’t always have a great experience if you don’t know what you’re doing. This guide is only a peek at the best place for Jakarta massage plus spas. Go explore and let us know your experiences.
The main good thing about Jakarta is the sheer number of places to get a good “plus” or “extra” massage. Most masseuses are friendly. Services are a lot cheaper when comparing to Kuala Lumpur or Singapore and even Bangkok.
Massage Prices 2017
150K Rupiahs (IDR) to 450K Rupiahs per session (11 USD to 35 USD)
50K Rupiahs to 150K Rupiahs for tips (4 USD to 15 USD)
Prices tend to be higher in some high-end spa and massage establishments but usually way cheaper than in Malaysia and even Thailand. Erotic massage for tourists (foreigners) starts around 400 000 Indonesian Rupees (30 USD) *March 2017 which may be reduced through negotiations. It can go up to 2 millions IDR (150 USD) or more depending on the spa or massage venue. Be careful in clubs that have massage offers as you drinks may be added to your check and those vodka shots and orange juices that your masseuse gets are not cheap. Alway check each listing for price details and call the provided number for updated price lists and service menu.
First timers usually complain about the massage therapists not speaking English and not understanding what are being asked. Also there are many complaints about the taxi drivers in Jakarta. If possible use BlueBird Taxi company which has a stable reputation.
Where to find massage
Jakarta Massage Plus seekers must know that North Jakarta is a sure bet for this type of erotic massage. This area is definitely one of world’s largest (unofficial) red light districts. Especially in the Glodok and Mangga Besar areas. In South Jakarta they are concentrated around Melawai and Blok M. In the West Jakarta look for Kebon Jeruk and Dharmawangsa.
Our vote goes to My Place Spa which has good services at market prices. Their customer services and rating has been steady for the past few years. It’s true that this is a branded massage shop but at the same it’s worth it since each branch has local services providers.
Plan ahead of time due to chaotic Jakarta traffic! Have a trusted taxi driver or use a good trusted taxi company. Or even better, visit with a local if possible. Take a passport with you when travelling at night. Wear a helmet if riding a bike. Always, check menu prices if there will be drinks involved. At famous high-end clubs girls (masseuses or not) would ask for drinks then immediately their friends would come over and charge drinks on you. It’ll happen very fast then you get to pay a very fat bill.
Magnolia Spa (at Pantai Indah Kapuk and Arteri Pondok Indah)
If you want a little kinky massage with room themes (beach, library, etc), you can go to the branch at Pantai Indah Kapuk, the one at Arteri is the older one, offering similar services as Delta Spa, only cheaper. S.O.P is just like usual plus massage service.Therapists are trained, with both massage and plus service according to reviews.
MARS & RIZZ Spa (Jl. Margaguna Raya Ruko Plaza 1, Pondok Indah Jakarta Selatan)
Another good value for money, and for you the adventurous one, the one who are willing to do the extra miles. Some reviews said it’s a good source to find gems. Standard S.O.P and facilities.
Among the top three of the biggest spa chains in Jakarta. The famous Delta Spa is on Gatot Subroto. Already overcrowded and the quality is compromised, but who knows you can get still an unforgettable experience here. Some customer do review about the good service, although a little expensive. Good security practice with per locker number per people, possibly to handle many customers.
Where to stay in Jakarta. Best rated hotels for Solo Travelers (Luxury and Budget categories)
Great thing about Jakarta is that the hotels and apartments are cheap. You can get even a luxury hotel or apartment/condo booked at an affordable price. Here are a few recommendations:
One of the big three, good S.O.P and therapists, the least crowded among the three, no complaints so far and could be your favorite place to go on spa.
My Place Spa (Many Branches, Senayan, Grand Wijaya, Kelapa Gading)
Famous among expatriates, good location, good therapist with value for money. They got professional massage also, shiatshu, herbal and body scrub. Go here if you want to get a good massage with plus service.
This is actually a one stop entertainment complex, you got hotel, club, spa and also offering foreign girls with mostly Chinese, a little bit expensive with mixed reviews from good experience to rip offs experience.
Those are some spas in Jakarta to starting out. Beside them there’s more similar services worth mentioning below that is can be left for separate reviews