This 269-room hotel has a gorgeous multi-levelled swimming pool surrounded by pagodas, palms, and ponds, the ultimate way to settle into Javanese time.
You can never overestimate the allure of Yogyakarta. Ask a regular visitor what they like most and they’ll tell you that it dazzles with a vast spectrum of Indonesian culture in all its forms. Classical Javanese fine art, ballet, batik, drama, traditional gamelan music, poetry, shadow puppets – the city has all of it in spades.
Ask a local what they like most about Java’s cultural capital, on the other hand, and they’ll tell you it’s the way the city has balanced these traditions with its rapid urban growth. There are world-class hotels, shopping malls, coffee shops, Internet cafes – yet are all still ruled over by His Majesty Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X from his official residence, the Kraton of Yogyakarta.
Ask a tuk-tuk driver and you’ll be whisked out of Yogya, where you’ll also get more than you bargained for. The stunning Gunung Merapi, a volcanic fireball of a mountain, is awe-inspiring enough, but nothing matches the sheer scale of Borobudur, an enigmatic Buddhist temple that ranks as one of the most beautiful in Asia. Wander through the jungle and fields of rice paddies to its perforated stupas, and you’ll believe that you’re in touching distance of nirvana.
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From rooms with a garden view to rooms with a panoramic vistas of the surrounding volcanos, guests here will have difficulty picking one for their stay.
Ringed by a chain of eight volcanoes blanketed in swathes of highland jungle, this is the ultimate reminder that you’re in the heart of a tropical wonderland.
Being an Aman property, one of the world’s most luxurious hotel brands, guests here can be assured of a pampering experience.
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The Via Via concept is a socially-conscious, sustainable tourism project that’s aimed at helping and supporting the local community.
Part art gallery, part restaurant, this hip hangout is actually part of the Kedai Kebun Forum Art Space, a meeting place for the city’s creatives.
The cuisine at Amanjiwo’s signature restaurant is a tourist-friendly fusion of east meets west and it certainly pays to have a pre-meal aperitif in the delightful Bar.