Unearthing Central Java

Writer Samantha Coomber | January 9, 2018

Alila Solo

Solo’s first luxury hotel of international standard is now Central Java’s highest building: its sculptural-designed 30 floors towering above the low-rise cityscape.  All 255 rooms afford spectacular city and volcano views, especially lofty pool suites with ‘hanging garden’ terraces. But for 270-degree vistas, head to the sophisticated rooftop lounge bar and top-floor executive SkyLounge. A dedicated wellness-leisure level features a gigantic pool and alluring spa with Solo’s first Contrast Bath Therapy zone. Ultra-contemporary design and hi-tech amenities blend with Javanese culture; modern interpretations of royal batik motifs feature on everything from key cards to the 40m sculpture suspended above the lobby.    


The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta 

Originally a 1918 private estate, is now a colonial-era landmark and MGallery by Sofitel heritage hotel. Evocative, stunning interiors – think grand colonnades and chandeliers – fuse classical European elegance, Indonesian royal grace and traditional Javanese culture.  All 143 rooms and suites seamlessly integrate elegance with modern comforts, some overlooking the inner courtyard pool. Refined 1918 Terrace Lounge is perfect for pre-dinner drinks serenaded by a classic pianist. Spa offerings include pre-wedding royal grooming rituals and Javanese massage courses. Private city tours are available in the vintage Mercedes Benz 180 automobile.


Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta

Located on Yogyakarta’s scenic north-west outskirts, amid landscaped grounds, this expansive resort offers a five-star oasis after serious sightseeing. Family-friendly facilities include a dedicated children’s Camp Hyatt, extensive spa and health club, nine-hole golf course and mammoth salt water, multi-level free-form pool, incorporating waterfalls and a 70m waterslide. Dining options include dinners with classic Ramayana-style dances, while family activities cover horse and cart tours around the outlying countryside.  Housed in four wings, some of the 269 guest rooms and suites provide balconies for up-close Merapi views.


Central Java ranks as one of Indonesia’s richest artistic and cultural regions and the nation’s most important historical epicentre