Need To Know
Midday, but possibly later, depending on availability.
Double rooms from $129.75, excluding tax at 21 per cent. ⓘ
Rates include breakfast and snacks; choice of wellness activities and classes; and use of the hammam from 6pm to 7pm.
All villas are non-smoking. Transfers to Yogyakarta or Semarang airports cost US$50 each way.
At the hotel
Spa with Turkish hammam, beauty salon, gym, tennis court, yoga pavilion, billiard table, entertainment stage, giant outdoor chess set, croquet, library, DVD/CD selection, WiFi throughout ($5 an hour). In rooms: TV, DVD player, minibar.
Our favourite rooms
The undisputed honeymooner’s hot spot, Arum Villa Four immediately seduced us with its vast private balcony looking out onto the untouched forest, and the quaint round water fountain by the whimsical entrance. The grand and imposing Bella Vista Villa comprises two freestanding and three adjoining villas that were once part of nearby Solo’s royal court, and includes a private plunge pool.
The emerald-sheened octagonal infinity pool beside the restaurant is fed with fresh spring water and overlooks the surrounding mountains and forests.
Central Java is prime trekking country so suitable jungle-rambling attire is essential if you plan on roaming around. Don’t forget to leave space in your suitcase for the home-grown coffee – it’s not available anywhere else.
Five choices of herbal-healing Jamu drinks are served at breakfast and a Jamu-Master is available for private consultations, offering personal healing remedies.
Baby cribs are provided free of charge. Beds for older children cost US$25 a night, including breakfast. As this is a health retreat, parents are asked to keep an eye on their kids, and some parts of the resort are off-limits to youngsters.
Not just the coffee, but also the sugar, vegetables, herbs and ingredients for spa products are grown and processed on site.