Tuesday, March 28, 2017


When visiting the imposing 9th century Borobudur Buddhist temple, located in the regency of Magelang in Central Java, people will usually stay in the cities of Yogyakarta, Solo or Semarang. However, there are many accommodation options now located nearer to Borobudur, so that this will give you the opportunity to climb to the top of the monument before dawn to watch the magical sunrise here, or visit this temple several times during one visit to study the temple at leisure. This will also give you the chance to visit the many surrounding villages, get to know the friendly people, and experience their rural way of life.

Near this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Monument are super de-luxe hotels, budget hotels to homestays to suit every purse. Around Vesak Day, which this year falls on 11 May 2017, these accommodations are most certainly fully booked, so make sure to book early.
Here is a short list for you to choose from :
Source: Amanjiwo Resort

  1. The Amanjiwo Resort (7 minutes drive from Borobudur temple)
The Amanjiwo Resort is arguably the most luxurious hotel around Borobudur. Perched on a hill, the resort overlooks the magnificent Borobudur temple surrounded by the vast green Kedu plain fringed by the Menoreh hills, with more volcanoes over the horizon. The Amanjiwo offers exclusive suites with lavish interior inspired by the 9th-century Borobudur. Amanjiwo’s Suites feature marvelous four-pillar king-size beds on raised terrazzo platforms overlooking spacious garden terraces, some with private swimming pools, and lounging pavilions. Amanjiwo has 5 types of outstanding spacious suites: The Dalem Jiwo (1200 sqm living space with 15 meter private pool and private entrance), The Borobudur Pool Suite – Garden Pool Suite (243 sqm space overlooking either the Borobudur or the lush green gardens, with private pool), The Borobudur Suite – The Garden Suite (243 sqm space with views of the fertile land or the majestic temple).

Address : Ds. Majaksingi, Borobudur, Magelang Central Java, Indonesia 
Phone : +62 293 788 333
Source: The Manohara Borobudur
  1. The Manohara Borobudur (10 minutes walk from Borobudur)

The Manohara is perfectly located, and is the only hotel inside the Borobudur temple complex, offering the easiest access to the majestic temple. With 35 rooms adapted to modern Javanese architecture, it also offers extensive choices of outdoor activities including the famous sunrise and sunset tours, there are andong horse cart rides and museum tours. They also provide a signature special package of a gourmet picnic breakfast under the shades of ancient pines on Dagi Hill overlooking Borobudur. Hotel guests are also provided with a free entrance ticket from 6am - 5pm, giving you a chance to freely explore this vast site of Borobudur.

Address : Jl. Badrawati | Komplek Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Borobudur, Magelang 56553, Indonesia 
Phone : +62 293788680 
Source: Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa
  1. Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa (5 minutes drive from Borobudur)
This exclusive boutique resort offers an unforgettable experience of a magical sunrise over Borobudur that you can watch from their classy lobby deck. Set on the lavish hills of Tanjungan Village, Magelang, surrounded by lush teak forests, the Plataran Borobudur is equipped with integrated world-class eco-friendly tourism facilities. There are the Padma Spa with its soothing concept of detoxification, extensive swimming pools, a variety of restaurants serving casual and fine dining of both international and Indonesian cuisines, a horse stable and a Yoga center. In addition, The Heritage Convention Center and Stupa Restaurant are also located within Plataran Borobudur area. The resort offers true Javanese hospitality while offering luxurious, spacious villas equipped with modern day amenities. This resort consists of 21 truly enchanting villas with 6 types: Deluxe Wooden Villa (31 sqm), Executive suites with plunge pools (88 sqm), Exclusive suites with a pool (90 sqm), Royal Suites with pool (106 sqm), Grand Spa Suite with largest pool (95 sqm), and the Duplex Royal Suite two storey villa with private pool (121 sqm). Join their horse riding experience and the Borobudur Village Safari to get a closer look at the heart of the Javanese living.

Address : Dusun Tanjungan, Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java 56553, Indonesia 
Phone : +62 293 788 888 
Source: Hotels.com
  1. Amata Borobudur Resort (10 minutes drive from Borobudur)

Here is tasteful ambiance in architecture and nature. The Amata gracefully brings Javanese architecture into a cozy setting for all. Detailed attention is given to little things such as their unique welcome amenities using local products, or the use of exquisite colorful local cement tiles to decorate their suite bathrooms, that really create the sense of uniqueness. You can savor the beautiful natural surroundings with greeneries and listening to the song of the rushing river, while having a relaxing massage in their in-house spa.

Address: Jalan Mendut-Sendangsono, Progowati, Mungkid, Progowati, Mungkid, Magelang 56512
Phone: (+62293) 788988
Source: Hotel-R
  1. Villa Borobudur (15 minutes drive from Borobudur)
Relax and refresh yourself here while enveloped by the serenity of this beautiful resort. The spectacular setting on a secluded mountain top is circled by amazing views of volcanoes, nearby villages and rice terraces. You can also gaze at the majestic Borobudur temple from the villas. It is a seamless fusion bringing authentic Javanese experience with modern luxury through superb details of art and interior designs. Splurge yourself in the marvelous 2-bedroom villa with private pool to linger on. The delicious food and the excellent service and care will make your stay even more memorable.

Address: Dusun Pete, Majaksingi, Majaksingi, Borobudur, Magelang 56553 
Phone: +62851 0052 5520 
Source: Tripadvisor
  1. Villa Sumbing Indah (45 minutes drive from Borobudur)
Managed by a French-Indonesian couple, this lovely hotel is dedicated to make your stay a pleasant experience. Consisting of 8 rooms, a Joglo house and a large swimming area, this place pampers you with remarkable cooking of French-Indonesian fusion. You can expect a tranquil stay while leisuring during your holiday, embraced by wonderful views. If you wish to do some activities around Borobudur, they can also arrange for the best to suit your need.

Address: Desa Kalegen, Bandongan, Magelang, Jawa Tengah 
Phone: +62813 2804 2721

  1. Cempaka Villa II (15 minutes walk from Borobudur)
Situated just 700 meter away from the Borobudur complex, this intimate and cozy hotel offers simple accommodation in Javanese style houses. The on-site restaurant will assist you along with arrangements that you can book for daily activities around the Borobudur temple. Bike rental is also available besides exciting horse riding to try out.

Address: Jalan Badrawati, Ngaran Lor No 08, Borobudur, Magelang 56553 
Phone: (+62293) 3301620 

  1. Tingal Laras Art House Homestay (10 minutes drive from Borobudur)
Still located nearest to one of the greatest world heritage monuments in Central Java, this small homestay style accommodation welcomes you with a strong flavor of Javanese culture. Elaborate wooden carved doors called gebyokstand elegantly to greet you upon arrival to this Joglo style house. Private rooms with en suite bathroom are also available. Here, you will also get the chance to observe and learn how to make the famous traditional Javanese cloths called Batik.

Address: Tingal Kulon, Borobudur, Wanurejo, Borobudur, Magelang 56553 
Phone: +62812 2990 750
Book your stay in one of these wonderful premises, and don’t miss the enchanting celebration of Vesak Day, with the pinnacle procession at Borobudur on May 11th, 2017. Witness the magical moments as thousands of Puja Lanterns lighten up the skies.
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