Jiwa Jawa Resort, Bromo (formerly Java Banana Bromo)

Jiwa Java (formerly Java Banana Bromo) is a small modern hotel on the volcanic slopes of East Java, offering dramatic views over the hills below, a great place to relax after a sunrise climb of Mount Bromo. There are not many hotels in this beautiful region of Indonesia and Jiwa Java is one of the best. Set up to provide accommodation for all types of clients, it has a mountain/trekking atmosphere with creature comforts too.

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The lodge

From stunning modern, tropical architecture to well-crafted interior made of the best wood, with eco-friendly, water-based finishing. Each cabin is designed to be suitable for guests to have a familiarity interaction in a cozy spacious living area. What an ideal place for families or groups with the same interests and hobbies.

The group lodge is able to accommodate in large capacity for 9 adults in 6 bunk beds with natural latex. Equipped with fireplace, cable television and hot shower to make your stay more enjoyable. Furnished with dining table, pantry, cooking utensils with gas stove. Their individual lodge equipped with cable television and LCD monitor, hot shower and toilet with hygienic eco-jet washer system. Every room furnished with natural latex bed. Other additional fixtures depend on type of room.

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The rooms are built from wooden natural materials in blocks of 8 or so, which blend in with the hilly landscape. They are very well maintained, with comfy beds and pleasant soft furnishings. The bathrooms are functional but small and the balcony is the highlight of the room, giving light and stunning views across the Bromo valley.

The gallery and café will give you an insight into local art and photography and are the best places to access Wifi. There is one restaurant serving all meals on an a la carte basis and a small shop where you can buy items you may need for your adventure to Bromo.

Best viewed at sunrise, majestic Mount Bromo is of course the main draw for guests of Java Banana. Many choose to take a tour, organised by the resort and including transport there and back. Active types will also enjoy mountain bike riding, which can be arranged by the resort, as well as hiking and trekking.

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Although Jiwa Java does not have 5 star facilities, the location and charm will be good enough for most. It might be a beautiful tiny hotel with very limited facilities or a 5* resort hotel with all the trimmings; but any hotel in this category will be a well-run establishment with very comfortable rooms, a strong service ethos and excellent food.


Situated in a small village called Wonotoro at around 2000m altitude there is a significant temperature difference and thinner air than at sea level in Java, expect temperatures of around 14-18 degrees and a breeze which can often bring in the clouds. The village is easily explored on foot, and is a must see if you want to experience how rural mountain dwellers live, with an amazing vista and different farming techniques.

For more information and reservation write booking@topindonesiaholidays.com

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