Villa Borobudur, Yogyakarta

In the hills of Central Java lies the cradle of Javanese culture – authentic and true to its very nature. An hour away from Yogyakarta, set on the slopes of the Menoreh mountains and the dense Javanese jungle, is Villa Borobudur Resort.

Tucked away in the jungle on the slopes of the Menoreh mountains in Central Java is a very special luxurious private retreat, reflecting the rich culture of Central Java, the six individually designed villas all boast stunning views over the surrounding valley, including the famous Borobudur Temple and Mount Merapi volcano.

Each hand-carved teak wooden ‘joglo’ (traditional Javanese house) is decorated with locally produced furniture and artwork, but still caters for the modern traveller within us all, featuring mod-cons such as WiFi and ipod docks. Guests at Villa Borobudur are extremely well looked after, with each villa overseen by its own team of staff, who are on hands at all times to cater to your every need – home cooked meals, excursions to the surrounding area, gin and tonics at sunset.

The moment you step into the resort is the moment you are transported into another realm, where nature and culture are of central focus. Whether you are sitting out on the pool deck or chilling out on the porch of your villa, you get scenic views of lush greenery, blue skies and volcanoes like Merapi, Sumbing and Merbabu. Feel deeply relaxed and connected with Mother Nature as you spend your honeymoon vacation here.

Just 10-15 minutes from your resort, you can discover a culturally rich experience at the Borobudur temple where you can see one of the best sunrises in Indonesia. The sunrise tour is a must-go for anyone visiting this region, and we strongly recommend reaching out to Kaleidoscope of Java Tour. The experience we had with them was wonderful. Larasati is an amazing tour guide that will get you connected with the beautiful history and story of the temple. It was one of the best tours we have taken.

The six villas within the Borobudur complex all boast their own individual design and character. The villas range in size from the one-bedroom Villa Diponegoro, to the five-bedroom Villa Borobudur, with 2, 3 and 4 bedroom villas all available for private hire. You can also book an individual suite within the 5-bedroom Villa Borobudur.

Although the villa was traditional in design, it certainly wasn’t lacking mod-cons or amenities. Free WiFi is available throughout your stay, there is an iPod dock, air conditioning, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, and a DVD player and TV for watching movies. There are also bathrobes and slippers – and even ear plugs by the bed to shelter you from the early morning call to prayer from the local mosques, and the sounds of the jungle that surround you.

Another thing to love about Villa Borobudur is its three ‘guiding principles’. These are to promote the rich culture of Java; to support the local communities; and to preserve the natural environment. In preserving the natural environment, Villa Borobudur have been careful only to cultivate the gardens directly around the villas, leaving the rest to nature. They also planted over 15,000 trees, bushes and flowers during the construction process.

Whether it is enjoying a relaxing Balinese massage, doing morning yoga, visiting ancient temples like Borobudur or discovering volcanoes and waterfalls through cave tours and river rafting, there is so much to discover during your stay at Villa Borobudur. You can even go to the local towns to explore museums, galleries and take workshops in batik, cooking, and so much more. Here, you get a vacation that combines a unique ambience with a touch of local culture.

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