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Housed in a colonial building dating back to the early 1900’s, The Phoenix is full of character and is a fantastic base from which to explore Yogyakarta and the surrounding area.
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There are 144 rooms at The Phoenix, all with views of either the city, garden or swimming pool. All have Wi-Fi and combine modern touches with its Indonesian heritage. Facilities include a swimming pool and fitness centre, and massage treatments are also available.
The restaurant is down by the swimming pool and offers both Western and Indonesian cuisine, and there are numerous local restaurants within walking distance.
The location of the The Phoenix is unbeatable and its main draw card for those wanting to explore the area surrounding Yogyakarta. Borobudur, the world's largest Buddhist sanctuary, is spectacular, especially seen at dawn when the sun rises over the majestic ten tiered temple. For a religious contrast, head to Prambanan, a Hindu temple. Although not in as good condition, it is still fascinating and the gardens surrounding the temple are pristine.
The third highlight is simply the countryside in this part of Java - lush green fields, high mountains and numerous volcanoes. Local villages welcome visitors and it is a great way to learn about the local farming communities.