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Overlooking the rolling Menoreh hills, and the ancient Buddhist Stupa Borobudur, Plataran Borobudur is an eco-conscious, boutique resort nestled in the hills of Tanjungan Village.
Ranging from the cosy but characterful Deluxe Wooden Villa, a traditional wooden Javanese joglo house, with private garden area, to a luxurious Grand Spa Suite with private swimming pool and spa treatment room, every room is intrinsically linked with its environment within lush tropical gardens. Views across the treetop allow each room a glimpse of the Menoreh Hills beyond, and ancient Borobudur itself can be seen from some guestrooms. Every villa is equipped with ensuite bathroom and private grounds, with the some of the suites housing infinity pools so that you can have a swim with a view. Don't worry if you've opted for a villa that does not have a pool; the hotel has a large main swimming pool with pretty unbeatable views as well.
Patio Deck and The Kastil Restaurant offer both Indonesian and International menus, showcasing some of the finest foods that have been both locally and globally sourced. The Patio Deck also offers uninterrupted views of the majestic Borobudur Temple, a UNESCO heritage monument, which sits as a backdrop to this wonderful dining location.
The Padma Spa and Yoga Club arrange detoxifying, relaxing and unwinding treatments, while horse riding, cycling and rice paddy tours (with a chance to wade in yourself) are possible should you wish to be a little more energetic. Traditional Andong Riding (horse and cart), as well as trekking, pottery making and a village 'safari' can all be arranged by the 24 hour desk service, who happily help with any expedition.
Why we love it
This is the perfect option for non-city types who want to explore the incredible temples of central Java, and perhaps just dip a toe into the bustle of Yogyakarta city. The beautiful carved wooden joglo houses and villas are a charming and unique option, too.
Katie, Original Traveller