With 17,000 islands, stretching from Bali to Java and unspoilt Sumba, there’s an archipelago’s-worth of thatched jungle resorts to blissed-out beach villas to choose from in Indonesia.
Indonesia’s refined arts and crafts traditions lend themselves particularly well to the country’s boutique hotels, many of which are decked out in rich teak, pitched beneath pavilion-style roofs and dotted with hand-carved curios – though there are plenty of modern, minimalist offerings, too. From cultural hangouts in the jungles of Bali to sandside retreats on the surf-washed beaches of Sumba, this Southeast Asia archipelago has spoiling stays for all.
If diving’s your thing, the Raja Ampat islands are the place to be, with world-beating corals, coastal caves and myriad marine life (including rays, sharks, turtles and more) to explore. Dive packages and courses, whether you’re a seasoned diver or a total beginner, are on offer from this stylish resort, where comfortable, contemporary rooms, a spa and a pool, and a games room with darts, ping pong and pool are all on offer in a spectacular spot overlooking a mangrove forest.
Keraton at The Plaza keeps Indonesian cultural elements relevant within the modern and metropolitan Jakarta by presenting its own distinctive and creative take on the rich culture through concept, architecture, and design. The hotel accentuates its Indonesia-inspired character by combining lifestyle with culture; tourists can experience the best of both worlds. Like an oasis in the middle of the bustling capital city, visitors can expect a great balance between the vibrant city atmosphere mixed with the calm and serene ambiance of the intimate and lavish hotel. Also boasting a strategic location, many of the city’s main tourist attractions are within walking distance, from museums to shopping malls.
Among many things that can make a stay at Adhisthana Hotel remarkable, the hotel’s tasteful design and décor are high on the list. Staying true to its Javanese vintage theme, the hotel chooses traditionally inspired pieces of furniture and ornaments, from wooden windows to batik cushions, put together in each room to create a homey and nostalgic ambiance. Located in the Special Region of Yogyakarta, known for its lively ancient cultural heritage, the Adhisthana Hotel is a perfect choice to complete anyone’s cultural traveling experience.
Embracing Bali’s ever-growing contemporary dynamics while cherishing the island’s cultural heritage, Tijili seamlessly merges the two worlds into a well-defined concept hotel located in the heart of the bustling Seminyak neighborhood. Tijili itself is a Balinese traditional design that portrays Dewi Sri, the rice goddess believed to be a source of prosperity and fertility, a motif and concept that graces the hotel’s corners in abundance. Visitors will find work of local artists in the form of furnishings, art pieces, installations, and more.
As if an extension to Bali’s stunning and adventurous beaches, this hotel is dedicated to passionate surfers who just can’t bear to leave the ocean. Embellished with whimsical, surf-inspired design elements, the whole hotel reverberates with every surfers’ excitement to explore and conquer the waves on this beautiful island. Even the pool is styled as an opulent lagoon, an excellent spot to laze the day away between wave-riding and beach safari. Surfers can also find virtually every piece of surfing equipment they’ll ever need at a charming shop located right in the lobby.
It’s hard not to spot the eye-catching building of Artotel amid the surrounding stern concrete in the capital Jakarta. Stepping inside, the ambiance only gets more lively with dynamic artworks from local talents. Successfully merging art with lifestyle, visitors can expect an exciting, distinctive experience during their stay. Every floor has a different artistic theme, presenting an elaborate and comprehensive aesthetic experience. Located in the heart of the bustling Thamrin area of Jakarta, many cultural, shopping, and lifestyle destinations are within walking distance.
Summerbird cherishes every guest with its charming rooms, all of which are unique with different design features, from French to Scandinavian, rustic to minimalist, chic to vintage. Thoughtfully arranged and designed, tourists can enjoy a pleasing aesthetic in its every corner, from the lobby to corridors. Many couples choose the venue for a pre-wedding picture session, a testament to its astounding beauty. An important part of the gorgeous establishment, the Summerbird Eatery adds a marvelous appeal and functionality with an impressive menu and laid-back atmosphere to dine and relax.
Perhaps the only thing that matches this hotel’s architectural elegance is its cultural and historical value. The building itself, established in Surabaya, dates back as far as 1910, when Indonesia was still colonialized by the Dutch for its rich natural potential. A stay at this lavish, intimate hotel will induce an experience otherwise reserved only for the ancient Javanese royals. In fact, at various points during its long history, the hotel has hosted the world’s royals and public figures. Furnished with a grandiose pool area, meticulously-maintained garden, and lavish ornaments, this is nothing short of opulent.
Edira Putri has contributed additional reporting to this article.