It is important for us to refresh our mind with the beauty of nature, especially during pandemic time like this. In doing so, we have picked up a few destination guide featuring hotels across different places in Indonesia with striking architecture and designs that we love – we thought we would share these with our readers.

Djati Lounge & Djoglo Bungalow (Malang)

This is Bungalow (Djoglo Bungalow) and Lounge (Djati Lounge) complex located in Malang, a highland city in Eastern Java. This complex consists of eleven bungalows and a restaurant/multifunction room that are dispersed around the plot near to the golf course. The project takes on a contemporary approach of Joglo, a traditional vernacular house of Javanese people with its roof structure that mimics the surrounding mountain. 

The traditional solid wood wall has been replaced with a glass wall, allowing better interaction between the inside and outdoor while maintaining seclusion by absorbing the view of the surrounding mountains. The use of hollowed terracotta concrete atop the pendopo allows the cold breeze of Malang to enter the space unhindered.

Ulaman Retreat (Bali)

This healing retreat, located inland in Bali, is set in a forest that borders luscious rice fields on one side and a spectacular river on the other. The river collects water from all across the area, forming a confluence of small waterfalls that generates enough flow to power a hydro-electric generator that can keep the complex’s structures running.

The rest of the construction is composed of bamboo, much of which was picked on the property. Not only is this fast-growing material extremely sustainable, but its versatility allows the building reflect the tropics’ richness of life.

The rooms themselves provide the eco luxury that is required for this up market project, with a feeling that is nurturing and in some feature bedrooms, almost cocoon like. The guest villas, too, strive for individuality, yet share the resort’s common denominator of bamboo architecture and the warm tones of rammed earth. The roofs’ curved forms may be appreciated from various heights and angles, with reflections from the swirling pool below adding to the spectacle.

Amanwana Resort (West Sumbawa)

A natural paradise, Amanwana is the only resort on the beautiful island of Moyo, a veritable Eden in the Flores Sea. The turquoise waters and pristine reefs of the Flores Sea are home to some of Indonesia’s best scuba diving and snorkelling spots, many within ten minutes of Amanwana. On land, the hilly tropical forests are crisscrossed by hiking trails, home to the island’s protected deer, macaques and wild boar. 

This Island offers two glamorous tent which is a jungle tent and ocean tent. In a peaceful jungle setting, backed by foliage and beneath a tropical canopy, each 58 square metre (624 square feet) Jungle Tent offers a wilderness experience without comprising on comfort. Large picture windows frame the luscious views, while a king-sized bed and two large corner sofas forming a spacious living area provide ample space to retreat. Indonesian artwork and elegant furnishings adorn the space, while hardwood flooring and coral stone bring the outside in. A large bathroom and air conditioning complete the Jungle Tent creating a unique island escape.  

Set back from the white-sand beach, the 58 square metre (624 square feet) Ocean Tents offer ocean views set along the shores of the Flores Sea. Enveloped by forest foliage and under a large canopy, picture windows frame the surroundings, while inside, a king-sized bed, large living space with two corner sofas and a spacious bathroom provide a comfortable wilderness retreat. Indonesian island artwork is accompanied by materials such as wood and coral stone, creating a calming space that respects its surroundings.

Cempedak Private Island (Riau)

The island of Cempedak rests in the unspoiled Riau Archipelago in northern Indonesia just 50 nautical miles from the coast of Singapore and can be reached in less than three hours from Changi airport.

At its most enticing, sustainable design. Cempedak was created to blend in with the island’s abundant natural flora and fauna, using almost exclusively natural materials such as bamboo, repurposed teak, and local rock. Other green initiatives focus on water and waste, the supply chain, conservation, and community outreach – all while maintaining a high level of style. Expect eye-popping elemental designs – boomerang-shaped villas, shaggy alang-alang roofs, shapely wooden furniture – and a laid-back life-is-good vibe.

Misool Eco Resort (Raja Ampat)

The beauty of Raja Ampat located in West Papua Province is certainly amazing, especially the beauty of the underwater world. You can find hundreds of types of coral reefs, marine fish and beautiful marine life in its waters. Not only that, the blue sea water and the white sand beach are also fabulous. No doubt that Raja Ampat was named as one of the best tourist attractions in the world that must be visited. It offers a place to relax with your partner with blue ocean scenery typical of Raja Ampat. The sea water that is very clear makes ornamental fish and coral reefs clearly visible.

The Misool eco Resort accommodations have been meticulously designed for comfort, privacy, and sustainability. All of the rooms are spacious, well-ventilated, and generously distributed around the undulating karst rock formations of the private resort island.  All rooms feature Balinese-style open air bathrooms, wall fans, independent air-conditioning units, fresh hot and cold showers, mini-bars stocked with treats from around the archipelago, and handcrafted furniture and fittings.

Nihiwatu Resort (Sumba)

If you love adventure, then Sumba is the right location to explore. Start from observing natural paintings on Bukit Warinding to watching the twilight romanticism on Walakiri Beach. The vast Sumba region requires you to make detailed travel plans, so that you will get the best experience.

If you don’t want to worry about the itinerary planning, you can go directly to Nihi Sumba Resort and get some tour packages in the West Sumba area. Nihi Sumba Resort itself is the best hotel according to travel + leisure magazine for two consecutive years. Here, you can do a variety of exciting and unique activities, ranging from fishing, surfing, safari spas or visiting traditional villages in West Sumba.

Nihiwatu Sumba insistent that stay on vacation is more than just a hotel room. It is an experience. A new way of living. Every detail in Nihiwatu rooms – crisp white bed linens on our signature canopy beds, handmade chocolate in the mini bar, sweeping panoramic views of the Indian ocean – is designed to make you feel both at home yet completely transported.

Ayana Komodo Resort (Komodo Island)

The accommodation in Labuan Bajo is inspired by Flores Island’s rich cultural heritage and rustic beauty. The rooms and suites will welcome you home to exquisite ocean vistas, stylish open spaces, and modern-day comforts. Designed with your utmost comfort in mind, you will find a superb selection of 3 types of accommodation at Labuan Bajo to choose from. All three categories of rooms cater to discerning the guests in every possible way. Not only do all rooms have exquisite ocean views—they are all equipped with elegant and contemporary furnishings that will make your stay extremely comfortable.

These are a few of the best resorts and hotels you might want to consider as your place to stay during your next vacation. Please always remember to wash your hands and follow the health protocol applicable in every place you go. Stay healthy and safe during your vacation and when you come back to your home.

Source: misool.info, archdaily.com, www.aman.com, nihi.com, www.ayana.com, telegraph.co.uk 

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