It may be an ultramodern exclamation mark on the low-rise skyline of Solo, but the 29-story Alila SoloÂ takes the Indonesian cityâ€™s Javanese heritage seriously. Most recently, the hotel has rolled out a two-night getaway to uncover the myriad charms outside its walls. A highlight is the private walking tour led by Laku Lampah, a group of volunteers armed with inside knowledge of the cityâ€™s historic sites and artisan traditions. Guests can also wander the halls of Mangkunegaran Palaceâ€”home to one of Soloâ€™s two royal housesâ€”and watch sparks fly at a keris-making workshop in a nearby village.
Batik enthusiasts, too, will have plenty to wax lyrical about, with insights into the evolution of the craft at the Danar Hadi Museum, a foray into the batik-making Laweyan neighborhood, and a visit to the house of the late, great batik designer Go Tik Swan.