These hideaways, scattered between the outskirts of Bogor and the Puncak area, promise a nature-filled break for cooped-up residents of the Indonesian capital.
Amaryllis Boutique Resort
This contemporary retreat in Cisarua is a relative newcomer to the scene, having made its debut in 2015. The resort has just 25 rooms and suites that either come with balconies or open directly onto the landscaped grounds, where a photogenic all-glass pavilion can be used as a venue for intimate weddings. The 90-square-meter family rooms here come with six or eight single beds, but couples should choose the spacious Amaryllis, Grand, or Executive suites.
At the Fivesenses restaurant, patrons eat in a double-height dining room or the adjoining terrace; an outdoor bar also serves traditional snacks like kue pancong and colenak. The resort’s pool is divided into three sections — including a heated Jacuzzi — while other recreational amenities include a greenery-swathed playground, a mini-theater with musical instruments for jam sessions, a karaoke lounge, and a compact fitness room with forest views. Guests can get a closer look at orchids and other tropical blooms at the on-site plant nursery.
Jl. Raya Taman Safari, Cisarua, Bogor; theamaryllisresort.com; doubles from Rp 2,207,000
Originally opened in 2006, this property was last renovated seven years ago. One asset it retains? Wallet-friendly room rates. Guests at Jambuluwuk Puncak bed down in just 23 one- to four-bedroom villas, whose sizes range from 40 to about 300 square meters. The rustic design combines wood and red brick, and each villa has been named after places around the Indonesian archipelago. From their private terrace or balcony, vacationers can enjoy views of Mount Pangrango and Mount Salak.
Jambuluwuk Puncak has no shortage of family-oriented facilities on site. In addition to a restaurant, spa and two swimming pools, there are karaoke rooms, a futsal court, and a dedicated zone for ATV rides and “outbound” activities.
Jl. Raya Veteran Tapos 63, Ciawi, Bogor; 0251/8242-435; jambuluwukpuncak.com; villas from Rp 766,800
It isn’t just Le Eminence’s location—just a 30-minute drive from Taman Bunga Nusantara and Taman Safari—that is a boon for families: the hotel boasts a comprehensive suite of amenities for all ages. These include children’s playrooms, flying fox rides, restaurants, spas, and rooftop bars.
This property, which has been operating since 2016, was built against a cliff face carved out by the stony river that divides the Ciloto area. The hotel’s riverside garden area includes a branch of Balinese restaurant Bebek Tepi Sawah. By Puncak standards, Le Eminence is enormous: it spans 15 floors from top to bottom, and all 379 rooms gaze out toward the mountain scenery. Those calming views can also be enjoyed from the fifth-floor swimming pool.
Jl. Hanjawar 19, Cipanas, Cianjur; 0263/512-000; le-eminencepuncak.com; doubles from Rp 1,299,900
After 22 years of operation, Novotel Bogor underwent a partial refurbishment and reopened earlier this month. Reception areas, the grand ballroom, and 75 guest rooms have all been spruced up; vacationers can rest easy knowing that the resort abides by strict health and safety standards required to attain Accor’s Allsafe certification.
The five-hectare property offers spa facilities, as well as a kid’s club, a tennis court, and a swimming pool. Its main restaurant, Verandah, serves up international fare and themed dinner buffets based around a revolving selection of Indonesian, Chinese, and regional Asian dishes, while Capriccio specializes in Italian cuisine.
Thanks to its location within Golf Estate Bogor Raya, which boasts an 18-hole golf course, this property has long been popular with those who want to practice their swing. Others are attracted to the fact that the hotel promises a stay in the cooler climes of West Java’s highlands—without having to endure the weekend traffic jams that typically clog the hill station of Cisarua. Novotel Bogor is conveniently situated on the main route between the city of Bogor and Puncak.
Golf Estate Bogor Raya, Sukaraja, Bogor; 0251/8271-555; novotelbogor.com; doubles from Rp 1,169,421
Novus Giri Puncak Resort & Spa
In the Cipanas area, the four-star Novus Giri is a classic that has wooed city-dwellers since it first opened back in 1993. Calming views of a jungled ravine from the private balconies of its Valley View rooms and suites are part of the draw; warm yet discreet service is another. There are 88 guest rooms and 23 suites in all. Some suites feature a private Jacuzzi in an outdoor, greenery-flecked patio; others have their own heated pools and face forested hillsides. The 3.8-hectare resort is smartly set back from the main road, insulating guests from the hum of steady traffic heading into the Cipanas town center.
Novus Giri’s breezy Bamboo Restaurant serves up an Indonesian-leaning breakfast spread in the mornings, while a separate lounge beside the lagoon-shaped main pool offers light bites and afternoon tea. Recreational facilities include Daiva Spa and a games room for table tennis and foosball. Kids will love the on-site Rabbit Village, where the resident critters live in hutches on terraced lawns. The property is a 15-minute drive to Cibodas Botanical Garden.
Jl. Sindanglaya Raya 180, Cipanas, Cianjur; novushotels.com; doubles from Rp 1,312,500
Pesona Alam Resort & Spa
This resort offers facilities for all ages, from a kids’ club and a futsal field to a spa and mini-golf course. In addition, The Banyan Restaurant serves various Indonesian dishes, and Halimun Lounge is an ideal spot to sip on sundowners while soaking up views of the verdant surroundings.
Located 1,200 meters above sea level, Pesona Alam makes an ideal base from which to explore the Puncak area. Early risers can breathe in the fresh mountain air with a morning walk along the jogging track in the pine forest around the hotel, while adventure-lovers should embark on an hour-long stroll to the Gunung Mas Tea Plantation.
Pesona Alam has 138 guest rooms across four categories; each room features a balcony looking out toward Mount Salak and Pangrango. For added privacy, one- to three-bedroom villas are also available.
Jl. Taman Safari 101, Cisarua, Bogor; 0251/8217-111; pesonaalamresort.com; doubles from Rp 898,000
Pullman Ciawi Vimala Hills
The first Pullman resort in West Java when it opened in early 2019, this property has raised the bar for luxury lodgings in the Puncak area. Its 229 rooms, including 21 villas, are spread across 14 hectares of lush gardens, while idyllic views of the trio of Mount Salak, Pangrango, and Geulis can be enjoyed from the private balconies of guest quarters.
Pullman Ciawi Vimala Hills is perched at an elevation of 600 meters, and the resort features a three-kilometer jogging track interspersed with five outdoor gyms. Other facilities include three restaurants, a pool bar, a spa and the Pullman Fit gym which has no less than four swimming pools.
Jl. Raya Puncak, Gadog, Bogor; 0251/8306-888; pullman-ciawi-vimalahills.com; doubles from Rp 1,450,000
Royal Tulip Gunung Geulis
Design is perhaps the main attraction of this six-year-old resort, which was the work of the prestigious architecture firm Hadiprana. The modernist-styled building blends in harmoniously with the landscape, and its lobby and restaurant are semi-open to make the most of Puncak’s cool breezes. Royal Tulip’s elegant interiors feature wooden furniture and artistic decorations selected by the architects.
Spread over hilly land, this hotel features 173 rooms, of which the entry-level deluxe rooms measure in at a generous 40 square meters. Junior suites are perhaps the right choice for traveling families, but if views are what you’re after, book a top-floor executive studio.
Royal Tulip’s main restaurant, LL One & Wine Bar, serves food throughout the day. Ideal for carnivores, poolside venue Fire Grill and Bar offers barbecue-centric dishes that use prime cuts of imported beef that are dry-aged for about a month.
Jl. Pasir Angin, Gadog, Bogor; 0251/ 7563-800; royal-tulip-gunung-geulis.goldentulip.com; doubles from Rp 2,740,000
The Botanica Sanctuary
Located right beside sister property Pesona Alam, and managed by the Singapore-based Ascott brand, The Botanica Sanctuary welcomed its first guests just a few months ago. The 166 rooms here are done up in soothing colors and plenty of wood elements; most offer views of the nearby pine forest and Mount Pangrango. Accommodations start at 32 square meters; the larger split-level Loft Family rooms come with a sofa bed on the mezzanine and board games, while The Botanica suites, which measure in at 81 square meters, also boast a spacious outdoor terrace and a bathroom with double vanities.
Downstairs, all-day dining venue The Garden Brasserie tempts hungry guests with its live cooking stations; the hotel also has a Japanese-influenced steak house that’s open for lunch and dinner, and Rafflesia Lounge, which specializes in afternoon tea and cocktails. Other on-site facilities at The Botanica Sanctuary include a fitness center, a Jacuzzi and a rooftop swimming pool, a spa and sauna, and a fully stocked games room. Parents with younger children will be delighted to know that Taman Safari is just a short drive away.
Jl. Taman Safari 101, Cisarua, Bogor; thebotanicapesonaalam.com; doubles from Rp 1,195,000
Villa Puncak by Plataran
Typical of the Plataran brand, this property presents a touch of Indonesian design in a classic contemporary setting. The villas are in the form of tropical houses, each surrounded by trees and enlivened by the sound of the nearby river, while their airy interiors come with wooden furnishings and artworks nodding to either the local culture or Indonesia’s flora and fauna.
The resort comprises just four generously sized villa units starting from 215 square meters. With the intention of maximizing guest privacy, the villas are spaced quite far apart, not side-by-side like villas in other local resorts.
For family vacations, the ideal option is the two-bedroom Grand Narendra Villa, a three-story house complete with a dining room and kitchen. The other three villas, including Anandita, which was named after the daughter of Plataran’s owner, all have five bedrooms and are suitable for larger groups of friends.
Jl. Raya Puncak Km.84, Cisarua, Bogor; 0821-1004-9400; plataran.com; villas from Rp 7,514,100