We stayed in the Diamond villa for a week. It was a haven of tranquility (apart from all the muezzin competing over badly amplified sound systems at 4am followed by all the roosters) but we got used to it The villa is located in a kampung in the middle of nowhere - but then there doesnt't seem to be a 'somewhere in Yogyakarta. It close to a large supermarket, local traditional market, a plethora of traditional warungs and a short walk from a more touristy cafe scene. The Kraton (Sultan's palace) is a hot 30 minute stroll away( or 10 mins by local pecak ride).
The villa is spacious, reasonably well appointed - has a huge double shower, basin - area, good kitchen( though rather sparsely equipped) and a lovely big pool and outdoor area. Staff are very friendly and accommodating and can arrange drivers to all places, egBorobudur- and Prambayan Temple.
This isn't luxury living but it is very comfortable and we found it amazingly liberating and relaxing.
The only criticism is that they don't accept credit cards so trying to get enough cash out on our last night was something of a trial. Oh and there's a lack of mirrors . The only mirror is high over the basin area . For short(ish) people this was a disadvantage. Then again, Yogya isn't fashion central so who cares how you look.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Pondok Terra is a beautiful villa resort consisting of 4 villa's, varaible in size for 1-5 persons and is situated in the historical centre of Yogyakarta, close to Jl. Mallioboro and in the middle of a touristic area with restaurants, moneychangers, coffeeshops, cafe's, art galleries etc. on walking distance. Pondok Terra offers 4 authentic private villa's with a traditional Javanese ambiance. Each villa has a 100-200 m2 garden and its own private swimming pool. While centrally located, the property provides a quiet, intimate hideaway in the middle of Yogyakarta. ... more less
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