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“Friendly and calm resort near Borobudur” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa

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Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Borobudur
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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Friendly and calm resort near Borobudur”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

We stayed at the Plataran Borobudur for two nights in May of 2012, and I would go back in a heartbeat. The rooms themselves are quite large and very simply furnished. We had a two room villa and another couple we were with had the upstairs room. I didn't hear them at all through the walls. Our room was downstairs and had a little table outside. Their room was the same footprint but part of it was a outdoor terrance, which was actually nicer. There were some oddities about the physical aspects of the room in that there were not sufficient plugs. For instance, I had to unplug the minibar to plug in the coffeemaker. But to me any complaint was very minor. We had a sunrise tour to Borobudur which was a highlight of the trip. Our guide, Fatah, was excellent. His English was very good and he knew when to let us wander around and when to move us along. I had done some research about Borobudur before our trip and, from what I could tell, what he told us corresponded to the most recent scholarly opinions. The food at the resort wasn't bad, as some others thought, but inconsistent. The menu is very large and you just can't keep so many ingredients fresh with so few customers. I especially loved the Indonesian breakfasts, with the rice porridge, as sort of Indonesian congee. We also had a massage in the spa which was wonderful. I don't remember the guy's name but I like pressure just short of painful and he hit the spot perfectly. And the view was beyond compare! I should also add that the resort opened a few months ago and we paid $390 for the two rooms combined which I thought was a real bargain. At this rate, IMHO it was a steal.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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PLataranBorobudur, Guest Relation Officer at Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 23, 2012
Thank you very much for all of your comments here, It's been an honour for us that we can share a bit of beauty around this area. Hope someday you'll be back again and we will looking forward for it
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2012

Plataran Borobudur hits the mark on all counts....

Breath-taking view of Borobudur - Check
Great location (within 15mins of temple) - Check
Wonderful, warm, friendly service - Check
Terrific spa - Check
Lovely, LOVELY villas - Check

...bar one: The food.

This is the one and only disappointment of my stay. Main courses were unfortunately, cold (the green duck curry), unappetizing (way too much fat on the rack of lamb) and generally bland (the nasi goreng). More thought went into the presentation of the food (very pretty & very 'haute') and not enough on the taste/flavour.

You probably think I'm making a big deal out of this (after all we're there to see Borobudur, not to eat at a Michelin restaurant), but after you've had a great day out, followed by a dip in the pool, then a luxuriant nap, I am sure you too would be looking forward to a good meal. Especially seeing that you're totally stuck in the middle of nowhere and have nowhere to go!

Still, I would recommend this place quite heartily to anyone. A wonderful little oasis.

Room Tip: The Grand Pool Villa #201 is awesome
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Shu Min L
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PLataranBorobudur, Guest Relation Officer at Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 20, 2012
We were glad to know and read your comments, thank you very much for you stay, all the best wishes for you & your family
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2012

The Plataran is located perfectly for Borobudur - just 10 minutes away, it is at a height and the views of Borobudur are truly amazing. We stayed in a pool villa, very nicely furnished and comfortable. The location is what made this special for me - and would definitely stay there again. I just wish that there had been a fan in the rooms - the evenings were very pleasant , perfect weather for a fan - instead we had to use the airconditioner constantly as there was no choice.Apart from that detail ,enjoyed staying here.

Room Tip: The pool villas have a view of Borobudur ... which is nice...however, you can get this view from the...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank piarampal
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PLataranBorobudur, Guest Relation Officer at Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
We would like to thank you for staying with us, we really appreciate your positive comment about us, looking forward to welcome you here again
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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15 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2012

There's nothing to complain about our 2 nights stay in Plataran Borobudur in sweet simple wooden but charming wooden paddy cabbana, we loved our room ,close to nature, as it's situated in very magical place, surrounded by the field of rice, facing the greatest Buddhist monastery in the world with the touch of romance.. we will never forget our moments at Plataran. It's realy wonderful getaway to escape from busy city life, the only noise we could hear in this place is animal sounds.. and be prepared with sound of prayers calls from the mosques of the village. The staffs are nice and helpful, i love the food at the restaurant, pricey but you have to enjoy the creation of Chef Iqbal...just so good, the breakfast and the egg benedicts from the kitchen of Plataran Borobudur are just the best and yummy. We will surely recommend this place to our friends

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank rika a
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PLataranBorobudur, Guest Relation Officer at Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
Thank you very much for spending the time here, and we also glad to read all of your positive comments. We hope that someday you'll be back here again and we'll looking forward to it
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Sydney
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2012

There is so much that is good about Plataran - the extraordinary view (especially at sunrise), the fabulous staff who went out of their way to help, Chef Iqbal's wonderful food, the neighbourhood walks, very comfortable rooms and the spa is divine (just what I needed post-PhD).

Do yourself a favour and ask at reception for a driver named Golem - he's keen to share his culture, as a local he knows a lot and he has a great style. This area is pretty much a mecca for those who like contemporary art - try Sony Santosa's compound, Limanjawi Art House, Magelang Fine Arts Museum (closed Monday's) and many more. Studio Mendut has beautiful batik - when you get the pieces home they don't look like mad holiday purchases. Walk or take a bike ride through the surrounding villages in the cool of the early morning or evening, the people are friendly, their houses are beautiful and you could walk for hours (make sure you have the hotel number or a good map). Borobudur of course is spectacular as long as you realise it is an historical monument (very well kept against the odds of volcanoes and earthquakes) rather than an active temple.

It was so exciting to be in a place that is steeped in rich cultural traditions but that looks to the future, that was my impression particularly from the artists. It was inspirational.

There was one significant downside to the experience. If only the parrot and the eerily quiet sulphur-crested cockatoo could enjoy some of the love - the owner must rethink their role in the resort and someone needs to do some research (1 star re. the accommodation of these birds, they deserve much better).

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JosephineIsabelle
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Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2012

The Experience:
My Husband and I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights. We had booked the 'Touch of Buddha' package which included a 2night stay at the paddy cabana, village tour, Borobudur temple tour, chanting at a Buddhist Monastery, airport pickup and drop off and breakfast. We payed for an extra night and got the pool villa.
We were picked up at the airport and they had prepared a cooler with drinks for us, which was very thoughtful. It took us about 1hr to get to the hotel from Yogyakarata airport. Checkin was quick and we were escorted to our pool villa. It was amazing. Beautiful view of the rice paddies and mountains covered by clouds. The pool was very small, but worked for us. The paddy cabana is small but lovely. Again lovely views, very woody and natural. Lots of bugs though since its so close to the rice paddies, but they provide mosquito repellent and nets. We upgraded one night to the grand pool villa...now that was awesome! large infinity pool facing the mountains. We got to do yoga on the mountain, outdoors, at 7am... don't miss this experience! The Spa is also really really good. The hotel also provides some classes such as Gamelan, dance, cooking, etc. Be prepared to be woken up by prayers blasting on the village speakers in the morning!

Food: Food at the restaurant is very good. Breakfast is amazing, with amazing views.

Staff: The staff here are lovely. Very friendly and warm. You can tell they love working there...always smiling and so helpful.

The hotel staff took us to Borobudur temple, we were given a tour guide there. The temples is beautiful!!! We were also taken (walking) to the village outside the hotel. That was the highlight of my trip. It was an amazing experience. We got to see how the villagers live and how they make tapioca chips, baskets, straw rugs. The people were so happy and so lovely. Its an eye opening experience. It is great to see how the hotel supports this village. For example, they provide weekly Gamelan instrument classes for the locals. I got to see them play, and was invited to join them too!

Our last day there, I had got in touch with a driver to take us around some sights. I contacted Noer, who arranged a local driver, noer_hermanto@yahoo.com. For about 50USD, we got him for the full day. He took us to Mount Merapi Volcano (Selo village and Ketepass village), a local community center where women do Batik work (they allowed me to try it out!), and another village right next to the hotel where we got to do pottery! The driver was sweet enough to pick up my dried pottery the next day and drop it at the hotel for me to take back home.

Overall, amazing, rejuvenating and unforgettable experience. Lovely people (this is an understatement), lovely hotel, beautiful surroundings!

Room Tip: The Grand Pool villa with the infinity pool is the best! Many mosquitoes and bugs so be prepared!
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
3 Thank Harnidhi
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PLataranBorobudur, Guest Relation Officer at Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
Thank you so much for staying and choosing our resort, you gave us a really really good feedback to us. A positive comments for our resort improvements, once again thank you very much
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Badung, Bali, Indonesia
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47 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2012

this resort absolutely located in fantastic location. as Borobudur as the highlight, nothing that i can complaining about. Nice staff, great food and nice services. the room itself isnt really special. but the price and for what we got, i think its worth it.

The best spot is at the restuarant where you can see Borobudur from the distance, dont miss the sunset overlooking Borobudur temple and Mount Merapi from this area.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Luke T
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PLataranBorobudur, Guest Relation Officer at Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
Thank you so much for choosing our resort to stay, we really appreciate good feedback to us. Looking forward to welcoming you here next time
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Property: Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa
Address: Tanjungan Village, Borobudur, Magelang 56501, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Java > Central Java > Magelang > Borobudur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Borobudur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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