There is a wonderful magic to this resort, largely due to it's excellent location on a hillside overlooking the Borodubur Temple and nearby volcanoes. In fact by rising early [before 6AM] you can watch the sunrise over the mountains and the temple on the roof of the office/lobby with a cup of java in hand. We opted for the smaller and cheaper cabana for our stay, and found it spacious enough for a 3 night stay. One note - access to many of the units requires traveling up and down several dozens steps. The hotel staff handles your luggage so that's no problem, but if stairs pose a problem you should check with the hotel about your unit before arrival to see if a more accessible one is available.
The view from our cabana was over the valley and jungle covered mountains - which was fine for we were only around early for sun up and sunset. The large swimming pool provided a peaceful and relaxing place for a cool dip. As others have suggested, one good option for visiting the temple is to request an early [8am worked for us] taxi to drop you off and pick you up at the temple's public entrance [it's ~15 minutes from the hotel]. This got us into the temple before the big rush and though a guide may provide added background information - you can get the basics and more by simply bringing a good guide book or app along as you walk around the site.
We found the Plataran food ranged from very good to excellent - French influenced western dishes and a mix of local Indonesian specialties provided delicious and reasonably priced dinners. Breakfast was very tasty as well. You might want to save the wine & hard liquor for special occasions and stick with the local beer given that as in many countries alcoholic beverages are heavily taxed and quite expensive. As in all Islamic countries there are daily/nightly prayer calls, and in this particular area it seems that every very small settlement had a very young aspiring or older near retiring muezzin. This resulted in quite a lengthy series of calls at times, so ear plugs are recommended particularly for the early morning hours.
If you're flying into Yogyakarta airport the Plataran will arrange an airport pickup and return for about USD40 each way. It's nearly a 2 hour drive and the resort is off the beaten path, so it was worth the price to be able to sit back, enjoy the view of the country side, life on the streets and in the fields and get into the Borodubur contemplative spirit.
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