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Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Borobudur
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London
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“Delightful hotel in a beautiful location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

Yes, you can see the stupa at Borobudur from most of the public areas (and the grandest rooms). You look across wooded countryside, which gives a magical impression. Our paddy cabana was charming, though lacking surfaces on which to put things, and felt very private. You feel as though you are in the middle of nowhere, but the countryside is actually full of activity (we were awoken by the muezzin, and then by a cockerel). The food is very good, and the service absolutely charming. Afternoon tea on the terrace was very indulgent. The pool was very nice. I would strongly recommend taking the opportunity to use the hotel's bikes to cycle around the neighbourhood, as the back roads have virtually no traffic, and are pretty flat and well-surfaced. The bikes are pretty well-maintained (we rode Specialized mountain bikes, but there are a couple of old-fashioned bikes as well) and the staff are very helpful, and make sure everything is properly adjusted for you. They give you a map of the area, but it's very relaxing just to pedal around, and you get some magnificent views of the stupa.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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PLataranBorobudur, Guest Relations Manager at Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 22, 2013
Thank you so much for your review through TripAdvisor. It was pleasure to have you with us. Hope you can stay with us again in the near future. Please do come again for another biking :-)
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

Lovely property with excellent restaurant offering good indonesian and western food. Complimentary breakfast also delightful. Excellent spa available. We were in one of the "paddy cabanas" which are adequate but really very small (as in whack your head on the entrance door small). If I returned to Borobudur, I would opt for one of the larger villas. Note that none of the actual rooms at the resort have a view of Borobudur; for that, you need to go to the restaurant/pool area, or the deck above the reception building. From either place, you have an excellent view, though as the resort is west of the temple, your sunrise photos will only have the temple in silhouette - though if you are lucky you will have Gunung Merapi in the background.

A corollary is that there is significant vertical extent to the place. From the paddy cabana to the restaurant is over 100 steps. So don't stay here if you have mobility problems, which fortunately we don't.

The staff at this hotel deserves an extra complement for helping us deal with a last-minute flight cancellation. We needed to make a long journey the next day from Yogyakarto to Jakarta to Makassar, to Biak in Papua. Indonesian airlines are notoriously difficult to book without an Indonesian credit card. Garuda gave me the option of driving all the way back to Yogyakarta by 1800 to deal with an agent, or take a chance on no seat the next day. The Plataran receptionist offered to by the ticket and charge it to our room for a fee of 10,000Rp (less than a dollar); and she apologized for the fee. Problem solved, and just in time for our prebooked massage!

The one down side: there is a small village right adjacent to the resort, and the small mosque has a very loud loudspeaker. Of course, you will hear the call to prayer from many mosques in this moslem area, but the one near Plataran was the "leader of the pack" every morning, starting up at 0400, well ahead of the others. YOU WILL NOT SLEEP THROUGH IT! In addition, evening prayers are done over the loud speaker for some hours on several evenings.

Room Tip: avoid very small paddy cabanas; spring for a villa, or stay at another location.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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PLataranBorobudur, Guest Relations Manager at Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

We very much appreciate for your comments related with your experience at PLataran Borobudur. It was great to be part of your vacation. Our satisfy to pleased our guests. And hopefully, you can stay with us another time. Pleased try to have bigger villa :)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

I had seen pictures of the hills surrounding this hotel and was hooked immediately! It's pricey for the area, but worth it in my opinion. The hotel is located in central Java, about an hour or so from Yogyakarta. We had an airport transfer organized by the hotel and used this chance to stop off at the Prambanan ruins along the way. There was an extra charge of $10 per hour for the stop, but it made sense to see Prambanan while driving through the area.

Upon arrival to the hotel, we were greeted by friendly staff and a welcome drink. Check-in was quick and we were soon transferred to our cabana. The views from almost every point of the hotel are fantastic! No lie, absolutely stunning! Our cabana was located higher up on the hill, and was a short walk to reception, restaurant and pool. The room itself was lovely - a comfy double bed, nice bathroom and good amount of storage space. It felt pretty authentic and I loved how it was styled. It's lovely when it rains, and the call to prayer from the surrounding mosques are quite loud. This didn't bother me at all however, as I personally love that sound, but it may annoy some light sleepers.

The hotel grounds are immaculate. The pool is great - nice lounge chairs and tables seemed always available. The afternoon tea was a delight! Breakfast is more than adequate, with a choice of hot meal, breads, fruits and coffee. Definitely go for the eggs benedict - some of the best I've ever had. If you go early you can see the mist on the hills and enjoy stunning views while you eat.

We booked some bicycles one day and cycled to Borobudur early in the morning. The rates for bike rental were reasonable. We also hired bikes another day and went around town and the surrounding villages. I highly recommend you do this! The locals will wave, smile and say Hello! They seemed so friendly and that day cycling was one of my best days in Asia. I personally thought the area around the Plataran was more beautiful than most parts of Bali. Rice fields are everywhere!

We had a spa treatment which was fantastic - highly recommended.

Staff are very personable and willing to help and answer any questions. Most spoke English well enough and I didn't have major communication issues. Wifi was available from pretty much anywhere on hotel grounds and worked fine.

The hotel restaurant is quite elegant and the food very good. We had heard the good reviews so had high expectations. Were not disappointed except on one occasion when my beef rendang was extremely salty! I sent it back, and they prepared it again and it was much better - probably just a mistake. Otherwise, we enjoyed all of the food there. It wasn't cheap to eat in the restaurant each day, but there aren't many options in the immediate area and we were fine to splurge and enjoy the hotel.

I really loved this hotel, and am so glad we decided to see this part of Indonesia. Do make plans to go there, stay at the Plataran and rent bikes to tour the area! I hope you love it as much as I did. I would love to return and would recommend it to absolutely anyone.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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PLataranBorobudur, Guest Relations Manager at Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
We very much appreciate for your comments related with your experience at PLataran Borobudur. It's been pleasure to be a part of your enjoyable vacation. And it's such a great compliment reading your review. We do looking forward to welcoming you in the near future...!!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

We stayed 2 nights at Plataran in a Grand Borobudur Pool Villa.

Location : Plataran is several km North west of Borobudur about 1 km off the road to DIeng Plateau. The Resort lies on the slopes of a hill facing Borbudur and some Vulcanos (further away).

Service : Arrival at Reception was with wolcome Drink and very short Registration, Staff was extremely friendly

Villa : The Vila had 1 Bed room and a large living room. The Terrace is facing Borobudur and includes a private Swimming pool (app. 8x4m). Bathroom is spacious. Interior includes local design but is modern and includes all necessities. The Villa was very clean. You can see sunrise over Borobudur even from your bed.

Food : Dinner and Breakfast is served in the Main House (White buidling with facing bricks and pillars in the front). The Food was good and offers a range of western to asian Food. The atmosphere was great and staff extremly kindful.

Activities : Drive to Borobudur is app. 10 - 15 minutes (indonesian traffic is unpredictable!), Dieng Plateau is app. 3 hours drive. The Hotel offery various activities.

I can recommend the Hotel to Families and Couples.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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PLataranBorobudur, Guest Relations Manager at Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Thank you for taking your time to share your experience at PLataran Borobudur Resort & Spa. Its been a pleasure to read about your enjoyable stay. Please do come again :-)
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

I enjoyed my very brief time at Plataran. I stayed only a night and unfortunately the time was cut short due to a missed flight. The service was great and friendly - the hotel arranged airport pickups, tours, my spa treatment etc. I stayed in the pool villa...beautiful views from there and you can see Borobudur in the distance. The villa itself was large and comfortable. The property grounds are very pretty, peaceful...a welcome break from the city! I highly recommend it if you are looking to stay right by the temple. I hope to return some time!

Room Tip: Pool villa 204 has great views, private plunge pool
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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PLataranBorobudur, Guest Relations Manager at Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Thank you so much for your review.
We are so glad to be your pleasure vacation destination and looking forward for your next stay.
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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

Amazing place with amazing view. Only came there for business lunch on June, great food and friendly service staff. With great view of Borobudur Temple from far, surely it is the best place to stay around Borobudur. Hope next time I will have a chance for staying in one of their amazing villa!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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PLataranBorobudur, Guest Relations Manager at Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa, responded to this review, August 28, 2013
We would like to say Thank you very much for spending your time to had lunch with us. Next, we wish you to stay in one of our villa :-)
Once again thank you.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

I just returned from 2 nights at the Plataran and was extremely happy with my stay there. The hotel is small, intimate, well run, well kept and the staff is extremely friendly. We stayed in room 215 - a garden bungalow type of room and it was very comfortable. The accommodation is rustic/simple but well done and hard to beat that price for what you're getting. The food at the hotel was good, the pool was lovely and breakfast was really good. An added bonus is the proximity to Borobudur, and we did the sunrise tour as organized by the hotel, which was a bit pricy but the guide was fantastic, and we were also taken to do some pottery, see another temple and visit with some locals which was definitely a highlight. I would return to this hotel if I went back to Borobudur. The only thing to be aware of is that there are 3 temples around the hotel and they do pray (I was just there during Ramadan - so I was there for the height of the call to prayers) and it can be pretty loud and at all hours. I actually didn't mind, but I can see how some people would.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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PLataranBorobudur, Guest Relations Manager at Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa. It is always a pleasure to receive guest feedback. Looking forward to your next visit.
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Property: Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa
Address: Tanjungan Village, Borobudur, Magelang 56553, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Java > Central Java > Magelang > Borobudur
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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:5 star — Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 15
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