A very unique experience - in a brilliant way!
Villa - Diponegoro villas have private pools with breathtaking views overlooking the valley including the Borobudur temple in the distance as well as the volcano mountains. Villas incorporate local wooden architecture which has a rustic appeal. There are no fans or air conditioning - but even in the peak summer when we went the weather was pleasant and there was no need for either! You are literally in the middle of a forest, at night the sound of insects gets so loud the villa provides ear plugs to cope! We used insect repellant but still got bitten plenty, but this is all part of the experience! All food and non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary but their wine list was a bit limited so for the next trip we plan to bring our own wines.
Service - Each villa has your own personal wait staff who take care of all your needs. There is no phone in the villa, you call them by hitting a small wooden gong! We had an early morning Borobudur sunrise tour and they prepared a small picnic for us to take along which was very thoughtful. All meals are included and after every meal they ask for the next meal's menu - you can choose from a selection of local dishes but they are happy to accommodate if they can any off-menu requests you may have. Always smiling and helpful, nothing was ever too much trouble.
They noticed from our passport that one of us was celebrating our birthday during the trip and surprised us with a flower decoration, special dinner and a cake! It was really amazing!
Downsides: 1. While the villa aims at rustic luxury, it lacks that luxurious touch you feel in Banyan Tree or Aman properties. Towels are not that great, shower isn't that great neither are the pillows. These things didn't bother us very much but are easy to fix and would take the property to a different level. 2. Not all the staff speaks proper English which can be a bit frustrating sometimes. We were supposed to visit the Prambanan temple and only discovered after reaching there that it was past the visiting hours! They were kind enough to reimburse us for the tour but misunderstandings like this should not happen on your holidays.
All told, this was a stupendous holiday and in large part it was due to the brilliant service and lovely villa. Highly recommended!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Borobudur is a luxury villa hotel in authentic Javanese style. The 6 villas offer the perfect location for a romantic getaway or a family holiday. You can book a Borobudur or Siddharta suite in the 5 bedroom Villa Borobudur or you can also opt for one of the spacious and private villa with 1, 2, 3 or 4 bedrooms. Included in the Javanese inclusive rate are, in accordance with Javanese culture and traditions of hospitality, all meals and snacks - specially prepared for you by our Javanese chefs, non alcoholic beverages, transfers to and from Yogyakarta or Solo, a Boorbudur visit when staying 2 nights or more, free wifi and laundry services. Every villa has it's own staff, chef and a large pool with sun terrace in a large jungle - garden estate. Many excursions and tours available. Experience Authentic Java - Villa Borobudur! ... more less
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