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It may be an ul­tramod­ern ex­cla­ma­tion mark on the low-rise sky­line of Solo, but the 29- story Alila Solo ( 62-271/ 677- 0888; alila­ho­tels.com) takes the In­done­sian city’s Ja­vanese heritage se­ri­ously. Most re­cently, the ho­tel has rolled out a two-night get­away to un­cover the myr­iad charms out­side its walls. A high­light is the pri­vate walk­ing tour led by Laku Lam­pah, a group of vol­un­teers armed with in­side knowl­edge of the city’s his­toric sites and ar­ti­san tra­di­tions. Guests can also wan­der the halls of Mangkune­garan Palace—home to one of Solo’s two royal houses— and watch sparks fly at a keris- mak­ing work­shop in a nearby vil­lage. Batik en­thu­si­asts, too, will have plenty to wax lyri­cal about, with in­sights into the evo­lu­tion of the craft at the Da­nar Hadi Mu­seum, a foray into the batik­mak­ing Laweyan neigh­bor­hood, and a visit to the house of the late, great batik de­signer Go Tik Swan. —James Louie

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