A Lit­tle Slice of Heaven

We all need a lit­tle break, to es­cape the daily rou­tines, and soak in and re­alise how beau­ti­ful life is. Plataran Her­itage Borobudur is a lit­tle par­adise where we found a lit­tle slice of heaven.

Maxx-M - - CHECK IN - Text by Me­lani Se­muel | Pho­tos cour­tesy of Plataran Her­itage Borobudur

If I had to choose just one city in In­done­sia where I would love to spend my hol­i­days, it would def­i­nitely be Yogyakarta. Yogyakarta is home to a stun­ning wealth of cul­tural and artis­tic trea­sures. There are magnificent tem­ples, palaces and monas­ter­ies ru­ins, cul­tural events, art gal­leries, tra­di­tional per­form­ing arts, and so much­more.Th­e­seare­all­part­soft­he­liv­ing­cul­ture of Yogyakarta and it colours the daily ac­tiv­i­ties of its res­i­dents. Be­cause of its cul­tural rich­ness and rich her­itage, Yogyakarta has long been known as the cra­dle of Ja­vanese cul­ture. And I fell in love with the city the first time I set foot in it and just can’t get enough of the city. My hec­tic sched­ules had drained me, so I de­cided to look for a place where I could un­wind, chill out and lav­ish some well-de­served pam­per­ing on my­self. I de­cided to have a lit­tle es­cape, so we packed our bags and flew to my favourite city, Yogyakarta, where I booked a stay at Plataran Her­itage Borobudur. Just as the car that took us from the air­port drove through a vil­lage, with rice fields all around, this beau­ti­ful colo­nial build­ing sud­denly emerged. Set amid the rice ter­races of Kretek vil­lage in Mage­lang,Cen­tralJava,over­look­ingth­elush­green Menoreh Hills, Plataran Her­itage Borobudur is an ex­quis­ite re­treat that pairs el­e­gance with colo­nial charm. Com­ple­ment­ing the Plataran Borobudur Re­sort & Spa com­plex is the renowned Stupa Restau­rant and The Her­itage Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. The re­sort of­fers an un­par­al­leled stay for leisure

and busi­ness trav­ellers, in­fused with the seren­ity of a trop­i­cal gar­den and the mys­ti­cal Borobudur am­bi­ence. As I stepped out of the car, I im­me­di­ately sensed the tran­quil vil­lage at­mos­phere sur­rounded by the most pic­turesque vis­tas of paddy fields, trop­i­cal gar­dens and the lush Menoreh Hills. The ho­tel its self is sim­ply el­e­gant and mod­ern, my room boasts an en­chant­ing view of the Menoreh Hills. The room was an el­e­gant re­treat, fur­nished with a king-size bed, bath­room with bath­tub and shower, sofa and work ta­ble, and a pri­vate out­door ter­race or bal­cony. When it comes to food, Plataran never fails me. I love how they al­ways let the tastes do the talk­ing in all the resorts and restau­rants, and have done the same at Plataran Her­itage Borobudur. In­dulge in an au­then­tic taste of In­done­sia at Stupa, whose menu of In­done­sian spe­cial­ties takes you on a mouth­wa­ter­ing culi­nary jour­ney across the ar­chi­pel­ago. En­joy the re­laxed am­bi­ence of Stupa’s open-air set­ting where the food is ac­com­pa­nied by divine views. Plataran Her­itage Borobudur lies just steps from The Her­itage Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, an unrivalled event venue in the Borobudur area. De­signed in the Dutch colo­nial style, it fea­tures a grand ball­room that can ac­com­mo­date 500 guests stand­ing and 300 seated, and three meet­ing rooms with a ca­pac­ity of up to 30 per­sons in each room. A ver­sa­tile venue for well-ex­e­cuted board meet­ings, cor­po­rate gath­er­ings, sem­i­nars and con­fer­ences. Stay­ing at Plataran Her­itage Borobudur means that I am only min­utes away from Pu thu kS et um bu (Bukit Manoreh) – the best place to watch the famed Borobudur sun­rise. I woke up early and climbed the hills, there were a lot of peo­ple try­ing to find the best spots to watch the sun­rise. On a very bright day, we can see the sun ris­ing be­hind Borobudur tem­ple, it was a very cloudy and foggy morn­ing, so I couldn’t see the tem­ple how­ever it still was one of the best sun­rises I ever saw. I think the cloud ac­tu­ally made the at­mos­phere more mag­i­cal. Although I only spent a cou­ple of nights as Plataran Her­itage Borobudur, it was ex­actly the short break that I needed. As I pre­pared to say good­bye to Plataran Her­itage Borobudur, I re­alised that it is only when you take a break and step back from the daily rou­tine that can you start to un­der­stand what Ital­ians mean by “la

vita e bella, or ‘ life is beau­ti­ful’.” My time at the re­sort gave me the chance to do noth­ing, I spent peace­ful hours just soak­ing it all in, and in those times, I was able to re­alise how beau­ti­ful and pre­cious life is. I of­ten take many things in this life for granted, and I spend too much time work­ing and for­get to stop and smell the roses. Thank­fully, I found a lit­tle slice of heaven at Plataran Her­itage Borobudur. Plataran Her­itage Borobudur Dusun Kretek, Karangrejo, Borobudur Mage­lang - In­done­sia Phone. +62 293 330 1888 www.plataran.com/her­itage-borobudur

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