A VAL­LEY HIDE­AWAY

STAY AT PADMA HO­TEL BAN­DUNG, A RE­LAXED CITY HO­TEL WITH A STUN­NING VIEW THAT IS JUST A SHORT DRIVE AWAY FROM THE HEART OF BAN­DUNG…

Bali & Beyond - - CONTENTS - By Joseph Wang

Re­lax at the se­cluded Padma Ho­tel Ban­dung

an­dung, the cap­i­tal city of West Java, is only a two-hour drive away from Jakarta. It is In­done­sia’s third most pop­u­lous city and it is lo­cated 768 me­ters above sea level. The city is nes­tled on a high­land with fresh air that, dur­ing the col­o­niza­tion era, the Dutch called “Par­ijs van Java” or The Paris of Java due to its sim­i­lar weather with south­ern France.

Ban­dung has come a long way af­ter it was first de­vel­oped by the Dutch as a tea plan­ta­tion set­tle­ment in the early 18th cen­tury. In this mod­ern era, Ban­dung has be­come a re­sort city where nu­mer­ous lux­u­ri­ous ho­tels, restau­rants and cafes stand. Sur­rounded by vol­canic moun­tains, Ban­dung is a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion among the lo­cals be­cause of its fac­tory out­lets, de­li­cious street food and nat­u­ral tourist at­trac­tions that are com­pletely dif­fer­ent from Bali.

The city is so alive, yet it doesn’t mean that you can’t find a se­cluded place to stay for a quiet get­away. Nes­tled up on the moun­tains, Padma Ho­tel Ban­dung is a serene haven sur­rounded by lush green­ery that is still within close prox­im­ity to the city cen­ter.

HIGH­LAND BEAUTY

The unas­sum­ing en­trance to Padma Ho­tel Ban­dung is jaw-drop­ping as it leads to an open­ing with floorto-top win­dows and high ceil­ings over­look­ing the lush val­ley that lies right be­hind the ho­tel. Sit­ting on one of the so­fas and just breath­ing in the fresh air while sip­ping the wel­come drink is prob­a­bly the best op­tion once you ar­rive at the ho­tel. But bet­ter yet, head all the way to the back and check out The Res­tau­rant, a stun­ning “rooftop” din­ing place

with a 180-de­gree un­ob­structed view of the hills.

While the view is to die for, the friendly hos­pi­tal­ity ser­vice is also top-notch, just like other brands of Padma Ho­tels. I per­son­ally think that Padma Ho­tels has the best stan­dard in ser­vices com­pared to other lo­cal ho­tel chains, and it shows in how the staff at Padma Ho­tel Ban­dung are all smil­ing and kind – a note I kept in mind as I de­scended to level eight be­low the lobby where the rooms are lo­cated.

The ho­tel has 124 rooms in to­tal with a new wing avail­able just be­low The Res­tau­rant. All of the rooms have mod­ern ameni­ties, but my choice is def­i­nitely the crown jewel – the Pre­miere Suite, a mod­ern spa­cious room with glass win­dows over­look­ing the val­ley. Wak­ing up to a view of the lush green­ery is def­i­nitely not a bad idea!

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of the Ci­um­buleuit Val­ley, Padma Ho­tel Ban­dung boasts beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral scenery like no other, through­out the ho­tel, from the heated in­fin­ity pool to the cliff-top break­fast venue. The com­bi­na­tion of the breath­tak­ing view and lux­u­ri­ous de­sign makes this In­sta­gram-wor­thy ho­tel a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion dur­ing the week­ends, so it is ad­vis­able to re­serve your room if you’re go­ing to stay here.

FUN AND FOOD

Padma Ho­tel Ban­dung also of­fers plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties for the chil­dren and the young at heart. New fa­cil­i­ties just opened re­cently, such as the Tree House, Mini Golf, Mini Zoo, and a fish­ing area. Your chil­dren will have the time of their lives try­ing the ho­tel’s fly­ing fox or join­ing one of the in­door ac­tiv­i­ties like paint­ing, mak­ing batik and learn­ing to play tra­di­tional mu­si­cal in­stru­ments.

But be­fore you and your chil­dren do any of those ac­tiv­i­ties, make sure that you don’t miss the break­fast at The Res­tau­rant. In fact, I would rec­om­mend you get up early and head straight to The Res­tau­rant to trea­sure the view of the rolling mist in the dis­tant hill show­ered by golden rays that makes ev­ery­thing feel mag­i­cal to say the least.

Choose the ta­ble at the edge of the ter­race as it is the best place to en­joy the scenery while rel­ish­ing an ar­ray of break­fast choices, which range from clas­sic western dishes to lo­cal snacks that the kitchen team of Padma Ho­tel Ban­dung cre­ates with au­then­tic­ity worth the praise. Each of the lo­cal dishes tastes the same as

on the streets of Ban­dung, mak­ing The Res­tau­rant a very con­ve­nient place to sam­ple lo­cal food.

Don’t for­get to rel­ish the free tra­di­tional af­ter­noon tea that is avail­able ev­ery day from 3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Of­fer­ing tra­di­tional snacks from lo­cal chips to deep­fried tofu, the af­ter­noon tea is such a per­fect nib­ble to ac­com­pany you in the com­fort­able cool weather. To make it more au­then­ti­cally Ban­dung, the af­ter­noon tea is served by a woman wear­ing a ke­baya out­fit. Padma Ho­tel Ban­dung sure serves le­git tra­di­tional cui­sine.

EX­PLORE BAN­DUNG

Ban­dung is a city where most of Jakarta res­i­dents go to for a week­end get­away, so don’t be sur­prised if you’re stuck in traf­fic. How­ever, the city is gen­er­ally pleas­ant dur­ing the week­days, and that’s prob­a­bly the best time to visit.

While you’re in town, you can visit Tangkuban Per­ahu or Kawah Pu­tih if you are into ex­plor­ing vol­ca­noes. You can also wake up early in the morn­ing and head to Te­bing Ker­a­ton at Ir. H. Juanda For­est Park, which is lo­cated five min­utes away from Cu­rug Dago, and en­joy the stun­ning sun­rise from the top of the moun­tain.

How to get to Ban­dung? There are plenty of air­lines fly­ing di­rectly from Bali to Ban­dung. The flight is rel­a­tively short, and that’s why Ban­dung is a great op­tion if you want to ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing en­tirely dif­fer­ent from Bali, be it the cul­ture or the am­biance, with equally amaz­ing hos­pi­tal­ity ser­vice that Bali is well known for.

Sur­rounded by lush green­ery, Padma Ho­tel Ban­dung makes a per­fect place to hide from a city life.

Take a swim in the pool and trea­sure the beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral scenery.

Padma Ho­tel Ban­dung Jalan Ranca Ben­tang Nomer 56-58, Ci­um­buleuit, Ban­dung (022) 203-0333 www.padma­hotel­ban­dung.com

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