Ma­jes­tic Stay

Ex­pe­ri­ence the unique blend of ex­otic Ja­vanese cul­ture and five-star lux­ury at Hy­att Re­gency Yo­gyakarta.

Maxx-M - - COVER STORY - Text by Umesh Bhagchan­dani | Pho­tos cour­tesy of Hy­att Re­gency Yo­gyakarta

Wak­ing up to the iconic Mount Mer­api is a sight one can’t eas­ily for­get. Lo­cated in the scenic out­skirts of Yo­gyakarta, Hy­att Re­gency is blessed with beau­ti­ful panoramic views from ev­ery an­gle. Rest­ing on 22 hectares of land, at a glance Hy­att Re­gency Yo­gyakarta looks like a cul­tural site thanks to its ar­chi­tec­ture, which pays homage to the cel­e­brated Borobudur Tem­ple. The ho­tel it­self is built around the con­cept of “Legacy of a Misty Trop­i­cal Ruin Vil­lage,” an an­cient ruin sit­ting in the midst of a trop­i­cal jun­gle. Guests

are greeted by lush green­ery all around the ho­tel com­plex, in­clud­ing trop­i­cal flow­ers and palm trees. The rich­ness of Ja­vanese cul­ture is ap­par­ent from the mo­ment you ar­rive, with an open-air pas­sage­way with tra­di­tional joglo roof lead­ing to a spa­cious, white-mar­bled mod­ern lobby with chan­de­lier – ev­ery de­tail evokes a royal sen­sa­tion. Hy­att Re­gency Yo­gyakarta is a seven-storey build­ing with 269 el­e­gant rooms. It is spread out into four wings, pro­vid­ing guests a range of ac­com­mo­da­tion choices. The north wing con­tains 51 Re­gency Club rooms and nine suites (six Ju­nior Suites, two Ex­ec­u­tive Suites and one Pres­i­den­tial Suite). Gar­den View rooms are found in the east, west and south wings. Bal­anc­ing cul­tural roots with con­tem­po­rary flair, each room boasts a spa­cious liv­ing room with com­fort­able so­fas, en­ter­tain­ment set, cof­fee ma­chine and large floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows with strik­ing views of the city. Us­ing a nat­u­ral colour pal­ette, each gue­stroom/suite ex­udes an ur­ban am­biance. Bed­rooms fea­ture a king-size bed with the finest linen and the soft­est pil­lows

to en­sure you a good night’s sleep. Beyond is the en-suite bath­room with bath­tub, in­door shower and Ja­vanese bath ameni­ties for the ul­ti­mate in re­ju­ve­na­tion. We all can agree that rich cul­ture equals a rich culi­nary scene. Yo­gyakarta is pop­u­lar for its dis­tinc­tive dishes that tempt global trav­ellers. This rich culi­nary tra­di­tion is exquisitely rep­re­sented at Hy­att Re­gency Yo­gyakarta. Be­neath the lobby is nes­tled Ke­mangi Bistro. The re­sort’s sig­na­ture restau­rant fea­tures an open kitchen con­cept, where guests can en­joy the fresh aroma, and the de­light­ful pre­sen­ta­tion by the tal­ented chefs while wait­ing for their meals. Ke­mangi Bistro ("ke­mangi" means basil leaf in In­done­sian) also spe­cial­izes in wood­fired pizza that is said to be the best pizza in town! Not to for­get, Ke­mangi Bistro of­fers Sun­day brunch with an ex­ten­sive buf­fet of in­no­va­tive In­done­sian and Western dishes. For af­ter­noon tea and light snacks, head over to Pase­ban Lounge. Lo­cated near the lobby, Pase­ban boasts strik­ing Ja­vanese wood din­ing sets and an open-air con­cept that makes it the per­fect spot to un­wind after a long day. Dubbed a fam­ily re­sort, you will find that Hy­att Re­gen­cyY­o­gyakar­taistrue­toitsword.Fro­ma­scenic round of golf, fish­ing at the re­sort’s pond, fut­sal, pil­low fights, wa­ter polo and bakiak races – they have it all cov­ered for you and the lit­tle ones. When a fam­ily out­ing is needed, a vil­lage bike tour and an­dong (tra­di­tional horse cart) ride will surely bring smiles to ev­ery­one. There is also the Camp Hy­att pro­gramme, which wel­comes chil­dren from ages 3 to 12 and in­cludes var­i­ous arts and crafts, from mask mak­ing, paint­ing and colour­ing to learn­ing mu­sic and his­tory. The ul­ti­mate “Ja­vanese Ex­pe­ri­ence” aims to ed­u­cate chil­dren about Ja­vanese cul­ture and his­tory through fun-filled ac­tiv­i­ties. Hy­att Re­gency is un­doubt­edly a haven for golfers. The ho­tel fea­tures a nine-hole golf course de­signed by Fisette Golf De­sign and land­scaped by Tongg, Clark and McCelvey, from Hawaii. The par-30 golf course fea­tures six par-3 holes and three par-4 holes and plays 1,835 me­tres. Each hole has three tee­off ar­eas to ac­com­mo­date pro­fes­sional, men and women golfers. For an es­tab­lish­ment with ex­u­ber­ant green­ery, it is not sur­pris­ing that Hy­att Re­gency Yo­gyakarta takes pride in be­ing an eco-friendly ho­tel. One of their at­tempts to boost their eco-state­ment is by cel­e­brat­ing Earth Hour an­nu­ally, which has been go­ing on for five years since its in­cep­tion in 2010. Not stop­ping there, Hy­att Re­gency also or­ga­nizes many “go-green” ac­tiv­i­ties, such as City Restora­tion and Anti-Van­dal­ism Act. Hy­att Re­gency Yo­gyakarta pro­vides a spe­cial din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing Earth Hour, let­ting guests en­joy an ex­tra­or­di­nary per­for­mance of the Hanoman Obong Leg­end of Ra­mayana Bal­let, while savour­ing de­li­cious In­done­sian and Ja­vanese dishes served from tra­di­tional "warung-style" sta­tions.

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