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The New Saphir Hotel in Yogyakarta

The number of Yogyakarta hotels increases on a regular basis as leisure tourism is strengthening year after year. However, the four-star New Saphir Hotel, as one of the oldest stays, is still a landmark for both national and international visitors. Slightly assumed, this hotel has some advantages that keep it on the track in the midst of tight competition.

1. The Location

The hotel is located on Jalan Adisucipto 38 . The airport is located only 15 minutes from the hotel. Jalan Adisucipto and its surroundings are busy streets for shopping and entertainment center (Ambarukmo Plaza, Empire XXI and Galeria Mall), universities (UIN and Instiper), tourism spots (Tugu Yogya and Malioboro), public places (Tugu and Lempuyangan station), traditional and modern shops, street sellers etc.

2. The Design

The hotel is a minimalist building that will look so simple from the front. It has four floors including basement, 2nd floor, 3rd floor and 5th floor. However, as you enter the front lobby and find Mirah Lounge and Promenade Café well-combined in a large room of the 2nd floor, you will think differently because of its broader view. The traditional musical instrument and ornament along the wall will give a very Javanese nuance on your mind. You will be impressed with the large swimming pool in the backyard of the hotel’s basement with a green and fresh design.

3. The Rooms

The hotel offers various options of the 205 rooms located in 2nd, 3rd and 5th floors. It has Suite type of Junior, Executive and Royal and Room type of Superior, Deluxe and Family. Both Superior and Deluxe Room have twin and triple types that you can choose it if you need extra beds. There is also special room for business package (with a special price) that will be preferable for businessmen to have an agenda held there. Among all, Deluxe Room is the largest and most exclusive one. It is located in a special spot on the 5th floor that will assure your privacy. The price starts from 700.000.00 IDR including buffet breakfasts for two persons. Meanwhile, all suite types are in 2nd and 3rd floors with smaller size of rooms and bathrooms as well. All types of room are distinguished by quality and completeness of the furniture, rooms’ facility and accessories.

4. The Breakfast/Restaurant

The hotel allows visitors to have the meal inside or outside the hotel based on the price package they decide. A person will get charge 50.000 IDR to have breakfast in the hotel each day. It also offers both traditional and modern cuisine to cover various needs and appetite of visitors.

Overall: The New Saphire Hotel offers you high quality service and modern design for a relatively affordable price. It is a great option to consider for business or family occasion.

New Saphir Hotel Yogyakarta
Jalan Laksda Adisucipto No 38, Janti,
Yogyakarta, 55001
More infos: 021 9545 4487

Harris Denpasar at Night

Harris Hotel & Pop Hotel Cokroaminoto in Denpasar, Bali

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After properties in Kuta, Seminyak and Jimbaran, Harris Hotel finally opens in Denpasar the administrative capital of Bali. In this building, you both have a Harris  (4 stars from Tauzia Hotel Management) and a Pop Hotel (budget). So depending on your budget, you can choose the best option that suits your wallet: around 400 000 Rp per night for Pop and 600 000 Rp per night for Harris.

HARRIS Cokroaminoto - Double Bed interior Denpasar

This accomodation is suitable for business travelers, with a central location in Denpasar and 6 meeting rooms available. This also can be a good option for family travelers in Denpasar since the Hotel is equipped with a swimming pool and a Dino kids club.

What to do in Denpasar ?
- Bali Museum
- Bali bird Park
- Sanur Beach (15 minutes by car)

Harris & Pop Hotel Cokroaminoto Bali
Jl. H. O. S. Cokroaminoto 23 – 25.
Denpasar, Bali 80118

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Other Hotel in the close vicinity:
Aston Denpasar Hotel & Convention

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Car Free Day Jakarta

Top 12 Responsible Travel and Sustainable Shopping Tips for Visitors of Jakarta

The first time you step foot in Jakarta, you can be quite scared… At first sight, Jakarta does not look very tourist-friendly. Despite tremendous traffic jam, pollution and few reliable public transportation services, you can enjoy in Jakarta some Responsible and Environmental-friendly activities. Seeing Jakarta as a Responsible traveler is possible, here are our 10 Travel tips for a Responsible stay in the “Big Durian”:

1. Enjoy Cycling or Walking during Car-free day (CFD) every Sunday on Jalan Sudirman from 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Discover the city with a new eye and meet people !

Car Free Day Jakarta


2. Visit Muara Angke Wildlife Forest, to explore Jakarta’s last Mangrove Forest and see Monkeys, Fantails and other birds.

Mangrove North jakarta


3. Taste some Indonesian Responsible & Ethical Choccolate Kakoa, directly sourced in Indonesia from farmers in conservation areas (Bean to Bar).

KAKOA Chocolate from Indonesia


4. Shop XS-Project Bags, Indonesian recycled bags made out of trash (you can find it in Alun-Alun Department Store in Grand Indonesia Mall)



5. Fancy a trip to 1000 islands (Pulau Seribu), in an Eco Resort, on Pulau Macan (1 hour by boat from North Jakarta)

Pulau Macan 2


6. Walk and Shop in Jalan Surabaya Flea Market, in the Menteng area.

Jalan Surabaya Market in Menteng


7. Have a walk in Taman Suropati, Menteng and listen to people playing an instrument (violin, piano, trumpet…)

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8. Visit Taman Buah in Bogor (60 km south of Jakarta) a big park where you can discover fruits and vegetables biodiversity.

Taman Buah Mekarsari Bogor PT Mekar Unggul Sari


9. Get fresh vegetables and fruits directly from the producer in Bogor (60 kms south of Jakarta).

Fruits Vendor Indonesia


10. Elevate yourself and Try Paragliding above tea plantations in Puncak (30kms from South Jakarta)

Paragliding in Puncak


11. Get some reusable bags from Indonesian brand baGoes

reusable bag supermarket indonesia

12. Shop at Javara Indigenous Indonesia in Kemang, a sustainable food & spices company

Javara grocery shop in kemang jakarta



Ballroom golden tulip banjarmasin

Golden Tulip Galaxy Hotel Banjarmasin

Golden Tulip Galaxy Banjarmasin is a 4-star Hotel located on Jalan Ahmad Yani, close to Duta Mall and the Mercure Hotel. The property recently opened in 2014 and is a great addition to the upscale offer of the city. The Hotel is located only 25 minutes from Syamsudin Noor Airport.

We liked the clean and quite big rooms (Deluxe Rooms or Superior Rooms) and the Galaxy Lobby Lounge, with its tremendously good pastries. They also have an excellent Wine Bar at 11th floor of the building called “Opio Wine bar” and “Branche” restaurant with mostly italian specials and indonesian favourites.

Price of 1 superior room (30 square meters) with breakfast: IDR 800 000

Top things to do in the capital of South Kalimantan for the curious travelers:

  1. Visit the floating Market in Lok Baintan
  2. Walking along the waterfront, in Siring
  3. Shopping some Sasirangan, genuine clothes from South Borneo in Kampung Sasirangan for instance
  4. Visit the Sabilal Muhtadin Mosque, the biggest in the city
Golden Tulip Galaxy Hotel Banjarmasin
Jalan Ahmad Yani (steps away from Duta Mall)
Banjarmasin, Kalimantan Selatan
More infos: 021 9545 4487

Bedroom Raffles Hotel Jakarta

Raffles Jakarta in Kuningan (Ciputra World 1 )

Fancy a hotel with a kid’s club, kids’ pool, playground, rooftop garden and private butlers ?

The very first Raffles Hotel in Jakarta will set foot in the busy Kuningan business district (Jakarta’s CBD), in the Ciputra World complex, close to Lotte Shopping Avenue.

Raffles Kuningan swimming pool exterior from room

Raffles is one of the most luxury hospitality brand in the world

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Lobby of Raffles Jakarta

The theme of this hotel will be the celebration of artistry, with pieces of Art from Indonesian artist Hendra Gunawan. I can’t wait to have a look at this and to see their adaptation to the Indonesian market. Usually, international Luxury brands start in Bali and then come to Jakarta. Raffles chooses to start with Jakarta, as the demand for luxury business hotels is still growing at a high rate.

raffles jakarta swimming pool exterior daylight with kids

The choice of the Rooms will be :
- Raffles Room (60 sq meters)
- Raffles Garden View Room
- Signature Room
- Artist Suite
- Gallery Suite
- Suite with Garden view

room raffles hotel night

In terms of service, the much anticipated “writer”s bar”, like in any other Raffles property, will be there, along with an upscale Spa and a Ballroom. 173 rooms and suites will be available in this Hotel, and many luxury services you can expect from a 5-star property.

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The Bedrooms are quite big, this is definitely a sign of high luxury in this city. Each room is 60 square meters and makes it more like a Suite rather than a regular room.

For dining in the premises, many options are available both Western and Indonesian/Asian cuisine: Arts Café, a Chinese Restaurant, Navina poolside lounge  and a Signature restaurant and Bar.

The plus  of the rooms: beautiful floor to ceiling windows

For another newcomer in the luxury market in Jakarta, you can read our review of Fairmont, we even spent a night in this palace.

Raffles Jakarta
Ciputra World 1
Jl. Prof. Dr. Satrio Kav. 3-5
Jakarta 12940

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Holiday Inn Express Pluit Bedroom

Holiday Inn Express Jakarta Pluit Citygate

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This is a particularity in some big cities, especially in Jakarta: some Hotels are located in the same building as a mall. This is the case for this brand new Holiday Inn Express, who just opened in September 2014. The Hotel is located on the 10th floor of Emprium Pluit Mall, one of the biggest mall in the Pluit area. You are also in the area of the Mangga Dua Mall. The Soekarno Airport is easily reachable by the toll road, and you can get there within 15 minutes (with no traffic of course), so it is a good choice of Business Hotel in the Pluit area. For the leisure travelers and family escapes, you will also have access to theme parks in the Ancol area like Waterboom or Ancol Dreamland and also the Pantai Indah Kapuk neighborhood with its restaurants.

I found the Hotel rooms nice and quite bright, with light colors. The bathroom is also very clean and quite elaborated. You also have access to Free Wi-Fi both in the bedrooms and in the whole common areas, which is great and very convenient in such a connected city like Jakarta. What I liked the most, besides all the amenities and standards from IHG Group, is the room that overlooked North Jakarta. You feel like you are very high in the sky (from 10th floor to 20th floor).

The beverages were a bit pricey as I had to pay 50 000 Rp for a tasteless Capuccino, but apart from that, it is a brand new Hotel with nice Bedrooms and international standards. The average price for 1 night is 860 000 Rp per night, with a breakfast for 2 people included.

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Holiday Inn Express Jakarta Pluit Citygate (North Jakarta)
Emporium Pluit Mall 10Th Floor, Pluit,
Jakarta, Indonesia 14440