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Ascott Waterplace Surabaya, Hotel Bintang Lima Di Kawasan Selatan Surabaya

Jika dulu Anda jalan-jalan di daerah selatan Surabaya, Anda mungkin hanya melihat rumput yang gersang, lahan tandus, dan rumah penduduk saja. Sekarang, Surabaya bagian selatan sudah menjadi “pusat” kedua kota Surabaya. Bangunan seperti rumah sakit, perkantoran, pusat perbelanjaan, apartemen, dan hotel-hotel mewah sudah hadir di daerah selatan Surabaya ini.

ascott surabaya exterior daylight
Ascott Surabaya

Pada awal 2015 kemarin, di Surabaya Selatan telah dibuka hotel bintang lima yaitu Ascott Waterplace Surabaya. Kok namanya hampir mirip dengan apartemen Waterplace? Karena memang Ascott Waterplace ini satu wilayah dengan apartemen Waterplace. Walaupun belum pernah nyobain langsung Ascott Waterplace Surabaya, tapi kita akan bagi apa aja sih yang ada di hotel baru tersebut.

Fasilitas dapur di dalam kamar hotel

Sebagai hotel bintang lima, Ascott Waterplace mempunyai fasilitas yang sangat lengkap. Mulai dari ruang tamu kamar hotel yang lengkap dengan sofa, TV flat-screen dengan DVD player, dan self-controlling air conditioner. Untuk kamar tidur juga sudah disertai dengan lemari pakaian, meja kerja, dan loker pribadi. Untuk kamar mandi tersedia fasilitas bathtub, shower dengan air panas atau dingin, dan disertai hairdryer.

ascott surabaya outside by the pool

Lalu yang menarik adalah fasilitas dari dapur. Ascott Waterplace ini menyediakan kulkas, kompor elektrik, microwave, dan beberapa peralatan dapur lainnya. Ini adalah hal yang sangat unik karena fasilitas dapur ini tidak banyak ada di hotel berbintang.

ascott waterplace surabaya kitchen
Kitchen in the apartment

Kamar hotel yang sangat besar

Ascott Waterplace ini menyediakan 182 kamar di 33 lantai. Jenis kamarnya ada One Bedroom Deluxe, One Bedroom Executive, Two Bedroom Deluxe, Two Bedroom Executive, dan One Bedroom Penthouse. Paling menarik dari kamar di Ascott Waterplace adalah ukurannya yang sangat besar. Kamar Deluxe mempunyai luas 46 meter persegi, sangat luas untuk anak Anda yang suka bermain/berlari-lari di dalam kamar hotel. Sedangkan untuk kamar Penthouse, ukurannya lebih gila lagi yaitu 112 meter persegi.

ascott waterplace surabaya interior room

Fasilitas premium

Mungkin ini yang membedakan Ascott Waterplace Surabaya dengan hotel lain. Selain dapur yang ada di kamar hotel, beberapa fasilitas premium juga tersedia di hotel ini. Seperti area BBQ, children playroom, dan fasilitas gym yang sangat lengkap. Internet dengan kecepatan tinggi bisa juga di akses di seluruh ruangan hotel.

Ascott Waterplace juga menyediakan 2 kolam renang outdoor yang cukup besar. Jangan khawatir untuk anak Anda yang tidak bisa berenang, ada kolam renang khusus anak-anak yang tidak terlalu dalam. Lalu Anda juga bisa menikmati sauna dan kamar uap/spa. Sangat cocok ketika Anda memilih menginap di hotel ini untuk rekreasi bersama keluarga.

Tempat sangat strategis dan hanya 45 menit dari Bandara

Walaupun terletak di Surabaya selatan, lokasi Ascott Waterplace ini cukup terjangkau. Ketika Anda datang dari bandara Juanda Surabaya, Anda hanya membutuhkan perjalanan 45 menit untuk menuju Ascott Waterplace. Selain itu, di depan hotel persis terdapat pusat perbelanjaan Pakuwon Trade Center (PTC). Jadi, untuk makan Anda tidak perlu pusing, karena hanya beberapa langkah di depan hotel sudah terdapat mall yang menyediakan beberapa pilihan makanan.

Jika Anda bosan dengan PTC, Anda bisa mengunjungi Ciputra World yang berjarak sekitar 5 km dari hotel. Ada lagi Surabaya Town Square yang hanya berjarak 6 km. Hiburan lainnya adalah Ciputra Waterpark, salah satu wahana Waterpark terbesar di Surabaya yang berjarak sekitar 4.5 km dari hotel.

Pelayanan hotel kelas bintang lima tetap ditonjolkan oleh manajemen Ascott Waterplace Surabaya. Mereka mempunyai standar yang khusus agar tamu yang menginap puas dengan fasilitas yang disediakan. Mulai dari breakfast, kebersihan hotel, laundry, dan dry cleaning. Staff dan pelayanan dari Ascott Waterplace sangat memuaskan, sangat friendly kepada pengunjung atau tamu hotel.

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Ascott Waterplace Surabaya
Tower D 1 Jalan Pakuwon Indah Lontar Timur kav. 3-5,
Dukhu Pakis, Surabaya, Indonesia 
Santika Premier at ICE BSD City exterior facade

Hotel Santika Premiere ICE BSD City

Di BSD (Bumi Serpong Damai), Tangerang, sebenarnya sudah ada Hotel Santika BSD City Serpong. Tapi karena pertimbangan lain, lahir juga “adiknya” ini: Santika Premiere BSD City.

santiak ice BSD city exterior with sign

Ini menunjukkan betapa agresifnya kelompok Kompas-Gramedia berekspansi di bidang perhotelan. Pengelolanya masih PT Grahawita Santika, perusahaan yang sudah mendirikan lebih dari 40 hotel berlabel Royal Collection, Amaris, dan Santika.

outdoor restaurant santika premiere ice bsd

Uniknya, jaringan hotel yang cukup agresif ini bertitik mula dari bisnis media. Saya menduga, mereka ingin memfasilitasi kegiatan dari core business-nya itu dalam hal akomodasi dan MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Convention, and Exhibition). Tak heran, hotel-hotelnya lebih pas untuk tamu-tamu dengan urusan bisnis. Meskipun tidak ada salahnya juga bila Anda menginap di sini untuk alasan wisata.

double bedroom hotel santika premiere ICE

club premiere loungs santika premiere ice bsd 15th floor
Club Premiere Lounge di Lantai 15

3 Tipe kamar:
- Suite premiere
- Kamar Deluxe Double atau Twin
- Kamar Suite Executive

interior restaurant santika premiere ICE BSD

Fasilitas Santika Premiere

Hotel Santika Premier ICE BSD City adalah penginapan berbintang empat. Standar pelayanan dan fasilitasnya pun pastinya berkelas bintang empat. Dengan warna interior krem yang adem, Anda akan merasa nyaman dan adem dengan pelayanan para stafnya.

exterior building santika premiere ICE

Sementara di kamar, Anda akan menemui TV layar datar dengan puluhan saluran, wi-fi gratis, layanan massage, business center, ballroom, meeting room, pusat kebugaran, airport transportation, dan sebagainya.

interior room santika premiere BSD City

Dekat dengan Indonesian Convention Exhibition (ICE)

Saya pernah menyusun daftar penginapan berbintang di sekitar ICE. Tapi rasanya, tidak ada yang sedekat ini dengan gedung yang beroperasi sejak awal 2015 silam itu. Santika Premiere ini tidak sampai satu kilometer dari gedung ICE.

ICE BSD exhibition hall exterior at niight

Sekadar menginformasikan, ICE adalah gedung pameran dan konvensi terbesar se-Asia Tenggara. Gedung dengan luas bangunan 200.000 meter persegi dan luas tanah 22 hektar ini termasuk salah satu venue dalam event Asian Games 2018 nanti. Maka dipandang dari kacamata potensi bisnis, sudah terbacalah kenapa kelompok Kompas & Gramedia akhirnya menaruh satu lagi hotel andalannya di daerah sini.

ice bsd aerial view by day

Selain ICE, Santika Premiere juga dekat dengan Mal Teraskota, AEON Mall pusat-pusat perbelanjaan, beberapa restoran, dan tempat-tempat menarik lainnya. Transportasi umum relatif mudah diperoleh. Taksi pun ada di mana-mana. Anda sama sekali takkan merasa “terpencil” menginap di sini.

nusantara hall di ICE BSD City
Nusantara Hall

Hotel Santika Premiere ICE BSD City
Jalan BSD Grand Boulevard, BSD City
Tangerang, Provinsi Banten

 

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Best Western Papilio, Hotel Strategis di Gerbang Selatan Surabaya

Beberapa kali melintas di daerah Ahmad Yani Surabaya, beberapa kali pula saya melihat bangunan yang menjulang unik. Dari kejauhan saja sudah terlihat, ada semacam huruf P di sisi gedung tersebut. Belakangan, baru saya tahu, itulah Best Western Papilio Hotel. Selain kondotel (kondominium hotel), di sana juga ada Apartemen Tamansari Papilio.

best western hotel papilio exterior facade

Di gerbang selatan Surabaya memang belum banyak hadir hotel yang “serius”. Jadi, pendirian penginapan yang beroperasi sejak Juli 2015 ini, saya kira, pas sekali.

Tapi, bagaimana isi dan kualitas hotel berbintang empat ini? Mari kita kupas sekilas….

double bedroom best western surabaya

Fasilitas dan Pelayanan

Beberapa di antaranya adalah wi-fi gratis di setiap ruang, satpam 24 jam, layanan kebersihan harian, mesin faksimili, printer, fitnes center, kolam renang dewasa dan anak (outdoor), spa, dsb. Selain itu, ada tujuh meeting room dan ballroom berkapasitas 300 hingga 400 orang (standing).

swimming pool best western papilio surabaya at night

Ada 226 kamar di 36 lantai yang siap memanjakan tamu-tamunya. Tinggal pilih tipe kamar yang sesuai dengan kebutuhan Anda: Superior Twin City View, Superior Twin, Deluxe Double, Deluxe Double City View, dan Deluxe Double City View Room Only. Rata-rata luasnya 28 meter persegi. Cukup lega untuk ukuran saya (yang biasanya menginap bersama istri dan seorang anak).

Soal pelayanan, tidak perlu ditanyakan. Semua staf ramah, menyenangkan, dan membantu. Layaklah bila hotel ini menyandang empat bintang.

view from best western papilio surabaya at night

Strategis dan Praktis

Pusat kota tidak sampai lima kilometer dari tempat Anda menginap. Jadi, Best Western Papilio sangat ideal secara lokasi, baik rencana Anda untuk pelesir atau berbisnis di kota pahlawan ini. Baik jujukan Anda di Surabaya, atau di kota-kota tetangga seperti Sidoarjo, Mojokerto, Malang, dll. Sebab….

  • Terminal Purabaya/Bungurasih jaraknya sekitar 2,3 kilometer saja.
  • Stasiun Wonokromo sekitar 3 kilometer.
  • Bandara Internasional Juanda sekitar 8,5 kilometer.
  • Mal Cito (City of Tomorrow) sekitar 1,6 kilometer.
  • Mal Royal Surabaya sekitar 2,4 kilometer.
  • Kebun Binatang Surabaya (KBS) sekitar 3,3 kilometer.

Alternatif Lain

Ingin mencari penginapan yang fasilitasnya minimal sama baiknya dengan Hotel Papilio? Saya merekomendasikan Ciputra (Jalan Mayjen Sungkono – Surabaya Barat), Shangri-La (Mayjen Sungkono – Surabaya Barat), Sheraton (Embong Malang – Surabaya Pusat), atau Pullman (Basuki Rahmat – Surabaya Pusat). Tentu saja, semuanya tergantung kebutuhan, selera, serta kantong Anda.

Best Western Papilio Hotel
Jalan Ahmad Yani 176-178
Surabaya Selatan

View on Banda Neira

Diving in Banda (Maluku): A Guide To Dive Companies And Accommodation

One of the world’s most stunning diving spots

The Banda Islands are a pristine (eco)destination in eastern Indonesia, still unknown to many tourists but certainly worth a visit. The Banda Islands are part of Maluku province and consist of 11 islands, of which 7 are inhabited. Its virginity and peacefulness, together with its rich marine life make this archipelago a great place for scuba diving and other ecotourism activities. Besides, Banda has an interesting history as it was the only place in the world until the mid-19th century where nutmeg could be found, leading to Dutch and British colonial powers fighting over the islands. Hence the historical and cultural heritage can still be observed today, in the form of numerous colonial homes, forts and cannons randomly lying around in the grass.

View on Banda Neira
Source dive-bluemotion.com

Banda Neira is the main island with the town of the same name as the administrative center. On this island, all four dive centers and accommodations are located. However, the coasts of Banda Neira are not the most impressive diving spots, one has to go to the outer islands of Banda for that, such as the stunning Pulau Hatta, eastern Banda Besar or Pulau Air.

Banda underwater world

You will encounter crystal-clear seas here with colourful coral gardens and an extraordinary rich reef life consisting of more than 300 hard coral species and 500 fish species. The diving centers from Banda Neira can take you there by boat in 20-45 minutes. It is suited for both beginners and professional divers, and certificates can be obtained. Diving rates range from Rp. 400,000 – 450,000.

Which dive centers are there in Banda?

Dive Bluemotion is one of the dive centers on the west coast of Banda Neira. It is a more premium dive operation with new, professional gear and good speedboats. They offer access to more than 30 dive sites in Banda. Dive trips with at least two dives include towel, lunch, drinking water, coffee and tea. Dive Bluemotion is attached to Hotel Laguna, a building with 7 newly renovated rooms. It has a great view across the bay and to Gunung Api. An Air-conditioned room for two persons costs Rp. 250,000 – 300,000 including breakfast. A big family room for four persons is Rp. 400,000 including breakfast.

Dive bluemotion

Sea Ventures has options for diving trips as well, but is not your usual dive company. They are an organization that aims to involve tourists in their marine conservation projects and educate them about the local ecosystems. It is a form of voluntourism where volunteers can participate in reef and species monitoring led by a marine biologist which in turn helps Sea Ventures’ activities to restore coral reefs. They offer different expeditions, from one day to four weeks which give you the opportunity to explore the underwater world, obtain an eco-diver certification and even participate in their scientific research projects.

Sea Ventures reef monitoring
Reef monitoring

Expedition rates range from US$150 (1 day expedition including lunch, snacks, coffee and tea) to US$600 (5 day expedition including accommodation, breakfast and lunch) to US$900 (2 weeks including accommodation, breakfast and lunch) and US$250 for every additional week. It is a great way to contribute to the conservation of Banda and get to know the islands and marine life through and through.

Banda Sea Hobbit has only recently started operating earlier this year and has diving locations in Pulau Pisang, Pulau Karaka, Pulau Lava Flow and more. They are locally owned and mostly receive domestic tourists, mainly from Jakarta. They are located on the coast near Dive Bluemotion but do not have an attached accommodation.

Naira Dive is an Indonesian owned diving operation offering experienced and certified dive guides and visiting all the principal dive sites of the archipelago using speedboats and longboats. They can also arrange snorkelling trips. The company is and expanded business of Likes Tour and Travel which is involved in ecotourism activities in Seram (Central Maluku) and Raja Ampat (West Papua). Naira Dive aims to increase the income of the Bandanese and educate them about local ecosystems. Naira Dive has its own guesthouse with view on the Gunung Api.

Naira Dive Resort, Banda
Naira Dive Resort

Where else to stay in Banda Neira?

Although the number of tourists to Banda is increasing, it is still a quiet and authentic place where daily life goes on as usual. There are no hotels owned by outsiders, only locally owned guesthouses and simple resorts which means all revenues will stay on the island. With the growing arrivals of tourists, the number of accommodations has increased as well so you’ll have plenty of choice for your trip to Banda. Keep in mind that hot water is not available in most places.

Cilu Bintang Estate is a new accommodation on Banda Neira and is arguably the best choice on the island. It is a lovely furnished old colonial building across the Belgica Fort with rooms equipped with carved beds, AC and a well-equipped bathroom. The restaurant provides a la carte lunch and a dinner buffet with tasty local delicacies. There are 5 standards room, 4 luxury rooms and 1 suite, starting from Rp. 300,000.

Cilu Bintang Estate in Banda

Mutiara Guesthouse has the same owner as Cilu Bintang Estate and is nicely decorated with clean rooms that have AC or fan. It is surrounded by nutmeg gardens and has a famous restaurant. Tours and activities can be arranged. Rp. 200,000 for a double room with AC, including breakfast.

Mutiara room garden view, Banda

Vita Guesthouse is a small guesthouse located on the seaside facing Gunung Api. There is a waterfront palm garden and 7 rooms with wooden furniture and western-style toilets. There is no restaurant, but breakfast and afternoon tea are served. Snorkelling tours can be arranged. Room prices start from Rp. 140,000 including breakfast.

Vita guesthouse Banda
Source merapi.nl

Delfika 1 is a historical building with a lush garden and koi pond. A restaurant is located in the garden and the rooms have either fan or AC. A laundry service is available as well. It is located in the city center and within walking distance to the dive centers. Rp. 150,000 for a room with fan including breakfast and Rp. 175,000 for a room with AC including breakfast.

Guesthouse Delfika 1 Banda
Source dive-bluemotion.com

Delfika 2 is newer than Delfika 1 and is a 2-storey building located on the harbour front. Some rooms have a balcony from where you can see the boats coming and going. There is no restaurant, but you can make use of their fridge and stove. Room rates from Rp. 200,000 to 250,000.

Guesthouse Delfika 2 Banda

Maulana is a family-owned hotel in a colonial-style building located in the harbour. Once an esteemed hotel which has hosted guests like Mick Jagger, Lady Di and international politicians, the place has probably had its day. Not much effort is made to maintain the hotel nowadays which is a shame because the location is great with the top floors having spectacular views on Gunung Api and the air-conditioned rooms are spacious. The newer rooms cost Rp. 475,000 including breakfast.

Maulana hotel Banda
Source traveladventuresinindonesia.blogspot.com

What to do besides diving?

Banda’s turbulent history has left some interesting things behind on the islands, the main attraction being the well-preserved Fort Belgica on Banda Neira.

Fort Belgica, Banda

The ruins of the older Fort Nassau can be found below Belgica. The recently renovated Old Church with Dutch tombstones inside constitutes a fascinating colonial building. Other historical sights include and old Chinese temple, Istana Mini (former residence of the head of the VOC), Banda prison and Banda’s museum Rumah Budaya. Banda is also the place where two important people from Indonesian history were sent into exile, namely vice president Hatta and prime minister Syahir. Their residences can still be visited today. Gunung Api can also be climbed in 1,5 – 2 hours, although the steep slopes make it a difficult climb.

How to get there?

Getting to Banda might be a bit tricky, as the transportation schedule to the island by plane or by boat often changes and is very dependent on weather circumstances. Monsoon seasons are in January, June and July and at this time most dive centers are also closed. Banda Neira can be reached from Ambon by plane in 40 minutes with Susi Air, which flies every Monday and Wednesday, and every first, third and fifth Friday of the month at 7am, returning at 9am. Pelni ships regularly travel from Ambon to Banda in about 8 hours, which costs Rp. 112,000 for economy class. A new fast ferry has started operating as well, the Express Bahari 2B which leaves from Tulehu (Pulau Ambon) at 9am on Monday and Friday, returning at the same time on Tuesday and Saturday. It takes 6 hours to reach Banda Neira and costs Rp. 300,000.

Turtle Banda islands