STAY IN SMALL-SCALE FAMILY-RUN HOTELS, GUESTHOUSES, ECO LODGES AND HOMESTAYS AND LEARN ABOUT THE LOCAL WAY OF LIFE
Better Places Travel specializes in tailor-made trips. We like to make use of small-scale hotels and guesthouses, each with its own, distinctive style and location. We are also able to arrange homestays with locals, letting you explore a unique side of the country.
Bogor – Happy Valley
Happy Valley wanted their concept to be back to nature and they have definitely succeeded! The guesthouse is built on a hill and overlooks the rice fields. It is just outside of Bogor, but still within easy reach of attractions such as the botanical garden.
Borobudur – Rumah Dharma
This 4-star guesthouse is the perfect base for visiting Borobudur. You can pick up a bicycle for free and cycle between the rice fields. The owner is very hospitable and wants to do everything for you.
Ubud – Nick’s Pension
This guest house is located in central Ubud and is known for its convenient location and service. Set in a tropical garden, it is built in Indonesian style. After a day’s sightseeing in the city, relax in the pool or spa. At the restaurant you can enjoy the Balinese cuisine.
Munduk – Bali Eco Stay
You will find this ecological accommodation in the highlands covered with rice fields. Locals from the Belimbing region work here. The bungalows are surrounded by the jungle and mountains with streams. Enjoy a Balinese massage, explore the area hiking or take part in one of the many eco-friendly activities organized by Bali Eco Stay, such as making a traditional kite.
Pemuteran – Adi Assri
This property is really close to the Pemuteran Beach, situated on a quiet bay with fishing boats. It consists of several 2 under 1 roof houses with an outdoor bathroom with shower and toilet. In the surrounding area you will find several excellent places for snorkelling or diving.
Gili Meno – Kontiki
This cottage on the island of Gili Meno consists of several wooden bungalows. You can walk up to the beach straight from the houses. It is a perfect place for snorkelling, but this Bounty Island is also excellent for relaxing!
Senaru – Pondok Senaru
Pondok Senaru is located on the Senaru valley overlooking the Sendang Gile waterfall and Mount Rinjani. The hotel is a good base for trekking to the waterfall or the volcano. The accommodation is simple but fully equipped.
Gili Asahan – Pearl Beach
This is one of the few small-scale hotels on Gili Asahan. This sustainable boutique hotel is located directly on the beach and is surrounded by mountains. The accommodation consists of several bungalows right on the beach. They are all fully furnished in a tropical style. Walk from the bungalow directly into the sea to go snorkelling or diving.
Moni – Ecolodge Kelimutu
At the foot of the volcano and overlooking the rice terraces of Moni, you will find the Kelimutu ecolodge. Water and waste are recycled and they also use solar power and rainwater. The hotel is certified by GreenGlobe.
Ruteng – Santa Maria Berduka Cita
During this special stay, you will stay with the very friendly nuns of Santa Maria. The nuns are up around half past five and go to sleep around 9 o’clock in the evening. The property is within walking distance of the centre of Ruteng. The rooms are very clean and you will get a hot shower.
Labuan Bajo – Puri Sari Beach
Puri Sari is a resort located on the quiet Pede beach, on the outskirts of Lebuan Bajo. It has 21 rooms combining natural colours with woodwork; In the Flores style. You can take a free shuttle to the city centre and cool off in the pool or at the beach.
Bunaken – Bunaken Village
This small-scale and comfortable resort is built in Indonesian style. In the tropical garden are 8 cottages and 2 rooms where you can sleep. During construction, coconut wood was used, which is abundantly present and rapidly growing, and energy-efficient lamps and air-conditioning systems were installed. The resort has a swimming pool and spa and is located on the beach, where you can go diving to discover the coral and marine life.
Makassar – Aston hotel
Aston Makassar is a fairly new hotel, centrally located in the city. You can walk to the boulevard or to the Rotterdam Fort in 5 minutes. Nice rooms and a swimming pool on one of the floors of the hotel.
Malino – Rumah Tengah Sawah
This accommodation consists of a beautiful villa, two bungalows and a guestroom amidst rice fields. It is about 4 kilometres from the town of Malino. The accommodation is furnished with a modern touch and fully equipped. Enjoy the view from the balcony or the terrace over the rice fields.
Saparua – Putih Lessi
This very simple yet atmospheric guesthouse is located directly at the sea. Asis and his friendly staff serve homemade meals in the restaurant on the beach, after which you can hang out in a hammock. People who love snorkelling can do this right at their doorstep.
Sawai – Lisar Bahari
Lisar Bahari is a very simple yet attractive accommodation. The wooden cottages stand on poles above the water. Each cottage has 4 to 8 rooms and each room has its own bathroom, with a cold shower and no washbasin. The houses are traditionally built of rattan and bamboo. The individual rooms have no ceiling, but are open from above.
Bukit Lawang – Ecolodge
All rooms are built with local materials in this atmospheric Eco lodge. The food is organic and they use solar energy. In the garden lodge you can learn all about nature. The lodge is located on the edge of the jungle, only accessible via a suspension bridge.
Samosir – Tabo cottages
This property is located directly on Taberer, surrounded by rice fields and plantations. The cottages all have direct views of the lake, the mountains and the garden. The cottages are built from parts of traditional Batak houses. The focus is on comfort and natural style. In the restaurant you can sample various Indonesian, Chinese and Western dishes. The accommodation is known for its friendly and helpful staff.
Examples of hotels Indonesia
These hotels are examples of hotels in Indonesia that could be used during a trip. All hotels are booked based on availability of accommodation at the time of booking.
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