We all need the occasional spark to reignite the passion in our relationships, and what better way to fan the flames of love than a romantic escape to some impossibly luxurious destination. So book your romantic getaway to Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta and take off on an unforgettable journey of love.
If I had to choose just one city in Indonesia for a romantic getaway, it would be Yogyakarta. Because of its cultural richness and rich heritage, Yogyakarta has long been known as the cradle of Javanese culture. I fell in love with the city the first time I set foot in it, and couldn’t think of a better destination when it came time to plan a romantic honeymoon.
We only wanted the best for this once-in-a-lifetime getaway, so we made a reservation at the Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta. The Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta is not just a 5-star hotel, it has a long history, once served as Yogyakarta royal palace and gardens, it is now offers a gateway to a grander era with architecture, charm and charisma befitting its regal heritage. Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta infuses authentic royal tradition, glamour and grace with 21st century modernity and sophistication. And we were ready for our royal treatment.
As the former Royal Palace Residence and the witness of Indonesia’s independence day era, Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta is a living heritage hotel, showcasing an extraordinary collection of authentic Javanese architectural masterpieces from 18th century and artworks from the 1964s; all are well maintain at the hotel complex until today. Just as we walked into the lobby on the left-hand-side there’s a beautiful relief. In the relief, life on the slopes of Merapi Volcano is well shown. Merapi Volcano stands tall on the top, at the lower part of the relief many activities done in the fields and around the house are depicted; there is a crafter, blacksmith, sculptor and even batik artist, as well as some women and children bathing in the river. Some revolution fighters were watching the situation alertly with other children playing cheerfully. The whole scene was the representation of the peaceful life surrounding the Merapi Volcano.
My personal favourite is the mosaic at the lobby (there is also an equally beautiful mosaic on the 8th floor). This handmade piece-by-piece masterpiece tells us the story about the natural life of people in Central Java – where a traditional market, women bathing in the river, ploughing the paddy field and Borobudur on the top left – all living peacefully side by side. I love this colourful and vibrant mosaic.
Occupying 60 square-metres, our junior suite offers ample space for the ultimate relaxation and comfort. Stylish furniture and furnishings, elegant fabrics and plush, premium pillow-top bedding and down feather pillows in addition to sophisticated design and colour palettes adorn the suite. I was very surprised when I found a birthday cake for me inside the suite, my birthday was a few days earlier and I didn’t think the hotel would notice. It was such a sweet and personalised touch from the hotel that make me feel very special.
We went exploring inside the hotel and were very impressed with the facilities and learned more about the hotel’s history. On our way back to the suite, we stopped by Punika Deli for my favourite gelato, there were so many flavours to choose from, we ended up going back a few times during our stay. Our suite felt very comfortable that instead of exploring the city, we decided to stay in and ordered room service for dinner. We were quite impressed with the in-room dining menu, there were so many choices to choose from, from local delicacies to asian flavour to International cuisines. One dish that immediately caught our eyes was the Beef Rendang Pizza, it was so interesting that we just had to give it a try. It tasted so good that we had to order more.
During our stay the Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta we were surprised by the romantic turndown service. For each night that we stayed at the hotel, we were treated with a tray of traditional sweets. Some sweets I know from my childhood but haven’t had any for ages until now, and some I have never tried before, we had fun eating all the sweets. What we like the most was the beautiful modern presentation of the traditional sweets.
Time certainly flies when you are having fun. We had a romantic escape in Yogyakarta. We love the city, and the Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta is the best place to stay and explore everything Yogyakarta has to offer. There are so many things to do and to experience, but best of all is spending precious time with your loved one. We are definitely coming back, because Yogya, I’m in love.
Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta
Jalan Laksda Adisucipto no. 81,
Yogyakarta – Indonesia
Phone. +62 274 488 488
Text by Melani Semuel | Photos courtesy of Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta