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Indonesia With Indra Febriansyah

Indonesia With Indra Febriansyah

Indra Febriansyah is the Lead Editor at The Jakarta Post Travel (www.jakpost.travel), fashion enthusiast, architect and an intrepid explorer of Indonesia’s vast archipelago.

We chatted to this Indonesian Global Gypsy about his favourite places to spend time in this incredible country.

 

Sleep

SleepMy favorite hotel would be all Alila properties in Bali. Their attention to details is remarkable. There is this personal touch that makes you feel special, combined with thoughtful design and amenities that makes you want to take everything home, or even inspires you to decorate your own home.

My favorite room would be the terrace tree villa in Alila Ubud. There are only four villas of this kind, each of which boasts 120 square meters of space, featuring both an indoor and outdoor living experience.

Each villa has a huge alfresco wood-decked living area facing the tropical forest and a very well designed interior that is harmonious with its surroundings.

The aroma of tuberose blooms offers a sense of comfort throughout the villa, which is decorated in warm wood tines and recycled teak furnishings.

When talking about budget or semi budget hotel, I would pick Kanawa Island resort. It’s about the island that makes you fall in love with the eco resort.

It is owned by an Italian, which makes the food excellent!

www.alilahotels.com

Savour

Savour

The best place to eat Indonesia, I would say Tugu Kunstkring in Jakarta. It’s a semi fine dining restaurant, with very chic interior.

They serve comfort Indonesian food with very authentic flavor, something you’d recognize as if it’s being cooked by your Indonesian grandmother.

I also love Sate Khas Senayan chain restaurant. Everything is good here. If you bring a foreign friend, take them to Sate Khas Senayan to have their first introduction to Indonesian food. It never fails me, I’m sure it won’t fail you either.

For the warung option, go to Bandung and find this Warung Bakmi Tasik in Jl. Gardujati. It serves Bakmi ayam (Chicken noodle) at its best. Complete with meatballs, dumpling, chicken feet and beef tripe if you’re adventurous.

 

Shop

I don’t really have any specific favorite shopping place, but I enjoy strolling in the Kerobokan area, Bali for home accessories. A Few galleries that I used to visit are Warisan, In’Sens Gallery, Hobo and Living Karma.

Bandung used to be my favorite city to shop for cheap clothing, but not anymore. I guess I have a different taste in fashion now that Bandung can’t catch up with.

Shop

SwimSwim

The best place to swim would be in Pulau Burung, Belitung. The water is transparent, very calm and quiet. There is no coral on the white powdery sand bottom, so you don’t have to worry about damaging any living ecosystem while you were swimming.

For snorkeling, the best is Kanawa Island in Flores. You’ll find everything just by snorkeling not far from the beach. From sharks, sea turtles, to colorful coral reefs, the island has it all.

My favorite diving spot would be the Blue Magic at Raja Ampat. That’s the spot where I swam with 7 meters wide giant mantas.

 

Sun

On the top spot of best beaches in Indonesia I would say the pink beach in Komodo Island. It is a paradise above and below the crystal clear water. The sand is white with shades of pink, the underwater scene is breathtaking and the hilly savanna surrounding is out of this world.

Other gorgeous beaches are Pulau Burung in Belitung, Peucang Island in Ujung Kulon National Park, Kanawa Island in Flores and I would say the Geger beach in Nusa Dua before Hotel Mulia was constructed.

Sun

SpaSpa

No doubt, spa Alila at Alila Villas Soori is the best I’ve tried so far. I just love the spa room, the thoughtful treatments, the products, the ambiance, and the heated table, even the drinks! It sets the bar so high.

Another great option is the Aquatonic pool at the Ayana Resort. Come before sunset, the two-hour treatment without massage would end your Bali holiday perfectly.

http://www.alilahotels.com/soori
http://ayanaresort.com/

 

 

SpiritSpirit

I always love Borobudur and Prambanan. Recently, I just found another great spot to see the magical sunrise over Borobudur beside from Amanjiwo. The place name was Punthuk Setumbu, where you have to climb an easy trek for 15 minutes.

Come also to Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta, which is the biggest mosque is South East Asia. The post art deco architecture with the big dome is jaw dropping.

 
 
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