Enjoy Mystical Borobudur Temple at Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa

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Enjoy Mystical Borobudur Temple at Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa

Magelang is the starting point for visits to the sacred 8th-century Borobudur Buddhist temple and has a rich history as a military post during the colonialism era. This city in Central Java enjoys a scenic location between the Progo and Elo rivers, located 40 kilometres northwest of Yogyakarta and 75 kilometres south of the Central Java capital Semarang. Magelang is a pleasant place to explore with a number of historical sites from the Dutch colonial era to see, including the Drinking Water Tower that still stands in the centre of town.

A must-visit Borobudur Temple, the ninth-century Buddhist monument, is the main attraction in Magelang's vicinity. Buried by jungle growth and volcanic ash for centuries, this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site was uncovered in 1814 and is now a major pilgrimage and tourist destination.

With the magnificent Borobudur Temple and the picturesque Menoreh Hillsas the backdrop, Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa transports guests to another time and place, where days gently unfold. Amid this unbelievably beautiful and atmospheric setting, experience the utmost peace and privacy within traditional Javanese villas, spacious havens of supreme comfort with a private pool. Indulge in sublime, soul-soothing spa pampering, and exquisite gastronomy with an unparalleled view of Borobudur Temple at every turn. Walk the long corridor that stretches between Patio restaurant’s Joglo and colonial buildings, and be awed by the feeling that wherever you stand, “Borobudur Follows" - an experience unique to Plataran Borobudur.

How about relaxing in the comfort of your own terrace while sipping your favourite brew, while enjoying the view of magnificent Borobudur Temple? Available in contemporary or traditional Javanese Joglo style, the 765 square meters Exclusive Pool Villas offer the height of luxurious comfort, equipped with a king-size bed, spacious bathroom with rain shower and bathtub, outdoor terrace, and a separate living/dining area in selected villas. A 7x3 meters private pool in a lush garden setting completes this tropical oasis.Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa also offers you complimentary drop-off service to Borobudur Temple for Exclusive Pool Villas guests.

When it’s time to enjoy your meal, come and dine amid the colonial charm and sophistication of PATIO VENUE, where world-class cuisine is accompanied by uninterrupted views of majestic Borobudur Temple. Incorporating freshly picked ingredients from the resort’s organic garden, the menu features a mix of classic Indonesian dishes and international fare, creating an ideal atmosphere to indulge in an exquisite dining experience.

Indulge in an authentic taste of Indonesia at STUPA Restaurant, and enjoy the relaxed ambience of Stupa’s open-air setting where fine food is accompanied by divine views. Stupa’s menu of Indonesian specialties takes you on a mouth-watering culinary journey across the archipelago. For lunch, you should try the Nasi Uduk, one of the signature dish of Stupa Restaurant.

Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa offers its guests activities to enjoy the surrounding areas and feel the local culture first-hand. Join the Pottery Village Cycling Tour, this 2-hours refreshing bicycle tour winds down through 10 km of lush valleys, Javanese villages, and green rice fields. The local tour guide will explain the history of the land, the culture, and its people throughout the tour for you to take back and share.

Or come and experience the Pottery Village Andong Tour. Embrace your artistic side and create your very own pottery. Hop on an andong, a horse cart carriage, and head to Klipoh village. The local potters will teach you the process of making pottery using traditional techniques.

If you choose to go farther, there are plenty of places that you could visit in Magelang. Head to the top of nearby Punthuk Setumbu hill for a spectacular sunrise view of this magnificent monument, and visit its sister temples, Mendut and Pawon. The region is also home to the awe-inspiring Prambanan Hindu temple complex, worthy of a day trip, driving through stunning scenery. It is an extraordinary complex built in the ninth century with towering structures dedicated to Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu.

Museum Pangeran Diponegoro is a landmark building where Prince Diponegoro made his last stand against the Dutch colonial rulers in the Java War of 1825-30. His personal belongings, including a chair with a fingernail on its arm believed to be the Prince's, are on display. A statue of the honored Prince on horseback stands in the Magelang Town Square (Alun-Alun) near the Water Tower that was built in the early 20th century.

Families love to visit Magelang's green spaces including the 28-hectare Kyai Langgeng park near the city centre. Near the park is Langgeng Gallery, which features regular exhibits of Indonesian and Asia-Pacific modern and contemporary fine art. Other parks include Badaan Park, which has a children's playground, as well as Mendut Recreational Park, with a playground, cafe, swimming pool and tennis court.

Tired of all the exploring? Come and step into the serenity of Padma Spa, where treatment rooms embraced by greenery that evoke a sense of calm and balance. With the concept of Javanese authenticity, escape into tranquillity surrounded by lush greenery and the view of the magical Borobudur temple. The spa’s superior services explore the world of possibilities, from indigenous healing to unparalleled practices but always represent a balanced element within the whole.

For more details please see plataran.com Dusun Tanjungan, Borobudur, Dusun II, Borobudur, Magelang, Jawa Tengah 56553 Tel +62 293 788 888

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