The Indonesian island of Java is an extraordinary introduction to all the country can offer. Here buzzing megacities like Jakarta meld into timeless paddy fields still planted the traditional way. Ruins of Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic empires rise up beside active volcanoes, while untouched rainforest stoops down to pristine beaches. Here also live more than half of Indonesia’s entire population. In addition, as a gateway to the nation, the island has witnessed a string of exceptional hotels opening. So if you’re wondering Where to Stay in Java, check out our top picks below!
Lying on Java’s northern coast, Jakarta is a blend of downtown skyscrapers, colonial-era mansions, and streets alive with one of the region’s most diverse cultural traditions. The so-called ‘Big Durian’ can be intimidating at first for sure. But linger a while and you’ll soon become fascinated by this powerhouse of Indonesian economics, culture, and politics. Our Indonesia Culture Guide has some hints and tips anyone visiting will be keen to read.
The Hermitage, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel
This hotel is situated between the districts of Central Jakarta and Menteng Atas, 15 minutes on foot from most major attractions. Occupying a Dutch mansion built prior to the country’s independence, its 90 air-conditioned rooms have a classic styling. The extensive grounds at The Hermitage, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel include an outdoor pool, while facilities include a spa and well-equipped gym.
Jl. Cilacap 1, Jakarta
Grand Hyatt, Jakarta
Jakarta’s Grand Hyatt has a prime location overlooking the flowing waters of the Selamat Datang Monument close to the capital’s best malls. However, it’s not just the location that’s impressive. And that’s because majestic public spaces lead to contemporary rooms that dazzle in style and elegance. Those who can’t quite withdraw from the world of work will appreciate the large second-floor business center. But everyone will love spending time in the 43m lagoon-shaped outdoor pool and the tropical garden surrounding it.
Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav 28-30, Jakarta
The incredible levels of service enjoyed for 150 years at the original Raffles are transferred to a modern city landmark in Jakarta. However, none of the sophistication or attention to detail has been lost. Instead, guests can bask in décor inspired by Hendra Gunawan, one of the leading lights in Indonesian art. Raffles Jakarta is further brought to life with Swarovski crystal chandeliers. Together, they create an oasis of calm within arm’s reach of some of the city’s best shopping and art.
Ciputra World 1 Jalal Prof. Dr. Satrio Kav. 3-5, Jakarta
The Westin Jakarta
An excellent example of modern architecture, The Westin Jakarta provides floor-to-ceiling windows with sublime views of the city skyline from one of its tallest buildings. These views mix with furnishings that focus on natural materials, be that hardwoods or polished marbles. Each room comes with its own dressing room, while facilities include an indoor pool, spa, and fitness center.
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav.C-22 A, Jakarta
If Jakarta is the modern face of Java, Yogyakarta harks back to an earlier time. The only city still ruled by a sultan, his eighteenth-century palace complex, or Kraton is an important defender of traditions. These include Javanese dance, textiles, and gamelan musical performances. Head further out, and you’ll find fertile fields and extraordinary views of mountains and ancient temples too. All in all, this makes Yogyakarta an attractive destination for anyone looking to experience authentic Java.
MesaStila Resort and Spa
Interiors at MesaStila Resort and Spa are a perfect example of the authenticity that dominates the Yogyakarta region. In addition to hand-carved pieces of furniture, shining wall paneling sita beneath traditionally made roofs amid an Eden-like location. Situated north of the royal city in Magelang, this tranquil escape combines natural beauty with fine facilities. Guests can choose between a yoga room, hot tub, hiking trails, and a nearby golf course.
Desa Losari, 56100, Magelang
Plataran Borobudur Resort And Spa Hotel
A modern take on traditional Indonesian craft, Plataran Borobudur Resort And Spa Hotel succeed in creating an attractive retreat among Magelang’s misty tropical forests. Here you’ll never feel crowded since there are just 21 rooms. Each is fitted with a fireplace to take the chill out the night air, while the hotel has a full-service spa to deal with any remaining tension. The more active might instead opt to make use of the open-air pool or outdoor tennis court.
Dusun Tanjungan Borobudur Magelang
Amanjiwo Yogyakarta The Phoenix
Taking its inspiration from the region’s ancient structures, Amanjiwo Yogyakarta The Phoenix lies just a short walk from the famed Borobudur Temple and the neighboring Kapal Samudraraksa Museum. Light and airy rooms alongside exquisitely finished surrounds are surely fit for the sultan himself. Rooms have been created as individual villas arching around a central domed structure. Inside, four-poster beds stand within sight of a garden terrace, with some including a private pool.
Ds. Majaksingi, Borobudur
Greenhost Boutique Hotel
The star of Greenhost Boutique Hotel in central Yogyakarta is perhaps its mesmerizing multistorey pool and courtyard terrace. Here plants soften a fine concrete and steel form, providing a perfect place to relax. Rooms contain the same touch of artistic genius, albeit in different ways, pairing mid-century design with simple loft-style spaces.
Jl. Prawirotaman Ii No.629 Brontokusuman, Yogyakarta
At the eastern end of Java lies Surabaya, a city known for its fine living. A major trading port for close on one thousand years, Surabaya, like Java itself, is something of a collection of glorious contradictions. At the same time, it is one of the greenest and cleanest of any Indonesian city. Not only that, but nearby you’ll find the picturesque peak of Mount Bromo, an active volcano. Visiting as part of a private midnight tour or Mount Bromo sunrise tour from Surabaya is a truly unmissable experience. But to make it even more special, you should instead consider our two-day Mount Bromo and Blue Fire Tour.
Four Points By Sheraton Surabaya
For a historic city, Four Points By Sheraton Surabaya is a great modern choice. Filled with natural light, rooms and public spaces have a homely atmosphere that just touches on the exotic through the use of traditional Indonesian crafts. There’s also a wonderful outdoor pool reminiscent of a temple complex, and a fitness center available 24-hours a day.
Jl. Embong Malang 25-31, Surabaya
Deciding where to stay in Java is no easy task. There are some excellent hotels in Java, starting with the streets of Jakarta. Then there are the historic temples of Yogyakarta and the natural beauty of East Java around Surabaya. The latter can be explored on our phenomenal four-day East Java private VIP Tour taking in the culture of the region. Our tours in Java page has all the information you need. If your time in Java is part of a wider tour of Indonesia, check out our comprehensive Indonesia Travel Guide.