We jumped for joy with you when we heard the government of Indonesia announce the dates for this year’s Eid Al-Fitr holiday recently. In case you haven’t heard, it starts on April 29th and goes all the way to May 8, 2022. This is a great chance for all of us in Indonesia considering the prohibitions implemented during the last two Eid Al-Fitr holidays. With so little time to prepare, finding, choosing, and scheduling activities to fill the 10-day holiday may seem like an impossible feat. Fret not, however, Little Steps has done the work and gathered all the information you need so you can just pick one, two, or more and enjoy!
The Pantai Indah Kapuk or PIK area at the northern tip of Jakarta has seen a vast expansion in the last few years. You can spend a whole day exploring new things there or even have a staycation and leisurely enjoy the new developments at your convenience. You can start your day with a bike ride at PIK 2 Bike Center area, and then experience the Chinese culinary appeal of the new Chinatown, Pantjoran PIK. They have branches of famous time-tested Indonesian-Chinese restaurants there. Don't forget to snap a picture with the pagoda while you're there! Another food option is the Urban Farm area with so many treat options and instagrammable spots. Then, you can step back and take time away from the crowd and enjoy some nature at the PIK Mangrove Forest. Bring your bug spray with you! If you have time, do visit Cove at Batavia and White Sand Beach for an extra fun time.
Pantjoran PIK, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta, +6281212985500, Instagram
Cove At Batavia PIK, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta, Instagram
Urban Farm PIK, Golf Island, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta, +6281911950188, Instagram
Little Steps loves a short vacation in Bandung. Just 2 hours drive from Jakarta, Bandung has a lot of attractions for kids and families from flowers to animals, food, and culture. A few days in Bandung during Eid Holiday can be a lot of fun, but we highly advise you to avoid the infamous "mudik traffic jam" or your 2-hour trip can easily turn to a 10-hour one. If you have the luxury of taking a few days off before the mass holiday (cuti bersama) begins, that would be a better idea. Otherwise, we recommend you leave Jakarta right on the Eid Al. Fitr Day (May 2, 2022) and come back several days before the cuti bersama ends. Stay in one of Bandung's highly rated family-friendly hotels like Padma Bandung Hotel, and enjoy their cool weather, mountain view, and kids activities. Try crispy, buttery pastries from Harliman Boulangerie, learn some culture at Saung Angklung Mang Udjo, and spend some time at the Orchid Forest and Lembang Park & Zoo. If you're in the mood for shopping, do check out one of Bandung's factory outlets like Rumah Mode.
Harliman Boulangerie, Ruko Pariwarna Niaga Kulon No.2 , Kota Baru Parahyangan, Bandung, Instagram
Saung Angklung Mang Udjo, Jl. Padasuka No.118, Pasirlayung, Bandung, +6282182821200, angklung-udjo.co.id/bio
Orchid Forest Cikole, Wisata Hutan Pinus Anggrek Cikole-Lembang, Bandung, +628112221284, Instagram
Lembang Park And Zoo, Jl. Kolonel Masturi No.171, Sukajaya, Instagram
Rumah Mode Factory Outlet, Jl. Dr. Setiabudi No.41, Pasteur, Instagram
We all need some Vitamin Sea sometimes and there's nothing wrong with being a beach bum once in a while. Anyer Beach is at the western tip of Java island and you can reach it by car in 3 hours. In terms of accommodations, you have a bunch of options. At Novus Jiva Anyer you will be spoiled with sandy beach and modern designs complete with an ensuite tub with a view. If you have a four-legged friend or two and don't want to go on vacation without them, then head over to one of the beachfront villas in Mutiara Carita Cottages. Not only will you get a beach view, but you can also see Mount Krakatoa from this establishment! Another interesting option is the Coconut Island Carita beach resort. The main attraction here is the waterpark as well as the bamboo cottages. Be sure to beat the Eid "mudik" traffic jam and leave a few days before or after the holiday starts and come back a few days before the holiday ends!
Novus Jiva Anyer, JL Raya Anyer Carita, Km. 140 Pasauran, Serang, Banten, +6281510166492, www.novushotels.com/novusjiva
Mutiara Carita Cottages, Jl. Raya Carita Labuan KM. 7, Pandeglang, Kec. Carita, Kabupaten Pandeglang, Banten, +6281284808181, mutiara-carita.com
Coconut Island Carita, Jl. Raya Carita No.8, Caringin, Kec. Labuan, Kabupaten Pandeglang, Banten, +628111222231, Instagram
When you live in the Big Durian that Jakarta is, you are spoiled for options when it comes to luxury staycations or glamping. You can reserve a few nights at the British legacy that recently opened in Jakarta, The Langham hotel, or opt for the other 5-star hotels like The Fairmont, The Mulia, or The Raffles. If you prefer, you can also stay at Jakarta's many boutique hotels. For adventure-loving families, head to a glamping site instead. There are many options just outside the city, a couple of hours' drive away. Rancabali, Legok Kondang, and Maribaya just to name a few.
If you've been too busy to take full advantage of your sports club membership or if you don't have one yet, now is the time to get one and use it! A lot of sports clubs in Jakarta are not only for sports but it's also for community gatherings. You can either relax by the pool sipping a mocktail or get your crew together for a game of 3-on-3, there are many things you can do at the sports club. Enjoy a meal or two at the restaurants or cafe on-site, and don't forget to make use of the sauna.
Calling all mountain lovers! If beaches around Jakarta don't rock your boat and you prefer highland air instead, head over to Bogor. After about an hour's drive from South Jakarta, you will be able to breathe the fresh mountain air and enjoy the view. There are a few kids-friendly hotels you can stay at in Bogor, Ibis Styles, Novotel Bogor, and R Hotel Rancamaya just to name a few. Hire a guide to take you for a hike to one of the many waterfalls in Sentul, or walk through the paddy fields. Pay a visit to Taman Budaya Sentul for an outdoor culinary experience and outbound adventures.
Ibis Styles Bogor, Jl. Golf Estate Bogor Raya, Sukaraja, Kec. Sukaraja, Kabupaten Bogor, Jawa Barat, +622518271999, all.accor.com/hotel/9495/index.en.shtml
Novotel Bogor, Jl. Golf Estate Bogor Raya, Sukaraja, Kec. Sukaraja, Kabupaten Bogor, Jawa Barat, +622518271555, all.accor.com/hotel/0533/index.en.shtml
R Hotel Rancamaya, Jl. Rancamaya Utama, RT.03/RW.03, Kertamaya, Kec. Bogor Sel., Kota Bogor, Jawa Barat, +622518248899, rhotelrancamaya.com
Taman Budaya Sentul, Jl. Siliwangi No.1, Sumur Batu, Kec. Babakan Madang, Kabupaten Bogor, Jawa Barat, +622187961580, tamanbudaya.co.id
This Eid holiday is a great time to explore wonderful Indonesia. It may be a bit busy and last minute, but it is still possible to book a trip to Labuan Bajo, Indonesia. There are a lot of things to do there: trekking, meeting the Komodo dragons, watching the sunset with bats hovering around, seeing the pink beach up close, snorkeling, and living aboard a phinisi boat! When you're done with your adventure, stay a few extra nights at one of their luxury resorts like Ayana Komodo and Plataran Komodo. It will be an adventure of a lifetime!
Ayana Komodo, Pantai Waecicu, Labuan Bajo, Kab, Kabupaten Manggarai Barat, Nusa Tenggara Timur, +6281138202288, www.ayana.com/labuan-bajo/komodo
Plataran Komodo, Labuan Bajo, Komodo, West Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, +6281139002121, www.plataran.com/plataran-komodo
Find Every Tour, +6285695693747, findeverytour.com
If there's anything Jakarta is famous for during the Eid holiday, it's the lack of traffic jams and people! Take full advantage of this time when most of Jakarta's population is out of town and go visit the local attractions that would normally be full. Bike around the city, visit the playgrounds, try out the MRT, restaurant and cafe hopping, and more!
Get away from the busy city life to the Thousand Islands or Kepulauan Seribu, just north of Jakarta. Reachable by boat from the marina, you can make it a day trip or stay a few nights at one of the islands. Get a full holiday package from Tiger Island Eco Resort, or book a tour to Putri Island, Tidung Island, Bidadari Island, and many more.
Get your besties and their families together for a day cruise with a private phinisi boat! With a minimum of 20 people, you can charter a boat for half a day and cruise around the waters of Jakarta. If you wish, you can even charter the boat to visit one of the islands in the Thousand Islands. If you can't gather a large group, there is a possibility of joining the sunset cruise instead. Just give them a call or send a message to get more information on the options!
Jakarta Phinisi by Trizara, +6281262232884, www.jakartaphinisi.com