Family road trips make the best childhood memories. If you need ideas for your next getaway, why not drive to one of the tranquil villas or fun resorts for respite? If you are based in Jakarta or the surrounding area, there are many options that you can choose from. Moreover, with the new Trans Java toll road, it is easier and faster than ever to reach these places! Little Steps has selected the favorite villas and resorts reachable by car from Jakarta. So pack your bags into the trunk and go!
Nestled in the heart of Java, Amanjiwo is situated in close proximity to the region's most renowned attractions including Candi Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple that is one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites less than 3 kilometers away. Part of the Aman Group, the luxurious, 5-star resort consists of a large rotunda on the foot of a hill with villas surrounding it, along with a pool. It is surrounded by a magnificent landscape of farmland and trees, purely surrounded by nature. They offer a variety of villas, ranging from a suite amidst the rice paddies complete with a private pool to a suite overlooking Borobudur Temple and the mountains that envelop Amanjiwo.
Do you or your little one love animals? Baobab Safari Resort is a great place to go! You can wake up to a beautiful view of plants and animals roaming around their habitat, or enjoy a meal with a friendly giraffe asking you for treats. Buffalo, rhinos, zebra, wildebeest, and giraffes are just some of the many amazing animals you can see there! It’s located on the slopes of Arjuna Mountain, so you can also enjoy the blue skies, pleasant temperature, and mountain views. With 148 fully equipped rooms plus 4-star facilities and services, Baobab Safari Resort is definitely a place worth visiting.
Padma Hotel in Bandung is an incredible place to visit, even if it's just for a short weekend trip! With a nice, heated swimming pool, entertainment room, and even a huge outdoor playground that can entertain kids for hours, it’s the perfect place to take the whole family. What's more, they even have a flying fox, a mini petting zoo, and mini golf! Padma Hotel also provides scrumptious breakfast buffets, delicious afternoon tea + snacks, and has wonderful service. Read more about this wonderful hotel here.
Immerse in Javanese culture with authentic Joglo houses at MesaStila Resort And Spa. This resort used to be a coffee plantation and it was adapted to become a large resort where guests can take time and relax. Every stay includes morning yoga and a comprehensive coffee plantation tour. The staff hospitality is a real treat no matter what activity you choose. Little Steps especially love their 'jamu' and food made using ingredients grown in-house. Other activities include horse riding and trekking. Kids love to roam around the wide-open area and see the farm animals. Don't miss their complimentary afternoon tea and snacks and give their color-changing Secang tea a try!
MesaStila Resort And Spa, Jl. MesaStila Jl. Losari, Rw.3, Losari, Kec. Grabag, Kabupaten Magelang, Central Java, +628112655963, www.mesastilaresortandspa.com
Part of the luxury Indonesian brand, Plataran, the Plataran Bromo is a luxury resort nestled at the gateway to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For your stay, you can choose either one of their spacious suites or peaceful houses. There are a lot of activities you can do with the family during your stay: horse riding, a campervan picnic, and a trip to Mount Bromo just to name a few. If you don't feel like driving all the way to East Java, you can have a taste of Plataran hospitality at Villa Puncak by Plataran, just an hour away from Jakarta.
Plataran Bromo, Ngadiwono, Tosari, Pasuruan East Java, +6281235879673, www.plataran.com/plataran-bromo
A 5-hour drive away from Jakarta, Ciletuh Hills Lodge and Cafe is located in the heart of Ciletuh Geopark. This UNESCO-certified tourist spot has long attracted people from all around. Providing excellent eco-friendly huts and a stunning landscape, Ciletuh Hills is a great place to unwind and enjoy all nature has to offer. Experience going on a safari tour and try trekking, or for something more relaxing, you can also go biking or tour the surrounding islands. For more information, check their official website.
Ciletuh Hills, Jalan Raya Cikanteh No.1, Sukabumi, West Java, +628118985590, www.ciletuhhills.com
A 20-hectare eco-friendly resort in Carita Beach, Mutiara Carita Cottages has been in business since 1994 and has long been the place of choice for tourists all around the world. With views of mountains, islands, and the blue ocean, the resort is a choice to consider for a weekend stay or a relaxing break. Mutiara Carita Cottages provides a wide range of villas to suit your needs and also has tons of activities to participate in with your family and friends, including visiting the minizoo and canoeing. Little Steps recommends one of the pet-friendly VIP villas or the Super Royal cottages. Book your stay at their official website now!
Mutiara Carita Cottages, Jl. Raya Carita Labuan KM. 7, Banten 42264, +6281284808181, mutiara-carita.com
Good news for onsen lovers! You don't have to go all the way to Japan to enjoy a hot spring water bath. Just under 6 hours away from Jakarta, Joglo Ageng by Horison is a new Hotel Resort in Guci, Tegal in Central Java. They boast spacious rooms and villas for guests to take time for respite from the hustle and bustle of big cities and rejuvenate in their hot spring water pool. For the adventurous at heart, there are plenty of activities around the resort to choose from. You can trek to a waterfall nearby, visit a traditional market, or get splashed river rafting!
Joglo Ageng, Jl Lingkar Barat, Kalengan, Guci, Tegal, +6281230007976, Instagram
Revive your inner soul at Novus Jiva Anyer Villa Resort and Spa, and feel the difference! Just about 3 hours away from Jakarta by car, this beach resort offers rooms and villas perched amongst greeneries as well as a pool overlooking the Java Sea. Enjoy meals prepared using fresh local ingredients at the Serai Restaurant, Sarasa Lounge, or Upper Circle, and be sure to take the time to get pampered at the Daiva Spa. Don't worry, with the Barefoot Beach, a Kid's Club and a Game Room, the little ones can be entertained all day long!
Novus Jiva Anyer, JL Raya Anyer Carita, Km. 140 Pasauran, Serang, Banten, +622546530888, www.novushotels.com/novusjiva
Oula Villa is a multiple-bedroom private villa that can fit up to 25 people. Located in Cisarua, Bogor, just over an hour's drive from Jakarta. With a clean and modern design, this villa will make a great choice for a large family gathering. There is a swimming pool and plenty of seating areas that can accommodate everyone staying there. They have different rates for weekdays, weekends, and public holidays, so go ahead and send them a message to find out more!
Oula Villa Cisarua, Jl. Tegalpanjang, Tugu Selatan, Cisarua, Bogor, +6285776168010, Instagram