Lush, scenic, cool-weathered – plus some surplus shopping therapy. Bandung ticks all the boxes when looking for a comfortable getaway, considering it’s only a three-hour drive south from the megapolis of Jakarta and now also serves direct international flights. So after a week-long adventure island-hopping in Makassar and Gili Islands, Lombok then hiking a blue-fire volcano in Banyuwangi, our Trip of Wonders media tour fittingly settled to a rewarding end in this relatively laid-back West Javan conurbation, where we checked in at the five-star Sheraton Bandung Hotel and Towers.
This resort-like hotel is a perfect staycation, especially for those traveling with their family. Located a few kilometers north of the city center, there are a handful of “one-hour gems” or attractions nearby worth discovering such as Wot Batu, Bird & Bromeli Pavilion and Armor Coffee. On top of the great ambiance and five-star facilities, my hotel experience was completed with the warm, attentive and very accommodating staff.
Sheraton Bandung Hotel and Towers has 156 hotel rooms (including 11 suites), a restaurant, a spa and fitness center built around a plunge pool surrounded by coconut and frangipani trees, exuding a restful resort atmosphere. All rooms are modern with chic design, offering an enchanting views of the garden, pool or mountains from the private balcony. Accommodations are equipped with LCD TV, a laptop-sized safe deposit box, walk-in rain shower, refreshment center, smart desk and a comfortable sofa.
The exclusive Towers rooms come with access to the Towers Lounge where you can enjoy complimentary afternoon tea and cocktail buffets at their classy dining room, which opens up to a balcony with outdoor seating and attractive views of the hillside neighborhood and distant mountains.
The hotel was designed for children to enjoy their stay as much as the grown-ups with a playroom (with both western toys and native games and instruments such as the angklung and congklak), a rabbit pen, complimentary horse rides and free ice-cream!
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at Feast Restaurant, an ideal venue for family gatherings, romantic dinners or corporate meetings. The restaurant serves up an array of international and authentic local dishes in a warm and casual atmosphere overlooking the swimming pool. Signature dishes you should try include the seared sea bass or traditional Sundanese favourite nasi tutug oncom, which features grilled fermented soybean wrapped in banana leaf. Finish off your meal with a sweet note by noshing on delicious slice of baked cheese cake.
How to Get There
Sheraton Bandung Hotel and Towers is a 20-minute drive (8 kilometers) from Husein Sastranegara International Airport. The hotel can arrange private transfers to and from the airport.
Sheraton Bandung Hotel & Towers
Address: Jalan Ir. H. Juanda No. 390, Bandung, IDWJ, 40135, Indonesia
Contact Number: +62 22 2500303
This blog post was made possible through Trip of Wonders, a media tour held last July 22 to August 1, 2016 for ASEAN online influencers, organized by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia.