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About Java

Bordered by the Indian Ocean to one side and the Java Sea on the other, Java is the world’s most populous island. Home to Indonesia's famously bustling capital city of Jakarta, this big, buzzy island is also breathtakingly beautiful — and all too often overlooked by travellers making a bee-line for Bali. Delve a little deeper and you’ll find a plethora of chic city hotels and restful jungle retreats nestled amidst the verdant mountains of Java’s interior. Brilliant for romantic escapes or fun-filled family holidays, the best places to stay in Java await.

Home to more than half of Indonesia’s population, Java’s hotspots promise heritage landmarks and skyscrapers, elaborate temples, shopping malls, late-night street food and gourmet cuisine galore. The old and new jostle for space in Jakarta, which makes for a fascinating capital city. The port metropolis of Semarang, with its enduring Chinese influence, is another intriguing hub. Both boast flavoursome Javanese cuisine, and cooking classes or food-focused city tours come highly recommended.

To soak up the magic of rural Java, venture into the jungle-clad foothills of volcanic mountains and wind your way through lush valleys criss-crossed by misty rivers. This rich ecosystem will delight wildlife enthusiasts, as well as outdoorsy travellers who can hike, mountain bike and horse ride on challenging trails. Ancient archaeological wonders — such as the Prambanan complex, the Hindu temples of the Dieng Plateau and the Buddhist Borobudur Temple — are dazzling. Some of the best places to stay in Java are tucked close to these historic gems, perfect for unwinding in absolute bliss after terrific days of exploring.

The Best Places to Stay in Java

For Urban Luxury

  • Raffles Jakarta lives up to the group's classic reputation for timeless luxury. Well-appointed rooms and suites fuse design elements of both East and West, and guests can delight in the spa, fitness centre, swimming pool and multiple swish eateries. The 3,000sqm of meeting spaces make this an exceptional events destination.
  • The Langham Jakarta is a glamorous city hotel with sophisticated white-on-white interiors. Fabulous suites have crisp white linens, skycraper views and white marble bathrooms with generous free-standing tubs. Highlights include two swimming pools, a serene spa and three dining options. Absolute luxury for well-heeled travellers.
  • The Hermitage is a historic property in Jakarta's exclusive Menteng district. Rooms have high ceilings, cream-coloured upholstery, antique furnishings and polished wooden floors. Kick back in the swimming pool, dine at the terrific restaurant, or host a memorable party in the classic events spaces. One for fans of heritage splendour in the city.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta promises a five-star stay in lavish rooms and suites with elegant chandeliers, beds backed with imposing headboards and gold accents. The opulence continues in the sumptuous spa, the two terrific restaurants, the chic bars and the playful patisserie. Art aficionados can admire the extensive collection of work by Indonesian artists. Exceptional.

For Families

  • Villa Borobudur Resort offers a collection of hand-carved teak joglos — traditional villas — with private pools and mesmerising jungle views. Boasting multiple bedrooms, these villas are perfect for family trips. Borobudur Temple is just 10 minutes' drive away, there are art workshops, yoga classes and a Javanese restaurant. Ideal.
  • The Ritz-Carlton Mega Kuningan Jakarta has spacious contemporary suites with panoramic city views and black marble bathrooms, as well as four striking spa villas with plunge pools. The excellent Ritz Kids Club will delight families, as will the large swimming pool and multiple dining options. Family-friendly luxury.
  • Mandarin Oriental Jakarta has classic interiors featuring Indonesian textiles and all the mod-cons. Unwind at the spa whilst the little ones enjoy treasure hunts at the kids club, or explore the city before gathering for delicious dinners at the six eateries. Very indulgent.
  • Padma Hotel Semarang offers chic rooms, suites and multi-bedroom apartments. Families will appreciate the kids club, the children's pool with water slide, and the array of craft workshops for guests of all ages. Set in Semarang, this is a bright, bold option for a city stay.

For a Romantic Hideaway

  • Mesa Stila Resort is made up of a collection of antique Javanese houses with pitched tiled roofs and classic interiors featuring four-poster beds. A honeymoon favourite for active travellers, the resort offers an outdoor pool, Turkish hammam, tennis courts, spa, jungle gym and clubhouse. The fabulous Javanese cuisine is a real treat. On a coffee plantation near the heart of the island.
  • The Gunawarman is an sophisticated colonial-era property with superb rooms and suites, a craft cocktail bar and a swish European restaurant. Romantic couples will adore the wood-panelled rooms with big bathtubs and verdant views. A chic boutique bolthole in Jakarta, this is a top honeymoon stopover.
  • Plataran Borobudur offers gorgeous private villas with swimming pools and spectacular views, nestled in the jungle. Elegant interiors feature four-poster beds, antique wooden doors and breeze-blown white drapes. A serene, romantic escape, complete with a splendid spa, stables and yoga pavilion.
  • Amanjiwo promises unparalleled luxury close to magical Borobudur Temple. A splendid retreat for wellness enthusiasts and romantics, this Aman resort has a sumptuous spa, tennis court, gardens and suites with secluded terraces; some have plunge pools. Exquisite.

For Great Value

  • Ashley Tanah Abang is a smart Jakarta hotel set around an inviting swimming pool. Affordable, compact rooms are stylish and modern, with a restful grey, blue and white colour palette. Business travellers will appreciate the meeting and conference spaces, whilst all guests can enjoy the gym, bar and casual Adele Restaurant's local and international dishes.
  • Lamandau House has just 12 chic rooms, studios and apartments in Jakarta. Interiors boast cosy sitting areas, sofa beds for additional guests and large windows, with sage green and pale blue accents. Pick this south-west Jakarta spot for its friendly feel and great value.


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Best Hotels in Java

  • Ashley Tanah Abang Jakarta (Java) 118 rooms from £37

    Local markets  -  Join Jakarta's shoppers at the nearby Tanah Abang market, where you can fill your bags with everything from clothing to crafts
    Business meetings  -  Smart function rooms and meeting spaces - as well as a central location - make this a great business trip choice
    City Style  -  A stylish city hotel with modern amenities and chic interiors, perfect for a short break in Jakarta
    Restaurant  -  Adele Restaurant offers local specialities and international dishes in a lively, casual dining environment
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    A smart yet affordable city hotel with contemporary rooms, a large swimming pool, gym and casual dining restaurant. Highlights include the meeting spaces for conferences and parties, as well as the proximity to the fabulous Tanah Abang Market. For couples, friends, families and business travellers. See More

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  • Lamandau House Jakarta (Java) 12 rooms from £38

    Local markets  -  Immerse yourself in the bustle of Pasar Mayestik and Pasar Burung Taman Puring markets in the early mornings
    City Style  -  Individually designed rooms combine post-colonial architecture with mid-century furnishings and style
    Value chic  -  A chic, contemporary boutique hotel offering a stylish city stay at very affordable rates
    Families  -  Larger suites and apartments are great for families or groups of friends
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    A chic little hotel with 12 contemporary rooms, studios and apartments. Sofa beds create additional space for families or groups of friends, who will also appreciate private sitting areas with TVs. Simple, friendly and affordable, this is a great base in south-west Jakarta. See More

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  • Padma Hotel Semarang Semarang (Indonesia) 224 rooms from £95

    Families  -  Brilliant for families, the hotel has a fun kids' club, a water slide in the kids' pool and rooms with space for little ones
    Great walks  -  Stroll through the Semarang Old Town with an expert guide for a flavour of the city's rich culture and origins
    City Style  -  A swish city hotel with big, stylish rooms and suites as well as excellent facilities in a great location
    Art Classes  -  Painting and food decorating workshops for children are a kids' club highlight
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    A contemporary hotel in central Semarang, this is a brilliant spot for families, who will love the kids' club, pool with waterslide & crafts workshops. Rooms, suites & apartments are swish & inviting, with big windows & bathtubs. Dine at the Chinese eatery or the gelateria. A stylish city base. See More

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  • Mandarin Oriental Jakarta Jakarta (Java) 272 rooms from £103

    Business meetings  -  Proud to be Java's most centrally located business meeting venue, with private rooms of various sizes for conferences & dining
    Cooking classes  -  Take a fabulous mixology class with the hotel's expert bartenders, learning to craft classic cocktails at home
    Families  -  Family friendly accomodation and complimentary treasure hunt that will entrall all ages
    5* Luxury  -  As with all Mandarin Oriental properties you can expect top notch luxury and service as standard
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    A swish city hotel in a fantastically central location, perfect for business meetings or opulent weddings. Rooms and suites offer appealing seating areas, smart bathrooms and city views. Unwind at the spa or in the swimming pool before sampling the hotel's six dining options. Fabulous. See More

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  • The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Mega Kuningan Jakarta (Java) 318 rooms from £119

    Spa breaks  -  With 19 luxurious treatment rooms and four dedicated spa villas - the only ones in Jakarta - the Ritz Spa is exceptional
    Families  -  With its spacious accommodations and superb kids club, this makes an excellent family pick
    City Style  -  A landmark hotel oozing old-world glamour, perfect for a sophisticated stay in the city
    Private villas  -  The hotel's four indulgent spa villas have private outdoor soaking tubs
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    Known for its classic glamour, the Ritz-Carlton Mega Kuningan boasts a sumptuous spa, chic restaurants and spacious suites with black marble bathrooms. The four spa villas are the only ones of their kind in the city. Private dining spaces and enormous meeting rooms abound. A charming luxury choice. See More

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  • The Gunawarman Jakarta 35 rooms from £119

    Romantic Break  -  An elegant colonial property with a craft cocktail bar, fine dining restaurant & romantic wood-panelled rooms for couples
    Golf  -  Play a round at one of eight nearby golf courses, including the Royale Jakarta Golf Club and Imperial Klub Golf
    Short break  -  A swish choice for a city break, with stacks of old-school character in a fascinating city
    Museums  -  The National Museum of Indonesia hosts a range of excellent exhibitions
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    An imposing colonial building in the central business district. Lovingly restored throughout, the property has polished parquet floors, wooden clad walls and antique furniture. Dine on exemplary European cuisine and sip cocktails in the atmospheric bar. A chic & romantic boutique city break choice. See More

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  • The Hermitage, Jakarta Jakarta (Menteng) 90 rooms from £136

    Local markets  -  Scour the Jalan Surabaya art & antiques market, just five minutes' drive away, for unique pieces
    Romantic Break  -  A wonderfully romantic heritage hotel with elegant suites, a beautiful restaurant and swish bars
    Weddings  -  A beautiful wedding venue with superb fine dining, marvellous views and multiple event spaces
    Museums  -  Admire fascinating exhibits at the National Museum
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    An historic property in the exclusive Menteng district. Colonial in style throughout - think high ceilings, antique furniture and gently whirring fans. The restaurant is one of Jakarta's most popular spots, and the pool and spa are a welcome respite after a day exploring the city. See More

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  • Villa Borobudur Resort Magelang, Java 6 rooms from £160

    Back to Nature  -  A restful hideaway in the forests of Central Java, perfect for keen birdwatchers, hikers, cyclists and history buffs
    Families  -  Multi-bedroom villas with private pools are brilliant for families or groups of friends travelling together
    Sights nearby  -  Beautiful Borobudur Temple is just 10 minutes' drive away and an absolute must-see
    Views  -  Overlooking the stunning majestic volcanoes of Mount Merapi and Mount Merbabu
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    A collection of hand-carved teak joglos - traditional villas - just 10 minutes' drive from Borobudur Temple. Interiors are a clever combination of heritage design complemented by modern day luxury and all boast a private pool and stunning views. Taste Java champions authentic local cuisine. Magical! See More

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  • Raffles Jakarta Jakarta (Java) 173 rooms from £184

    City Style  -  A sophisticated city hotel with smart suites, fabulous restaurants and top-notch facilities
    Business meetings  -  Over 3,600 sqm of meeting spaces and conference rooms make this a fantastic business hotel
    Spa  -  Enjoy rejuvenating massages and traditional Indonesian wellness treatments at the superb Raffles Spa
    Restaurant  -  Dine at the Arts Cafe or poolside at Navina
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    A sophisticated city hotel for business travellers & well-heeled holidaymakers of all ages. Expect chic rooms & suites, excellent dining options, a large swimming pool, a tennis court and a soothing spa with fitness centre. Over 3,000sqm of meeting spaces for events. Brilliant for families, too. See More

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  • The Langham Jakarta Jakarta (Java) 223 rooms from £199

    City Style  -  A glamorous city hotel with top-notch facilities - including two pools - and multiple meeting spaces & eateries
    Romantic Break  -  Swish suites with marble bathrooms and big beds invite couples to unwind after delicious drinks & dinners
    Designer Shopping  -  Shop at ASHTA or the Pacific Place Mall in the CBD, where you'll find designer boutiques aplenty
    Restaurant  -  Savour Cantonese cuisine at T'ang Court, British dishes at Tom's and French fare at Alice's
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    A glamorous city hotel with fabulous rooms and suites overlooking the skyscrapers of the CBD. Impressive marble bathrooms have big free-standing tubs, there are two swimming pools, a serene spa and three fantastic dining options. One for romantic couples or stylish business travellers. See More

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  • Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta Jakarta (Java) 125 rooms from £202

    5* Luxury  -  As with all Four Seasons properties you can expect top notch luxury throughout and the highest levels of service
    City Style  -  A sophisticated landmark with fabulous events spaces near the SCBD, perfect for business or leisure in Jakarta
    Romantic Break  -  Romantic suites, a superb spa and delectable dining options make this a top pick for a couples' holiday
    Artworks  -  The hotel's art collection is impressive, and includes work by top Indonesian artists
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    A five star city hotel for well-heeled holidaymakers or business travellers with extensive meeting spaces, a soothing spa, swimming pool, multiple bars and eateries, and an impressive art collection. Opulent rooms and suites provide havens for even the fussiest guest. Unbridled luxury at its best! See More

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  • Mesa Stila Resort Central Java 24 rooms from £211

    Cycling  -  Cycle through verdant jungle filled with birdsong and between bright green paddy fields in the early morning or evening
    Honeymoons  -  A gorgeous honeymoon hideaway, with four-poster beds in villas with superb views, delicious fare and activites galore
    Spa breaks  -  A beautiful, wellness-focused resort, with an exceptional spa, jungle gym and delectable organic cuisine
    Yoga  -  Rise early for power yoga classes, or challenge yourself to Javanese dance and martial arts classes
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    Luxury villas set in a coffee plantation. Colonial-style interiors have enormous four-poster beds, traditional Balinese wooden furniture, large verandahs and antiques. An outdoor pool, Turkish hammam, jungle gym, tennis courts, spa, clubhouse & superb Javanese cuisine complete the picture. See More

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  • Plataran Borobudur Magelang Central Java 21 rooms from £241

    Families  -  With a host of activities on offer and plenty of personal space this is the ideal spot for some quality family time.
    Hideaway  -  Find tranquility amidst the Indonesian forest inside your own luxury private villa.
    Great walks  -  Hike through the tropical forest on trails starting straight from the property.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the majestic Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple.
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    A scattering of beautifully constructed private villas set amidst the tropical Indonesian forest. Each villa combines traditional style with plenty of contemporary comforts while also boasting their own pool. A butler service makes sure every need is taken care of and the spa is utterly spoiling. See More

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  • Amanjiwo Jawa Tengah, Java 36 rooms from £702

    Spa breaks  -  Try the traditional Mandi Lulur or Lulur Hitam ritual at the exquisite AMAN spa, a highlight of this magical retreat
    Honeymoons  -  An immensely romantic hideaway for couples who can book chic, minimalist suites with private pools and garden views
    Trekking  -  Hike into the verdant Menoreh Hills or up Mount Merapi, stopping for a picnic at a gorgeous viewpoint
    Learning  -  Discover the ancient temples of Yogjakarta with Patrick, the hotel's resident anthropologist
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    Amanjiwa is a splendid retreat for wellness enthusiasts and romantics. Unwind in luxury suites, some with private pools, dine on fabulous cuisine, hit the spa, pool & tennis court, or explore temples & enjoy jungle hikes & cycles. An exceptional hideaway within sight of the magical Borobudur ruins. See More

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