HEART OF JAVA PACKAGE
Alila Solo - Immersive Destination Discoveries, Active Adventures and Cultural Encounters
21 August 2015
Alila Solo, in Surakarta Central, Java, is set to open in November 2015 as the city’s first luxury lifestyle hotel: a city resort meets urban retreat that is both tradition-inspired and technology-driven. Eagerly anticipated for numerous benchmark reasons – innovative architecture, exclusive batik design, the city’s largest hotel ballroom and highest rooftop bar – not least of which includes the launch of Alila Solo Experiences.
Immersive, educative and active, memorable, romantic or invigorating, Alila Experiences are lifestyle encounters carefully curated by the Leisure Concierge team to showcase the hotel’s incredible destination – its history and traditions, cuisine and crafts, environment and architecture, daily life and rituals. Recognising that perfection is defined individually, and holidays are about exploring specific interests or cultivating personal priorities, Alila Experiences are grouped according to lifestyle preference or vacation focus: Cultural Learning, Conscious Living, Active Spirit, Culinary Delights, Private Pursuits and Couple Celebration.
Interactive encounters that offer a window into Javanese culture and daily life: four incredible itineraries that span history, religion, ritual, architecture and art. Tale of Two Sultans: step back in time to physically and historically explore the city’s two ruling royal palaces, Keraton Kasunanan and Pura Mangkunegaran. House of Danar Hadi: muse over a mesmerising museum collection that showcases Indonesia’s cultural legacy – batik art, Morning Markets: meander Java’s vibrant markets, sampling local delicacies and honing bargaining skills at Pasar Gede and Pasar Antik Triwindu. A Short History of Solo: view invaluable artefacts at Radya Pustaka Museum including works by famous 19th century poet Rangga Warsita, DEIC cannons, mystical sculptures, wayang puppets and Javanese keris daggers.
Wellbeing encounters that centre around healthy living and local wisdom: spa treatments, cuisine, yoga and meditation. Private 45-minute sessions can be undertaken in the Spa or room/suite. Alila Solo’s Spa Alila is a sanctuary that blends Asian healing techniques with age-old beauty recipes. Products are a creative and curative combination of indigenous ingredients (plants, fruits, herbs and spices): soothing cucumber and aloe vera, refreshing lemongrass and ginger, and toning/conditioning coffee and coconut.
Destination discoveries designed for those who live life to the fullest: four exhilarating active adventures. Two to Candi: breath-taking temple trail to Candi Cetho, a Hindu place of worship associated with clarity and rebirth, and Candi Sukuh, a striking truncated-pyramid style temple of fertility. Fresh Lawu: a 6-hour adventure that entails fresh air, cascading waterfalls, dramatic temples and rolling tea plantations. Rafting Wild Elo (Magelang): an awe-inspiring 12.5km white-water rafting trip with two paces, family friendly or adrenaline pumping. Tale of Three Temples: tour of UNESCO Borobudur Temple (world’s largest Buddhist monument), Candi Ratu Boko (dating to the Saliendra Dynasty between 760-780) and Candi Prambanan (8th century temple and world’s most beautiful example of Hindu architecture).
Gourmet travellers will relish the opportunity to savour regional flavours and national dishes, discover authentic delicacies and local spice secrets. Get interactive with a chef-accompanied market tour and cooking class or indulge with a Rijsttafel dining experience, Alila Solo’s contemporary version of a Dutch colonial feast, representing the multi-ethnic culinary heritage of the Indonesian archipelago.
Designed to inspire and nurture creativity, these recreational classes introduce Solo’s cultural wonders, courtly rituals and artistic traditions. Take a closer look at a stunning collection of the traditional Javanese dagger (keris), its enchanting centuries-old mystical lore and ancestral craft techniques using precious metals and gemstone embellishments. Explore the shops and stately architecture of Kampung Kauman, perusing the range of authentic, hand-painted fabrics and picking up a few pointers at a Batik art class. Or imagine a bygone royal court era whilst practising the intricate hand movements, subtle head turns and graceful steps of classical Javanese dance at a Soerya Soemirat Dance Workshop.
All about quality time, these unforgettable experiences are perfect for honeymoons, anniversaries or romantic gateways: from a candle, lantern and starlit duo dinner at poolside Largo or a quintessentially English high tea for two, to a romantic picnic day trip set against the backdrop of rolling green plains and Candi Sukuh, Mount Lawu’s stunning fertility temple.
Discover iconic landmarks and hidden treasures; appreciate art and adrenalin-fuelled activities; explore local wellbeing, cuisine, and dance….let your Alila Solo Experience begin.
HEART OF JAVA PACKAGE
With an overwhelming choice of Alila Solo Experiences, this package is the perfect place to start. Venture off the beaten path and discover enchanting Solo: a land of striking temples, haunting palaces and bustling markets. A three-night itinerary that immerses guests in the cultural heart of Solo and its surrounds, whilst offering the cocooning comforts of Central Java’s hottest new hotel: Alila Solo. Heart of Java from IDR 5,500,000 per couple, inclusive of 3 nights accommodation with daily breakfast, entrance fees to royal keraton, Borobudur and Prambanan temples; driver and vehicle for day 2 and 3, round-trip airport transfers, and spa treatments as listed. Excludes: additional meals, 21% tax and service charges.
Arrival day – unwind with a 60-minute aromatherapy massage and dine at leisure.
Day 2 – explore vibrant Solo visiting the royal Keraton; browse Triwindu antiques market; lunch at colonial art-deco Roemahku; batik shop at Kampung Kauman; sample local snacks at Pasar Gede (the city’s oldest traditional market); then retreat to Alila Solo for plunge pool dip and steambath/sauna detoxifying session.
Day 3 – arise early to take in UNESCO Borobudur (largest Buddhist temple in the world); lunch at Amanjiwo; tour Yogyakarta visiting Kota Gede (silversmith district) or Taman Sari (royal bathing garden); view Prambanan temple en-route back to Alila Solo where a 30-minute foot ritual and reflexology session awaits.
Departure day: complimentary late checkout and exclusive memento gift.
Alila Solo Room Rates start from from US$90++ per night or IDR 1,056,000++ based on two people sharing.
For more information visit www.alilahotels.com/solo