In the middle of our guided tour around Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel, yes, they have guided tours inside, I left the group and wandered off the old and historic corridors. My feet led me to an open aired hall where a number of staff were preparing for the royal tea ceremony. I climbed up a few steps, removed my flip flops and sauntered towards the wooden poles. I halted in the middle and stared at the intricate carvings on the ceiling. I stood there so long that I didn't realize the tea ceremony had started.
Yogyakarta was our third stop on Trip of Wonders 2016, a twelve-day exploration on different key destinations in Indonesia by the Ministry of Tourism with 40+ souls from different Southeast Asian countries. We just came from Jakarta (for a quick overnight stop) and Bandung before heading to our next adventure.
My spacious Deluxe Room (check for discounted rates here) on the fifth level felt cozy as wood tones and dimmed lights filled the room. In contrast, the bed was in pure white as with the sheer drapes which balanced it all out.
The huge queen-sized bed with its premium beddings with pillow-top mattress was very inviting that I wanted to jump into it right away. The headboard with its funky metal design over a mirror added a special touch.
At three in the morning, we left the hotel’s premises to catch the sunrise at Borobudur. Breakfast food packs from the Royal Restaurant were given and it included freshly-baked goodies and the oh-so-good pizza! I super love it.
Coming back from our Borobudur adventure we went back to Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel and had a tour inside its historic spots. Dubbed as the Seven Wonders of Royal Ambarrukmo, there are certain areas around the hotel complex that’s definitely worth a visit when you’re in Yogyakarta.
There were also some full-scale copper sculptures around the Royal Pool, commissioned by the late President Sukarno, featuring the craftsmanship of local artisans.
I deviated from the tour and went exploring on my own. My wandering led me to an old open aired hall with wooden posts and lintels. This is where we’re going to have the royal tea ceremony, I whispered as I went into the middle of the square and glanced at the intricate carvings on the ceiling with an inscribed date of 1859. It was so beautiful that I held that pose for a minute or so, checking out the littlest detail. I was enjoying my solitude when my group arrived for the royal high tea ceremony or Patehan.
|Served with traditional Javanese rice cakes and desserts|
|Javanese traditional Patehan|
It was six in the morning when I got up, grabbed some coffee and had it at the balcony. In an hour or so we’ll be leaving Yogyakarta and so my contemplation went on and on; I haven't had my favorite fried chicken on a food stall that I had the last time, I haven’t gone to Jalan Sosworijayan, backpacker’s district, to hang-out and so much more. More reasons to come back eh?
Breakfast buffet was served at Royal Restaurant. Again, the wood theme echoed all throughout the restaurant as wooden furniture and furnishings were employed. Different food stations surrounded the space and it was an extensive buffet spread.
|Not my plate though. I was too happy with my pizza and congee that I ate it right away. Haha|
Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel (check for discounted rates)
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