Plataran Borobudur, 04 April 2018

3D2N at Plataran Borobudur

Over the Easter long weekend, we headed to Yogyakarta with our
friends for a short holiday. It was a much needed period of quality
family time, and I think all of us left with many fond memories of our
stay at Plataran Borobudur.


We booked the airport transfer from Plataran directly, as we had four
adults and five kids, and needed a minivan to transport all of us
there. The driver was waiting for us at the arrivals exit, and helped us
with our bags immediately. There were complimentary cold drinks and
snacks provided in the minivan, and our 1.5 hour ride was very smooth.


On our way to Plataran Borobudur



Welcome drinks and snacks in the minivan



When we arrived at the lobby, we were greeted by soothing gamelan
music, and cold welcome drinks. The children were quite fascinated by
the gamelan, and the older boys got to try playing it for a while too.
The receptionist pointed out the view of Borobudur from the lobby, and
told us that we could get a better view of it from the restaurant, where
we could enjoy our daily complimentary afternoon tea.


Gamelan at the lobby




Helping themselves to the welcome drinks



The lobby




View of Borobudur from the lobby




A truck came to send us to our connecting villas, and we were all
immediately awed by how lovely the villas were. We loved that each villa
was really private, and surrounded by nature. Sure there were bugs, but
there were many essential oil burners set up in the villa, so we
weren’t really bothered by the insects. The children loved looking at
the fish in the small pond outside, and the private pool was a perfect
respite from the heat. Some people (not me) even went skinny dipping in
it!


Welcome to our villa






Outside the villa






Happy babies










At the pool



We requested for an extra bed for N to be set up in our villa, and
took the two sofa seats from outside our villa to be used as mattresses
for the twins. There was still plenty of room for everyone to walk
around, which is something we really appreciate, with three young and
active kids.


Inside the villa







Looking longingly at Daddy and KorKor in the pool




N couldn’t stop gushing over how big the bathroom was, and it was a
bit of a pity that we didn’t have time to use the bathtub at all. But
then again, why soak in a bathtub when you can swim in the private pool
outside, right? The shower area was large enough for all five of us,
which was great when we had to shower all the kids after swimming. I
also liked that the basic toiletries were provided, and that the
shampoo, conditioner, body soap, body lotion, and even mosquito
repellent, came in elegant porcelain containers, since that means less
wastage. There were even ear plugs provided, though I’m not sure when we
would have needed them.


The spacious bathroom






We headed to the restaurant for our complimentary afternoon tea
shortly after we checked into our villa, and I think the highlight was
the telescope set up there. We took turns to look at Borobudur, and were
amazed that we could even see the people climbing up and walking around
on it. The restaurant staff helped to adjust the telescope so that the
older boys could view Borobodur, and took the initiative to ask us if we
would like to make dinner reservations there.


Afternoon tea



Condiments for the tea



Can you see Borobodur in the background?



Looking at Borobudur through the telescope



View of Borobudur from the restaurant





After our afternoon tea, we went to look for the mini zoo, which was a
short walk away from the restaurant. There were peacocks, turkeys,
chickens, birds, deer, and some giant turtles (which were hiding in the
shade when we visited). The kids were really excited, and it was such a
joy to watch them interacting with the animals. It wasn’t a very large
area, and we missed the feeding time of the deer, but the kids were
happy enough to just see the deer up close.


Spot the Peacock



Turkey



Chickens and birds



Look!



Deer




We went back to our villa to chill for a while, before returning to
the restaurant for cocktails and dinner. The two men enjoyed their
alcoholic drinks, while the rest of us had juice and erm, water. They
also prepared porridge for the babies, as we placed our order for that
during our tea, and the twins finished theirs up really quickly. I did
ask for no salt and oil to be added, but they added some chicken
seasoning to the broccoli and pumpkin porridge. We enjoyed the food
served, though it was a tad slow, so C and I had to take turns to eat
really fast, because the babies were really restless. We rushed them
back to the villa after that, and they fell asleep really quickly.


Cocktails



The villa probably has some magical sleeping dust, because Didi
usually wakes up at 6am every morning, but somehow, he was on holiday
mode there, and had to be woken up at 7+am. In fact, I had to wake
everyone up on both days, because we were running late. If only they
would sleep in like that at home.


The alarm clock that didn’t work



Backup alarm clock woke up late as well



The spread at the breakfast buffet was pretty good, and I really
liked that they had different menus on both the days that we were there.
Of course, some of the staples such as juices, fruits, cereal, bread,
and the egg station, were available on both days, but we were pleasantly
surprised to see two pushcarts there on our second morning. One had
lontong sayur, and the other served really delicious porridge with a
variety of condiments. Didi ate two bowls of the plain (but probably
MSG-laden) porridge with chicken floss!


Breakfast buffet




Egg station



Local delights




Pushcarts 



Yummy porridge



Babies having breakfast




Playing after breakfast




The pool next to the restaurant



Didi pondering the mysteries of the world while Meimei just wants to play



We visited Borobudur on Saturday morning after breakfast, via the
free drop-off service provided by Plataran Borobodur. It was a short
15-minute drive away, and I’ll blog about our experience there in the
next post. Anyway, it was SUPER HOT, so we all jumped into the pool when
we got back to the villa. The twins haven’t gone swimming in a really
long time, and Didi was really nervous about being in the water, while
Meimei splashed around happily. We actually brought their floats along,
but couldn’t be bothered to inflate them (poor second/third child), so
we just carried them around in the pool. N didn’t need his puddle jumper
anymore since he can swim a little, so we let Didi put it on, hoping it
would make him less nervous, but the scaredy-cat didn’t understand the
concept of a float, and clung to us tightly.


Swimming





We had room service for lunch, and then went horse-riding. The last time N rode a horse was at Arthayasa Stables,
so he was really looking forward to riding again. We opted for the
half-hour session (there’s 15/30/60 minutes to choose from), and the
stable boy brought him out for the walk. We didn’t follow him, but he
said he saw many animals along the way, and thoroughly enjoyed himself.


After he returned, the stable boys kindly allowed the twins to have a
go at riding the horse in the paddock. Didi was completely
expressionless throughout his ride, and I’m not entirely sure he knew
what was going on. He nods when we ask if he liked riding a horse
though, so I guess he was aware, just… not super excited about it?
Meimei on the other hand, freaked out the second the horse moved, cried,
“NO NO NO NO!“ and launched herself into the arms of the stable boy
walking next to her. She still says no when we ask if she would like to
ride a horse, so she was definitely aware that she was on a horse. Haha.


Horse-riding




Coming back from his ride around the area




Didi’s turn




He had this expression throughout the ride



Minutes before she freaked out



Photographer Daddy



While waiting for N to come back from his horse-riding, C and I
brought the babies for a walk, and went to take a closer look at the
racing pigeons at the entrance to Plataran. We learnt that the pigeons
had mates, and would always return to their partners. They were
amazingly tame, and once their mates are in the cages, they would stay
on top of those particular cages, just to be close to their partners.
The owners told us that they wouldn’t peck the kids, and encouraged the
twins to touch the birds. It was a real treat for the babies, since they
are always on the lookout for birds.


Racing pigeons




Hesitant but curious






Prodding the pigeons





When N returned, we brought all three kids to explore the area a
little. The boys went to take a closer look at the train carriage,
before deciding that it was more fun to chase the kampung chickens
around. The twins also spent some time playing with mimosa, and just
pulling out the grass, while N ran after the chickens.


Exploring




Train!



Chasing chickens



Dinner on our second night was at Stupa, which served Indonesian
cuisine. It’s located at Plataran Heritage Borobudur, which is actually a
short walk away, but we opted for the free drop-off service provided by
Plataran Resort &; Spa. It’s a good thing we did, because the
slopes were pretty steep, and we couldn’t imagine climbing all the way
back up after our meal. The food was good, and we especially enjoyed the
duck and fish dishes. They also cooked porridge with broccoli and
carrots for the twins, so I was really pleased that I didn’t have to
worry about their meals throughout our trip.


BFFs waiting for our transport to Stupa



Part of our dinner at Stupa



Love how Meimei is looking at me in this shot!



We took the noon flight back to Jakarta on Sunday, so we didn’t have
time to check out the many other activities offered by Plataran
Borobudur. I was really keen on going for the village tour, and to
perhaps try the batik or pottery making sessions, but they were fully
booked. Even the spa was fully booked, so I didn’t get to try the creme
bath (yes I know I can try it in Jakarta, but I wanted to pamper myself a
little while I’m on holiday).


Family photo before checking out



We all agreed that the service provided by the Plataran staff was
impeccable, from the drivers to the restaurant staff, and even the
stable boys. Everyone was really obliging and our stay was made more
pleasant by all the warm smiles and kind offers of help. We are
definitely keen to return for another stay, to check out the other
activities, and of course, to enjoy the luxurious villa again.