Travel Ideas - A Weekend in Yogyakarta

Singapore is always a great place to be in if you are thinking about taking short weekend trips. There are so many places you can get to from the Lion City without spending too much time on the plane - one good place to check out is definitely Indonesia since you are able to get to different places without spending too much time (or money) on flights there. 

The St. Regis Bali Resort

The St. Regis Bali Resort

Even though I have been to Bali multiple times and have stayed at the Conrad Bali, the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort and even the luxurious St. Regis Bali Resort, there is still so much more in Indonesia to discover. Once the Indonesian capital during the Indonesian National Revolution, Yogyakarta is home to some of the country's best kept secrets - it is also located slightly over two hours from Singapore by plane

'Cable Cart' at Timang Beach | Photo Credit:  M Reza Faisal

'Cable Cart' at Timang Beach | Photo Credit: M Reza Faisal

While there are many unique experiences that one may indulge in Yogyakarta, your trip isn't complete until you get on the 'Cable Cart' at Timang Beach for an endless view of the ocean from a high vantage point. For the perfect Instagram photo that will make your friends jealous, cross over to the Watu Panjang Island with the ocean as your backdrop.

Jomblang Cave | Photo Credit:  César González Palomo

Jomblang Cave | Photo Credit: César González Palomo

Don't miss out on the opportunity to check out the Jomblang Cave which has been preserved for over hundreds of years. The sinkhole is also home to various types of ferns, trees and mushrooms and the cooler climate in Yogyakarta will make trekking a breeze. On a sunny day, you'll be rewarded with the most magnificent sight as light streams in from the top of the sink hole. For more inspirations on what to do in Yogyakarta, check out TripAdvisor here

Gudeg | Photo Credit:  siska maria eviline

Gudeg | Photo Credit: siska maria eviline

Of course, you can't say you have visited Yogyakarta until you have tried one of the most famous local delicacies, the gudeg (young jackfruit that is cooked lovingly with palm sugar and coconut milk - a Javanese delight!). While gudeg itself can be considered a vegetarian dish, it is commonly served with ayam goreng (fried chicken), sambel goreng krechek (spicy and crispy beef stew) or other delicious proteins. 

Hotel Lobby | Photo Credit: Hotel Tentrem Yogyakarta

Hotel Lobby | Photo Credit: Hotel Tentrem Yogyakarta

Even though there is no lack of unique and chain hotels in Yogyakarta, the Hotel Tentrem Yogyakarta (book now!) is truly one to behold. This opulent hotel offers luxurious rooms with modern comforts while still being just a few minutes drive away from the famous markets of Jalan Malioboro. If you are feeling indulgent, opt for one of the beautifully-appointed suites for a kitchenette, whirlpool tub and even a 24/7 butler service. 

Swimming Pool |  Photo Credit:  Hotel Te     ntrem Yogyakarta

Swimming Pool | Photo Credit: Hotel Te ntrem Yogyakarta

For the perfect relaxation after a day out exploring the jungles and nature parks of Yogyakarta, take a dip in the large outdoor swimming pool which is located on ground level of Hotel Tentrem Yogyakarta to ease all your sore muscles away. Hesitate no further and get on with your next adventure to Indonesia