WHAT kind of traveler are you? What are your preferences when it comes to accommodations? There are travelers who prefer to stay in posh hotels.
Others prefer backpacking and are comfortable staying in a dorm room. For me, privacy is my utmost priority (you wouldn’t want your things being opened by complete strangers, right?), then comfort and convenience. I don’t mind sharing rooms as long as I know the person I’m sharing it with.
I have stayed in backpackers’ inns, which can be a lot of fun and easy on the budget, too; and I have also stayed in extra luxurious resorts and hotels, complete with a butler and service fit for a royalty. My recent Indonesian trip granted me the luxury of experiencing varied kinds of accommodations, thanks to our blogger friends who hosted us.
Our first stop in Indonesia was in Palembang and it was a good opening salvo as our friend Haryadi Yansyah hosted us in his home. Haryadi is not new to hosting travelers as he had been opening their home to couchsurfers.
Couchsurfing is an online travel community where members can host other members or where travelers can connect with locals. But it wasn’t just a couch that Haryadi offered to us. My fellow Negros blogger, Jojo Vito, and I had one room each. Mine had a private toilet and bath inside.
But what we truly enjoyed was the family atmosphere. Haryadi’s parents were very warm. His mom cooked for us and prepared candies. His siblings and niece were amiable. It was a great welcome as I once again stepped on Indonesian soil. Their warm hospitality reminded me of the Filipino way of treating guests and I felt an instant connection to Haryadi’s family.
Pesona Jogja Homestay was more of a townhouse. But the staff took care of us as if we were extended members of the family and we comfortably felt at home.
Our stay came with free breakfast which was prepared to us by the staff, and it reminded me of my months living in Indonesia because the food was like “lutong bahay,” making me feel at home.
Our unit had two stories and the upper floor has a terrace overlooking the rice paddies. My room at the ground floor has a queen-size bed, several amenities, and a private bathroom.
It was a relaxed atmosphere as I could go out of our unit wearing flip flops and not worrying about strangers coming in since the compound is gated.The homestay was also set in a residential area.
Since it was situated at almost the end of the street, there was lots of privacy in Pesona Jogya Homestay. One unit can be rented out to various guests, but we were the only ones at that time so we had the entire compound to ourselves.
Our accommodation in Lampung was Emersia Hotel and Resort, a luxury hotel right in the heart of the city and a major business venue and family hub.
There were several celebrations and event happening in the hotel during our stay. Duty manager Dicky Aries Karyanto even toured us to their presidential suite, which has a spectacular view of the bay and the city.
But even my room alone was spacious and comfortable enough. The bed and pillows were so soft; I could have slept the whole day. And the best thing about hotels is the breakfast buffet.
Those two weeks in Indonesia were a fun one. Although we also spent nights in trains, buses and ships, our accommodations were a relaxing haven from all the energy the whole adventure entailed.
All photos are by this author. Claire Marie Algarme blogs at http://firsttimetravels.com. Follow her as @firsttimetravel on Twitter and Instagram and like her Facebook page First-time Travels blog.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on November 03, 2017.
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