Just to get us in the mood and ready for more adventures in South-East Asia, this is the fabulous hotel I stayed at in Jogya - The Phoenix. It was so wonderfully atmospheric, I felt like I had been transported into the setting of a Somerset Maugham story.
Of course, the reason for me being in Indonesia in the first place was work-related, and my three days in Jogya were a little treat to myself. But, despite my oppulent surroundings, I remain a budget traveller at heart and love the challenge of finding great accommodation with character that doesn't break the bank. On the website this morning, the rooms here are on special from 501,000 IDR, which is only about $50 in Australian or US money. With so much to see in Jogya, including the wonderful temples of Borobudur and Prambaran, and the Sultan's Palace (all in coming posts) and reasonable flights from Australia, it is really worth a visit.
Hope you enjoy this photographic visit to The Phoenix!
|My room was the closest balcony you can see on the right.|
|Doorway to the lobby area|
|Trolleys with cigars and brandy for the gentlemen and white wine on ice for the ladies. I stayed in theme and enjoyed pre-dinner gin and tonics in the terrace bar in the background, until I got hooked on their delicious non-alcoholic punch.|
|Love the magnificent urns adjoining the courtyard.|
|The fountain in the court|
|Fabulous attention to detail with the repetition of the phoenix motif on the door handles,|
|the table linen,|
|the banners overhanging the bed,|
|even the planters.|