Grand Dafam Ancol: A Family-Friendly Hotel in North Jakarta, Indonesia - The BeauTraveler

Grand Dafam Ancol: A Family-Friendly Hotel in North Jakarta, Indonesia

After some consideration, my boyfriend and I decided to choose Grand Dafam Ancol as our accommodation when we stayed in Jakarta. Initially, we were planning to spend our days in Jakarta to go to Dufan and Atlantis in Ancol, so we thought booking a hotel in Ancol would be easier to get around. 

Long story short, except for a few strolls around Jakarta Old Town, we didn't get to Ancol at all because of the weather. It was raining the whole time we were in Jakarta, so it wasn't the ideal weather to go to either the theme park or the water park.

In the end, we spent most of our days in Jakarta staying in our Deluxe Queen Room at Grand Dafam Ancol, except for when we went out to Jakarta Old Town and visited my sister in her apartment. 

In this post, I'm going to share a review of Grand Dafam Ancol as an accommodation in North Jakarta based on my firsthand experience of staying there. 

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The Ultimate Java Travel Guide: 36 Best Places to Visit in Java, Indonesia

When planning a trip to Indonesia, Java may not be your first option, as the most populous Indonesian island is often overlooked by the more popular island in the country: Bali.

As a native who was born and bred on the island, this post may be a little biased since I genuinely want to highlight some of the off-the-beaten-path destinations in Java for the international audience. That's why I came up with this Java travel guide, where I collaborate with some fellow travel bloggers to talk about various places to visit in Java! 

In this post, I'm going to share all the essential things you need for traveling to Java: the reason why you should visit Java as a part of your travel itinerary to Indonesia, the best places to visit in Java, and how to get around the island. So, let's dive in!

Glamping Ciwidey: Is It Worth It or Just Another Instagram Clout in Bandung, Indonesia?

Glamping Ciwidey: Is It Worth It or Just Another Instagram Clout in Bandung, Indonesia?

For travelers coming to Bandung, glamping is probably one of the most popular things to do outside the city since Bandung is well-known as a sweet escape for Jakartans to enjoy its scenic natural beauty with Tangkuban Perahu volcano and numerous beautiful tea plantations.

Although I got a chance to go for staycations at some other place with glamping facilities in Bandung like Horison Green Forest, it was my first time to experience it when my boyfriend visited my hometown earlier this year. After a few considerations, we decided to book our accommodation at Glamping Ciwidey.

Ciwidey is a countryside area in the southern part of Bandung, one of the most popular destinations for outdoor activities in Bandung. It's home to Kawah Putih or the White Crater, known as the city's most romantic spot, making it so popular for pre-wedding photoshoots. 

Well, we didn't go there for a romantic getaway per se since my brother traveled and stayed the night with us for the glamping experience. I also used this chance for my boyfriend and my brother to bond with each other. Since I'm pretty close with my family, I personally think it's important for them to get to know each other and I'm glad it was a success!

We went glamping in Ciwidey for 2 days and one night, so I'm going to share all the things you need to know about the glamping experience in one of the most exclusive spots for glamping in Bandung. From how to book, the facilities, and my overall review now that I've experienced it myself. So, what do you need to know about Glamping Ciwidey? 

Grand Hotel Preanger: A Historic Hotel in Bandung, Indonesia

Grand Hotel Preanger: A Historic Hotel in Bandung, Indonesia

People in Bandung will most likely know about Grand Hotel Preanger, but the hotel isn't as popular outside Indonesia despite the fact that this hotel is rich in history, even internationally.

For people in Asia and Africa, they may hear about the hotel from the history books where they mentioned the Bandung Conference in 1955. For aviation enthusiasts or those who are drawn to conspiracy theories, Grand Hotel Preanger was where Amelia Earhart stayed in Bandung just a few days before she's gone missing around the Pacific.

After having a staycation at Savoy Homann Hotel a few years ago, I decided to splurge a little and book another staycation at Grand Hotel Preanger. But this time, I decided to spend a little bit extra to book two hotel rooms at the Naripan Suite, which is the historical part of the hotel building.

It was good timing as I booked it when my grandma came to town, and my cousin took a break from school. With the staycation experience at one of the historical buildings in Bandung and the fact that the hotel has a mini museum to learn about the city's history, here's the story from my staycation at Grand Hotel Preanger!

Top 15 Valentine’s Day Destinations in Asia

We're counting down the days to Valentine's day, the idea of traveling to some of the best Valentine's day destinations with your partner can be appealing, especially if you're a couple who looks forward to an adventure together rather than exchanging physical gifts on this romantic day.

After publishing a post on romantic destinations in Europe, I've put together some tips on planning your Valentine's day getaway, along with some of the best destinations to visit on Valentine's day in Asia. So, where are the best places in Asia to celebrate Valentine's Day with your beloved ones? What do you need to prepare for your Valentine's getaway?

In this opportunity, I've put together some of the best place recommendations for Valentine's day, according to some fellow travel bloggers. So, keep reading to smoothen your plan to spend your Valentine's day with the special one!