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The Phoenix is an iconic and elegant Dutch colonial-era hotel right in the heart of the cultural city of Yogyakarta in the east of Java, offering excellent facilities, a great location and a chance to sample a bygone era worthy of Somerset Maugham.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Dating back to 1918 and superbly located right in the heart of Yogyakarta, the historic Phoenix Hotel is a colonial landmark. Its architecture reflects the city’s history and is influenced by Javanese and Chinese aesthetics. Rosewood furniture and antiques mix with Javanese artwork and fabrics to create an ambience of old world luxury. Its 144 elegant rooms and suites, attractively decorated in a fusion of Javanese and colonial European décor, but boasting modern facilities such as flat screen TV, rain, unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi, and it’s worth paying a little extra for those with balconies overlooking the pool area.
Lunch and dinner are served at Paprika, the hotel’s open-air courtyard restaurant located a short distance from the inviting swimming pool, and tasty Indonesian, Chinese and Western dishes can be enjoyed here. In the main bar, a safari-suited waiter will mix the hotel's signature gin sling at your table. There is also a spa offering age-old Javanese treatments alongside contemporary massages and pedicures.
Yogyakarta is a great cultural destination, and the Phoenix is close to Malioboro Street, Yogyakarta's main thoroughfare, as well as the palace of the Yogyakarta Sultanate and Bering Harjo market. A wonderfully evocative experience can also be enjoyed in the hotel’s chauffeur-driven vintage Mercedes which will take you to a batik workshop and a behind-the-scenes look at wayang kulit (shadow puppet) productions. Further afield, the marvellous 12th-century temples of Borobudur and Prambanan are the area's main drawcard.
When to go
Java’s dry season runs from May to September, with hot, sunny days making this the best time to visit, particularly for climbing Mount Bromo or the Ijen Crater. The wet season runs from November to March, where a mixture of sunny and cloudy days are punctuated with short, intense showers. Temperatures are consistently warm throughout the year, but are a little cooler in upland areas, especially at night.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Visit Borobudur Temple Complex
Discover the famed temple complex of Borobudur, a striking 9th century Buddhist temple that rises over the lush terrain of Central Java. The largest of its kind in the world, Borobudur is Indonesia's most famous temple and an iconic image of Java.
Explore Central Java's Dieng Plateau, known for its ancient Hindu Temples, geothermal activity and volcanic calderas and stunning natural beauty.
Prambanan Temple Tour
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Prambanan, a magnificent 9th century Hindu temple complex on the outskirts of Yogyakarta, one of Java's most renowned sights.
Bugisan Village by Ox Cart and Ijo Temple Sunset
Visit lesser-known temples and sample local village life and traditional activities on this day trip from Yogyakarta, finishing with spectacular sunset views from Ijo Temple.
Prambanan Village Cycling
Cycle to the temple complexes at Plaosan and Prambanan, passing through lush rice paddies and small villages, before visiting to the village of Kaliopak to observe the local craft of making shadow puppets.
Royal City and Borobudur Temple
Combine the cultural highlights of Yogyakarta city with the historic Borobudur temple complex. Visit the Sultan's Palace and a local silver workshop before heading into rural Java to visit the iconic Buddhist temple of Borobudur.
Royal City and Prambanan Temple
Explore the cultural and historic highlights of Yogyakarta on this full-day tour. Visit the Kraton (Sultan's Palace) and the hub of Yogya's silver industry before heading to the outskirts of the city to visit the UNESCO Listed Prambanan temple complex.
Yogyakarta City Tour
Spend the day discovering the highlights of Yogyakarta, including the Sultan's Palace and its Water Castle, a cigar factory and the district of Kotagede, which is famed for its silver industry.
Sukuh and Cetho Temples
Spend the day exploring the lesser-visited Hindu temples of Sukuh and Cetho located high on the slopes of Mount Lawu on this excursion from Yogyakarta.
Ramayana Ballet Performance
Enjoy dinner and a wonderful performance of the Ramayana Ballet at a choice of two venues.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Borobudur, Yogyakarta, Mount Bromo, Surabaya, Ijen, Menjangan, Ubud, Nusa Dua
This active itinerary is a great option for those wanting to explore the wild landscapes and cultural highlights of Bali and Java. Ascend smouldering volcanoes, explore ancient temples and experience some of the best sunrises Indonesia has to offer.
Borobudur, Yogyakarta, Mount Bromo, Ubud, Sanur, Komodo National Park
Discover the diverse highlights of Indonesia on this 12-night itinerary. From Java to the beaches of Bali and Komodo National Park, encounter spectacular landscapes, rich history, sensational cuisine and come face-to-face with the Komodo Dragon.