Previous month:
September 2014
Next month:
January 2015

Bandung, Indonesia - a mountainside retreat


Bandung, Indonesia

September 2014


Bandung is the capital of West Java province in Indonesia.  The earliest reference to the city dates back to 1488.  D had a business trip to Jakarta and Bandung is only 110 miles southeast of the city, we hopped on a local train and took one of the most fascinating train journeys we have experienced.



Bandung indonesia 7



We "splurged" and bought first class tickets at $8 USD each.  From the minute we left Jakarta, until the minute we arrived in Bandung, it was non-stop images to view from the train window.  What struck us the most was the abundance of life right along the train track.



Bandung indonesia 3



Bandung indonesia 4


People gather to just watch the train go by, many with cameras.



Bandung indonesia 5


Bandung indonesia 9



Once we got out of town, we started to see lush green hillsides...



Bandung indonesia 10



And stacked rice terraces...


 Bandung indonesia 11




And deep rivers running through the mountains... it was all just stunning.



Bandung indonesia 13


Bandung indonesia 12


We then took a 30-minute taxi ride into the mountains to our very special hotel.  It had a Balinese feel/style.


Bandung indonesia 36



As we entered the resort, there were hundreds of orchids hanging in the passage.



Bandung indonesia 54



It was a beautiful property...



Bandung indonesia 2



...made up of individual villas.



Bandung indonesia 20


Notice my scarf?  It was cool enough to wear!  Year-round, Bandung has cooler temperatures than most other Indonesian cities and is a very popular weekend getaway destination, especially those escaping the crowded city of Jakarta.



Bandung indonesia 19



Take a peek into this dreamy bedroom...



Bandung indonesia 18


Bandung indonesia 15


And the BATHROOM...oh la la!  It was quite large and completely open (no walls) with a huge marble bathtub! 



Bandung indonesia 16



We had to let it run for over an hour and that barely covered a few inches.  And yes, I left the roses petals in for the bath  :   )



Bandung indonesia 17



Bandung lies on a river basin surrounded by volcanic mountains named Tangkuban Perahu, which translates to "upturned boat."  Legend says that a beautiful woman cast away her son for disobedience, and in her sadness was granted the power of eternal youth by the gods. After many years in exile, the son returned home and he and his mother failed to recognize each other.  He fell in love with his mother and they planned to marry.  



Bandung indonesia 41



But then his mother saw his birthmark and realized it was her son.  In order to prevent the marriage she asked her son to build a dam on the river Citarum and to build a large boat to cross the river, both before the sunrise.   He was almost finished, so the mother had to trick him in believing the sun was coming up.  She spread red silk cloths east of the city, to give the impression of the sunrise. 



Bandung indonesia 42



Upon believing that he had failed, her son kicked the dam and the unfinished boat, resulting in severe flooding and the creation of Tangkuban Perahu from the hull of the boat.




Bandung indonesia 37



This area is also scattered with beautiful tea plantations.  The Dutch colonials first established tea plantations around the mountains in the eighteenth century and they still exist today.



 Bandung indonesia 46



Indonesia is one of the highest tea-producing countries in the world, with seventy-five percent coming from this fertile area.  They mainly grow black tea.



Bandung indonesia 47



It was fun wandering through the maze of tea plants.



Bandung indonesia 45


We stopped and bought a fresh pineapple from a roadside stand.  Our hotel cut it up for us to eat for dessert. 



Bandung indonesia 48



Guess D knew what he was doing when he picked it out, as it was one delicious pineapple!




Bandung indonesia 49



I just liked this photo...



Bandung indonesia 21



We had massages at our hotel.  The villa where they gave the massage was the most beautiful, relaxing place I have ever had one!



Bandung indonesia 30



Bandung indonesia 53



The grounds of the hotel were so pretty with so many little places to sit and relax.



Bandung indonesia 27


Bandung indonesia 28


Bandung indonesia 52 



There were beautiful blue bees...

{click here for more bee photos on my art blog - ma vie trouvee}


Bandung indonesia 82



And a Koi pond....



Bandung indonesia 57




Bandung indonesia 55



 They served a lovely breakfast on the front porch of our villa.




Bandung indonesia 32



My favorite was the coconut pancake called Surabi.  It is made from rice flour with coconut milk (or plain shredded coconut).  It is traditionally baked using charcoal and served with coconut milk and brown sugar.




Bandung indonesia 33



But I also loved the savory chicken porridge with hard-boiled eggs.




Bandung indonesia 34



I will leave you with a view from the city looking back on the mountains.



  Bandung indonesia 83



We really enjoyed our long weekend in Bandung!