March 2017 Holiday: Bogor

Last March we brought the girls back to Jakarta to visit the grandparents and also went for a 5-day vacation to Bogor. It’s a beautiful city with mountains’ view and greens of paddy fields, only an hour drive from Jakarta.

The first day we were in Bogor, we visited “Ah poong” the float market at Sentul city area. It’s a food court and marketplace which is also set as a fun place for family outing. It offers Sampan (traditional boat) rides with fish catching/feeding and other children’s rides and activities we normally see in the shopping malls.

On A “Sampan”

It was raining when we reached there. Bogor itself is known as the Rain City for its frequent rain showers. Thankfully, the weather was generally good throughout our stay in the city. As the rain stopped shortly afterwards, we took the Sampan ride, which the girls enjoyed very much, and had local delicacies for lunch before checking in to R Hotel Rancamaya.

I highly recommend this hotel for its quiet and tranquil location, perfect for a getaway from the busy life of a city. The hotel has vast golf areas, which means vast soft and green fields for the kids to run and roll around, it also houses animals for children to get up-close to and feed, such as koi fishes, deers, rabbits, geese, and also ponies, which they can ride on too. These animal activities were a big hit with the Big Nona. The Young Nona, however, preferred being carried while observing these animals from a safe distance.

The pony was grazing happily before it decided to follow Hubby around, probably in hope of getting some treats.

Other facilities included free wi-fi, swimming pools (including one children’s pool with slide), free bicycle rental, kid’s club, and fitness center. Massage and spa services were also available at a price.

We booked the superior twin room at SGD97.50 nett per night. It’s a spacious 36m2 bedroom with two queen sized beds and a gorgeous view of Mount Salak. The above price is inclusive of breakfast buffet for two adults, children below age six eat for free in all the hotel’s restaurant buffet. The food was good, with the buffet serving local and western dishes, various breads, cakes and traditional and local snacks and desserts.

The pool view under our hotel room balcony.

The view of Mount Salak from our room.

Since we did not drive, and the hotel was quite a distance from the city area, and the hotel’s restaurant food was delicious, and so affordably priced (we were there at the right time, there was a group of people from some company on their bonding trip there and the chef decided to do buffet for lunches and dinners during their stay, lunch buffet was priced at IDR120,000 nett and dinner buffet was at IDR180,300 nett), we ended up with *ehm* more than a few extra pounds from all the buffet meals during our stay there. I didn’t take any picture of the food because I don’t want anyone to know just how much food I actually stuffed into my face 🙈.

We spent the rest of our first day there checking out the hotel and hitting the pools. The next day we visited Kuntum Farmfield, and Cibalung Happy Land on the day after. I wrote about these agroedutourism sites in separate posts. Do check them out by clicking on the hyperlinks above. 🙂

We wrapped up our vacation with a full day of leisure in the hotel, the kids were having fun at the pools and Mommy got herself the much needed traditional massage, you know, to prepare myself for the tireless days of motherhood back in Singapore again. We were back to Jakarta the next day, and the girls just couldn’t stop playing the recorded moments from the vacation. It was definitely a fun, educating and rejuvenating holiday!

That’s us! Refreshed and recharged! (At the hotel’s lobby)

Pasar Apung Sentul (Ah Poong Float Market)
Address:
Sentul City, Cipambuan, Babakan Madang,
Bogor, Jawa Barat 16710, Indonesia

R Hotel Rancamaya
Address:
Jalan Raya Rancamaya Utama, Rancamaya,
Bogor Selatan, Kertamaya, Bogor Sel.,
Kota Bogor, Jawa Barat 16720, Indonesia

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