By Summer Brons
Yogyakarta
Indonesia
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Located on the island of Java, Indonesia’s bustling city of Yogyakarta is a cultural hub filled with fine art and endless attractions. As the country’s second most popular tourist destination after Bali, Yogyakarta is a must-visit city for any dedicated traveler. EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your Indonesian adventure with us!

Air transportation for the Yogyakarta area is serviced by the Adisucipto International Airport (JOG), located just 6 km from the center of the city. You can book your flight using EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to utilize our great low rates on airfare. Let us help with your hotel needs, too. Just click (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to browse available Yogyakarta accommodations.

With a large collection of museums, EscapeWizard.com recommends starting your exploration of Yogyakarta by touring some of these interesting venues. Museum Sonobudoyo is a Javanese archeology museum full of fascinating artifacts, Museum Dirgantara is a unique aircraft museum, and you won’t want to miss the art on display at Museum Affandi, showcasing the works of one of Indonesia’s best-known painters. You’ll also want to visit Yogyakarta’s ancient temples, structures constructed between the seventh and ninth centuries and referred to as Candi. Explore Candi Sambisari, Candi Kalasan and Candi Sari. Other favored historical attractions include the Dutch fort of Benteng Vredeburg, the Kotagede, the Imogiri graveyard and the well-known Tugu Monument.

Considered by some to be Yogyakarta’s top attraction is Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono’s Palace, also known as Kraton Ngayogyakarta. The palace grounds are both extravagant and filled with history; EscapeWizard.com considers the palace a must-see during your vacation. Within the Kraton complex you’ll find the Kraton Yogyakarta, featuring the grand Main Court and the more traditional Residence entrance. You can also tour the Sultan’s Carriage Museum, the Taman Sari water garden with bathing pools, the Siti Hinggil Selatan featuring a shadow puppet performance, the Alun-Alun Sultan’s ground, and the large mosque of Masjid Gede Kauman.

For a little physical activity during your stay in Yogyakarta, consider a round of golf, a yoga class, or, if you're craving exhilarating adventure, go rafting along the Elo and Progo Rivers. You can also go shopping around the promenade known as Malioboro, which offers many local handmade specialty crafts and novelty items. EscapeWizard.com advises you to watch your belongings when shopping, as Malioboro is often crowded and pick pocketing does occasionally occur. If you prefer mall shopping, Yogyakarta can accommodate with several to offer. Browse for bargains at the Malioboro Mall, the Galleria Mall, Saphir Square, or Plaza Ambarrukmo.

EscapeWizard.com urges you to enjoy the local cuisine while you’re in Yogyakarta. The city is known for dishes with certain sweetness, but if your palette prefers spicy, you'll also have no trouble finding fare to satisfy. For your after-hours entertainment, Yogyakarta has a variety of nightclubs and lounges ready to quench your thirst, so don't plan on an early bedtime! 

Plan your next vacation abroad to the uniquely endearing city of Yogyakarta. The fascinating attractions, friendly faces and cultural variety will undoubtedly leave you in awe of the beautiful Indonesian Islands. Book your travels with EscapeWizard.com today!
Hotels in Yogyakarta
By Laura Catherine Koss
Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort and Spa
JL Laksda Adisucipto KM 8.7, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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For an unforgettable Indonesian getaway, the Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort and Spa offers exotic luxury with an authentic Javanese flare. Located in the lush oasis decorating the grounds of Mount Merapi, the resort sits halfway between the Adisucipto International Airport (JOG) and the heart of the city. For the two mile drive to the resort, travelers will find rental cars, taxi cabs, and prearranged shuttles. An architectural masterpiece built into the edge of a cliff, the Sheraton Mustika welcomes guests to the ground level 7th floor lobby, inviting them to check-in after 3 p.m. In addition to complimentary parking, the hotel offers free high speed internet access throughout the property.
 
Spacious rooms styled in a modern Indonesian decor provide scenic views of either dense tropical gardens or the legendary Mountain of Fire towering against the horizon. Guests may reserve balcony rooms featuring private lagoons or they may upgrade to one of the grandiose suites designed to rejuvenate with pure tranquility or optimize professional efficiency in a quiet, serene lap of luxury. Fresh fruit baskets stocked with regional fare, freshly cut flowers, and a complimentary minibar decorate the rooms.
 
After exploring the living history of Yogyakarta’s many ancient temples, the Sultan’s palace, and even the Taman Sari Water Castle, guests may visit the Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa for a premium traditional body treatment, the very kind once reserved as a privilege for those of the Royal Palace. An herbal concoction from the jamu bar completes the blissful revitalization. Golfers will find a special kind of paradise on the three championship golf courses, stretching from the valley of Mount Tidar to Merapi Golf’s rich greens on the slope of the volcano. Volcano trekking, cliff climbing, cycling, caving, and kayaking are also available to keep even the most adventurous guests busy until their 12 p.m. check-out time on the final day.
A truly unforgettable experience awaits on the resort’s top floor at the Suko Wine Lounge. Basking in the majestic shadow of the looming volcano, guests indulge in world-renowned cigars and fine wines as the delicate tones of live music stir an enchanting atmosphere. The ox tail soup at the Androwino Bistro draws diners from across the globe and with the largest ballroom in Yogyakarta, the Sheraton Mustika stands alone as the region’s premier luxury resort. To make arrangements for an exotic getaway steeped in the magical glamour of Indonesia’s natural beauty, book now with EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).