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Jiwa Jawa Ijen
Ijen Plateau

Jiwa Jawa Ijen, opened in February 2016, sits in a fantastic location overlooking the valley and surrounding mountains. As with its sister hotel, Jiwa Jawa Bromo, this resort comes with its own array of art, showcasing photography of the spectacular Mount Ijen crater. You’ll see these photos on entry to the resort in an impressive reception hall-come-art gallery.

The rooms are traditionally Javanese with dark wood furnishings, yet have a contemporary light and airy feel to them. They have a rustic and warm quality to them, and the colourful interiors make the rooms very comfortable and suited to its natural surroundings. There are a good range of room types here ranging from one bedroom suites to private family villas. The villas have a tree house feel to them, like luxury wood chalets poking out over the edge of the valley and nestled amongst the trees with panoramic views.

Despite the main reason for visiting this area being to trek up to Mount Ijen, this resort also encourages relaxation and provides lounge areas that have floor to ceiling viewing areas, and bookshelves to delve into. The bar and restaurant make an impact with bold Javanese art hanging from the ceilings, and a huge antique puppet display. Be it from the scenery, the art or the traditional décor, there’s no forgetting where you are in this hotel!

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