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Pondok Wisata: At Umbul Sidomukti mountain resort
Since 2010 a new development on the southern slope of Ungaran mountain. Since pre-war times Bandungan at 900 masl was the place for inhabitants of Semarang and Salatiga to breathe some mountain air. Now Umbul Sidomukti mountain resort is an attractive alternative. No crowded market here, the views of the mountain and deep valleys are superb.
If we don't count the camp ground at 1200 masl, there is only one place to stay, the Pondok Wisata at 1050 masl.
Pondok Wisata offers three types of rooms. All have a mezzanine with extra beds, so that one room can accomodate four or more. Adjacent are a swimming pool, and recreational activities for the youth, like flying fox, all terrain vehicles and marine bridge. The resort thus caters mainly to families and youth groups. On weekends and holidays it may be crowded with day guests, but is almost deserted on working days. As with all mountain resorts, Umbul Sidomukti is best visited during the dry season.
For us Umbul Sidomukti is an ideal base for hiking trips on Ungaran mountain. To Sikendil Plantation (1500 masl) is one hour one way, to Candipengilon hamlet with the 'Japanese cave' (1400 masl) or to Gebugan nature reserve (1500 masl) is two hours one way. A hike to Ungaren summit (2050 masl) we still have to attempt and should take about 4 hours one way.
The pondok only provides a simple breakfast like nasi goreng and bakmi goreng. For something more substantial there is a lesehen restaurant on walking distance (uphill). The restaurant closes at 5 pm: order your dinner timely and it will be served at the pondok.
Address: Sidomukti village, Bandungan district, Semarang regency.
Directions: From Semarang take the main road south. About 5 km past Ungaran town turn into the Bandungan road, with the Gedong Songo billboard. At 6 km along this road you reach Jimbaran village. Just past Jimbaran market take the narrow road north through a porch 'Umbul Sidomukti'. Follow the signs for another 4 km.
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C3 Hotel: A business hotel
This is Ungaran's newest business hotel. If you must stay in Ungaran town, it is your best option.
All rooms are air-conditioned. The 15 Deluxe rooms have the same amenities as the 7 Superior rooms, but offer more space. There is only one Executive room, targeted at honeymooners. The four Family rooms have additional bunk beds.
The hotel has a restaurant and coffee corner offering Indonesian food at moderate prices. There is no swimming pool.
Superior room: Rp 350,000 plus 21% service and tax.
Deluxe room: Rp 400,000 ++
Executive room: rate 450,000 ++
Family room: 600,000 ++
Try negotiating a better deal. The Agoda rates are cheaper than these published rates!
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Hills Joglo Villa: Authentic Javanese
If you want to experience an authentic Javanese ambience, you should stay here. All nine guest units are wooden Javanese houses (joglo's), moved here from there original sites and restored. These houses date back from 100 to 300 years. They have been adapted to modern living standards without structurally altering them. Bedrooms and bathrooms have been designed to fit in with the original layout.
As no two units are the same, some being more spacious than others, you may want to check them all out before choosing one that suits your budget and the number of people needing accommodation. E.g. there are two units where the living space is open to the garden, others have a sizeable living room. If there are just the two of you, you might opt for the studio in joglo 2.
The resort is owned and run by a Javanese-Australian couple, with great care for the environment. They are also collectors of antiques and paintings, which one can admire (and buy) in the gallery next to the restaurant.
Director: Mrs Heny Kustiarsih, S.H., mobile 0856 1688 889, 0878 8007 7694.
NOTE: If you find this resort attractive, you might also consider Kayu Arum in nearby Salatiga.
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Balemong Resort: The most stylish
We stumbled upon this resort when scouting for friends who wanted to stay in Ungaran. We would not have found it otherwise, lying off the main road on the right bank of Garang river. As far as we know the most luxurious place to stay in Ungaran.
In the 4 ha compound several units in traditional style (joglo) contain 18 double rooms of different size and style. Most units are in Kudus style, the most opulant has been adapted from Solo. They are fitted with modern furniture and antiques.
Pretty new: when we visited they were finishing landscaping around the swimming pool, which has an unobstructed view across Garang river on Ungaran mountain.
Apart from the usual excursions in the neighbourhood, the resort features an “outbound area” where on can try one's hand at plowing, rice planting, catching fish, batik and painting.
Sales & Marketing Manager: Yohanes Yudha Barata, mobile: +62.819 1492 2684.
NOTE: If you find this resort attractive, you might also consider Laras Asri in nearby Salatiga.
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