Billed as Asia’s first hanging hotel, Padjajaran Anyar on West Java’s Mount Parang, around a three-hour drive from Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, is not for the faint-hearted.
The hotel consists of skylodges’ secured to the side of the mountain at altitudes of between 400 and 900 metres. The only way to reach the cabins is via a ferrata and a zipline that runs alongside the mountain. All guests are supervised by a guide at each stage of the journey.
While getting into one of the 2.5 x 6- to 8-metre pods may be an adventure, but the views from the transparent cabins are well worth the effort. From breathtaking vistas across Java to a glimpse of the artificial Jatiluhur reservoir and dam, adrenaline junkies are bound to find their slice of paradise at this aerial abode.
All of Padjajaran Anyar’s facilities adhere to international standards. Built using iron frames bolted into the mountain, the one-tonne cabins are also secured with 20 steel ropes, each one said to be strong enough to support two tonnes.
And just to make sure that everything is in order before opening its doors to guests, the hotel underwent a safety trial period in September and October. A one-night stay at Padjajaran Anyar will set you back US$350.