I normally don’t do short getaway and prefer to just go for holiday because I don’t like the idea of navigating the traffic to Puncak on Bandung on Friday. In the old days, and it translates to many many years ago for us, Puncak and Bandung is the “it” destination for a weekend getaway. However in the last maybe 10 years the traffics in these 2 places on the weekend is crazy and unpredictable. I still think Bandung is probably better than Puncak because you just take the highway and there is no Open and Close mechanism to go up. If you drive to Puncak and happen to miss the open period to go up, you will be stuck for as long as 6 hours. We went to Le Eminence Hotel in Puncak last year on weekdays with our big family and my sister got stuck for 6 hours because after she exited the highway to Puncak they have closed the access to go up and she had to wait for the access to be opened again.
Since pandemic broke in 2020, our families have finally started to do mini getaways in location where can drive because we are not yet comfortable with flying. And there is also restriction for children under 12 years old. We always look for alternative resorts in a location other than Puncak but still have a mountain view and fresh oxygen. So far our favourites are: the Royal Tulip Gunung Geulis Resort, Pullman Vimala Hills and Begreno Resort in Bogor.
Let me start writing about Royal Tulip Gunung Geulis first. Located in Ciawi, Bogor, the 5-star Royal Tulip Gunung Geulis resort offers a sweeping view of mountain and fresh air to relax away. The sprawling 450 hectares of mountain terrain blend naturally into the golf complex also owned by Gunung Geulis. And a few years ago Summarecon started building residential houses in the nearby area and opened a new access to reach the resort.
How to get there
Royal Tulip Gunung Geulis is located in Jalan pasir angin in Gadog Bogor. It is 16.1 km from Puncak, and Cisarua is 9.7 km from the property. From Jakarta it is 1.5 – 2 hours driving.
They have 2 access to get there:
- After you exit Highway toward Taman Safari/Puncak, continue to Jalan Raya Puncak CIanjur and just as you pass a bridge turn left to Jalan Raya Pasir Angin. From there, it is another 4.5km to the resort. As you drive along the narrow road passing thru what looks like a forest you won’t believe there is a big resort sitting in the middle of nowhere.
- Take the highway to Bogor/Ciawi and exit at km 42 toward Bogor Selatan/Sukaraja and drive to the new Summarecon Bogor residence. From there it is 4.8km driving to the Resort. This new access was just open in mid 2021.
What I really like as I enter the resort is how the receptionist area, the lounge and the restaurants are all semi outdoor. This is especially important as we learn to navigate our life during pandemic that the safest environment is always outdoor.
Royal Tulip Gunung Geulis have 173 rooms consist of Deluxe Room, Executive Room, Studio and Suites. All rooms have their own private balcony but only Executive Room, Studio and Suites have view over the mountain. Deluxe room starts from IDR 2mio and Executive Studio starts from IDR 3mio. All rooms come with breakfast and there is an option for half board.
Royal Tulip has 3 swimming pools, the adult swimming pool where you had to take the stairs up, the family pool which is the biggest and the children pool with slide. There is no lifeguard at all the swimming pool so if you have children you really have to monitor them all the time. All the swimming pools are not heated and both family and adult pool has a depth of 1.2m with some shallow area.
There is also a gym and a spa for the adults and for children, there is a large playground area outdoor which will delight children. They also have a kids club which runs activity from 9am to 4pm and at weekend they have movie night.
Children Playground and kids club
They also have Meeting facilities which include a banquet room, audio-visual equipment, Wi-Fi, and a variety of seating configurations. depending on your needs. They can cater small group up to a large banquet. They have 4 meeting rooms; Two are 200 meter square and the other two are 100 meter square. When we went on Friday we saw there are two companies having meeting and away day for their employees.
There are three Restaurants inside the Resort.
- LL One Restaurant & Wine Bar which is the main restaurant for breakfast. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating and they serve a wide selection of ethnical, Asian and international cuisines. Opening time: 6am to 10.30pm
- Fire Grill and Bar, located next to the family pool, serve a selection of prime aged imported cuts of meat, grilled over distinct lava stone and pizza. The restaurant is located next to the family pool. Opening time: 11am to midnight.
- Breeze Lounge located in level 5 next to the reception area in a semi open space. They serve snacks and bites of Western and local flavours all day. Opening time: 10am to midnight.
Breakfast at LL One Restaurant
LL One Restaurant has a very good selection of breakfast, comparable with Big Hotels in Jakarta. I loved how they have a special selection for young children and they have all sorts of stalls outside which they cook as per request and part of the breakfast package. Fire Grill and Bar is also a great place for dinner. We loved their steak and pizza.
One of the most distinguished feature of the Resort is their Zen Deck. There is morning Yoga every Sunday at 6am and Zumba Class on Saturday 4.30pm taking place on the Zen deck. And any other time we can see the deck used for weddings, intimate dinner or just for photo-taking.
Sunday Morning Yoga at Zen Deck
Both Husband and I have had meetings taking place here and we have also stayed here for weekend getaway. Recently we took our parents to stay here and they truly enjoyed their time. They loved how they can do morning strolls and breath a fresh mountain air and just enjoy eating out at the restaurants with a view. We mostly stayed in the Resort and and enjoy the facility. We only went once for lunch at the nearby Kopi Nako Kebon Jati, 1.5km away. Alyssa enjoyed the kids club a lot; she divided her time between swimming, playing in the playground and doing arts and craft at the kids club. She adored the bracelet with her name which she made during the arts and craft session.
Short getaway with parents
Verdict: Royal Tulip Gunung Geulis has everything you need for a family getaway. Husband can play golf in the Country Golf next door, Children can swim and play all day in Kids Club and Mommy can relax by the pool sipping Mocktail, take a dip in the swimming pool, take classes offered by the gym or get pampered at the Spa.
Or if you’re a yoga-holic like me you can take your yoga online class from the balcony. It’s a fresh change from doing yoga in my normal living room.
Address: Jalan Pasir Angin, 16720 GADOG-BOGOR, Indonesia
Call the hotel: +62 2 517563800
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