The Jakarta Post
Former US president Barack Obama (center) and his family arrive at Borobudur temple in Magelang on June 28. (STR / AFP/File)
Barack Obama and his family recently spent 10 days on vacation in Indonesia, widely regarded as the former US president's chance to revisit his childhood home, where he spent four years living in the capital city.
Obama, along with wife Michelle Obama and their two daughters, Sasha and Malia, arrived in Bali on June 23. After staying on the Island of the Gods for five days, the former first family continued on to visit Buddhist and Hindu temples in Yogyakarta before finally visiting Jakarta on the last leg of their trip.
Here are the three hotels of choice during the Obamas' vacation before the family left the archipelago on July 2, according to kompas.com.
Obama and his entourage stayed at the Four Seasons Resort Bali At Sayan in Ubud on the first leg of their vacation.
Recognized as one of the world's best resorts on the Conde Nast Traveler's Gold list 2014, the lavish complex does its best to blend in with its lush surroundings as its tucked away among swathes of green areas, including rice fields, mountains and the nearby Ayung River.
The resort boasts 60 suites and private villas, with the exclusive Royal Villa as the standout choice, as there is only one available. Stretching across 2,125 square meters, the private Royal Villa has three bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, a dining area, a lotus pool, a meditation area and a gazebo. The unique property also features artwork by Indonesian artists.
According to kompas.com, prices for a suite at the resort begin at Rp 7,695,000 (US$575), while villas start at Rp 13,095,000. Royal Villa prices are available upon request.
In the ancient city of Yogyakarta, Obama and his family stayed at Hotel Tentrem, a luxurious establishment located close to the city center of Malioboro, as well as the airport.
At Tentrem, which is a Javanese word that refers to a feeling of peacefulness and tranquility, the entourage reportedly stayed in three presidential suites, which cost approximately Rp 22 million a night. Each suite measures 273 square meters and offers 24-hour butler service.
Arriving at the capital of Indonesia, Obama chose the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which, according to the 2016 World Travel Awards, has the archipelago's best suite, called the Mandarin Suite.
The Mandarin Suite measures 200 square meters and boasts a dining room capable of accommodating 10 people and a kitchen right next to it. The suite is equipped with a large work desk, super fast internet connection and 24-hour butler service. The Mandarin Suite costs Rp 64 million per night, according to kompas.com.
The hotel is strategically located directly opposite the Welcome Monument at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle. (liz/kes)
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