The Jakarta Post
Getting to the Skylodge Padjajaran Anyar's cabin, suspended on the side of a cliff, is an adventure in itself: The journey involves a 500-meter, 60-degree climb up via ferrata and strapping into a harness to cross a Tyrolean traverse. (Kompas.com/Roderick Adrian Mozes)
A hanging hotel perched on the side of a cliff in Badega Gunung Parang of Purwakarta regency, West Java, is now welcoming thrill seekers looking for a new lodging adventure.
Dhanni Daelami, a climbing enthusiast and the operator of the Mount Parang tourist area, said the only cabin of the Skylodge Padjajaran Anyar had undergone a trial period for safety through September and October before opening its doors to guests this month. He added that the grand launch of the hotel was set for January.
A guest climbs up a via ferrata. The hanging hotel's operator, Dhanni Daelami, says that all facilities adhere to international standards. (Kompas.com/Fikria Hidayat)
The hotel is located in the area of Mount Parang, a popular climbing destination. Getting to the cabin is an adventure in itself, with guests first facing the challenge of climbing the via ferrata, which means "iron steps" in Italian, a protected climbing route that stretches 500 meters along a 60-degree terrain. Guests then continue their journey by pulling themselves across a Tyrolean traverse before finally arriving at the lodge.
"Guests are accompanied and supervised by our guides throughout the journey to the cabin," Dhanni told The Jakarta Post by telephone on Monday. He added that all facilities adhered to international standards.
A one-night stay in the suspended, 15-square-meter cabin costs Rp 4 million (US$ 295.55), he said. The cabin can accommodate up to five adults and comes with complete facilities, including a bathroom and a kitchenette.
While prospective guests can only make direct reservations through the hotel at present, Dhanni said the company was seeking partnerships with travel websites to offer the ease of booking services and assistance.
Explaining the story behind the unique accommodation, Dhanni said the cliffside Skylodge Adventure Suites in Peru had inspired the Mount Parang park community to implement a similar concept.
"When the team first came up with the idea in 2013, we wanted the hotel to be a destination where people who had never climbed before could enjoy the experience," he said. (asw)