Phew…….after a very long time, I finally have the mood to continue my post about our holiday in Ciwidey, West Java last June. My last posts were about our adventure in Ranca Upas, Kawah Putih (White Crater), and Strawberry Farm in Ciwidey, and so now I will continue the story about the resort that we stayed in for 3 days and 2 nights.
As usual, it took a very long time for me to finally decided which hotel that we would be staying in. I needed to read many reviews and compared the location, prices, and also facilities. Cleanliness was also my top priority. Finally, I found 2 hotels that seemed to be the best, and those were Ciwidey Valley Resort and D’Riam Riverside. From the reviews that I read, both were good, clean, had nice view, and family friendly, but D’Riam’s location was quite far below, so it would not be cool at night and would be too far away from tourist attractions. That was why I finally chose Ciwidey Valley Resort.
We had to book directly to the hotel and the price was Rp 3.000.000,- for 2 nights. My sister made the reservation and transferred the payment to secure our booking. We stayed in a bungalow with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room, and a dining room. There were 1 cable TV in each bedroom and free fast WiFi in the room (very important, hahaha……….). There was no refrigerator inside the room though.
Don’t worry about the parking space as there was huge space to park the cars. There were 2 car parks, the smaller one was near the lobby and the very big one was near the swimming pools. This was a huge resort with its hilly contour, so it was tiring to go from one place to another, hahaha………….but at least we exercised a lot during those 3 days going up and down, taking the stairs so many times, went to the swimming pool which was on the other side of the resort at least once a day, and run around the playground and inside the maze several times a day.
We couldn’t do early check in due to full occupancy at that time. There were only very few room with consist of 2 bedrooms (only 4 if not mistaken), so it was understandable that we couldn’t get an early check in. We came on Saturday which was the weekend so that was why it was quite full, but when we check out on Monday…………..looked like there was no other who stayed there except us………………..hahaha…………..it would be quite scary at night if I were there alone……………
So while waiting for our room to be ready, we toured around the area and I must say that the facilities were top notch, especially if you come with young children. Before we started looking around the resort, we had our welcome drink in the one and only restaurant in the resort. The restaurant was clean and even the toilet near the restaurant was clean (this point is very important to me, because if the toilets outside the rooms are clean, then usually all other areas are clean too).
We had a ginger drink which actually was really nice, but not suitable for that day because the drink was hot and the weather was also very hot that day. So next time, probably they can serve cold drink too as the welcome drink?
Just next to the restaurant was the bird aviary which children and adults would love to see. The aviary was actually really big, but there were not many to see. Anyway, we still visited this place several times because my son just loved to see everything inside.
From the restaurant, we could also see a maze and a big children playground in a big grass field with tree house, swings, seesaw, and slides. Even though it was very hot, there were some children and adults who played here too. But not us! We couldn’t stand the hot scorching sun, so it was better to stay under the shade until evening comes.
Since we had nothing else to do, the three of us (me, my son, and my dad) decided to take a look at the hot pools which was, like I said, located at the other side of the resort and needed a lot of walking. Phew……
The swimming pool was free for hotel guests, but if you do not stay in this hotel, you can still enjoy the pool by paying a certain amount of money as the entrance fee.
There were 2 pools, one is the children pool with a mini water park. Not big, but adequate for children. Unfortunately, the water was not heated and it was very cold. I didn’t even dare to try the slides as it was already cold enough for my feet. Even my boy only tried the slide once, then decided to go back to the heated pool.
Next, we climbed the stairs (yes, again……….) to go to the big pool. It was a natural hot spring (sulphur heated pool). Take a dip in a sulphur heated pool is very good for our health especially our skins (that was what my mom always said to me).
Even though my parents and sister didn’t plan to enjoy the pool, they ended up dipping their feet in the pool everyday. My father even swam with my son every time he went to the pool. And me………..of course I already prepared and brought my swimming suit and goggles too and enjoyed the pool every single day.
When we walked further to the end side of the pool, we saw a camping area, but we didn’t explore further since it was time to check in, but we did a selfie first before we left that area.
Finally, it was time to see the room…………..and we were also very tired too, so we really needed to rest. Our 2 bedrooms room was located at the farthest side of the resort. Yes, it was very far from the lobby, car park, restaurant, and swimming pool (but close to children’s playground), but turned out………………it was the best location in the resort!
It was a bungalow which was very nice, like the kampong house in the village. It was old style house but very modern inside. I got this warm feeling when I saw the house. The brown color with the mixture of bamboo and bricks and stone sink made me feel that we were already escaped from the hustle bustle of the city and were in a peaceful village.
The room number was 144 (if not mistaken because I don’t remember exactly), and it was located near to the security post. Our cottage didn’t face other cottages, so we were secluded from other visitors almost the whole time. And the best part was………….we had this big front yard all for ourselves the whole time! The only room in the resort with a big grass field in front of the door.
And what about the inside of the cottage?
Once we opened the door, we could see living room and dining room spacious enough for the whole family.
It was cool actually considering the hot weather outside. Each room had an air con, but I didn’t turn it on because it was very cold at night. And it was always raining heavily at night when we were there.
The bathroom was not 100% clean like in a 5 star hotel, but my boy said: “Oh come on, it’s a resort, not a 5 star hotel. It’s okay……….”
Very well then. As long as my son and I could deal with it, you can be sure that it was clean enough and we had no problem at all with it. The toilet was super clean though. I guess the floor material in the shower area (you know kampong style bathroom in the old house) made the floor didn’t shine as bright as the hotel ones, hahaha……………..
The bathroom was equipped with towels, toiletries, and also a hair dryer (very important for women). We really fell in love with this place since the first time we saw it.
After late lunch in the room (my mom cooked and brought lots of food of course), we headed straight to the swimming pool. To the heated one of course because it was really cold that afternoon. It even rained so we had to hurry up and went back to our cottage.
The pool was not deep so it was safe for children to play here (with adult supervision of course).
Again, we had lunch in the room and since it was raining outside, there was nothing we could do except enjoy the room, watched TV (I watched X-man and Captain America for the first time, hahaha………..and they were okay), watched movie from the Ipad since the WiFi was fast, and had snack on the bed. It was just a relaxing night for us…………
The next morning, I didn’t go for breakfast, but based on my sister and mother’s report, breakfast was not so good. Most of the food was already cold, the beef was hard, and not many choices. There were white rice, beef rendang, soup, egg, tofu, and tempeh. Thankfully the boy who is a tahu / tofu and tempe / tempeh lover didn’t care at all and still could eat a lot before starting the day.
After that, we visited the playground which was still a bit wet after the rain came the night before. He didn’t really enjoy the playground now since he was growing up already, so he only played for a little time.
Next stop…………let’s explore the camping ground…………….
My sister and my dad took the boy for a walk around the campsite while I had my breakfast. It was very nice actually and the toilets were also clean. The campsite had an Indian theme with Indian tents and decorations all over the camping area.
I thick it must be very cold at night inside the tent. Do we want to stay for the night in the tent just for fun, maybe someday? We agreed that we don’t want to…………hahaha……………….
We couldn’t imagine if we had to go out to the bathroom in the middle of the night and under the rain…………then it was a very small space for the five of us for the whole day and night. Plus the the would be so hot in the morning and afternoon which would not be comfortable for us.
Since the campsite was near the pool, my sister took the boy to go see what was inside the volcano crater. It was quite a long walk that morning.
Basically, we just ate, slept, played, swam, and went to very few tourist attractions during our stay. It was just a time to relax for us before coming back to the city life.
For our third day of stay, since it was weekday morning, there was no buffet breakfast. There were only 2 choices of breakfast: fried rice or fried noodle with tea or coffee. Breakfast had to be taken away to the bedroom and we couldn’t eat in the restaurant on weekday morning.
Before we went home, we took some pictures again outside the cottage. It was hard to say goodbye but we had to.
Overall, we were happy and enjoyed our stay in Ciwidey Valley Resort, but it was a hard time going back in the traffic jam and I was very tired when we finally got home because it had been a long time for me to drive in a heavy traffic for hours like that. The traffic in Bandung Area and in the toll road were not bad because it was weekday, but once we got into the city (yes, Jakarta…………), it was so terrible, but thankfully we were safely home and it was an enjoyable trip for all of us.