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Ciwidey Valley Resort

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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.

It was very easy to recognize this hotel since there was a big sign high above the "man made" volcano crater with real smoke came out from inside of it (it was actually came from the hot pool)

It was very easy to recognize this hotel since there was a big sign high above the “man made” volcano crater with real smoke came out from inside of it

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.

The hotel lobby down below...............my mom didn't want to go here because the stairs were too steep for her

The hotel lobby down below……………a very simple one

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……………

No air con, but it was cool in the hotel lobby

No air con, but it was cool in the hotel lobby

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).

Outside the two storeys restaurant which had direct access to the aviary

Outside the two storeys restaurant which had direct access to the aviary from the second floor

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?

Waiting for the welcome drink. Each day we were given 2 coupons for the welcome drink

Waiting for the welcome drink. Each day we were given 2 coupons for the welcome drink

 

Hot drink on a hot day. Who liked it the most? My dad of course..............

Hot drink on a hot day. Who liked it the most? My dad of course…………..

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.

The big aviary in the background

The big aviary in the background

 

Inside the aviary where we saw many chickens and turkeys...........

Inside the aviary where we saw many chickens and turkeys………..

 

We could see the outdoor seating of the restaurant from the aviary

We could see the outdoor seating of the restaurant from the aviary

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.

Get ready to get lost inside the maze..........

Get ready to get lost inside the maze……….

 

Let's visit this playground in the evening or in the morning when the weather was nicer

Let’s visit this playground in the evening or in the morning when the weather was nicer

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……

Stop here and took a picture first before going to the pool

Stop here and took a picture first before going to the pool. Hot! Hot! Hot!

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.

We had to cross this big parking space to go to the swimming pool far far away in the back

We had to cross this big parking space to go to the swimming pool far far away in the back

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.

Mini water park with cold water. Amazingly, during our stay, we saw some children could play here for a long time..........

Mini water park with cold water. Amazingly, during our stay, we saw some children could play here for a long time……….

 

My dear boy took my picture

My dear boy took my picture

 

Lil one and grandpa

Lil one and grandpa

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).

Natural hot spring with amazing view in the bakcground

Natural hot spring with amazing view in the background

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.

The volcano crater that I saw earlier was in the background

The volcano crater that I saw earlier was in the background

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.

Took a selfie with Indian campsite at the background

Took a selfie with Indian theme campsite at the background

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.

Our bungalow for 3 days and 2 nights

Our small cottage for 3 days and 2 nights

 

I loved this front porch

I loved this front porch. It was very nice to just sit here and did nothing with a cup of hot tea and a book (but I didn’t bring a book…………because I knew I would have no time to read)

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.

Big grass field in from of our cottage.

Big grass field in from of our cottage. Very ideal for running around or even to play ball……….and yes, we did bring a ball

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.

Living room and dining room

Living room and dining room

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.

First room with TV and attached bathroom

First room with TV and attached bathroom

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……………..

 

Second bedroom with the same facilities as the first one. Both had big windows and doors to the front porch

Second bedroom with the same facilities as the first one. Both had big windows and doors to the front porch

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.

Bathroom

I really loved the stone sink. I want to have one like that in my house too…………..

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.

Swimming before rain came

Ready to jump…………..

 

Mommy and the boy

Mommy and the boy. It was so nice and warm inside the pool……………but not once we got out……………

 

Having fun

Having fun with the water fountain (it was cold water by the way…………..)

The pool was not deep so it was safe for children to play here (with adult supervision of course).

 

Cold water

He tried this slide only once, then hurriedly went back to the heated pool

 

Back to the hot water

Back to the hot water……………did you see smoke coming in the background? It meant that the pool was heated

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…………

Room

Eat and eat and eat………..

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.

Breakfast on the first day

Breakfast on the first 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.

Playground

Running around in the playground

 

Tree house

Fun in the tree house

 

Treehouse

The tree house was too easy for him

 

Round and round

Round and round

 

Swings

My favorite swing…………I could stay here for a long time doing nothing but swinging

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.

Camping

A gazebo inside the camping ground

 

Indian Camp

Big Indian tent

 

Indian Camp

Smaller tents

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.

Indian Camp

The campsite was near the pool

 

Inside Camping

Inside the tent…………very small space compared to our cottage

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.

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Swimming pool in the morning

 

Volcano

Let’s go inside…………..

 

Volcano

Small tunnel inside…………….

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.

 

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Let’s play ball……….

 

Play ball

Morning exercise

 

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Kicked the ball again before going back home

 

Play ball

The boy and grandpa had fun together

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.

Breakfast Day 2

Breakfast Day 2: fried rice with fried chicken, egg, fresh vegetables, and keropok…………or fried noodle with keropok. This was better than the first day

 

Eating at the porch

Eating at the front porch, but it was so hot that the boy decided to go inside the cottage……….

Before we went home, we took some pictures again outside the cottage. It was hard to say goodbye but we had to.

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The bedroom had door which led us to the front yard

 

Cottage

Of course he still wanted to stay

 

Cottage

The boy and grandma

 

Cottage

Let’s go home and go back again someday…………..

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.

Author: cruiseoflife

Hi there. I'm from Indonesia but now live quite far away from my home country. I love cooking for my family. I learned how to cook for the first time from my mom and I believe that mom's cooking is always the best, and I do hope that my son will feel the same too even though he grows up so fast. I love Indonesian food as I grew up with it, and I promise to myself that my son, although he doesn't live in Indonesia right now, will always like and enjoy authentic Indonesian food. I make this blog so that my family will always remember our togetherness and happy time that we had, are having, and will have when we eat together and have good memories about a mother's love through her dishes. Hopefully these recipes will help other people to make healthy home cooked dishes for their families.

4 thoughts on “Ciwidey Valley Resort

  1. resort nya asik banget ya banyak kegiatan buat anak2.. kolam renangnya juga gede ya…
    sayang makanannya kurang ok ya…

  2. Bagus yaa resortnya…. baru mikir mikir mau ke ciwidey juga … pas banget nih . Gak ke kawah putihnya ??

    • Ke kawah putihnya juga kok, udah ditulis di post sebelumnya, tapi memang udah lumayan lama baru keluar sambungannya post Ciwidey Trip ini, hehehe………..

      Bersih tempatnya yang pasti, soalnya aku ke Elm Resort yang masih baru juga dan pas dikasih liat kamarnya langsung gak sreg karena kotor apalagi kamar mandinya. Resort2 punya pemerintah kayak punya perhutani, agrapura, dll gitu juga katanya kurang bersih. So far yang reviewnya bagus Ciwidey Valley, D Riam , Kampung Legok. Tapi Kampung Legok bentuknya glamping gitu jadi pasti ortuku gak mau, jadi langsung dicoret dari list deh…….

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