As we were driven up the winding roads of Cemoro Lawang, the village near Mount Bromo, we could feel the air was getting cooler and fresher. Maybe a little nippy, slightly colder than what we were used to but we were excited to see rolling green hills and mist. Therefore, there was nothing like arriving at a warm and inviting hotel accommodation especially after an early morning flight from Kuala Lumpur and a three-hour journey on the road from Surabaya in East Java to Mount Bromo.
We stayed at Jiwa Jawa Resort, a 4-star mountain lodge situated at 2,000 metres above sea level and 45 minutes’ drive from the active volcano of Bromo. Jiwa Jawa is one of the best properties in Mount Bromo area, surrounded by hamlets which are inhabited by the Tengger people and small potato and vegetable farms.
The resort has 50 rooms, all of which are of modern and contemporary design. Our deluxe room came with twin beds, TV, mini-bar, writing desk and en suite bathrooms with reliable hot water supply. Water is scarce in this area and has to be transported from the lowlands which are the main reasons why local villagers do not cultivate crops that require lots of water.
With a reliable supply of hot water, dry and fluffy towels, and warm bed sheets – unlike the dampness that one often gets at highland lodges – I was very appreciative of my room and the facilities that came with it. However, the one thing I found slightly odd was that the wash basin was outside the bathroom. Although the bathroom has the toilet and shower, I found it a little unconventional having to wash my hands at the basin outside the bathroom. I had experienced the same thing at a 3-star hotel in Kuala Lumpur city centre, and am now beginning to wonder if this is the latest trend in bathroom designs??
The owner of Jiwa Jawa happens to be a photographer – his striking and breathtaking photographs of Mount Bromo, and works of art by visual artists are exhibited at Java Banana Café, a gallery-cum-café at the property. Guests are also able to appreciate his impressive photographs hung in the rooms, hotel restaurant and the lobby.
The resort gardens are dotted with sculptures inspired by Hinduism (the native Tenggerese are Hindus) and surrounding mountainous landscape. Our deluxe room opens out to a lovely garden and a pond in which sits a huge statue of Lord Shiva, providing a serene setting as if to remind us to stop our fast-pace life of chasing dreams and ambitions, and perhaps to meditate for a while with views of the hills as inspiration. Besides the Lord Shiva gardens, there are sculptures of Nandi, the bull which serves as the mount for Shiva, modern sculptures and frozen rock lava installed in other gardens on this property.
Another fascinating facet about Jiwa Jawa is that it is the venue for the annual two-day festival, Jazz Gunung Bromo (Mount Bromo Jazz Festival). The resort has been hosting this jazz festival since 2015 and the festival features local and international jazz musicans performing against stunning vistas of the hills and forests. To find out more about the jazz festival, you can click here. Unfortunately, the festival website is in Bahasa Indonesia, therefore should you wish to find out more about the festival, you may write/contact directly the resort.
Wi-FI is available only in the art gallery, hotel restaurant and the lobby – no internet connection in the rooms. I was OK with that because why would anyone spend time in their rooms surfing the net and updating social media when one could be inspired by beautiful scenery and fresh air outside? 🙂
Location & Contact:
Jiwa Jawa Resort Bromo
Jalan Raya Bromo, Wonotoro,
East Java 67254
P: 62335 541 193
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