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Jakarta Stopover - Central Java & Karimunjawa

Jakarta Stopover

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We’d just had a lengthy 10-hour Doha airport layover on our journey to Indonesia from Rome. Getting to our hotel as quickly as possible when we got to Indonesia was therefore a priority. On arrival at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, we’d decided to take a short Jakarta stopover in a nearby hotel, and then take a domestic flight onward to Semarang.

We would have time enough to see Jakarta city on our way back.

To ensure our schedule wasn’t compromised by any flight delays, we had booked a single night at the Ibis Budget Hotel. The Ibis was close to the airport, and offered a free shuttle bus service to and from the hotel.

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The Ibis Budget Hotel – Ideal for a Jakarta stopover

After booking the hotel online (€25 for a double room including breakfast), I had emailed them requesting directions. They replied with detailed instructions about their shuttle service (where to meet and at which times).

When we arrived at Jakarta and cleared customs, we were just in time to meet their shuttle. It arrived exactly on time in front of the Hoka-hoka Bento Restaurant upstairs on the 2nd floor (Departure level), just outside Terminal 2D.

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The Ibis Budget Hotel Shuttlebus Service

Jakarta Stopover – The Ibis Budget Hotel

The hotel was a short 20-minute ride away.

We were given a clean and compact room on the 7th floor. Our room had all the standard features of an Ibis Budget hotel you would find anywhere in the world.

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The staff were friendly and helpful, and the included breakfast was good. On the ground floor there is a mini-market that is open 24/7.

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Checking out of the Ibis Budget Hotel

An ATM machine was available in the Ibis Styles Hotel just next door, but the machine wouldn’t accept either of my credit cards. Luckily, we didn’t need cash immediately since the Ibis accepted our card payment for the hotel bill.

As we were to discover in the coming days (see ‘Honey, the ATM ate my card’, the cash machines in Indonesia have a character all of their own…

The following morning we took their complimentary shuttle-bus back to the airport in time for our onward flight with Lion Air to Semarang.


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Philippines Best Beach Destinations? - Fifty Shades of Pink

Philippines Best Beach Destinations? 50 Shades of Pink

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If getting a suntan is high on the priority list, then unless you want to stay pale pink you need to choose your Philippines beach destinations carefully.

Our 3-week trip around the Central Visayas – Cebu and Bohol – presented us with several unexpected challenges, one of these being to find a beautiful location to soak up the sun.

Many of the places we visited called themselves ‘beach resorts’, but the term is used pretty loosely. This often translates to sand-less, rocky and sometimes difficult access to the sea.

Philippines Best Beach Destinations? 50 Shades of Pink

Philippines Best Beach Destinations? 50 Shades of Pink

Depending on the time of day, you may then have to negotiate your way across a dozen meters of sharp stones and shale before you actually reach water. You may then have another 50 meters to walk before its deep enough to swim.

Protective swimming shoes are therefore highly advised.

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Philippines Best Beach Destinations? – Sunset in Pangangan

Our Philippines Beach Destinations

Of the resorts and beaches we visited:

♦  2 were just rocks: Both the T-breeze and Isla Hayahay offered some snorkeling but little decent swimming.
♦  A few were shabby yellow sand beaches, like the Java Beach Resort.
♦  3 were good quality well-maintained white sand beaches: Dumaluan, Alona, and Panglao Nature Resort.

The problem with the shabby beaches (apart from not being very pretty) is that they accumulate a lot of flotsam and jetsam, which can harbour millions of very unpleasant sandflies.

The weather too can be rapidly changeable, notably in the afternoons when it often clouds over with odd showers and occasionally torrential rain.

Not great … if you’ve finally managed to find a beach to lie on.


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