A few months ago I saw an advertisement for a Mongolian Camp in Bogor that sounded really cool but when I looked at the pictures I thought it looked too hot and barren and so put the thought of visiting it from my mind.
Well, thanks to my sweet husband and him actually having a day off work at long last, he decided we should go away to Bogor for a night and it turns out he had booked the very same place I had seen months before. Following directions on Waze we made it through winding streets out of the city of Bogor and arrived at The Highland Park Resort Hotel late at night. We checked in at reception and were then quickly picked up with our luggage in an electric golf buggy and dropped off at our accommodation with Samudra asleep in my arms. I was so happy when we opened the door to our ‘Mongolian tent’ which was actually made of brick and saw our big bed, tv, couches and attached clean bathroom to our lovely circle shaped room. There were sheets draping from the roof making it so cosy and welcoming and I felt instantly relaxed. I put Samudra down on the bed only to wake him accidentally in the process and he was ecstatic to find where he had woken up! He ran around the room squealing with happiness and climbing on the bed and couches we also lay out as extra padding on the sides of the bed incase Samudra rolled off during the night.
Morning came and I was excited to go exploring and so we left bapak sleeping and headed outside and were shocked to see our room was actually right beside a pool and waterslides coming down the hill and there were two play areas with equipment for kids to climb all over. Of course Samudra was in absolute heaven and wanted to get straight into the pool. After a delicious breakfast of pastries and nasi goreng we splashed around in the pool, enjoying it mostly to ourselves, and I felt like a big kid riding on the water slide and Putra almost broke his back speeding down the big yellow slide! but wow! it was so fun.
Just as we were relaxing into the serenity of the place and went to shower after swimming, a bus load of kids arrived and the speakers started blaring loud music and I was reminded that Indonesians love noise and love travelling in huge groups together and so all hope of an afternoon of peace were shattered, but that’s ok. We decided to take a walk up the hill to go exploring through the upper camp which was lined with round mongolian tents and these appeared to be made of fabric rather than the concrete room we were staying in. It seems that the place has really changed since the first photos I ever saw of it and there were beautiful trees and pathways and a stunning backdrop of Mount Salak in the distance. It turns out that this property is set on 11 square acres and we soon discovered out the back they had just finished building an area of teepees that people can stay in. Soooooo cool! Seriously, this is the cutest place I have ever stayed in Indonesia… and what a fantastic find! It would be great to go there with a group of friends, or a big school group and there are tents that fit large groups so it caters for everyone. There was a huge work ‘Family Gathering’ function going on back at the mongolian camp, with games set up and everyone laughing and having fun which ended up adding to the fun atmosphere of the camp.
I highly recommend this place if you want a little luxury weekend escape from Jakarta with the kids as they are sure to love it!
Check it out at www.thehighlandparkresortbogor.com or call on +62 251 848 5777.