What types of accommodations have you stayed in previously? Have you stayed in a villa house or a bungalow? Well, those sound too ‘mainstream’ compared to what the Highland Park Resort in Bogor, Indonesia, offers its guests.
At this resort, you can stay in a tent, which is unique to Asia. At the Highland Park Resort, you can stay in a Mongolian-style tent, a tree house, barracks, or an Apaches Indian-style tent!
Welcome to Highland Park Resort
The Highland Park Resort Bogor is a huge, lush resort (9 hectares, 22.24 acres) that has cool weather because its elevation is 800 meters (2624.67 feet) above sea level. The resort grounds offers lush greenery and a beautiful view of Mount Salak. This resort is located on the slope of Mount Salak (salak means snake fruit), about an hour drive from Bogor. An ideal getaway from the city, this is where you can enjoy the fresh mountain air.
At the Highland Park Resort, you will stay inside a canvas tent that uses bamboo to support the structure. They have a total of 81 tents, which consist of 52 tents in the ‘Mongolian Camp’ and 29 tents in the ‘Apache Camp’, and 4 tree houses to choose. Interestingly, there are no rooms made of solid concrete!
The Mongolian Camp
The tents in the Mongolian camp are different from any tents you may have seen before. They are circular tents with a dome on top and you may wonder how it feels to stay in 1 of these tents. Well, again, it’s not like a regular tent you may be familiar with. The inside is also very unique!
Commonly known as ‘yurt’, you will find that the walls and the roof are curtained with silk, similar to what you can see on any movies about Genghis Khan, a charismatic ancient ruler of Mongolia! You, together with your friends or your whole family will stay in a room-sized tent (20 sqm, or 215.28 square feet, for a standard Mongolian camp), but with the comfort and facilities of a quality hotel!
The tent can accommodate up to 6 adults, and it is equipped with modern facilities like marble tiles, a private bathroom with bathing supplies (toothpaste, liquid soap and shampoo), an air conditioner, an LCD TV with international channels, a coffee maker and mineral water! It has 2 single beds (for a standard room) and 4 sofa beds. It costs 2,300,000 IDR (175.47 USD) for a night.
Are you traveling with a large group of people and want to stay together in a camp? If so, go for a barrack room, which can accommodate up to 25 people in one space, with 6 shower rooms inside the tent!
In another part of the resort, there is a camp that is different from the Mongolian Camp, called the Apache Camp. Its tents look like 6-sided pyramids, and similar to the Mongolian tents, the interior walls are also lined with curtains. The cost is the same as a standard Mongolian tent and you get to learn some history if you stay in one of these tents. Apache is the name of a tribe of American Indians and you may guess that these tents are similar to their traditional houses!
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Free entertainment zones
This resort isn’t just a regular accommodation. There are many entertainment facilities like chess boards, soccer fields, billiard and ping pong tables, and a shallow swimming pool (less than 1 meter deep (3.28 feet) with winding slides that you and your kids can use for free.
They also have a futsal (a type of indoor football game) field, karaoke room (with many oldies songs on the song list!), a mini golf course, and even outdoors facilities like flying fox (sliding from 1 tree to another, also called ziplining), where you need to pay if you want to use the facilities.
Plenty of reasons to stay at the Highland Park Resort Bogor
The Highland Park Resort Bogor offers free breakfast buffet in one of its restaurants (Anthurium Restaurant) for 2 adult guests (and 2 kids). Any additional people staying in the accommodations will need to pay 65,000 IDR (4.96 USD) each for the breakfast. The breakfast buffet consists of mainly Indonesian cuisine (they have good ‘bubur kacang hijau’, or mung bean porridge), assorted fruits, pastries (breads, donuts etc.), tea, coffee and milk. For lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers a variety of international foods including Mongolian Beef Steak, which is grilled beef, sautéed vegetables, and fried potatoes with a sweet brown sauce.
It is a big resort, and it can take you several minutes to go from one end to another (if you stay in the Apache Camp, it can take you more than 5 minutes to get to the restaurant). This was fine for me, and actually, I liked that it was a good workout. However, you can always call the receptionist and asked to be picked up by a golf cart and brought to different destinations within the resort.
The staff are really well mannered and helpful. They will give you a welcome drink (orange juice) and they always greet you when you meet them. They will also quickly help you if you need anything. The check in time is at 3 pm and if you arrive early they will help you to carry your luggage to the camp. Where else can you find this kind of resort in Indonesia? Book your room now!