For the past five years, Tanjung Kodok beach, which is located in Lamongan district in the northern coast of East Java, has gained popularity among local and international tourists. Now the beach is not only famous for a theme park named Wisata Bahari Lamongan (WBL), but it is also well known for having the only beach resort in Surabaya’s surrounding area. Located next to WBL, Tanjung Kodok Beach Resort provides the perfect weekend getaway for all types of travellers.
The only beach hotel in East Java's northern coast
WBL is just 2 hours away from Surabaya and surely you can choose not to spend the night in Lamongan and head back to Surabaya instead. However, many people choose to stay in Tanjung Kodok Beach Resort as an accommodation by the sea is rare in East Java’s northern coast.
This is a three-star hotel, which offers many room options. From the most affordable Pavilion I at 62 USD per night to the most expensive one, Villa Executive at 220 USD per night, you shall be able to have a comfortable place to sleep as well as great sea views. All rooms are facing the sea. Those who are travelling in a group will be able to enjoy good value for money, as each room can accommodate more than you imagine. The Pavilion 1 has three beds and Pavilion 2 has 8 beds in each room! The more luxurious villas boast more than one room and the most premium Villa Executive consists of four bedrooms. 220 USD sounds pricey, but if shared amongst four families, it costs less than 60 USD per family!
The view of Java sea from your balcony
For those who want to enjoy the ocean scenery without heading outdoors, rest assured as you can do so in the comfort of your room. Enjoy the morning ocean breeze and the view of the vast Java sea from your room balcony, which is only steps away from your bed! From some rooms, you can also see the rocky Tanjung Kodok beach. Some rocks look like sculptures of frog, hence it’s called Tanjung Kodok, which means Frog Cape in English.
WBL is just a 10-minute walk from the hotel
Besides enjoying the beach, you can spend your day at the theme park next to the hotel, which is also known as WBL. It is open every day from 8.30 AM to 4.30 PM (7 USD per person for the entry ticket). WBL is easily accessible via a 10 minute-walk from the resort.
WBL is one of the famous theme parks in East Java, which is located by the sea. Like many other theme parks, WBL consists of many rides and entertainment such as jet coasters, water sports and museums. The most interesting aspect of WBL lies in its location. Visitors will have the advantage of viewing the vastness of Java sea while being on some of the rides.
Delicious foods by the ocean
In the morning, you will enjoy a breakfast buffet in one of the hotel’s two restaurants named Jellyfish (breakfast is included in the room rate). The buffet comprises Indonesian food, which is known for its rich spices. Try their prawn curry. The prawns are served with the skin intact, which absorb the spices really well, making the shrimps tastier.
After all the rides in Wisata Bahari Lamongan (WBL) theme park, it is normal if you are getting hungry. One of your best options would be the Sunset cafe, another restaurant of Tanjung Kodok Beach Resort. Popular for their seafood dishes, do consider ordering their ‘balado cumi’. It’s stir fried squid with sweet red chili sauce. However, it’s not so spicy as the sauce is made of chili skin with the seeds taken out. It tastes sweet and savory because sugar, 'terasi’ (fermented shrimp) and other spices are added in the sauce.
Again, these are the only beach restaurants in the northern coast of East Java. The restaurants also boost great sea views, not unlike those from your room. Nothing is better than having delicious seafood while having great ocean views, the sound of waves and the ocean breeze!
Beach getaway for your family
International community in the metropolitan city of Surabaya used to head to the mountainous Tretes or Malang area when they want a cool getaway. However, since a few years ago, there is the choice to go to the northern coastal area of Tanjung Kodok area for a beach getaway. Moreover, Tanjung Kodok Beach Resort is the only three-star hotel in the area and the closest to WBL. As such, rooms are always fully booked during the weekends. If you are planning to go there, do book early to avoid disappointment!
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