Seclusion is the name of the game here. Cloaked in tropical verdure, Jiwa Jawa’s policy of zero deforestation means that all of this remote region’s stunning beauty is left intact. It’s all set in the foothills of the Ijen Plateau, surrounded by plantations that take full advantage of the mineral-rich volcanic soil. And, this is where the resort’s superb pair of restaurants source their supplies, with much of their menus based around the local culinary heritage. The signature dining venue, the Belanga Restaurant, is even named after the Javanese for ‘clay cooking pot’. There’s also the Java Banana Gallery & Café where such Indonesian highlights as wok-fried egg noodles and crispy-friend local duck are served alongside the likes of filet mignon and baby white tuna.
In turn, the rooms enjoy a similarly local influence. Expect local artwork to look down on vibrant, Indonesian fabrics while upgrades add in balconies that showcase spectacular views of Mt. Merapi, Meranti and Raung. Further artistry can be found in the resort’s gallery, host to a permanent photography exhibition on the Ijen Crater – the great, still-steaming volcanic caldera and the resort’s almost neighbour. Here, brightly coloured waters are ringed by a stunningly ravaged landscape.
Of course, you’ll want to see the real thing. And, staying at Jiwa Jawa Ijen you'll be perfectly placed to explore. If you make the trip up in the small hours, you’ll be treated to the famed ‘blue fire’ when the lake’s smoke reflects its blue hue in the dying light. However, there’s much more to the region, with everything from national-park treks to turtle nesting grounds to trips out to island beaches, hidden gems among the surf community. Or, simply taste your way through a nearby coffee plantation.