Given this Jiwa Jawa’s privileged position adjacent to one of Indonesia’s natural wonders, it’s fitting that the resort embraces the region’s eco credentials. A ‘no tree cutting’ policy has blended its 50 rooms into the environment, with buildings sited right among rolling hills and a smattering of bright-green forests. Inside, expect similarly earthy colours, complemented by locally inspired artwork and Indonesian fabrics. Upgrades mix in split-level layouts, fireplaces and balcony views over the surrounding mountains.
In spite of its remote location, Jiwa Jawa Bromo is not without its luxuries. The dining is a particular highlight, with contemporary, gourmet sensibilities paired with a strong affection for Indonesian flavours. Expect ingredients to be sourced entirely locally, with fresh fruits and vegetables exploding with flavour, having been grown in the region’s nutrient-rich volcanic soil. For lighter fare, the Java Banana Gallery & Café is the perfect spot to enjoy a Javanese coffee and a small but perfectly formed menu of local delicacies and international favourites.
In turn, for some food for the soul, this Jiwa Jawa offering also features its very own art gallery. Here, a permanent photography exhibition showcases Bromo’s natural splendour, while visiting displays extend into the worlds of sculpture, painting and art installations. But, if you want to see it all for yourself, there’s a full complement of activities available. By raft, 4WD, horse or your own two feet, you’ll be able to see everything from volcanic wonders to traditional villages.