SAMOSIR ISLAND

SAMOSIR ISLAND

April 25, 2018

Lake Toba is resurgent caldera, meaning that land collapsed over an underground magma chamber, creating the large crater, and then rose up again, pushed by the activity of magma underneath. This has resulted in a lake up to 500 meters high. This island, called Samosir, is the world’s largest island within an island and is the heart of Batak culture.         I was not interested in exploring the island, which is home to well over ninety thousand people, mostly of Batak heritage. There are a lot of cultural attractions to see on the island, as well as beautiful panoramas of the lake and the mainland.     I first visited the village of Tuktuk, which is probably the most popular tourist destination and has most of the accommodation on the island. I stayed at the Sopo Toba Hotel roght on the shore of Samosir looking out across the lake, which is so vast it is like gazing at the sea. From here, I was able to book boat trips on the lake, rent a motorcycle and hire a guide to tour the island, though this did not prove necessary.     As I biked and hiked around Samosir, I encountered a great number of stunning views thanks to the diverse flora and fauna of the area. On the island, I came across swamps, lakes – making them lakes on an island on a lake on an island – and all manner of woodland animals. The tracks I took to get around the island varied in quality, with some being very smooth and others being little more than gravel tracks riddled with potholes.   When I left the hotel, I was told it would take about an hour to get from Tuktuk to the island’s peak, but it took me closer to two with frequent stops to admire the nature, take photos and wander through the forest. Eventually, the tracks faded and the forest became too dense to negotiate further, and so I did not quite make it to summit, but I was actually not all disappointed by this.   I got back to the hotel around dusk, and immediately dived into the lake. After a long day of the sun beating down combined with the effects of the magma so close under the lake, the water were a very comfortable temperature, and I had an invigorating swim to end the day.   I found Lake Toba and its island to be enthralling, and only really scratched the surface of what it has to offer. Next time my business takes me to Medan, I will be sure to steal enough time to head back there and continue exploring!     Text: Karl Millsom Source: Journey Indonesia Magazine, October 2014 (Page 66-68) People also read: EAT LIKE THE LOCALS     Enjoy staying at Singgasana Hotel Makassar at the lowest price, only on www.makassar.singgasanahotels.com

Singgasana Hotel Makassar, Comfortable Accommodation with 4-Star Facilities

Singgasana Hotel Makassar, Comfortable Accommodation with 4-Star Facilities

March 22, 2018

As one of the largest cities in Sulawesi Island, Makassar has always become the main destination for holiday. There are so many types of accommodation and hotels that you can find in Makassar, ranging from 2-star hotels to 5-star hotels which offer luxury facilities. One of the comfortable accommodations to stay during your vacation in Makassar is Singgasana Hotel Makassar, 4-star hotel with complete facilities and affordable price.   Singgasana Hotel Makassar Close to Losari Beach While on vacation, many people prefer to pick a comfortable place to stay regardless how much it will cost them. One of recommended hotels for vacation in Makassar is Singgasana Hotel Makassar which offers friendly services and exclusive facilities. This 4-star hotel has 193 rooms with various types, starting from Deluxe until Presidential Suite. One of the advantages from this hotel is its location which is really close with Losari Beach. You may even enjoy the view of Losari Beach from your balcony. It takes less than 10 minutes to visit Losari Beach by foot or around 5 minutes by vehicle. Singgasana Hotel Makassar also has restaurant and lounge that offer Makassar’s local cuisine and western food to while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Losari Beach during sunset. Singgasana Hotel Makassar offers spa facility to pamper you after a whole day exploring Makassar city. You can also find a big swimming pool in this hotel along with a bar which offers fresh drinks and finger foods. Besides that, this hotel also has a fitness center exclusively for stayed guests with good and complete facilities. For those who want to hold a meeting or family gathering, Singgasana Hotel Makassar offers many types of assembly hall which can accommodate up to 500 people.   Room Service Facilities at Singgasana Hotel Makassar Singgasana Hotel Makassar has complete room service facilities ranging from Deluxe Room type until Presidential Suite type. Each room is equipped with a cable LED TV, air conditioner, wardrobe cabinet, bathroom, and a stable Wi-Fi access. Besides close to Losari Beach, this hotel also closes to Fort Rotterdam which can be reached 10 minutes by foot. Moreover, Singgasana Hotel Makassar has an easy access for you who want to go to the port of Makassar or visit Mall Ratu Indah. No wonder if there are many people choose to stay here because of its strategic location and its access to other places. Singgasana Hotel Makassar offers Indonesian local cuisines that you can enjoy whether at Cirangga restaurant which located at hotel lobby or at your own room through their 24 hours room service. Besides that, you can also enjoy spa and massage in your own room with professional masseuse from Bantimurung Spa which is an official partner of this hotel. Singgasana Hotel Makassar also has laundry service for those who plan to stay longer. Singgasana Hotel Makassar is a perfect choice for honeymoon couple, business trip, and family vacation because of its strategic location, complete facilities, and supported by professional staffs who are ready to serve your needs at anytime.