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.

A Journey to Tambora

A Journey to Tambora

July 25, 2017

Deadly but absolutely beautiful, I could not resist the temptation to climb it. With a couple of notable hiker friends of mine, I tagged along to this notorious volcano. Departing from Jakarta on domestic flight to the city of Mataram in Lombok, we continued the journey by ferry from the Lembar Port. Upon arrival at the Poto Tano Port in Sumbawa, we took public transportation to Doro Peti Village in Dompu Regency.   Doro Peti is where the volcanic monitoring station is located and is the starting point of the hike. The trek from the village to the mountain passed through a wonderful view of the blue ocean on the right side of the road and green rolling savannas on the left. The turtle-shapped Tambora could already be seen from afar. My heart started to beat a little faster in a mixture of fear and excitement.   An hour later, our vehicle entered a steep off-road track bordered by challenging bushes that we occasionally had to clear to pass through. Reaching 800 meters above sea level, we had to resume on foot to Camp Cemara. The trek was not easy but we were rewarded along the way with astonishing panoramas. We also encountered a few wild horses galloping freely through the savannas!   We stayed at Camp Cemara for the night. We planned to hike very early the next morning to catch the sunrise on the way to the summit so we all went to bed right after dinner to preserve our energy. Being a late night person, I had a little trouble sleeping. But I was told that sunrise is one of the best moments of a Tambora experience, so I forces my eyes closed and counted sheep until I fell asleep.   Toward the Summit A few hours before dawn, our guide woke us up and we got ready for the hike. After a quick breakfast, we proceeded on a canyon-bordered track and progressed around huge volcanic boulders serving as a powerful reminder of the massive eruption 200 years ago.   A rocky and sandy field angled at 25-30 degrees was the next challenge. We stepped cautiously and persistently, making sure we didn’t take the wrong trail that would take us into the unknown. I knew it would be a grueling journey so I refrained from complaining and focused on my steps instead.   The climb lasted around four hours and ended at a cliff. This is one of the summit’s rims. I made it! I could express how I felt gazing down at the enormous crater below. The crater is almost one kilometer deep and four kilometers in diameter. Feeling so small and humbled, I shuddered a little remembering how the earth’s fiery interior ejected violently from under this crater almost two centuries ago. The unmistakable rotten smell of sulfurous gases occasionally found my nose, reminding me that it is still very much active. I shuddered again.   We waited as the first majestic golden rays of the sun made their way to Tambora, touching our skin with its warmth and brightening the vast landscape of thrilling beauty. We captured these precious moments as much as possible before making our own way down again. And just like the way Tambora changed my life forever, bestowing me with well-preserved memories of the volcano’s masculine mightiness wrapped in the gentle feminine beauty of its landscape.     Text: Ninus Andarnuswari Source: Journey Indonesia Magazine Continue reading: Sam Poo Tay Djien, A Semarang Legacy     Book your stay at Singgasana Hotel Makassar from this website and enjoy special discounts from us. E: info@makassar.singgasanahotels.com T: 0411 362 7051

HIKING THE NOTORIOUS TAMBORA

HIKING THE NOTORIOUS TAMBORA

July 25, 2017

The beginning of the 19th century was recorded in history as “the year without summer” in Europe and North America as the average global temperature dropped as much as five degrees Fahrenheit. In some regions, like New England and Eastern Canada, snow fell in June. Cold rain and frost also occurred in the summer months in Asia. What happened?   The answer was Tambora, a stratovolcano in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, which exploded on April 5, 1815 in gigantic eruption marking a history climax of several decades of activity inside its magma chamber.   Thunderous sounds were heard all the way from ternate and Batavia (old name of Jakarta); both are more than one thousand kilometers away from Tambora. The next day, volcanic ash rained on the eastern plain of Java, accompanied by a series of detonations. But no one knew that there was still much more to come.   On April 10, 1815, three columns of fire skyrocketed, followed by a massive and continuous ejection of 50 cubic kilometers of magma. The powerful roars kept thundering and a large part of the mountain collapsed into a flood of “liquid fire”. It left a deep summit crater, and the mountain’s height was cut from 4,300 meters to only 2,851 meters.   The result of the outburst was disastrous. Pyroclastic clouds spewed into the sky over 19 kilometers high and giant tsunamis struck several islands. Large amounts of volcanic as enveloped the globe causing a climate anomaly all over the world for a whole year. Crops failed and death by famine and diseases ensued. Casualties reached 71,000 in Indonesia alone. It was the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history, prompting Tambora to be dubbed the Pompeii of the East.   Text: Ninus Andarnuswari Source: Journey Indonesia Magazine Continue reading: A Journey to Tambora         Book your stay at Singgasana Hotel Makassar from this website and enjoy special discounts from us. E: info@makassar.singgasanahotels.com T: 0411 362 7051

MAKANAN TRADISIONAL YANG WAJIB DIHIDANGKAN SAAT LEBARAN

MAKANAN TRADISIONAL YANG WAJIB DIHIDANGKAN SAAT LEBARAN

June 13, 2017

Hari Raya Idul Fitri akan segera tiba, pasti banyak dari anda yang sudah tidak sabar untuk berkumpul bersama keluarga besar dan menikmati hidangan yang hanya ada pada saat Lebaran seperti beberapa hidangan berikut ini.   1. RENDANG Rendang merupakan hidangan tradisional khas Sumatera Barat yang digemari oleh sebagian besar masyarakat Indonesia bahkan hingga luar negri. Hidangan yang masuk dalam daftar 50 Hidangan Terlezat di Dunia ini aslinya memang menggunakan daging sapi sebagai bahan utamanya, namun sekarang ini banyak masyarakat yang memodifikasi rending dengan daging lainnya seperti ayam, bebek hingga telur. Bagaimana dengan rending dirumah anda besok?   2. KETUPAT Belum lebaran namanya jika tidak ada ketupat dirumah. Tidak tahu bagaimana asal mula ketupat dapat menjadi hidangan khas lebaran, yang pasti, ketupat merupakan makanan khas Asia Tenggara. Jadi, ketupat tidak hanya dapat dijumpai di Indonesia saja, namun juga di negara-negara tetangga. Makan ketupat sehabis Shallat Ied merupakan momen yang paling ditunggu!   3. OPOR AYAM Sudah ada Rendang dan Ketupat, maka satu lagi makanan yang harus ada di meja saat Lebaran adalah Opor Ayam. Seperti ketupat, opor ayam juga merupakan makanan yang lazim dijumpai di Asia Tengara. Seporsi ketupat dengan Rendang dan siraman kuah Opor Ayam diatasnya tentu dapat membuat siapapun tergoda, bukan?   4. SAMBAL GORENG ATI & KENTANG Untuk menambah rasa pedas, sambal goreng ati dengan kentang akan memberikan rasa yang nendang. Di beberapa tempat, sambal goreng ati & kentang ini juga ditambahkan pete dan kapri yang memberikan rasa segar dan renyah. Wow! Membayangkannya saja sudah membuat kami lapar.   Paket Libur Lebaran di Singgasana Hotel Makassar mulai Rp. 350,000,-NET masih dapat anda nikmati hingga akhir bulan ini. Untuk informasi & reservasi, hubungi kami di 0411 362 7051.

EXPLORE MAKASSAR – RAMBU SOLOK

EXPLORE MAKASSAR – RAMBU SOLOK

March 13, 2017

Far in the highlands of South Sulawesi, live the Toraja people. Tana Toraja is one of the places to visit in Indonesia, the word Toraja comes from Bugis language To Riaja which means People of the uplands. It is said so because the Torajans believe that their ancestors came to earth from heaven. Most of the population in Tana Toraja believes in polytheistic animism called Aluk To Dolo, meanwhile other population is Muslim and Christian. The Torajans are so proud of their traditional culture, there are some rituals that are still practiced until today, and one of them is the famous Rambu Solok, a funeral ceremony.   Explore Makassar with 15% OFF to stay, book the EXPLORE INDONESIA package.   The people of Tana Toraja have a high respect to their ancestors and they believe that death is a way to return to the immortality in the heaven they call Puyo. In Tana Toraja, someone is not fully dead before their family holds the Rambu Solok ceremony (which could take years after their death). During those time before the ceremony, their dead relatives are still treated like a living person, they are clothed, feed and even sleep together with the living.    The funeral ceremony of Rambu Solok spends cost a fortune as it is determined by the social status of the family, the more animals they sacrifice for the ceremony, the higher their social status. A noble kinship could sacrifice up to 100 buffalos meanwhile the middle status will sacrifice about 8 buffalos and tens of pigs. Buffalo is an important sacrifice in this ceremony, because they believe that buffalos lead the deceased to the Puyo. This ceremony lasts for days and really interesting due to its uniqueness. People from around the world are welcome to see the whole process.   You can start collecting information if you want to see Rambu Solok by this 2017, which usually performed by the end of the year. Prepare your annual leave and book your stay at Singgasana Hotel Makassar to get more discounts by purchasing in advance.                       Singgasana Hotel Makassar is located in Jl. Kajaolalido no.16, Makassar

DISCOVER THE BEST OF CHINESE-MAKASSAR’S CULINARY IN JALAN BALI

DISCOVER THE BEST OF CHINESE-MAKASSAR’S CULINARY IN JALAN BALI

February 13, 2017

If you are currently in Makassar, you may not want to miss the chance of tasting lots of Makassar’s street food in Jalan Bali. Officially opened on March 2016, the Jalan Bali in Makassar has now become even larger and bigger, packed with visitors and street food sellers. The area is completed with toilets and other public facilities to make it safe and convenient for tourists and visitors. During its first months, Jalan Bali is famous for its Chinese culinary adventure, but now you can found almost any kinds of food including Makassar’s traditional food.   Valentine in Makassar?   The culinary street of Jalan Bali opens every Saturday from 17:00 – 02:00 WITA and the area is only available for pedestrian. Visitors coming by car or motorcycle could park their vehicles a few blocks from the street. With this condition, the local government of Makassar expects all tourist and visitor to enjoy the uniqueness of Jalan Bali in the more convenient way, just like in the old days. This area is popular amongst youth in Makassar, because it only opens on Saturday night so they could have the chance of meeting with new friends and express their hobby through singing at the open stages.   Jalan Bali is located about 12 minutes by car from Singgasana Hotel Makassar, you may contact our concierge if you need our staff to take and guide you to Jalan Bali. Book your room through our website and enjoy special benefits such as; Late check out until 2 PM, extra 10% Discount with promo code BOOKNOW and easy changes and cancelation.