Java – Surabaya

Mount Bromo Java

Mount Bromo on Java island is possibly the most famous volcano in Indonesia. Having a height of 2329 m, it is the most hiked mountain in the country. It always makes its way on the top 10 lists of things to do in Java, and for a good reason.

Mount Bromo: A volcano that’s not that sleepy

Although many hikers come here, Mount Bromo still remains one of the most active volcanoes in the world and there are certain areas that restrict tourists from passing there because of its impending danger. It is located inside the massive Tengger caldera (volcanic crater with a diameter of roughly 10km), encircled by the Laut Pasir (sea of sand) of fine volcanic sand.

Local legends say that Mount Bromo is of great importance to the Tengger people who believe that the site is where their courageous prince sacrificed his life for his family.

On the sand plain, a Hindu temple called Pura Luhur Poten can be found. The temple is very important to the Tenggerese people which are scattered across the mountain villages. The temple hosts the annual Yadnya Kasada ceremony that lasts up to a month.  After 14 days, the crowd goes along the crater edges of Mt Bromo and throw their offerings into the crater.

An exciting hike

You can trek across 3 km sand of sea and then you will pass the Hindu temple and climb up a set of stairs to the caldera of Mount Bromo. It takes about 1-2 hours depending on your physical condition, but it’s usually considered an easy trek. But you can also hike the neighbouring Mount Penanjakan to catch the sunrise over Mount Bromo.

Made out of desolated volcanic sand and a giant crater that spews white sulphurous smoke, this dangerous yet beautiful natural combination brings in many adventurous travellers that wish to see this otherworldly landscape.

You find the best resorts to visit Mount Bromo in Surabaya or Banyuwangi. Mount Bromo is located in between.

Shangri-la Surabaya

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The five-star Shangri-La Hotel is situated in Surabaya, Indonesia. The luxury and hospitality are the main elements that describe the hotel. Shangri-la is surrounded by a green garden and is situated near the center of Surabaya. That’s why, we recommend you to explore a little the surroundings. Just three minutes away from the hotel, you will find the Ciputra World. This is the Surabaya’s shopping mall that prides itself with an impressive reputation.

Another attraction of the city is Bonbin Surabaya or Surabaya Zoo. It dates back to 1918 and boasts with an amount of 200 species and 3.500 animals. Also, it owns over 70 Komodo dragons.


Shangri-la Surabaya Lifestyle

In terms of accommodation, the Shangri-La Hotel provides 380 luxurious guestrooms and suites. The refined carpets and wooden frames placed on the walls are adding a touch of Chinese style.


There are two types of guestrooms in the hotel. These are the Deluxe Room and the Executive Room, that provides amazing city views. For travelers who want to benefit from additional services, we recommend to choose one of the Horizon Club Rooms: Deluxe or Executive. The Horizon Club package consists of a higher level of attention and personalized services. The purpose is to make tourists “feel always home away from home”. Every person who choses these types of rooms, benefits of private lounge during the breakfast, evening cocktails, newspapers, private check-in and check-out, a private Club Concierge and the list continues.

The last type of accommodation are suites. There are four suites: Executive, Residence, Premier and Presidential Suite. You can choose your room depending on your view and space preferences. The most luxurious one is the Presidential Suite. The room’s design is perfectly matched with the view that can be seen from the window. This one is characterized by the hotel as being the most elegant, sophisticated and intimate room in the hotel.


In terms of alimentation, the hotel provides five restaurants and three bars & lounge. You can shop desserts at Cake Shop situated on the 1st floor, dine all-day at the Jamoo Restaurant, discover the Japanese cuisine at the Nishimura Restaurant, the Italian one at the Portofino Restaurant or the Chinese dish at Shang Palace. For soft and strong drinks, you can choose the Desperados Grill and Bar, Lobby Lounge or Pool Bar.

In terms of recreation, the hotel’s facilities include a SPA center and a Health Club (e.g. swimming pools, jacuzzi, sauna, table tennis, tennis courts).

Special hotel recommendation

Every person who wants to relax and have some quiet time can spend the days at the pool, surrounded by green. However, adventure lovers can visit Mount Bromo, which is an exquisite location, The House of Sampoerna, Cheng Ho Mosque or Taman Safari II and Jatim Park II if anyone really wants to stand face to face with wild and ferocious animals.


The Shangri-La Hotel is not the newest one and from the outside you will see this immediately. The interior is very Chinese inspired but glamorous. Still it’s the most luxurious hotel in Surabaya. Stay like a royal, try the different cuisines, listen to live music at the Desperados Grill and Bar and just live the moments spent at one of the most luxurious hotels of Surabaya.

Address: Jalan Mayjen Sungkono No. 120, Pakis, Sawahan, Pakis, Kec. Sawahan, Kota SBY, Jawa Timur 60256, Indonesia.

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