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The Ermaja’s Pavilion

Lavish colonial meets rustic tradition

Sanghyangkalang, Batu Karas T: (0811) 235 003 (0227) 513 333 (0227) 562 074

The Ermaja’s Pavilion

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The Ermaja’s Pavilion is something of an anomaly at Batu Karas, almost like it has been transported from another era and plonked in this sleepy seaside fishing village.

Here in the middle of nowhere is a lavish colonial-style house that wouldn’t be out of place in the court of Yogyakarta, encircled by a collection of traditional Javanese wooden houses, it’s all rather fabulous.

Not your average beach digs.

Not your average beach digs. Photo: Sally Arnold

The main house, surrounded by a wide verandah, features lofty ceilings, traditional floor tiles and is stuffed with antiques and bric-a-brac from all over Indonesia, including a large rocking horse in the living room. Spacious guest rooms off the communal living area are furnished with period pieces counting iron beds, teak dining settings, and washstands but it’s not all ye olde world—mod cons include air-con, a ceiling fan and flatscreen TV. Ensuite bathrooms provide hot-water rain showers, and a little strangely, but keeping with the period the washbasins are in the main sleeping room.

At the rear of the large house, on a second level, two smaller and less elaborate twin “Balcony Rooms” follow the same colonial aesthetic, perhaps the “servants quarters”—it’s worth the extra outlay for the larger rooms. Another colonial-style pavilion at the back houses a billiard room and some gym equipment.

Our kind of tub.

Our kind of tub. Photo: Sally Arnold

Across the grassy lawn what appears to be a small traditional village is in total contrast to the refined style of the large house with a collection of rustic wooden houses including a Geladok, Joglos and other traditional styles of architecture, ranging from expansive to diminutive. The interior style is in keeping with the design of each house with extravagantly carved teak beds and other furnishings mixed with some contemporary Asian pieces. These rooms too are air-con cooled and as the windows are all wooden shuttered and not glass they tend to be dark when closed up, which keeps it cool and cosy for sleeping.

Ensuite bathrooms in the wooden houses are mostly semi-outdoor-style and some feature deep tubs, all with hot water. We find it difficult to choose which style of room we prefer as they all have their own personality and charm although the wooden houses are smaller and seem more suitable for couples whilst the spacious rooms in the colonial house would be ideal for a large family group.

Put your feet up.

Put your feet up. Photo: Sally Arnold

Rates include breakfast and afternoon tea (very civilised). Walk-in prices we were quoted were considerably less than on their website, but similar to those offered on booking sites. It may be worth contacting them to negotiate, as in a different location they are certainly worth a higher outlay, but we just can’t see them being competitive in this locale (except during holiday periods).

The Ermaja’s Pavilion is a good 2.5 kilometres to the main restaurants and action of Batu Karas, so you may require you own transport to get around, but bicycle and scooter hire is easily arranged. If you’d prefer to stay closer to the beach, Villa Monyet offers more of a contemporary beachside ambience, housed in traditional style lumbungs.

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Walk-in rates at The Ermaja’s Pavilion

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
400,000 rupiah
400,000 rupiah
Balcony twin
Superior double room
500,000 rupiah
500,000 rupiah
Deluxe double room
600,000 rupiah
600,000 rupiah
Colonial house
Room: Standard double room, low season: 400,000 rupiah, high season 400,000 rupiah. Notes: Balcony twin
Room: Superior double room, low season: 500,000 rupiah, high season 500,000 rupiah. Notes: Joglo
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 600,000 rupiah, high season 600,000 rupiah. Notes: Colonial house

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Where is The Ermaja’s Pavilion

The Ermaja’s Pavilion
Sanghyangkalang, Batu Karas
T: (0811) 235 003 (0227) 513 333 (0227) 562 074
Coordinates (for GPS): 108º29'36.34" E, 7º44'0.53" S
Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp

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