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If you get the feeling that the area around Cimaja has a mysterious quality, you won’t be far wrong and Room 308 at the Samudra Hotel is a case in point.





Cimaja is seen as a home to the mystical Goddess of the South Sea, Nyai Roro Kidul (also known by a number of different names with various spellings) and much myth and legend abounds about her in this region.

We’re sorry but room 308 is occupied ... forever. Photo taken in or around Room 308 Samudra Hotel, Cimaja, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

We’re sorry but room 308 is occupied ... forever. Photo: Sally Arnold

Stories connect her with the 16th century Mataram Kingdom and the Sultans of Yogyakarta and Solo to whom she is their spiritual consort. The town of Pelebuhan Ratu, east of Cimaja translates to “Queen’s harbour”, and a festival to honour her is held every 6 April by local fishermen.

Perhaps most strangely, at nearby Samudra Hotel, Room 308 is reserved for this mystifying spirit (cue spooky music). The hotel was built by Indonesia’s first president, Soekarno, in the 1960s and we’re not sure how Room 308 came to be associated with her, but a staff member mentioned that a member of staff had had a vision of her in its early days.

Karang Kursi beckons. Photo taken in or around Room 308 Samudra Hotel, Cimaja, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Karang Kursi beckons. Photo: Sally Arnold

Unlike the rest of the rooms in this sea-facing multi-storey hotel that have been renovated and present as standard modern business hotel style rooms, Room 308 has a very different vibe. From outside, the door is unnumbered and simple marked “private” sitting between rooms 307 and 309. The interior is painted dark green, her favourite colour, with heavy velvet green drapes pulled closed, dim chandeliers, a small iron four-poster bed with green covers, walls covered in artworks in gilt frames and furnished with the accoutrements of a Queen including a wardrobe full of green gowns. The air is heady with the scent of incense and coffee left at a small altar in her honour and without doubt has a somewhat unearthly ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Room 308 Samudra Hotel
Samudra Hotel: Jalan Raya Cisolok, Km 7, Pelebuhan Ratu
T: (2664) 31 200,  
http://www.grandinnasamudrabeach.com

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