A place to relax in nature in Bogor
VILA BOTANI NATURE RETREAT



Facilities & Location Activities
  • Accommodations & prices –We have both luxury & simple accommodations, all with great views. There are 4 vilas, each with a terrace & suitable for 1-20 guests, and two smaller ones. that are suitable for 1-4 guests. Day visitors are also welcome.
  • Organic Farm and Healthy Cuisine – Guests can order meals cooked with veggies from our organic farm.
  • Where are We? & How to Get Here – Our location is on the boundary of the National Park as shown below. Vila Botani lies south of Bogor City and can be reached by private vehicle or public transit
  • Who are We? – Vila Botani is the brainchild of an intercultural team. We can share with you our experience here since 2006.

BACK TO NATURE

During 2018 and early 2019 Vila Botani upgraded its accommodations to provide more comfort. Previous visitors are invited to check out our accommodations page to view our upgrades.

Less than an hour from the Bogor toll exit and less than two from South Jakarta, Vila Botani is perched on the slopes of Mt Salak. It is far from the nearest kampong and borders on a vast forest. At the end of a private road, our property of 5.5 ha is ideal for a leisurely stroll. Or - hike or bike in the National Park. Feel free to bring your dog. Vila Botani is pet friendly.

A cool spot on highVila Botani borders on the vast Salak forest in the Halimun-Salak National Park. At 750m of altitude, Vila Botani gets gentle, cooling breezes from the surrounding forests, with temps fluctuating between 19° and 27° C.

Pandangan dari Puncak 6 di atas Vila Botani
Hiking di hutan pinus dekat Vila Botani


A well-known location – Locals have long known about the splendid views at our place. The view of up to 135 degrees ranges from the Bogor Botanical Gardens to the left, by way of the Puncak, to the former ranch of President Suharto in Tapos on the right. Our place is also known for its soaring hawk-eagles in search of prey. View the city lights of Bogor at night and the sunrise over Mt. Pangrango to the East.

Unusual Bio-Diversity is found in our botanical garden, including 2000 trees of over 200 local species, as well as another 250 kinds of medicinal herbs. Our diverse flora attracts diverse fauna. About 40 kinds of birds visit, and many other animals are seen here or in the nearby national park.

Our property is unique in providing so much bio-diversity. Normally, visitors must trek long distances on foot to reach patches of original forest with high bio-diversity.

Elang jawa menjulang di atas Vila Botani
Sayuran organik yg tumbuh rapih di Vila Botani


A haven for nature lovers. Far from any crowds, this is THE place to refresh your body and mind. Amid an extraordinary tranquility, lounge on your own deck in a jungle lodge, while listening to birdsong, the croaking frogs and the endless rattle of cicadas. Sit under a waterfall as a stream of chill, crystal water cascades over you. Avoid the Puncak's annoying traffic jams.
Be a pioneer.
"Enjoy this hidden gem just south of Bogor that's not yet swamped by weekend traffic. Enjoy the timeless simplicity of rural Indonesia."

“Everybody needs beauty . . . places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike“ – John Muir (1838-1914), Conservationist

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WHERE ARE WE?

Letaknya dari Vila Botani Bogor

As the Google Earth photo shows, Vila Botani is located next to the National Park and rather far from the nearest kampong. At an altitude of 690-780m above sea level, Vila Botani overlooks the city of Bogor. It lies above Kampong Tajur Halang Pojok, which is the highest nearby kampong and is located in Kecamatan Cijeruk, Kabupaten Bogor. Kmp Tajur Halang Pojok lies above Kec Pamoyanan and The Jungle and can be approached via Pamoyanan or The Jungle.

HOW TO GET THERE

Go To This Link


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WHO ARE WE?

Pk Jai

Pk Jai
Pak Jai
General Manager
 

Born 1967, Pak Jai (seaeted,right) manages Vila Botani from day to day, including personnel, finances, security, maintenance, and reception of guests. Has held this job since 2006. Originally from Bandung, where he finished high school, he has long lived in the village of Sukatani in Sukabumi regency. He is married with 4 children. Pak Jai connects to the internet but does not speak English. He is at Vila Botani daily except Thursdays and Fridays.

His story: "I enjoy working at Vila Botani because of the fresh air. This work has also given me the opportunity to acquaint myself with people from various backgrounds in Indonesia and even with foreigners with various manners and temperaments so that I have learned much about human character. It has also been a pleasure to learn more about organic farming, medicinal herbs and native tree species and to share this knowledge with visitors, including school kids and students."


Alex
Dr. Alex Korns, PhD
Occasional Advisor
(Seated left in the picture)

American Dr. Alex Korns, PhD from Harvard University was born in 1941 and has lived in Indonesia since 1987 and Bogor since 1998. He continues to pursue his interests in hiking and nutrition, enjoys spending time at Vila Botani, and occasionally advises the staff of Vila Botani in regard to the collections of trees and medicinal plants. Alex is divorced with one child. His story: "I became used to living amid a garden while growing up in New Orleans. I moved to Indonesia for work in 1987 and began to enjoy life more fully than I had while working as a statistical expert at the US Department of Commerce in Washington DC. As years went by and I worked less, I got interested in mapping hiking trails near Jakarta and participated in the publication in 2007 of the Puncak Trek map series for the foothills of Mt. Gede and Pangrango. More recently, I began to focus on achieving better health by means of yoga and other daily exercise and good diet. Vila Botani has been a superb vehicle for this objective as it provides an excellent base for hiking inside and outside the National Park. Vila Botani is also a great place to practice yoga, which I have studied since 2011, and produces many kinds of organic vegetables, which underpin my current diet. In January 2015 I began a diet to reduce inflammation by eliminating excess body fat and reducing waist circumference. For now, I'm delighted to have shrunk my waistline to 34 in. (85cm), and to have brought my blood pressure down from borderline high to normal. The herbal garden here also provides remedies for occasional complaints."


Pk Oting
Pak Oting
Manager of the Arboretum

Born 1965, Pak Oting has managed the arboretum since his arrival at Vila Botani in 2007. He has an elementary school education and comes from Sukatani village in Sukabumi Regency. He is married with one child. Upon his arrival at Vila Botani he was already familiar with more than 50 species of endemic trees from his own wanderings on the southern slopes of Mt. Salak above Sukatani in search of useful plants and animals. At Vila Botani he has learned to identify all of the 200-plus species in the arboretum. He is proud of having planted so many species, nearly all of which now thrive.


Pk Acep, yg urus kebun obat di Vila Botani.
Pak Acep
Manager Herbal Garden
& Compost Unit

Born 1967, from Tajurhalang village, Pak Acep has worked much of his life on the Vila Botani property or its immediate vicinity so he is our main source for the oral history of the period before 2006. He makes compost and takes care of the goats and sheep, and of our herbal medicine garden.