PURWAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Climbing enthusiasts may soon have a new and unique destination to visit: the hanging hotel at Badega Gunung Parang in Purwakarta regency, West Java.
Said to be built at a height of 900m above the ground, the hotel reportedly plans to offer 10 rooms by September.
"The hanging hotel at Mount Parang is expected to attract visitors who love challenges," said Purwakarta Regent Dedi Mulyadi, as quoted by kompas.com.
He added that the property highlights Purwakarta's breathtaking landscape. "From the mountains to Jatiluhur reservoir, everything can be clearly seen from there."
Due to its unique feature, the hotel boasts international safety standards similar to Peru's hanging hotel. Each room will be built using iron frames bolted into the mountain's andesite rock using special equipment at varying heights, with the most expensive being the furthest from the ground.
Climbing enthusiast and operator of Parang Mountain tourism area Dhany Daelami, praised the hotel as the first of its kind in Indonesia, even Asia. One room has reportedly already been installed on the mountain with the interior and waterway still under construction.
Mr Dhany also shared how the Parang Mountain, which has a vertical, rocky structure and stands at approximately 1,000 meters above sea level, was already popular among domestic and foreign climbers.
"Unlike most mountain tracks, (Parang Mountain) offers a vertical track, which makes it more challenging and a favourite among climbers," he said, adding that climbers usually need at least one and a half hours to reach the peak.