Maribaya used to be a huge park where we can have picnic near the waterfalls. Recently, it is divided into two:
Let's explore Maribaya Natural Hot Spring Resort first :)
The gate to Maribaya Natural Hot Spring Resort is the second one. It is not easily spotted from the road because it is right after a sharp turn. Hence, it is easier to park the car in the parking lot across the street. There are shuttle cars that we can ride for free that drive us back and forth from the parking lot to the resort. Unfortunately, it takes unknown waiting time to return to the parking lot. Although it is a close walking distance, the uphill walk to the parking lot would be a problem for elders.
First, let's enjoy the view. Since the resort is in the highland surrounded by forest, the weather is cool and the greenery is gorgeous. It is definitely instagramable :)
There are several popular spots here:
Being in a hot spring resort, of course the main activity is to soak in the hot-spring pools. There are two location of hot spring pools here. The one nearer to the entrance is called Family Foot Spa, where we can immerse our feet in the warm pool.
We need to walk further to reach the second location, which consists of five pools. The temperature of these pools are hotter than the first one. On average it is forty degrees Celsius! The color of the water in these pools are greenish. We can choose whether to immerse in the big one, or in the smaller ones, which are more secluded and private with bamboo fence surrounded them. Alternatively, we can rent a private bathroom in the three stories building next to these pools. Initially I thought it was a hotel, but it turns out to be bathrooms, each equipped with a big bath tub.
The third activity here is to play the games offered, such as shooting target, trampoline, and fishing. Young children can play in the playground or feeding animals such as sheep and rabbit in the mini zoo.
Although we are not allowed to bring food and drinks into the resort, we don't have to worry. There are various food and drinks offered in the entire resort. There is a food court called Langlang Buana near the entrance, Twig Cafe near the waterfalls as well as food kiosks.
The price of the ticket is Rp. 35,000. However, it is only for entering and walk around the park. Sadly, we must pay additional tickets for every activity offered. On average it is Rp. 35,000 for each game. The hourly rate for bathing starts from Rp. 90,000. We even have to pay to cross the rainbow bridge and spider web. So, at the end of the day, you will be surprised how much money you spend in Maribaya Resort.
Ready to explore other parts of Sunda? As a metropolitan, Jakarta has plenty places of interests, such as Jakarta Aquarium and Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. Do you know that cherry blossom can bloom in Puncak and there is a Hindu temple in Garut?