Situ Patenggang Bandung has a new place for family vacation! Its name is Glamping Lakeside Rancabali.
It offers glamping (glamour camping), boat shaped restaurant, floating tents for hang out in the lake and gathering activities for company outing.
Glamping or Glamour Camping is a new trend of camping. It is for people who want to experience camping but still want the comfort of a hotel.
The Glamping Lakeside in Rancabali tea plantation is exactly offering that kind of experience. The tents are set up right in front of the lake. However, don't be fooled by the outer look. They offer a hotel room inside, complete with a boat shaped bed and a wash room.
Unfortunately, spending a night here is expensive.
You don’t have to be one of the glamping’s guest to enjoy this resort. Once you have paid the entrance fee at the gate, you are welcome to explore it.
The fun begins as soon as you pass the ticket booth. You will drive through the road of Rancabali tea plantation. You will be surrounded by the tea plantation! The air is fresh and cool, you don’t need to turn on the car’s air conditioning here :)
After several kilometers, you will see a big wooden ship on top of a hill surrounded by tea shrubs. That’s your destination: the restaurant of Glamping Lakeside Rancabali, called Pinisi Resto. Walking toward this restaurant, you will see white tents facing the lake. Those tents are the glamping tents.
You must walk down a bridge made of wood and ropes to reach the restaurant’s entrance. Often people walk-jump on it to shake it :)
The restaurant serves Sundanese food and traditional snacks such as fried banana, but overall they are not really tasty. One thing for sure: they don’t serve cold drinks or ice, they even don’t have ice cubes! Should you prefer hotdog, you can buy it at the food trucks in front of the restaurant.
On the contrary to the taste of the food, the view here is absolutely amazing. The photo opportunities are endless.
Glamping Lakeside Rancabali is more than just the glamping and Pinisi Resto. You should walk around the property. You can go down until you reach the lake shore. This is where the famous Batu Cinta is located.
Batu Cinta (the rock of love in English) represents a famous legend in Situ Patenggang Bandung. It is a love story between two lovers who were separated and finally reunited. Read the legend here ...
The first time I saw Batu Cinta, I was disappointed. It is only a man made stone wall that describe the legend. I am guessing whether the huge mossy stone next to it is the real Batu Cinta.
You can hire a boat and cross the lake from here, where you will reach the original entrance of Situ Patenggang Bandung.
Another unique place to hang out in this resort is floating tents. Many empty plastic barrels are assembled to float them. These floating tents are safe because the lake is very calm and the wave is almost non-existent. But of course you still have to be careful and watch your children to avoid tumbling into the lake because there is not any fence bordering the edges.
There is a small coffee stand here, so you can just relax drinking coffee while enjoying the panorama of Situ Patenggang Bandung and watching some small boats pass by. Of course, don’t forget your cameras and snaps more beautiful pictures here :)
There is another spot to visit in this area: Rengganis crater. I saw the road sign once when we were in the middle of Rancabali tea plantation, unfortunately the direction is not clear enough. I heard it is another beautiful crater with hot springs, but that will be for another day and another adventure.
Glamping Lakeside Rancabali shares the shore and the view of Situ Patengan a.k.a. Situ Patenggang Bandung, same lake but different entrance. The coordinates are 7°10'01.0"S 107°21'14.4"E.
The entrance to this resort is located between Kawah Putih (White Crater) and the original entrance to Situ Patengan a.k.a. Situ Patenggang. You will not miss the entrance with its big signage and a row of entrance ticket booths leading you to drive through the gorgeous Rancabali tea plantation.
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