We are a family of 5 from Cairns, Australia - Mum, Dad and 3 daughters aged 12, 9 and 9. Our main purpose in visiting Yogyakarta was to visit Borobudur, as it's one of those bucket-list monuments that makes you in awe of mankind's achievements. So, with that in mind and as we were on a three week holiday with multiple stops around Asia, we wanted a comfortable and reasonably-priced accommodation that could fit us all in that was within a hour or so of Borobudur, that could also organise the day trip. We emailed Arie and his team quite a few times to secure the room and ask questions about Borobudur and possible tours. The great email communication we received was a good indication that Arie would be a great host and so it proved to be!
We got picked up at the airport (we flew from Bali) by Mas Putra and taken the short 1/2 hour drive to Ada Waktu, which is on the outskirts of the city, but amongst fields of rice, corn and sugar cane. We were immediately impressed by the size of the house - it's an absolute mansion! We were greeting by Arie and Willy with glasses of beautiful local fruit juices, walked past the impressive swimming pool and were greeting with our enormous room. There was a large king-sized bed for Mum and Dad and three single beds for the kids. There was still enough space in the room to swing several tigers around - with high ceilings and also an entry 'foyer' with a couple of couches, as well as our own private small patio space in front of the swimming pool. We had a large private bathroom with shower and toilet.
You can have breakfast, lunch and dinner at Ada Waktu if you want, and we would highly recommend it. We soon discovered that Arie is a chef, so everyone morning and evening we felt like we were staying at the best five-star hotel in town - the food was incredible and never-ending. In fact I must have put on a few kilograms in the few days I stayed here, the food was that good!
Arie is also a singer and entertained us and a Malaysian family the first night we were there, which was quite magical listening to Indonesian songs and dancing, although our daughters were too shy to join in.
Arie and team organised our day trip to Borobudur and Prambanan in a modern 7 seater car, and also a morning trip into Yogyakarta. The driver, Mas Putra, is excellent with very good English.
All in all, we had a fantastic time at Ada Waktu and would highly recommend it to everyone. We were very suprised to find out we were only the 7th Australians to visit the property. We were amazed by this considering how many visit Bali which is only an hour's flight away.