SISWP President Anusha Santhirasthipam recently completed an official SISWP working trip to Yogyakarta, Indonesia with National Representative Sylva Hutagalung.
They are working hard for Soroptimists from all over Asia and the Pacific countries to ensure the best experiential conference of Clubs 2020 and create unique and fabulous dinners and tour options.
Anusha’s and Sylva’s husbands participated also to offer assistance in investigating potential partners programmes to ensure everyone attending the Conference will have an unforgettable experience.
One of the proposed conference hotels is the Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta pictured left where Anusha and Sylva conducted long productive meetings working out all the details that matter including tours of the meeting room facilities, ballroom spaces and accommodation facilities. The Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta which was also included in the evaluation of spaces for meetings and special events.
Yogyakarta has some amazing entertainment and sightseeing opportunities which Anusha and Sylva has spent time assessing. Including the Ramayana Ballet Prambanan show pictured below right (with or without dinner) package may be an optional evening programme for SISWP Conference of Clubs 2020. With the moon illuminating the ancient Prambanan Temple in the background, the show is a magnificent production with amazing costumes, good choreography and classical music.
Yogyakarta also has unbelievable sightseeing. BOROBUDUR - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is truly amazing how 200 years ago during Dutch rule, these ruins of the ancient Buddhist temple were discovered covered in volcanic ash and jungle (similar to how Angkor Wat in Cambodia lay covered by deep jungle). Borobudur has magnificent carvings that tell stories of ancient epics. The Bell shaped stupas in 3 concentric levels of 36 + 24 + 16, are the most unique feature of the ancient site. Be prepared for high steep staircases and 7 levels of outer courtyards with hundreds of stories in carvings. Great panoramic views of Mount Merapi the largest active volcano in Indonesia.
As part of the Conference of Clubs 2020 – there will be a Friendship Evening Dinner. One of the places visited by Anusha and Sylva during a whole day of appraisal to discover a unique, picturesque and conducive heritage place to host the Friendship Dinner was NDalem Ngabean. Pictured left NDalem Ngabean is the former palace of a Prince some 200 years ago and is today has a restaurant space for tourist groups and private events.
The second potential venue to host the Friendship Dinner was at Abhayagiri Sumberwatu Heritage Resort. It is a beautiful and magical place in the hills overlooking ancient temples of Yogyakarta. It has great panoramic views, wonderful garden space for sunset drinks and Instagram photo ops. The charming heritage restaurant has multi-cuisine menu offerings. There is an open air arena and function hall for shows. This place is flexible enough for any dinner theme.
Lucky last option for the hosting of the Friendship Dinner was a trip to Keraton Ratu Boko. It is the perfect hilltop outdoor place for watching sunsets and is within the grounds of ancient castle ruins reminiscent of an Indonesian version of Stonehenge. It has a very large open air garden space, however as a heads up – this venue is a very long walk, with lots of steps to climb. It's best suited for the more adventurous and fit! An interesting and unusual place to visit.
Yogyakarta Indonesia is a city known for its traditional arts and cultural heritage. Hosting the next Conference of Clubs 2020 here will be a magical and unforgettable experience for all. Stay tuned for more updates and information in the upcoming months. COC2020 – Here we come!!!
(Left) Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta (Middle) Abhayagiri Sumberwatu Heritage Resort (Right) BOROBUDUR a UNESCO World Heritage Site