Working in Jakarta wreaks a lot of wear and tear. As such, many of the capital's residents choose to spend their weekends recharging and revitalizing.
One of the most sought after options for whole-body refreshment is soaking in a hot spring. Good news -- many can be found no more than a couple of hours from the Big Durian.
So what are your options for a warm wallow this weekend? Let's look at a few.
Sari Ater, Ciater
Located in Subang -- close to Bandung in West Java -- this spot is eminently reachable from Jakarta.
As for the hot spring pools, besides the public area, there are four other pools with different temperatures and acidities. Families or groups willing to spend a little extra can also soak in a private room.
The hot water comes from Ciater spring, famous for its natural hot spring. The area also offers activities like camping, trekking, horse-riding and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) driving. All that could be exhausting -- you'll need a good soak in the hot spring afterwards.
Owned by a national tea production company -- hence the name Walini -- this spot is located just south of Bandung.
Open daily from 6 a.m., Rancawalini offers two main pools. The larger and deeper is for adults, the smaller for children.
This spring's USP is an additional play-pool for kids. Bedecked with pool slides, it looks like a normal swimming pool for kids instead of a hot spring. A supplementary ticket is required for this play-pool.
Not far from Rancawalini is another hot spring.
Named Cimanggu after the area, this one offers a more secluded large pool because of the cottages and villas nearby.
If you're after a longer trip, here's your place. Why? Because not only can you pick a cottage with a private pool at the rear, there are also cottages with exclusive indoor hot springs.
Tirta Sanita, Ciseeng
This spring is even closer to Jakarta, not far from Bogor, also in West Java.
Located in a limestone mountain area, the natural hot spring in this spot is believed to have healing qualities on the stress and fatigue caused by modern urban life.
Like other hot spring spots, there is a host of pools catering to all needs. For children, there is one pool separate from adults. And as usual, you can also opt for a VIP room for more privacy, especially if you want to soak in a small group or with your family.
Like at Sari Ater, there are many outdoor activities to choose from in Tirta Sanita if you're thinking of spending more than a few hours there.
While most of them are aimed at children, adults can also choose to have fun paintballing or roaming around in an ATV. One thing's for sure, activity and ticket prices are pretty cheap.
If you choose to spend the night, a room can also be rented for less than Rp 200,000 (S$20.9).
Savanna Batu Kancah, Cipanas
In Cipanas, there are two main hot spring sites, this one being the newest.
Located in Cipanas, Lebak, Banten, the hot spring water here is less sulfurous and acidic, so you can indulge yourself longer.
The area's other spot is named Tirta Lebak Buana. Helpfully, the two are located opposite one another, so you can easily choose the less crowded -- that said, on public holidays, both tend to attract large crowds.