To be honest, Lodges Ekologika has been on my bucket list for quite some time. I’ve been meaning to go there with my family since the first time I stumble upon this place on the internet, many many moons ago. But because of one reason and another, we’ve only been able to finally come to this place recently.
The route to go there:
We went just after 7am on Saturday from our home in South Jakarta, from there we took the Jagorawi toll road and exit at Kebon Raya Bogor. The traffic was quite decent, considering its weekend time. From Bogor, we follow routes that was given on the Lodges Ekologika website. It was quite a trip, due to the road was sometimes can be a bit narrow and many trucks passing us by. It will be quite unnerving if you’re not used to these kind of road trip. What surprised us more was the last leg of the trip was actually a little bit of an offload track. We thought we went the wrong way and got lost in the middle of what looks like a mix of jungle and rice terrace. But then, we saw an intersection and we took a wild guess and just turn left and WE ARRIVED AT PORTIBI FARMS! it took us about roughly almost 3hrs driving time from Jakarta with decent – only a slight traffic congestion on Jagorawi toll road.
When we arrive at Portibi Farms, we were greeted by Jocean the owner. He quickly introduced himself to us and welcomed us to his place. The place itself was really, I mean, really really beautiful. We already saw the picture for the place from the website, but really, picture don’t do justice of how surreal and magical the place looks like. Its a mix of javanese, rustic and vintage architecture. That, combine with the lush greenery and the sound of the nature surrounding this lovely place makes Portico Farm such an oasis for big city dwellers. From the moment we step out of the car, everything feels so serene and peaceful. To think that this place is just a mere 3 hours driving away from the big city Jakarta.
After we finish gawking at everything, Jocean kindly suggested that perhaps we should rest for a bit while waiting for lunch to be ready at our lodge, Limas Gede. We weren’t that tired but more of a curious of how our lodge going to look like, especially after we saw how gorgeous the lobby, the dining area and even the kitchen. It was quite a walk from the main building to our lodge, the path is covered with bed of grass and surrounded by tall trees makes you think that we’re going to camping in the middle of a jungle. From the website, it says that our lodge is approx 160 steps from the main building, quite an exercise. When we arrived at our lodge, Limas Gede, we were simply stunned at how breathtaking the building is. Gorgeous is not even enough to describe the Limas Gede, and that’s just from the outside. Can you imagine, a proper joglo, in the middle of a jungle? is there anything much more grande than that image? for me, it’s my ultimate bucket list.
Once we stepped inside, wow just wow. Limas Gede is designed for family, so the space was huge with one king size bed and one queen size bed. the bathroom is outdoor (!!!) with hot water rain shower, I am always and will always be obsessed with outdoor bathroom so I was squealing with delight when I saw that. Don’t expect any television or even power outlet, portibi farms is an eco lodge and their lodging is solar powered. I found that this is not such a big issues, why do you want to stay inside and watch tv while you have such an exciting place to be explored?
First and foremost, at Portibi Farms is not just about staying at their beautiful lodging with beautiful surrounding, its mostly about the back to nature experience including but not limited to the food prepared by Jocean and his wife. Our meal time at Portibi Farms is signalled by the sound of a Javanese gong. It was really unique feeling hearing the sound of a gong in the middle of nowhere. We quickly walked our way up to the main building where the dining room located.
During dinner, we were listening to the story of how Portibi Farms founded and made. Basically, Jocean and his wife loves to travel and loves eating nice food, bonus point they also loves to cook. Portibi Farm and lodges ekologika were born because of that reasons. They has travel the world, sometimes can stay for a longer period of time, just to eat the local taste and bring back to their kitchen to have their own version of the food. No wonder, the food taste so unique and unlike anything we ever taste. The food at Portibi Farms were made from the freshest ingredients, mostly from their own farm. It was beautiful, everything taste so fresh so healthy, such a gastronomical feat.
Do you ever get the feeling that when you’re on vacation, you feel like you want to meet with new and interesting people from around the world telling you their memorable travel stories, inspiring you and everything. well, at Portibi Farms, you can! Aside from Jocean and his lovely wife and their sweet children, we get to meet the people who stays there as well. Meeting with these people, confirmed what we already know since long time ago, that we were by far the most uninteresting people who lead a boring life! No, seriously, these people has travel the world far and wide (one couple is travelling with their young children) and bring back their interesting stories to the dinner table. It was such an inspiring dining session, we would want to stay up all night and chat with them until the early hours if we weren’t so beat.
for more info of Lodges Ekologika – Portibi Farms please go to their website.