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Nine Cities in Indonesia for Religious Tourism during Ramadan with the best Hotel Choices


As the blessed month of Ramadan unfolds, travelers seeking moments of tranquility and spiritual enrichment are invited to explore the cultural treasures of Indonesia. In the spirit of this sacred time, we present five Indonesian cities, each offering a serene retreat for reflection and connection with one's faith.

Ramadan is a time for inner peace, prayer, and contemplation, and what better way to embrace its essence than by immersing oneself in the rich cultural heritage of Indonesia? We recommend the following destinations, carefully selected to provide travelers with a sanctuary for spiritual exploration:

  • Pekalongan: Explore the vibrant world of batik and delve into the spiritual ambiance of Pekalongan. Visit the historic Jami Aulia Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in the city, and marvel at the largest Al-Quran measuring 2x2.30 meters. Experience the Syawalan tradition and immerse yourself in the city's cultural heritage.

Recommended Hotel: 

Aston Syariah Pekalongan Hotel & Conference Center - Located only 1 KM near the Jami Aulia Mosque, this hotel offers a convenient retreat with comfortable amenities under Archipelago International standard services and facilities.

  • Semarang: Discover the captivating blend of Javanese, Chinese, Arab, and Dutch influences in Semarang. Visit the iconic Grand Mosque of Central Java, known for its towering Asmaul Husna minaret reaching 99 meters. Explore the vibrant streets of Semarang and savor the local cuisine. You can also delve into history at Kerajaan Demak, a fascinating historical site steeped in cultural and spiritual wealth.

Recommended Hotel: 

Quest Simpang Lima - Situated about 15 minutes away from the Grand Mosque Central Java, the hotel provides a peaceful oasis amidst the city's hustle and bustle.

  • Banjarmasin: Explore the city renowned for its thousand rivers and deep spiritual heritage. Visit the historic Masjid Sultan Suriansyah, built in 1550 and named after the first Muslim Sultan of Banjarmasin. Explore other religious landmarks such as Masjid Jami Banjarmasin and the tombs of historical figures.

Recommended Hotel: 
Harper Banjarmasin - Offering a tranquil retreat near the Masjid Sultan Suriansyah and other religious sites, which is only 5 minutes drive away, the hotel offers a peaceful haven in the heart of the city of Banjarmasin.

  • Cilacap: Experience the serene beauty of Cilacap, nestled on Indonesia's Central Java coast. Visit the breathtaking Masjid Batu Taman Hati, a cave-like mosque built in 2009 by an artist. Explore other attractions such as Selok Hill, Srandil Hill, and Srandil Beach, offering moments of tranquility amidst nature.

Recommended Hotel: 

Aston Inn & favehotel Cilacap - Conveniently located 15 minutes drive away from Masjid Batu Taman Hati, both hotels Aston and favehotel provide a cozy base for exploring the city's cultural and natural wonders.

  • Solo: Immerse yourself in the cultural richness of Solo, the cultural heart of Java. Visit Masjid Syeikh Zayed Solo and Masjid Agung Kraton Solo, two prominent religious landmarks in the city. Explore the vibrant markets, traditional Javanese architecture, and culinary delights.

Recommended Hotel: 

Hotel Neo Gading Solo - Located 5 KM away from Masjid Syeikh Zayed Solo, the hotel is the perfect destination for visiting any cultural and religious attractions. This hotel also offers a new hi-tech experience by providing seamless voice command Google Nest facility in the room.

  • Malang: Explore the spiritual wonders of Masjid Pintu Seribu Malang, a captivating place of worship offering moments of tranquility amidst the city's hustle and bustle.

Recommended Hotel:

Alana Malang - Located near Masjid Pintu Seribu Malang, offering modern comforts and amenities for a relaxed stay. This hotel is also equipped with Google Nest facilities, providing guests with voice command technology connected to the internet network, enhancing the guest experience with seamless connectivity and convenience.

  • Palembang: Witness the grandeur of Alquran Akbar Palembang, a majestic monument showcasing the beauty of Islamic art.  The Quran is housed within a museum called Museum Bayt Al-Quran Al-Akbar.

Recommended Hotel:

Harper Palembang - Located near Alquran Akbar Palembang, only a 30-minute drive away, Harper Palembang offers comfort and top-notch services for a memorable stay.

  • Makassar: Discover the architectural marvels of Masjid 99 Kubah, a stunning place of worship mesmerizing with its beautiful design. This mosque is the largest in Makassar, capable of accommodating up to 13,000 people throughout its premises.

Recommended Hotel:

favehotel Pantai Losari Makassar - Situated near Masjid 99 Kubah, offering comfort and easy access to famous attractions nearby. The hotel is conveniently located just 2 km from the mosque and features a rooftop offering direct views of the mosque.

  • Gresik: Immerse yourself in spiritual exploration with a pilgrimage tour to the Wali Songo Tombs in Gresik. These revered saints played a significant role in spreading Islam across Java during the 15th century. Experience the serene ambiance and delve into the rich religious heritage as you pay homage to these influential figures who have left an indelible mark on Indonesia's religious and cultural landscape.

Recommended Hotel:

Aston Gresik - Offering exceptional comfort and convenient proximity to Gresik's prominent spiritual sites, including the Wali Songo Tombs. With modern amenities and hospitable service, Aston Gresik provides the perfect accommodation for your spiritual pilgrimage journey.

As we embrace the blessings of Ramadan and the serene allure of Indonesia's cultural tapestry, we extend a heartfelt invitation to travelers seeking moments of tranquility and spiritual connection. These destinations offer not just a mere place to stay, but a sanctuary for meaningful experiences and moments of connection with one's faith," said John Flood, CEO of Archipelago International.

To complete your Ramadhan experience, during this sacred month Archipelago International encourages travelers to take advantage of special promotions available at select accommodations with the Super Ramadan offer. Enjoy the perks of 25% off bookings made between 9 March - 11 April 2024. The offer is available in 143 hotels across Indonesia from Sumatra to Papua. To get this special offer, guests can book through It is time to embark on a soulful journey this Ramadan and discover the beauty of faith and culture in Indonesia.

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