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November 5, 2016

Royal High Tea Ceremony at Royal Ambarrukmo (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

Royal HighTea Ceremony at Royal Ambarrukmo

We had a long day during Day 2 of our #tripofwonders #wonderfulindonesia trip. Starting with a Sunrise Hike in Borobudur Temple, a tour of Ullen Sentalu Museum and (almost romantic) lunch at Beukenhof Restaurant. When they announced that we needed to go and attend the Royal High Tea Ceremony, I felt like I was not in my "royal best" to attend such an occasion.



Read: all about the Trip of Wonders stories. 

When we arrived at our third hotel - the Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel in Yogyakarta, Indonesia - they made sure that we feel welcomed, comfortable and relaxed. We were given flower bracelets and welcome drinks. I seriously just wanted to go to my room and relax (or take a dip at the pool!) - but, we still needed to attend Royal High Tea Ceremony :D 

Royal HighTea Ceremony at Royal Ambarrukmo
The wall near the hotel entrance was the original one built in Sultan's Palace.

Royal HighTea Ceremony at Royal Ambarrukmo
with Kama and Rodel
I slept on the bus - that explains the face :D 


We had a quick heritage tour of the hotel - which was once a Hotel Palace built in 1859! Sultan Hamengkubuwono VII used to live in the building. The Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel is indeed old, but it is well-maintained. It is my favorite hotel during our Indonesia trip. 

Royal HighTea Ceremony at Royal Ambarrukmo
A quick briefing and heritage tour around the hotel

Royal HighTea Ceremony at Royal Ambarrukmo
Pool View from the Viewing Deck

Royal HighTea Ceremony at Royal Ambarrukmo
Mosaic Wall reminds me of Gaudi

Royal HighTea Ceremony at Royal Ambarrukmo
There are still areas in the hotel which are not open to the public 

Royal HighTea Ceremony at Royal Ambarrukmo
This building used to be the house of Sultan's concubines. Now, it is a hotel spa. 

Royal HighTea Ceremony at Royal Ambarrukmo
Just because, the place is so instagrammable! with Jia Qin (Singapore)

Royal High Tea Ceremony

After the tour, we were led to the main hall for the Royal High Tea Ceremony. We found out table and got the cameras ready. Patehan or Royal High Tea Ceremony is a Kraton Tradition in which the Sultans of Yogyakarta drink a special kind of tea. 

Royal HighTea Ceremony at Royal Ambarrukmo

The royal servants in traditional garb started with a procession. It was a long, slow walk for them - while it was a quick snaps for me. I went back to my seat and waited for the royal moment. 

Royal HighTea Ceremony at Royal Ambarrukmo
They were coming!!!

Royal HighTea Ceremony at Royal Ambarrukmo
It seemed like everyone was breathing at the same phase - including the guests.

Royal HighTea Ceremony at Royal Ambarrukmo
The tea tasted like Jasmin Dragon Phoenix Pearl Tea:) 

Someone sure needed a bed


Royal HighTea Ceremony at Royal Ambarrukmo
I love the pastries and local delicacies. 
The table runner is made of fine cloth with Batik prints.

Royal HighTea Ceremony at Royal Ambarrukmo
Still waiting for group photos from @sephcham :D 



I love that Royal Ambarrukmo revives the ancient Royal tea culture and tea ceremony in Yogyakarta. It was nice to be in the old Sultan's Palace and experience a formal affair and traditional ceremony enjoyed in royal circles. 

 Royal Ambarrukmo
And this is how they treat Royals.

Next up: shopping in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
..to be continued




Related Read:

Day 1: How We Spent 3 Days in Yogyakarta
Day 2: Borobudur Temple Sunrise Hike + Tips for Tourists
Breakfast at Stupa by Plataran
Love Stories in Ullen Sentalu Museum
Almost Romantic Lunch at Beukenhof Restaurant



Royal Ambarrukmo
http://www.royalambarrukmo.com/
Jl. Laksda Adisucipto No.81 Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 55281
Phone:+62-274 488 488
Fax:+62-274 488 789
Email:info@royalambarrukmo.com
Web:http://www.royalambarrukmo.com



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