Let Your Dreams Take Flight in Jakarta’s Ancol Dreamland
Having opened its doors to the public in the late 60’s Ancol Dreamland has never seen a decline in the hordes of visitors it attracts from across the world. As the largest integrated tourist attraction in all of South East Asia this sprawling waterfront recreational hub locally known as Taman Impian Jaya Ancol promises a jam packed itinerary full of activities for the entire family. Ancol Dreamland’s most popular attraction is of course Fantasy World or Dunia Fantasi
which is a full fledged theme park boasting nearly 40 rides including mind-blowing rollercoasters. With eight designated regions, the park’s impressive array of rides includes the Niagara flume ride and the Halilintar twisted roller coaster. Other highlights include the animatronics show Monkey Parody, the Star Wars interactive ride and the Bianglala ferris wheel. The Meteor Attack, Spinning Cups ride and Tornado also guarantee jaw-dropping experiences while the Russian and Euro Kids circuses put on seasonal shows at the venue.
Home to Indonesia’s first international beach golf course, Ancol Dreamland is a haven for golf lovers who wish to try their luck in the resort’s 33 hectare 18-hole championship course. Offering chic restaurants, conference halls as well as a pro-shop this well-maintained golf venue is also ideal for business travellers. The resort encompasses two stunning beaches for the benefit of beach lovers everywhere. Named Festival Beach and Carnival Beach a breathtaking marina with canoeing, fishing and sail boating activities is also part of the landscape that is also ideal for picnics.
Atlantis Water Adventure is Ancol’s prized water park which houses a rainbow ball pool, wave pool, two kids’ pools and a flowing river pool within its five hectares. A volleyball court and a cozy food court are also on-site while the resort’s Sea World comes complete with a shark pool, alligator pool and an antinessa tunnel. With an impressive collection of nearly 8000 aquatic animals belonging to nearly 350 species this mega oceanarium is a favorite haunt for seasoned visitors.
Gelanggang Samudra is another must-see point of interest as it houses Ancol’s state of the art 4D theatre which plays host to spectacular dolphin and sea lion shows. White whales and walruses are also incorporated into this exhibition show that incorporates marine animals and displays their remarkable skills.
Ancol also boasts Indonesia’s first and biggest bowling alley, Jaya Bowling while art and handicraft lovers should head down to the Pensa Seni Art Market where unique Indonesian crafts, souvenirs and art pieces are available.
Those on the lookout for a luxury hotel in Jakarta will be more than happy with the elegant Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta. Ideally situated in the heart of the country’s bustling capital city this picturesque rest amidst landscaped gardens is also a very conveniently located hotel in Jakarta.
Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.