Travel to Makassar, Indonesia, for instant access to both sea and wilderness. Relax with a picnic on the sand, snorkel off tiny islands and chow down on coconut milk dumplings in the province of South Sulawesi. Tour diverse architecture spanning centuries and nationalities, from a colonial Dutch fort to modern beachfront Makassar accommodation. While Makassar proper is a bustling metropolis, it’s never far from the quietude and colour of the tropical rainforest to the west or pristine beaches to the south.
Makassar has been a luxury holiday destination since its early days serving as a trading post to the Dutch East India Company. From this international hub, visitors have their pick from luxurious hotels in Makassar and cosy rainforest accommodation nearby.
What to Do in Makassar
Ever wonder where your tea comes from? If you answered “A cup?” you need to venture out to the whimsical Malino Tea Plantation, about 60 km southeast of the Makassar city centre. For cooler tides, take to the sea for snorkelling at Kodingareng Keke Island, a 35-minute boat ride from the Port of Makassar. Those who prefer to keep two feet on land have got to check out Fort Rotterdam, a Dutch stronghold in the harbour. If you’d rather stake your umbrella in the sand without ever losing sight of your Makassar hotel, that’s OK, too. In fact, it’s pretty brilliant. Shake out your towel at Losari Beach and start munching on grilled bananas covered in gooey brown sugar while you work on your tan. Sounds like the perfect Makassar holiday in the making.
Getting To & Around Makassar
Touch down at Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (UPG), located 19 km northeast of downtown and the waterfront. Catch a taxi or becak—a tricycle cab—to get around the city.
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