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Maluku Resort & Spa (MRS) is set in beautiful gardens on the waterfront. With 4 self-contained cottages, 2 Studio Suites and 6 Standard rooms, all with free wi-fi, air conditioning, private bathrooms, Cable TVs and hot water MRS is the perfect place to stay in Ambon. Our on-site Spice Island Spa is Ambon’s first and only luxury spa

With an on-site world class Dive Centre (Dive Into Ambon) and Spa, it makes a fantastic base for exploring the incredible diving Ambon has to offer and a wonderful place to relax. Maluku Resort & Spa has been in operation for 20 years and has undergone a complete renovation and rebuild in 2015, making it Ambon’s première boutique resort.

Set right on the sea front, MRS is the perfect tranquil location to spend your time in Ambon

Maluku Resort & Spa is located in Ambon, Maluku Archipelago, Indonesia, the Spice Islands. MRS is in Baguala Bay, away from the hustle and bustle of Ambon Bay and Ambon City (see the map at the bottom of this page)

About Ambon

Ambon Island is part of the Maluku. Ambon City is the capital, not only of Ambon Island but also of the Maluku Province and has a rich and interesting history.

The islands (over 1000) formerly known as the Moluccas, are the original Spice Islands which in the 16th and 17th centuries lured the major seafaring nations of Europe to come to trade and to establish their power and influence in this part of the East.

Ambon is rugged forest-covered and mountainous hinterlands

Most of the Maluku islands are part of Wallacea, the group of Indonesian islands that are separated by the deep water from both the Asian and Australian continents. Geologically young being from 1 million to 15 million years old, and have never been attached to the larger landmasses.

There is a long history of geological study of these regions since Indonesian colonial times, however, the geological formation and progression is not fully understood, and theories of the island’s geological evolution have changed extensively in recent decades. The Maluku Islands comprise some of the most geologically complex and active regions in the world, resulting from its position at the meeting point of four geological plates and two continental blocks

Cassava and sago are the main crops. Breadfruit, sugarcane, coffee, cocoa, pepper and cotton are also grown. Nutmeg and Cloves, the spices that first brought the Europeans to the islands, are now only produced in limited quantities.

The Portuguese were the first Europeans to land in Ambon, in 1513. Attacked on a regular basis by the native Muslims, they did not obtain peaceful possession until 1580. The Portuguese never managed to control the Spice Trade and were dispossessed by the Dutch in 1605.

Ambon was the headquarters of the Dutch East India Company from 1610 until 1619, until Batavia (now Jakarta) was founded. The British took control a couple of times in the late 1700s and early 1800s until it was once more restored to the Dutch in 1814.

Ambon used to be the world center of clove productions, until the 19th century, as the Dutch prohibited the growing of the clove-tree in all the other islands subject to their rule, securing a monopoly in Ambon.

During World War 2, Ambon was the site of a major Dutch military base. The Imperial Japanese forces captured it in 1942 and more than 300 Allied PoWs were executed in the Laha massacre. There is still a Commonwealth Anzac War Memorial in Ambon today.

Language/ Manners

The official language is Bahasa Indonesian. There is also a local dialect called Ambonese. Though Dutch was widely spoken, now English is the most popular European language.

The Ambonese are of a mix Malay-Papuan origin. They are mostly Christian or Muslims, about a 50/50 mix. Though there have been tensions is the past between the two groups, harmony has been restored. The Ambonese are very friendly. When away from the resort, be prepared to be greeted with smiles, waves and cries of ‘Hello Mister!’

Climate/Seasons best time to visit

The average temperature in Ambon is 27C (80F). Rainfall can be heavy, particularly during the eastern monsoons. June, July and August are very wet.

Dry monsoon between October to March and wet monsoon from May to August, which is the reverse of the rest of Indonesia.

Getting Here

There are direct flights from Jakarta (CGK) leave between 00:30 – 01:30 daily (3h 30mins), arriving Ambon (AMQ) 06.00 – 07.30. Carriers: Garuda, Sriwijaya Air, Batik Air and Lion Air.

[At the time of writing this return ticket costs varied between 280-500USD depending on the airline and ticket conditions selected.]

All other routes to get to Ambon go via Makassar (UPG). This includes coming from: Bali (DPS), Manado (MDC), Singapore (SIN) {new schedule beginning September 2013 with Silk Air} & Kuala Lumpur (KUL) {new daily schedule with Air Asia}. Depending on the arrival time in to UPG you may have to overnight here.

 

FAQ

Ambon Island facts & some important points

 Location: East Indonesia. Capital of the Maluku Archipelago (Spice Islands) and main city and Seaport for the region.  Ambon and the surrounding islands are totally un-spoilt by tourism, and remains a hidden, unknown gem nestled between Sulawesi and Papua.

 Relative location:  Ambon is to the west of New Guinea and to the North of East Timor, Alor Islands and Darwin Australia. South of Raja Ampat, ESE of Lembeh Strait/Bunaken, & ENE of Bali.

 Time Zone: GMT -9 (1 hour ahead of Bali and 2 hours ahead of Jakarta)

Geography: The size of the province is 850,000 sq. km (land makes up just 10 percent of the area’s total surface). Ambon is a small island that one can drive within a couple of hours.

Relatively undeveloped mountainous terrain covered in tropical rainforest, Ambon City is built on a hillside overlooking the bay.

Population: approx. 330,000 (Maluku region has a total population of 1.5 million.) The major ethnic group is the Ambonese. With a 50/50 split between Christian and Muslim religions.

 Best time to visit: September till May. Average air temperature is 27C (80F) and humid. The water temperature is around 28C (82F).

 Arrival and departure: You need a Visa On Arrival. Please see the How to Get Here page for more information on this. Departure tax: Domestic flights from Ambon airport Rp.30,000. International flights from Jakarta Airport Rp.200,000.

 Money Matters: Our prices are in USD. You may use USD, EURO or Indonesian Rupiah to pay.

Electricity: European (two rounds pins) sockets, 220V

Basic History: Until 1512 Ambon was ruled by Ternate. The sultans brought the civilizing force of Islam to the island’s north coast. They were displaced by the Portuguese who found the less developed, un-Islamicised south more receptive to Christianity and developed a fortress around which Kota Ambon would eventually evolve.

In turn, the Portuguese were displaced by the Dutch, intent on capturing the lucrative spice trade making it their main regional base.

The Dutch were to dominate the Ambon Island for the next three and a half centuries until the World War II, when it became the headquarters of the invading Japanese forces in the region. And site of one of the most brutal POW camps for war.

Despite ridding itself of the Dutch and the Japanese in the 1940s, Ambon then became the focus of a rebellion against the newly independent Indonesia under Sukarno in the 1950s, eventually put down by the Indonesian army.  Notwithstanding a recent but thankfully short-lived reappearance of sectarian violence, Ambon has made a remarkable recovery since civil conflict abated in 2002.

Medical Points: Medical facilities on the Island are basic. There is a hospital here which can handle the basics however for more serious injuries and/or conditions evacuation to Makassar or further may be required.

Malaria does exist in Ambon, though tends to be contained away from the resort. It is always a good idea to bring insect repellant to Ambon. No one we know has contracted malaria.

 

Maluku Resort and Spa

Ambon’s first and only Boutique Hotel

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