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5 Underrated Local Destinations You Simply Must Not Miss
15 Aug 2018PLACESBY SweetEscape

We all know that Indonesia extends beyond Bali, Sumba or Raja Ampat, or do we really?

With SweetEscape, exploring Indonesia to its fullest potential is now possible even to the parts of our Nusantara that are still rarely heard of. Yeap, we’re one of the first photography company serving many of these magical yet underrated local regions for a lot of reasons, from how mind-blowingly picturesque they are to the promise of an adventure of a lifetime.

Here are 5 underrated local destinations you simply must not miss, recommended by SweetEscape:

Ambon, a tropical fantasy

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The sweet ‘manise’ Ambon is best known as the capital of Maluku province. What you probably don’t know is that Ambon offers the tropical-island quite unlike any other places can.

The charming main town is brimming with history and culture, which is a result of being one of the earliest places in Indonesia to be colonized. So for history buffs out there, you’ll be met with a lot of historic remnants from Pattimura Monument, Ambon War Cemetery to the World Peace Gong that’s truly quite a spectacle.

But the winning parts of Ambon for us is definitely the beaches. There’s Liang Beach with calm waves and the bluest colors of waters. Ora Beach, a white powdery beach with crystal clear water and pristine corals. There’s also Namalatu Beach and Hunimua Beach that was listed as the most beautiful Place in Indonesia by the UN Program back in the days. Intrigued yet?

Kupang, a relaxing seaside city

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Kupang is definitely not as popular as other destinations in East Nusa Tenggara. But don’t be quick to dismiss it, because this waterfront city did not make the list of our SweetEscape destinations for no reason.

Granted, the main town probably isn’t as attractive with not much different than any other big cities. Still, anyone would be amazed at the hidden gem of The Crystal Cave, which much like its name does look like a cave filled with dazzling crystals of different colors.

Then there’s the famous Oenosue waterfall and several beaches with different features. There’s white sandy beach of Kalbano with clear blue water, Oetune beach with its mysterious dark sand and last but not least, Tablolong Beach is just the perfect spot for sunset-watching amidst its pristine sandy beach.

Makassar, a hip metropolitan with surprises

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Another lesser travelled Indonesian cities, Makassar is the largest city on Sulawesi and has its fair share of historic journey in becoming a great city port of Eastern Indonesia.

Thanks to its seafaring root, Makassar is where you’ll get to experience mouth-watering plethora of seafoods that are fresh, juicy and simply to-die-for. It also houses the Bantimurung National Park and Leang-leang Prehistoric Park for you nature enthusiasts. More panoramic journey awaits at its waterfall spots in Maros Regency and the Lae- lae Island, which is located near Fort Rotterdam, a 1545 fort of Makassar Harbor.

All that wonders, mixed with the modern urban lifestyle happening in Makassar city, this is one place that truly has it all.

Sorong, a paradise in Papua

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As the gateway to Raja Ampat Islands, Sorong is often overlooked as a holiday spot. At first glance, you might be right. But upon further look, you’ll come to find a lot of hidden treasures waiting to be unearthed for your full enjoyment.

First, there’s Tanjung Kasuari Beach that is just less than an hour away from Sorong, followed by endless throngs of beaches, such as Werur, Seget, Dofior and plenty more! After you’re done with the excellent beaches, head over to the tranquil Taman Wisata Alam Sorong with 5-meter waterfall and bird-watching activity. Want something different? Visit the beautiful Sapta Ratna Pagoda built but its Chinese community up on the cool highland of Sorong.

Last but not least, do you know that Sorong hosts some of the best restaurants with special cuisines dominated by some of the freshest seafood selection? Now that you do, wait no more!

Cirebon, more than a culinary escapade

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From breathtaking landscapes to cultural heritage, Cirebon is an interesting destination that’s perfect for the budget travelers. History and culture fans will probably fit right in at this endaring city, especially with its open kraton buildings, royal palaces and other ancient buildings swamped with thick traditional vibes.

Magnificent architectures aside, Cirebon also offers natural attractions which include Gronggong Hills, Kejawanan Beach, or Setu Patok. When you’re all done, do some batik shopping, delman-hopping and food-tasting. We promise you’ll never look at Cirebon the same way ever again.

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Real Stories from Real Clients: What Makes You Love SweetEscape?
28 Nov 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

The idea of getting someone professional to take your photos might not appeal to everyone, but here in SweetEscape we firmly believe that once you tried a SweetEscape session, you'd immediately fall in love with it and would want to book more. No, this is not a marketing campaign, it's a fact! Don't believe us? Check out these real stories from our real clients on why they love SweetEscape so much!

1. The First Timer

Our very own Creative Director, Jalu, wasn't really a big fan of being photographed. However, after 8 months of working in SweetEscape and (naturally) getting exposed to SweetEscape's beautiful photos in a lot of beautiful locations around the world, Jalu started to feel that maybe being photographed isn't such a bad idea after all.

by Grece for SweetEscape in Tokyo

So, for his family holiday in Tokyo this year-end, Jalu booked his first-ever session. What impressed him the most is how easy the booking process turned out to be–just through the app. His interesed was piqued even higher when he met the photographer who was very friendly and easy to converse with.

"I also noticed how professional their cameras and gears were! So it made me even more convinced that my photos would turn out to be great!" said Jalu.

by Mizuki for SweetEscape in Tokyo

When Jalu received the photos, he was surprised at how beautiful the photos turned out to be. His wife loved the session and the photos, his young daughter–which he feared wouldn't enjoy the shoot–also absolutely loved it, even he himself looked good in the photos!

"The photographers really know how to find the perfect angle for you, I never thought my photos would turn out these great!" said Jalu. "I absolutely love it, and I'd definitely book more sessions when I travel to other interesting locations in the future."

2. The 'Seasoned' Lovers

Sheena Buraga and her husband Daniel are truly one of the most unique clients SweetEscape had recently. Their 'Seasons of Love' pre-nup concept is really inspiring, and SweetEscape is proud and honoured to be a part of their love journey from the very start when Daniel first proposed to Sheena in Tokyo (spring), to their pre-nup shots in Nami Island (autumn) and Niseko (winter), and finally to their final pre-nup shot in Siargao (summer).

by Bren for SweetEscape in Siargao
by Bren for SweetEscape in Siargao

"Between May and June 2018 after the proposal, we started planning for our wedding. At first we thought that the photos in Tokyo would be our proposal / engagement photos, and we wanted to capture another pre-nup photoshoot, not with SweetEscape. But when seeing our proposal photos shot by SweetEscape, everybody said that our pre-nup shoots will look less beautiful compared to the super-beautiful photos of our proposal taken by SweetEscape! Considering this, and since we were travelling to Nami Island, South Korea in the autumn, we decided to create this 'Four Seasons of Love' pre-nup concept with SweetEscape!" said Sheena when asked about what made them keep taking their pre-nup shots with us.

3. The Reporter

TV reporter Najla Hilabi always puts an extra care for her Instagram feed; she wants it to look extra neat and beautiful, and this was her initial reason to use SweetEscape. After knowing about us from an Instagram ad, she decided to book her first session for her trip to Prague.

"I don't know if I'd ever go back to Prague again, so I thought it was important to capture my moments there with a proper photography service," said Najla.

by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo
by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo

What impressed her was eventhough there were some language barrier with the photographer, the photos still turned out beautiful, and the photographer brought her to the hidden gems of the already enchanting city. This, in addition to the beautiful photos she received afterwards, made her book another session for her recent trip to Tokyo.

"I feel that SweetEscape always maintains their standard of quality. You don't just get your raw photos, you get perfectly curated and professionally edited photos, and this careful production process really makes me love SweetEscape!"

by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo

So, don't let anything make you doubt us! SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!