Hester Basoeki Garden Guest House operates two guest houses located respectively in Cilandak Barat, South of Jakarta with 10 rooms and in the village of Cihideung Udik-Ciampea, Bogor with 10 rooms. This village resort is well known also as “Kampoeng Wisata Cinangneng”, Ciampea-Bogor.
The guest houses offer range of opportunities for exploring the need of a Community Based Tourism Development and especially at “Kampoeng Wisata Cinangneng”, many interesting programmes are available and designed to give its guest the chance to discover and learn about the Sundanese culture and its society being the people from the village. Both individual and group programmes are available. Special programme called “Poelang Kampoeng” or “Back to the Village” programme can be arranged to suit the interest of individual or in-group.
HB Garden Guest Houses run by me with the fundamental philosophy “SMALL is BEAUTIFUL”. My initial effort was utilize a vacant room at my home and turn that being one room guest house in the early beginning. HB Garden Guest House in Jakarta started in 1992 and in 1994 I set up the guest house in Cihideung Udik-Ciampea Bogor which is a small village now becomes very popular under the name of KAMPOENG WISATA or VILLAGE TOURISM ‘’ CINANGNENG’’.
Philosophy behind HB Garden Guest House “Small is Beautiful” and my basic principal mirrors this theme. The wishes and interest of the tourist should be in harmony with the ability HB Garden Guest House will provide and that their holiday have been what they had imagined it would be.
Unlike tourist staying in big hotels or in conventional tourist spots anywhere in the world, the foreign and or local guests who are visiting HB Garden Guest House either they are staying as an individual or participating in the “Poelang Kampoeng” tour program, they must truly experience what makes Village Tourism different from other holiday destination. My guests will eat, breathe, see and really feel they are living in the village and my aim is to give each guest as much information as wanted about the local lifestyle, the religion and its culture.
The best form of tourism practiced in the Village Tourism is based on a two-way relationships. I believe also that the local stake holder in the village should take the advantages created by tourism, they should share not only in financial ways contributed by the industry but also the practical ways. For example nearly all of the staff who works for HB Garden Guest House in Jakarta and in particular in Bogor comes from the Cinangneng and Cihideung-Udik Village and a part from earning salary they received a valuable education on how to run a clean and nice guest house as well as being proud as stake holder to show the beauty of their village.
Recognition of my efforts was given by the Minister of Cultural and Tourism, Governor of West Java.