The Hill: A Little Gem Just Outside Medan

It’s just one-hour drive away from Medan. It’s located at the town of Sibolangit, Deli Serdang regency.

Yet I’ve never heard of The Hill until last December. Apparently it’s a new resort hotel that began to gain popularity among Medanese as an alternative mini-getaway to the twin classics of Lake Toba and Berastagi Highland.

The Hill Hotel & Resort in Sibolangit, Deli Serdang, North Sumatra

The Hill is strategically located. Not only that it’s just halfway towards Berastagi, but around this area you can also find an off-the-beaten attraction called Two-Color Sibolangit Waterfalls.

I’ve never been to the falls myself, but from what I’ve heard it’s a fruitful 3-hour hike that leads you to a secret bathing place where warm white falls and cold crystal-blue falls meet. So if you have an extra day, this will make an interesting stop.

Nonetheless, if you’re heading straight towards Berastagi, The Hill itself is a pretty, serene resort worth of a short stopover.

The Hill Hotel & Resort in Sibolangit, Deli Serdang, North Sumatra

The resort also showcases many interesting animals, both outdoor and caged. This is surely a hit among children, but even for adults, just sitting calmly on the gazebo watching swans can conjure sparks of romance.

Black swan spotted at The Hill Hotel & Resort in Sibolangit, Deli Serdang, North Sumatra

They also have a pair of beautiful, ass-kicking cassowaries (only one is shown below).

Cassowary spotted at The Hill Hotel & Resort in Sibolangit, Deli Serdang, North Sumatra

And a few other dozen unique birds (not to mention lots of talking parrots), including this non-flying one.

Non-flying bird spotted at The Hill Hotel & Resort in Sibolangit, Deli Serdang, North Sumatra

And this little hornbill chillaxing at branches.

Hornbill spotted at The Hill Hotel & Resort in Sibolangit, Deli Serdang, North Sumatra

And if birds ain’t your thing, this little koala-like mammal is irresistibly adorable.

Baby koala-like mammal spotted at The Hill Hotel & Resort in Sibolangit, Deli Serdang, North Sumatra

Or these rare slanted-eye, albino kangaroos!

Kangaroos spotted at The Hill Hotel & Resort in Sibolangit, Deli Serdang, North Sumatra

Or this dangling baby ape who’s looking at me hopefully for a banana.

Baby ape spotted at The Hill Hotel & Resort in Sibolangit, Deli Serdang, North Sumatra

It was just a short, relaxing afternoon walk; but nonetheless a nice little gem during my trip back home last year.

Have you ever discovered any underrated attraction inside or nearby to your hometown? Tell us more about it in the comment box below.

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