Amanjiwo, on the island of Java, is an exclusive luxury base from which to explore the mystical Buddhist Temple sites of Borobudur and Prambanan. The hotel’s design is staggering and refined and is in perfect harmony with its historical surroundings.
Amanjiwo is a stunning luxury boutique property in the rural heartland of Central Java. It is located within a natural amphitheatre, with the limestone Menoreh Hills rising directly behind, the Kedu Plain to the front and four volcanoes – Sumbing and Sundoro to the west and on the eastern horizon, Merbabu and Merapi. Amanjiwo looks out onto the 9th Century Borobudur, the largest Buddhist sanctuary in the world and the architecture and style of the hotel reflects this unique location.
Amanjiwo’s main building is framed by 36 suites set in two graceful crescents. The opulent suites feature terrazzo flooring, high ceilings, domed roofs and doors onto a pretty garden terrace with thatch roof bale for outdoor relaxation and dining. Interiors include decadent raised four poster beds, coconut and rattan furniture and stunning stately bathrooms with an outdoor bath in a walled garden. Request a pool suite if you want your own private swimming pool to complete the opulence.
Amanjiwo’s bar with its colonnades and restaurant with gold painted murals all add to the majestic historical scene here but despite the amazing attention to detail paid to the delicious menus and the attentive service, it is the setting which once again steal the show, with views from the terrace straight out onto the rice fields and over to Borobudur and its surrounding volcanoes.
Spa treatments take place either in your suite or in the spa suite – for the ultimate pamper try the two hour ‘mandi lulur’, the traditional preparation for a Javanese princess (or prince) on the eve of her wedding. In this setting it seems more than apt.
Amanjiwo not only has the luxury of being in such a staggering location, but it is also a destination in itself as the hotel offers guests a fantastic retreat with healing spa treatments, world class restaurants and spiritual peaceful surroundings after a day’s sightseeing.
All of the 36 luxury suites at Amanjiwo have a thatched-roof kubuk (pavilion) with daybed for outdoor lounging and dining. Interiors include a four-pillar bed on a raised terrazzo platform, coconut and rattan furniture, traditional glass paintings and a sunken outdoor bathtub. There are 20 Garden and Borobudur Suites (overlooking the gardens & Borobudur), ten Garden and Borobudur Pool Suites (with lovely pools) and the two-bedroom Dalem Jiwo Suite with a swimming pool.
Children and families are welcome to come and stay at Amanjiwo. However, there are no specific facilities available for children at the resort except for babysitting.
Amanjiwo’s bar and restaurant have inspiring views of Borobudur and serve Indonesian and western dishes but a speciality not to be missed is ‘Makan Malan’, a series of delicious Javanese dishes served in brass bowls. Spa treatments can be enjoyed in-suite or in the Spa Suite. There is a 40 metre swimming pool surrounded by rice paddies and there is also a gym, tennis court, library and art gallery.
Activities in and around Amanjiwo are abundant and include visits to Borobudur, cultural tours, elephant treks, horse riding and meditation sessions
How to get there
Amanjiwo can be reached by several daily domestic flights to Yogyakarta and Solo from Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, Bali or Singapore. Amanjiwo is a 1-hour transfer from Yogyakarta, or a 2-hour one on the more scenic route from Solo, which passes some of the biggest volcanoes in Java.
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