Amanjiwo

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Central Java, Indonesia

The exclusive Amanjiwo overlooks mystical Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist sanctuary, and rests within a natural amphitheatre boasting a picturesque backdrop of the Menorah Hills. Private dawn and sunset visits to Borobudur are the highlight of a stay at Amanjiwo and are included as a complimentary activity.

Resting in the rural heartland of Central Java, Amanjiwo is surrounded by extraordinary cultural, physical and spiritual beauty, and embraces its good fortune with serene Yogya (local limestone) arms. The main structure, from which these two arms extend, is a circular limestone monolith, centred by a soaring bell-shaped rotunda. The main structure also houses Amanjiwo’s grand entrance from which a graceful flight of steps leads up to the Rotunda Bar, the stately colonnaded Dining Room and the Terrace, all of which offer incredible views of the Kedu Plain, and the sacred temple of Borobudur.

Amnanjiwo’s main building is framed by 36 suites set in two graceful crescents around the central Rotunda. The suites all feature terrazzo flooring, high ceilings, domed roofs and a thatched pavilion with a daybed for relaxing in the evening light and for romantic private dinners. Interiors include a four poster bed, coconut wood and rattan furniture and traditional glass paintings. For those wishing to have a direct view of Borobudur, the Borobudur Suites and Pool Suites are a must. For the ultimate in luxury, the Dalem Jiwo Suite is a discrete compound complete with a  private butler and two bedrooms which have steps descending down to a private 15meter swimming pool.

Amanjiwo’s “Romanesque” amphitheatre-style pool, built from smooth limestone blocks, also offers breathtaking views. This time of the surrounding jade-green paddy fields, and the distant peaks of the volcanoes Merapi and Merbabu. A portal to this, the heartland of Java, Amanjiwo also offers numerous ways of exploring the region, from a personalised tour by car to the solid back of a Sumatran elephant.

Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate Java into a greater Indonesian holiday. Take a look at Amanesia as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.

Amanjiwo Information

Location & Getting There

Resting in the rural heartland of Central Java within a natural amphitheatre boasting a picturesque backdrop of the Menorah Hills, Amanjiwo is a 1-hour drive from Adisucipto International Airport.

Accommodation

Amanjiwo’s main building is framed by 36 suites set in two graceful crescents around the central Rotunda. The suites all feature terrazzo flooring, high ceilings, domed roofs and a thatched pavilion with a daybed for relaxing in the evening light and for romantic private dinners. For those wishing to have a direct view of Borobudur, the Borobudur Suites and Pool Suites are the perfect choice. For ultimate luxury, the Dalem Jiwo Suite is a discrete compound complete with a private butler, wraparound terrace, two bedrooms, two lounging bales and a private swimming pool.

Facilities

- Swimming pool
- Spa
- Gym
- Tennis courts
- Boutique
- Library
- Art gallery & studio
- Dining: 1 restaurant, 1 bar

Activities

Private dawn and sunset visits to Borobudur are the highlight of a stay at Amanjiwo and are included as a complimentary activity. Other things to do include guided treks and tours, archaeological tours, art gallery visits, shopping and massage treatments.

Children

Babysitting service is available.

Amanjiwo Price Guide

3 out of 5

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Amanjiwo Testimonials

Hi Lucy,

Thanks for your message. We had a fantastic trip. Indonesia was really beautiful and our time there was super enjoyable and relaxing. Thank you for your help putting everything together! I know there was a lot of back and forth, but it really worked out beautifully in the end. We’re very happy!

We loved Amanjiwo. It was a fantastic start. The property is beautiful. I think the service there was the best we’ve had.

EB, July 2012

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Tried & Tested

Lightfoot Travel Director and Co-founder Lucy Jackson recently travelled to Central Java in Indonesia, staying at what is perhaps one of Aman Resort’s most iconic properties – the stunning Amanjiwo.

Amanjiwo from up above
Amanjiwo from up above

 

When it comes to weather, Asia during the summer months can totally flummox our clients, and I often have the same issues in terms of my own travel plans over this season. For the celebration of Hong Kong’s Establishment Day in July, I usually flee the city looking for a less humid environment but don’t want to forgo sunny skies!  Cue Amanjiwo.

Set in a fertile Javanese valley just 1.5 hours from Yogyakarta, Amanjiwo was the exact environment I was after. The architecture of Amanjiwo reflects the Buddhist monument of Borobudur just down the road. In fact, as you swing into the hotel’s driveway you can peek through the entrance hall and see the impressive Borobudur beyond, like a mirage against the sky. The resort’s Borobudur Suites are vast and palatial with cavernous high ceilings and gorgeous private gardens, complete with a bale to sit under and stare out into the paddy fields beyond. I barely had time to dip into a book as there was too much to explore in the local area, although that didn’t stop us from enjoying a couple of hours of sunshine by the pool each day.

 

We were rewarded for our early start on the second morning with a mystical sunrise at the largest Buddhist site in not only Indonesia, but the world! The clouds unfurled around Borobudur and we were completely won over by the stunning beauty of the nearby volcanoes, with the stupas providing the most dramatic of foregrounds shadowed against the natural landscape. The intricacy with which the stone carvings depicted Buddhist stories was incredible, and as we went through each layer of Borobudur, our guide regaled us with enchanting stories and really brought our surroundings to life.

We were incredibly lucky to have our visit coincide with the yearly Five Mountains Festival, where each of the elders from five mountains brings his tribe to gather in a specific village that rotates each year. The local performances are done by all of the locals for one another to showcase their talent. It was very humbling to be included in this authentic local gathering that felt very much off the tourist radar, and with zero outsiders – apart from us. We were taken in by the Javanese and encouraged to sit on the straw floor and listen to the energetic thumping beats, while the kids and adults performed their frenetic and entertaining dances, throwing the straw up with their bell-encased and colourful costumes, make-up and enthusiasm completing the almost tribal feel of the stories they were telling.

Another moment that enraptured us came after a quick hike up the back of Amanjiwo and into the Menorah hills when we reached the top and met a farmer who cut up a coconut for us. His satisfied grin and amusement watching us gorge on it was a classic image. I always forget how refreshing the natural electrolytes taste and my addiction to fresh coconuts has come back in full force, although I’m missing the machete to wield and I don’t think my housemates would be too happy with the calamitous outcome, hence the forgotten coconut still sitting in my fridge – unopened.

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Five Mountains Festival

All photos used in this post were taken by Callaghan Walsh.

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