Borobudur, Java, Indonesia
At a Glance
Located a short distance from the 9th-century Buddhist site of Borobudhur, Amanjiwo is the perfect location to enjoy the sunrise over the largest temple in the world.
Amanjiwo replects its surroundings as even as you arrive here you feel you are walking into an ancient temple with a central Rotunda as the main building.
Suites here are very private with walled garden terraces and some suites having private pools. The jewel here is the Dalem Jiwo 2-bedrooms suite which has its own 15m pool.
One of our faveourite activities at the property is to have a romantic dinner in the Galangal Plantation, perfect for a honeymooners.
Amanjiwo offers exclusive access to the 8th-century Mendut Temple after its closes each day, combine this with a visit to the local monastery to hear the evening Buddhist chanting. Here you will feel truly zen.
The views at the property are breathtaking with views over rice fields all the way until you glimpse volcanoes located on the Kedu Plains.
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Straddling the equator, Indonesia tends to have a fairly even climate year-round. Rather than four seasons, Indonesia has two – wet and dry – and there are no extremes of temperature between winter and summer. In most parts of Indonesia, the wet season falls between October and April and the dry season between May and September. December and January see Indonesia at its most humid and rain tends to come in sudden tropical downpours, but it can also rain for more prolonged periods.
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Amanjiwo, surrounded by rice paddies and volcanoes, is an exclusive luxury base from which to explore the spirital Buddhist Temple sites of Borobudur and Prambanan. The hotel's design is staggering and refined and is in perfect harmony with its historical
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 37 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.
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The Borobudur Pool Suite features valley views and a private swimming pool in a walled garden. Spread across 243sqm, there's plenty of space to enjoy the outdoor living space and dining area.
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The Dalem Jiwo Suite boasts two bedroom pavilions spread across 1,200sqm. With ample space relax here amidst the glistening rice paddies and enjoy a dip in the 15m long pool or simply laze on the terrace which wraps around the entire suite. The suite benefits from a personal butler service and has its own private entrance and driveway for extra privacy.
Measuring 243sqm, the Borobudur Suite with views of the surrounding valley. Enjoy your private walled garden with daybed and ample outdoor space for lounging and dining here.
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Offering privacy and space to unwind, the Garden Pool Suite measures 243sqm and boasts its own private swimming pool and plenty of outdoor living space and room for dining.
The Garden Suite at Amanjiwo measures 2,615sqf (243-sqm) with views of the Menoreh Hills and paddies. The suite has optimum privacy in a walled garden and there's plenty of space to unwind with outdoor lounging and dining.
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, horse riding and meditation sessions.
Charlotte Loughlin (Staff)
Be amazed by this resort's spectacular architecture and views all focused on the nearby Borobudur temple. Enjoy your spacious suite and relax with the array of spa treatments that you can enjoy either in your room or the dedicated spa facilities. Take advantage of your location and explore Borobudur temple at sunrise, with views of the mist filled jungle below and the smouldering Mt. Merbabu in the distance.
Amy Ropner (Staff)
This was my first Aman hotel and I have to say I was seriously excited about experiencing the 'Aman lifestyle' for myself. As we arrived to stunning views of Borobudur the hotel itself exceeded every one of my expectations from start to finish. My villa was stunning, the staff knew what I was going to ask before I did and the food was phenomenal. A really special touch for me was the way the hotel has integrated and assisted with the local farming, there are rice paddy fields around the hotel and you are more than welcome to wander in amongst them or enjoy from the comfort of the hotels pool or indeed your own villa. For those who are more hands on one of the Aman experiences is learning how to harvest and farm the rice- a thoroughly interesting experience!
Louise Brooks (Staff)
What a stunning hotel! From the moment you arrive and see the spectacular Borobudur Temple in the distance the experience is like none other. The service is impeccable and the Suites are absolutely stunning. I would definitely recommend splashing out on the Borobudur Suites, so that you can enjoy the view from your room.
Sarah Rowan (Staff)
This is the most magical and unique hotel that sticks with you as a once in a lifetime opportunity. The whole experience at Amanjiwo is mystical and feels so far removed from everyday life. As you arrive, the hotel takes your breath away. You are met with hotel staff who are warm, engaging and take great service to a whole new level. The villas are stunning, as is the main swimming pool, and restaurant with a view. There are a host of activities which they brilliantly talk through with you on your arrival to ensure you make the most of your stay. The 4am start is well and truly worth it to watch the sunrise over the largest Buddhist monument in the world - a truly spectacular sight.
Victoria Hogg (Staff)
Amanjiwo is surrounded by such unique experiences awaiting to be discovered. Whether it's on foot, by bicycle, on horseback, riding in an Andong (Java's horse drawn carriage) or on the back of an elephant, you will not be disappointed. From the moment I arrived, I was so taken aback by the incredible architecture that is Amanjiwo. With such phenomenal views across to the infamous Borobudur Temple, the setting was just so unique and a nice change to the bustling island of Bali.
Olivia Smith (Staff)
Amanjiwo means peaceful soul and that could not be more perfect for the overwhelming feeling that descends on arrival at this stunning property. Situated amongst undulating rice terraces and swaying palms in a natural amphitheatre, Amanjiwo faces the worlds largest Buddhist sanctuary, the 9th century temples of Borobudur. Rooms and suites are decorated in the typically stylish and understated Aman style, with an incredibly luxurious feeling without so much of a hint of excess. The property features a wonderful pool, tennis courts and several dining options, they can even arrange for you to go and dine in a local village house to experience some real Javanese culture. Activities include yoga, meditation, village and market tours, mountain biking and horse riding and I would highly recommend that you partake in a sunrise tour of Borobodur, returning through the valley by Elephant with the mystical Menoreh hills rising behind you.
Borobudur Temple Tour
Borobudur Temple is one of the world's most magnificent monuments to Buddhism. Travel from your hotel with your guide and explore the temple complex, walking among its 500 Buddha statues.
Cycling Prambanan Village
This experience takes you first to the village of Kaliopak from where you will cycle to the Plaosan temple complex and Prambanan compound (the most exceptional Hindu complex in the country). Explore the grounds on foot and return to Kaliopak by bicycle.
Malang Tour and Temple
Spend a day immersed Dutch Heritage, temples and thriving markets in Malang. Begin with a visit to the Hindu-Buddhist Jaijaghu temple, then the stupa/temple at Sumberawan. Finally a trip to the bird and flower market ends with ice cream at Toko Oen cafe.
Sunrise and Bromo Trekking
Depart your hotel at 4am to be in time to witness sunrise from the rim of Mount Penanjakan. From here you will see dawn break over Mount Bromo, Mount Batok and Mount Semeru. The surrounding landscape offers an unforgettable backdrop to day break.
Highlights of Indonesia
Java, Ubud, Komodo National Park, Sumba
from £10900 pp inc flights & transfers for 14 nights
- Witness a magical sunrise over the UNESCO listed temple complex of Borobudur in Java
- Soak up the beauty of the Balinese countryside in Ubud
- Enjoy world-class diving and snorkelling, and walk with dragons in Komodo National Park
Location & directions
Borobudur, Java, Indonesia
Amanjiwo rests in the breathtakingly beautiful rural heartland of Central Java. Java is framed by the Indian Ocean in the south and the Java Sea in the north, with Sumatra on its west coast and Bali to the east.
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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