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Amanjiwo

Java, Indonesia

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.

At a Glance

  • Amanjiwo guests are the only people allowed at the 8th Century Mendut Temple after it closes - a magical experience which can be combined with a visit to the local monastery to hear the evening Buddhist chanting

  • Enjoy the spectacular views of Borobudur Temple from the Borobudur Suites

  • Traverse the landscapes of Central Java with a personal guide - the island is a hiker's paradise

  • Relax beside the immaculate pool within the beautiful surroundings of Amanjiwo, and take in the stunning views of the scenic countryside

  • Amanjiwo, within a natural amphitheater, has the most impressive entrance imaginable

Culture, Honeymoon, Adventure, Family

Insider's View

Take a sunrise tour of the mystical temples of Borobodur, returning through the valley by elephant for a uniquely spiritual and quintessentially Javanese experience.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Cycling through Borobudur is an enchanting way of soaking up the atmosphere of local village life - the locals are so friendly and their huge smiles fill their face at the sight of you!

Victoria Hogg

Insider's View

Opt for a Javanese spa treatment if you have any aches and pains, it is out of this world!

Sarah Rowan

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Description

Amanjiwo is a stunning luxury boutique property in the rural heartland of Central Java. It is located within a natural amphitheater, 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.

Accommodation

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.

Childcare

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.

Facilities

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 meter swimming pool surrounded by rice paddies and there is also a gym, tennis court, library and art gallery.

Activities

Activities in and around Amanjiwo are abundant and include visits to Borobudur, cultural tours, elephant treks, horse riding and meditation sessions.

Location & Directions

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.

When to go

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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