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
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 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.
When to visit
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!
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.
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.