Framed by emerald-green rice plains and the peaks of the Menoreh Hills in rural Central Java, Amanjiwo lies within view of the mystical stupas of Borobudur, a Unesco World Heritage Site. The Buddhist monument directly informs the design of Amanjiwo, a temple-like hideaway with a towering domed roof, colonnades and walls built of local blush-beige paras stone. Intersperse days of sightseeing – at serene Borobudur, bustling Yogyakarta or any number of vibrant villages – with spells of relaxation at Amanjiwo’s spa, 40-metre pool and romantic open-air restaurant.
Decorated with sungkai-wood screens, coconutwood and rattan furniture, antique batik cushions and Javanese glass artworks, the 36 freestanding suites radiate in two crescents from Amanjiwo’s central rotunda. All feature terrazzo floors, high ceilings, domed roofs and garden terraces with a thatched bale for outdoor lounging. 10 Garden Suite, 7 Borobudur Suite, 7 Garden Pool Suite, 7 Borobudur Pool Suite, 1 Dalem Jiwo Suite
The Restaurant, Bar and Terrace
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Arresting views unfold from rice fields to the stupas of Borobudur and mystical volcanic peaks, Indonesian and Western cuisines served alongside a daily changing degustation menu, Most of the ingredients come from the chef’s garden and local farms
Serving breakfast, light lunches, drinks and snacks from a raised, colonnaded deck, Overlooks the green-tiled 40-metre infinity pool, surrounded by rice paddies and banyan trees
SPA TREATMENTS A range of Javanese and traditional beauty treatments are available at Amanjiwo, some of which incorporate the ancient holistic jamu method of healing. These can be enjoyed in the privacy of guests’ suites or in the specially-designed Spa Suite, which has twin massage tables and an outdoor bale for relaxing afterwards with spicy ginger tea. A highlight is the two-hour Mandi Lulur, the traditional Javanese preparation of a princess on the eve of her wedding. Facials, massages and cream baths as well as a masculine version of Mandi Lulur are also available.
Activities & Excursions
With ancient temples, volcanic mountains, traditional villages and bustling cultural hubs nearby, opportunities for trekking and sightseeing around Amanjiwo are endless; below are just a few possibilities.
• A pleasant 25-minute walk or cycle ride from, Amanjiwo, the Unesco World Heritage Site of Borobudur is one of the world’s best preserved ancient monuments, • A dawn visit is highly recommended for witnessing the sun rise over the 9th-century Buddhas and enjoying sweeping views of the volcanic landscape
• Legend has it that 2,000 temples once graced the plains beyond Amanjiwo; those still standing near Amanjiwo include Pawon, considered the jewel of Javanese architecture, and Mendut, constructed around 800 AD, • Southeast of Amanjiwo, near Yogyakarta, are the ancient Hindu temple complex of Prambanan, and Ratu Boko, which incorporates two hamlets with panoramic views, • Further afield, Sukuh, considered one of Indonesia’s most striking temples, and Ceto on the slopes of Mt Lawu, lie east of Solo, • Northwest, the Dieng Plateau is an area of great natural beauty, home to ancient Hindu temples and Java’s arliest standing stone structures