Amanjiwo

Location: Java | Indonesia

Price guide: £££££ £350-£500 per person per night

Encircled by Java’s veiled volcanoes and dusky hills, and saluting the ancient temple of Borobudur: Amanjiwo is a place where time stands still.
Perfect forTrance-dances and trekking: for couples, culture-vultures, and anyone looking for total Zen.
In the knowThe national dances performed for the public are an incredible spectacle, but we reckon the village trance-dances are even more fascinating. One such dance is called the Do-la-lak: lasting up to two hours at a time, it is performed by an all-male group of dancers who believe they are possessed by the spirits of their ancestors.

Recommended for...

  • History & Heritage
  • Honeymoon
  • Luxury Hotel
  • Romantic

Hotel Overview

Where

Overlooking the UNESCO Heritage Ste of Borobudur on the Kedu Plain, in central Java’s rural heartland. 

Rooms at Amanjiwo

Arranged in an arc around a magnificent domed rotunda, the suites at Amanjiwo are fit for a sultan (albeit a minimalist one). Inside you’ll be greeted by a huge pillared bed, polished stone floors, and a beautiful sunken bath – the like of which a Javanese princess would quite happily have a soak in! Large sliding doors lead to a private walled garden, with a thatched pavilion (and pool, if you’re staying in a Pool Suite) but best of all are the ethereal views. If you’re inspired by these, you’ll find a box of watercolours in your room, and you can also join one of Amanjiwo’s resident artists and do a charcoal sketch of the landscape.

Food and Facilities

Dining in the central rotunda really is a spectacular experience, with a silver-leaf dome high above you, and stone columns that frame the rice-fields and volcanoes beyond. Cuisine involves Indonesian specialities as well as Western dishes, which can also be enjoyed on the terrace. At the other side of the resort is a 40m infinity pool, regally tiled with green stone.

Activities at Amanjiwo

Java as a whole is the arts and cultural centre of Indonesia, whilst the rural heartland where Amanjiwo lies is an area of outstanding natural beauty. A short walk or bike ride will bring you to Borobudhur – an incredibly preserved 9th century Buddhist sanctuary – and further afield at Prambanan is an ancient Hindu complex with hundreds of scattered temples. If you want a proper trek, you can head to the surrounding hills and rice fields, or if you’re really fit you can attempt the 3,000 metre Mount Merapi. Finally, in Yogayakarta and Solo you’ll discover the opulent vestiges of sultans: watching traditional dances in palaces, and picking up beautiful artisan pieces at markets.

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Hotel location

A 60-minute drive from Yogayakarta Airport.

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