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Amanjiwo

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Amanjiwo’s major design motif of circles, squares and crescents pays homage to Borobudur and to Central Java’s centuries-old temple architectural traditions. Amanjiwo’s main building is framed by 36 suites set in two graceful crescents. Limestone walls give shape to stone walkways that link the suites to the main building. Amanjiwo’s main structure is a circular limestone monolith centred by a soaring bell-shaped rotunda. The suites feature terrazzo flooring, high ceilings, domed roofs and sliding glass doors that open to a garden terrace. All suites include a thatched-roof bale (pavilion) with a daybed for outdoor lounging and dining.

There are ten Garden Suites with views of terraced farmland and the Menoreh Hills. Ten Borobudur Suites offer picturesque views of Borobudur and the surrounding valley. The seven Garden Pool Suites and seven Borobudur Pool Suites feature inviting private pools. The Dalem Jiwo Suite is a discrete compound complete with a private entrance, wraparound terrace and two separate bedrooms, the suite’s private swimming pool and its two lounging bales. The Dalem Jiwo Suite’s personal butler is always on call. Wireless broadband connections are available in all resort accommodations and public areas.

Location

Amanjiwo (peaceful soul) rests in the rural heartland of Central Java. The resort is located within a natural amphitheatre, with the limestone Menoreh Hills rising gently behind, the Kedu Plain in front and four volcanoes on the horizon. Amanjiwo looks out onto the 9th-century Buddhist sanctuary of Borobudur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Amanjiwo can be reached by several daily domestic flights to Yogyakarta and Solo from Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, Bali or Singapore. Amanjiwo is a one-hour complimentary transfer from Yogyakarta, or two hours on the more scenic route from Solo. A complimentary concierge arrival service is available for all guests arriving at Solo Airport.

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Spa services. A range of Javanese and traditional beauty treatments including facials, massages and cream baths are available at Amanjiwo, some of which incorporate the ancient holistic jamu method of healing. Treatments can be enjoyed in the privacy of guest suites or in the specially-designed spa suite which features twin massage tables and an outdoor bale for relaxing afterwards. Surrounded by rice paddies and banyan trees, the resort’s 40-metre infinity swimming pool is lined with green tiles. Amanjiwo’s gym suite offers treadmills, cross trainers and other fitness equipment. Personal training can be arranged. A tennis court is tucked into the Menoreh Hills behind the resort.

The Library has books on Indonesia in several languages, a variety of CDs, tapes and games and offers lectures on issues ranging from temple preservation to Javanese art and culture. A wide variety of Javanese crafts, antiques, clothing and textiles are available for purchase in the Boutique. Regular exhibitions featuring the works of renowned artists and photographers are held in the Art Room. Guests can join Amanjiwo’s informal artist-in-residence for sketching in the countryside surrounding the resort. A box of watercolours is provided in each suite.

The resort offers a number of personalised excursions which can be arranged by car or by bicycle, atop an elephant, on horseback or the horse carts. Elephant safaris around Dagi Hill are available daily, and these half-hour rides are very popular. Personal guides for trekking are available for those who wish to traverse the landscape of Central Java. Private dawn and sunset visits to Borobudur and other archeological monuments in the vicinity are a highlight of a stay at Amanjiwo as it is surrounded by cultural treasures and sacred temples. Yogayakarta, just an hour’s drive away, is Java’s cultural capital and a paradise for shoppers. The morning markets of Central Java are far removed from the tourist trail.

Dining

From Amanjiwo’s entrance, five steps lead to the Bar, a circular salon with columns and drop fans, a coconut-wood bar and acid-etched bronze-drum tables. The Restaurant, with its silver-leaf ceiling, is defined by a double row of stone columns and looks out onto the crescent-shaped Terrace featuring black terrazzo tables and silver-painted rattan chairs with batik cushions. Both Indonesian and Western cuisines are served in these dining venues, but the specialty of the house is Makan Malam, a series of classic Javanese dishes served in traditional brass bowls. Breakfast, drinks, snacks and light lunches are served at the Pool Club, a raised and colonnaded semicircular deck adjacent to the swimming pool.

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