The Amanjiwo Resort, Yogjakarta, Java, Indonesia
Amanjiwo rests in the breathtakingly beautiful rural heartland of Central Java. The Amanjiwo is a spiritual deluxe resort in Indonesia with views of Buddhist sanctuary Borobudur on Java’s Kedu Plain. It is an hour’s drive from Yogyakarta airport, and a picturesque two-hour drive from Solo Airport. 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.
The heart of Amanjiwo is a sweeping circular monolith crafted of paras yogya, a type of limestone found in the Yogyakarta area. Amanjiwo’s remarkable position is obvious from the moment of arrival.
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A range of Javanese and traditional beauty treatments including facials, massages and cream baths are available at Amanjiwo Spa. Surrounded by rice paddies and banyan trees, the resort’s 40-metre infinity swimming pool is lined with green tiles. Overlooked by sun loungers and umbrellas, it lies adjacent to the Pool Club, a raised and colonnaded semicircular deck where breakfast, light lunches, drinks and snacks are served.
Other facilities are: Art Room, Library, Boutique, Gym, Tennis Court, Internet WiFi, Tour Arrangements.
Amanjiwo’s main building is framed by 36 suites set in two graceful crescents around the central 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. Interiors include a central four-pillar bed on a raised terrazzo platform, sungkai wood screens, coconut wood and rattan furniture, old batik pillows in classic Yogyakarta style and traditional glass paintings. The bathroom, which runs the length of each suite, includes twin terrazzo-finished vanities and dressing areas, and a sunken outdoor bathtub set in a walled garden.
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.
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. Indonesian and Western cuisines are served in these dining venues.
Hotel Rating: *****
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