We stayed at the Aman Jiwo for three nights from the 8th-11th August. Initially booked into a Garden suite but upon arrival were upgraded two notches to a Garden Pool Suite (number 4). The pick up at the airport was seamless and the staff were all amazing. Special thanks to Deni who accompanied us on our excursions. His local knowledge and easy going nature made the trips totally worthwhile. Mark the manager was also on hand and seemed to appear out of nowhere to ensure that our needs were being taken care of and to give us some tips on the area and the history. He even gave us the recipe for the fantastic homemade ginger beer at the hotel!
We took three exusrsions during our stay. The first was a guided cycle tour around some of the local villages and art dealers. Deni took us to a pottery in the middle of nowhere and two great off the beaten track art galleries where we were welcomed by the owner into their houses to see the artwork. This then lead onto a Tofu maker and you have to try it along with a fresh Javanese Chilli. The highlight was the lunch picnic on the cliffs overlooking the meeting of two local rivers. Magical experience and the food as ever was perfect. The cycle back after the tour was uphill and the hotel would have arranged a car to pick us up but we took the more fun route of struggling back up the hill by pedal power.
We then took an afternoon guided tour of the monument. This is a must do as the guide was fantastic and told us more about the reliefs and the story of buddha than any book could do in such a short time.
The third trip was a sunset tour to Borobudur and a picnic breakfast at Dagi hill afterwards. This was fantastic and again we had Deni escorting us. He let us wander around freely and answered any questions we had for him. The breakfast on the hill was incredible as we saw the mist in the valley and views of volcanoes around us. The preying mantis that came to join us on the seat was a welcome visitor. Armed with bug spray we escaped with just a couple of mosquito bites each. We even got to feed some elephants that some other guests had arranged to travel up the hill on.
Now the bad part....
The resort is 16 or 17 years old. It is spotlessly clean and the facilities are great but the rooms are starting to show their age. Lightswitches not working properly or not attached to the wall properly for example. The sink kept blocking and then the plug snapped. There was also no complimentary tea or coffee in the room and when paying US$1000+ a night that should be there. Room service was slow and we ended up carrying our own luggage for checkout as despite calling reception twice, nobody came to collect the bags. A lot of the cushions on the terrace seating were worn away and fraying.
The spa was just a normal suite with the bed removed and two massage tables put in there instead. The sarong I was given to wear also was ripped with a large hole in it. The massages were fantastic but it wasnt a real spa experience.
You are clearly paying a premium for the amazing location and we would consider returning but please Aman, if you read this review give the rooms a modernise!
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- Also Known As:
- Amanjiwo Hotel Yogyakarta
- Amanjiwo Resort Yogyakarta