We stayed at Amanjiwo for three nights on our honeymoon (also stayed at Amandari and Amankila) and thought it was amazing. Amanjiwo has an absolutely stunning location and architecture that picks up on the themes of Borobudur, the Buddhist temple nearby. We went to Amanjiwo entirely to see Borobodur and had very few expectations outside of that, but we were so pleasantly surprised.
Like all of the Amans we stayed at, an expediter picked us up from the airport and whisked us away while he handled everything and found our luggage. Once in the air conditioned car, we had water, snacks, and a list of excursions to consider once at the resort. Our driver was so friendly and knowledgeable; in fact, he ended up being our tour guide for Borobudur as well. Once at the resort, little girls threw flower petals as a welcome and we had some welcome ginger soda, which was tasty. The guest assistant walked us through every aspect of our suite, which had been upgraded to a private pool suite, much to our surprise and delight.
The rooms themselves are modern and full of nice touches, like the sunscreen, toiletries, beach bag and hat (yours to keep), and water colors (which we didn't use, but it was a unique addition). Our room had jasmine and orchid plants, plus the ubiquitous (and lovely!) local tropical fruit display for your snacking pleasure. The private pool was small, just the right size, and there was a cabana at the end.
Of the three Amans we visited, all had amazing housekeeping staff, but at Amanjiwo they were one step beyond. They were like ninjas who descended on our room whenever we left, whether for a five minute walk or a 2 hour dinner. They fluffed and tidied and replaced even the smallest of details with each visit. Truly impressive.
You can expect top notch service and hospitality at an Aman resort, and Amanjiwo was no different. The GM introduced himself personally and made recommendations not only for our stay in Java, but also for our next stop at Amankila. Every staff member seems to know your name, whether or not they have ever set eyes on you before, and everyone we met was extremely friendly and kind.
Amanjiwo offers numerous activities and excursions; since we wanted relaxation and culture, we selected the tour of Borobudur, martinis at sunset in the tobacco fields, and lunch in their bale overlooking the resort. As honeymooners, they also provided a complementary massage. Everything was great, most notably our sunset tour of Borobudur. Most of the guidebooks tell you to visit at sunrise, but our driver (and later, guide) recommended the sunset tour because after the sun sets, only those who have paid extra for the sunset part of the tour get to stay. The temple was packed with people until the sun set, and then we were one of maybe two couples on top of Borobudur. Having Borobudur all to ourselves was amazing and totally worth the extra price.
Amanjiwo is pricey and may seem remote, but the resort, the grounds, the staff, Borobudur, all of it makes Amanjiwo worth the visit and the price. It's truly spectacular.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amanjiwo (peaceful soul) overlooks Borobudur, the world's largest Buddhist sanctuary, in the rural heartland of Central Java. Located in one of the most scenic parts of the country, the Menoreh Hills rise up behind and no less than four volcanoes grace the horizon. Amanjiwo provides the opportunity for immersion in Javanese culture, offering trips to ceremonies, temples and antique shops. Private dawn and sunset visits to Borobudur and other archeological monuments in the vicinity are the highlight of a stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amanjiwo Hotel Yogyakarta
- Amanjiwo Resort Yogyakarta