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Amanjiwo Resorts
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Borobudur
Certificate of Excellence
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“Best hotel ever”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

This is the best hotel ever. It is like walking on air. The staff at Amanjiwo manage to do everything quite perfectly, unobtrusively and simply - no stuffiness at all. From the moment we landed (quite literally they managed to look after our visas before we got to immigration - don't know how) the service was wonderful. The driver who picked us up at Solo city was so helpful and interesting about the land and sights on the way. I'm sorry I do not remember his name but he was a lovely man. The pickup car had a little box of homemade biscuits and wifi - perfect.
The site and style of the hotel is quite breathtaking, very serene and simple but very luxurious too - overlooking the Borobudur temple in the distance. We were in a Borobudur Suite which was absolutely gorgeous. I cannot imagine what the next level up would be like. Photographs of this hotel do not do it justice.
My son had a slight accident (my husbands fault!) while we were there and I have never known a more genuine and sweet response from an organisation. All the staff were genuinely concerned for him and so helpful. Winnie went way beyond the call of duty by escorting us to hospital and making sure that we had help the whole time we were there. I cannot speak to highly of this place. I fear I may have developed an Aman addiction - not cheap but worth every penny.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Manila, Philippines
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77 reviews
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

This review has been long overdue. We travelled to Amanjiwo in October of 2011 & stayed for 4 days. First of all, thank you to all the very friendly, efficient, wonderful staff , specially our guide & driver Darto. He was excellent in every way. Accommodated all our requests & really took very good care of us. The Aman Properties has maintained a very high & excellent standard in terms of everything, from the accommodations, food, service & ammenities etc. (We started staying with them back in 1996, after trying out the first Aman resort in the Philippines, Amanpulo)
One activity though that we did not enjoy in Amanjiwo was supposedly, a local dinner prepared by a local family. We had to drive about 10-15 minutes from the resort, ended up eating prepared food from the resort....and surprise! eating inside a native hut, with a staff / waiter from the resort! Not worth paying the $100 per head for this local dinner. Forgettable activity...choose something else.
The highlight of the trip is of course, Borobodur. What we really came for. Woke up very early in the morning to catch the sunrise over the stupas. Light snacks,tea, coffee was served in the lobby before departure for the temple.
We also went around the markets & visited other temples and viewed some Indonesian artists works & houses.
The resort per se is definitely up to par as expected of an Aman Property. Tried & tested all over the world.
Highly recommended & we hope to get the chance to visit Amanjiwo again in the future.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 2013

this is our second aman group stay and its one of the finest experiences we had .
situated within gazing distance at the amazing borubudur temple it calms you from the moment you enter the hotel after which Mark and the team at amanjiwo step it up a notch with their welcome drink of ginger beer
all the activities which they included in our stay were super special mention to having soursop martinis in the rice fields served with delicious snacks
the private dining that they set up in the rice field -javanese food -absolutely delicious
the dinner at pak bilal house rustic and romantic
breakfast pancakes -and kopi lewak-- thanks once again --out of this world
tours of borubudur and prambanam temples -outstanding
the swimming pool is fantastic and clean
pijak massage lady -super strong and fantastic
one of our best stays in aman
looking forward to return one day

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

We booked to stay at Amanjiwo as part of the Bali & Beyond package that Aman offers and we were very pleased that we did. The 3 places we stayed, including Amandari in Ubud Bali and Amankila in Manggis Bali were all so different iit made it more exciting .
Mark & his team do an excellent job, in a very laid back friendly and helpful way. I find this with all the Aman hotels, fantastic service without the starchiness of a 5 star resort!!
The villas are amazing, we had a pool villa facing Borobodur, and although ithis is quite far away, on a clear day you can see it, although it is small !
The pool area was lovely and quiet, fantastic after a morning of being out and about!
All The food was lovely, and we especially loved the evening bbq by the pool and also Pak Bilals house. This is a dining experience in a traditional Javanese local house. The food is supplied by the hotel along with a waiter, but the local man cooks the menu you have personally selected. It was very romantic and a fantastic evening. Definately one to book. We also did the Borobodur sunrise trip which although is an early start (4.15am wake up call) its well worth it. After that trip we went on the elephants up to Dagi Hill for a little ride about, and wished we had booked the picnic breakfast to have up there, laid on by hotel, as it looked fabulous!!
Another day we took the Andong (horse & cart) through the local villages and rice fields which was very interesting and saw pottery being made, tapioca etc etc.
If you wish to see Pramabaran temple whilst staying at the hotel, it makes sense to do it on the way back to the airport as its about 1.5 hrs away, but 10 mins from yogyacarta airport. Just leave a couple of hours earlier , and meet the guide there, and then off to the airport.
All in all we had a very interesting , but relaxing stay at a beautiful hotel.

Room Tip: Borobodur pool villa very nice.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

We stayed here on honeymoon. We loved it, in particular we loved:

- the staff, who were very friendly and spoke great english
- the food was good. We especially liked one of the optional extras which was an evening by the pool where they set out some market stalls with various types of food to try and then entertained us with some high quality traditional dancing
- the activities in the package we paid for were cool, in particular we did a nice cycle trip around some rice paddies with a guide that spoke excellent english
- there are some free activities you can go to like meditation and yoga which were in a lovely setting... on the edge of rice paddies at dusk as the mosques are calling to prayer it really felt magical
- when we were leaving my wife became ill which is never nice when on holiday/away from home. The staff at Amanjiwo were fantastic, the onsite nurse was very professional and we really felt looked after in that respect.
- We went to a lecture in the hotel about Borobudur the night before we went to visit it which really helped get a sense of what we were seeing. The lecture was given by a very well informed speaker.
- They gave us a free massage as we were on honeymoon which was great

Our reservations were:

- The rooms could do with a little bit of renovation I think, some of the fixtures felt a touch old for the price of the hotel...
- it's pretty expensive such that you really feel like anything that's not the best has a risk of being a disappointment. I partly felt like that with the food just because other places we stayed possibly had more variety.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
248 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
Reviewed September 11, 2013

All you would expect from an Aman property.First class discreet service, great location only minutes away from the Borobadur temple complex, but a quiet and peaceful situation in the Menorah hills. The suites are really lovely, a few signs of age, yes, but nothing to worry about.The suites are serviced twice a day to a very high standard, and always while you are out or having a meal. We spent a lot of time in our generous courtyard bale which was very comfortable and caught the breezes, as well as having views of the distant temple.Breakfast was good with lots of choices, and dinner was very good, if not amazing. the daily afternoon tea of freshly prepared lemongrass, ginger and lime tea was the best I have ever had.The pool is an impressive 40m, quite long enough for some serious swimming, and the service at the pool is excellent too.We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, with all the special Aman touches from a very welcome and civilised small table set with a light breakfast at 4.30 am before visiting Borobadur, to the little present awaiting on the bed each night.
Only a couple of negatives,we would really have liked a kettle and tea tray, the only place in Indonesia where we did not have one.And the hotels mark up on the already expensive wine is 2 or even 3 times that of other hotels we stayed in,by far the most expensive place we stayed in Indonesia to have a glass of wine! Hard to justify when other hotels manage to offer the same wines for a lot less. But a thoroughly enjoyable stay with everything taken care of by the excellent staff, and a very convenient location for visiting Borobadur, Yogya and Prambanan

Room Tip: Lovely to have a Borobudur view, but didnt regret not having a pool suite, as the hotel pool is so...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Definitely a special occasion place, it's expensive but if it's within your budget then try to spend at least one or two nights there when you visit Borobodur. Service is exceptional and nothing is too much trouble. While we were there the hotel appeared about one third full so it was a very relaxing ambience. We did a couple of trips with a guide - the sunrise at Borobodur followed by a picnic breakfast and a morning trip to the local market. Both were really excellent. While you are at the hotel there really aren't many dining options other than to eat in the hotel restaurant. Food was excellent - and pricey - so close your eyes as you sign the bill on check-out and don't even think about converting the prices from rupiah back to your own currency. That's what your credit card company is for!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Amanjiwo Resorts
Address: Ds. Majaksingi, Borobudur, Magelang 56553, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Java > Central Java > Magelang > Borobudur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Borobudur
#2 Romantic Hotel in Borobudur
#3 Spa Hotel in Borobudur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Amanjiwo Resorts 5*
Number of rooms: 36
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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