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Amanjiwo Resorts
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Borobudur
Certificate of Excellence
Hong Kong
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Unique architecture”
Reviewed September 30, 2008

As with most Amam properties, the setting is a remote location but the amenities and comfort available are second to none. The service was incredible, the building truly unique. It is one of the most surreal purposely designed main building, set in the middle of rice paddies. The views, the serenity, the service makes you feel like you've just stepped back in time and are living as the royalty of the region.

The rooms are beautifully appointed. Make sure you get a room that faces Borobudur if possible - simply breath taking. Provided in your room are water colours with which you can paint the mist that surrounds this ancient monument from your outdoor bale while enjoying afternoon tea.

The service that impressed us most was that after our hike up Menorah hill - towards the back of the property, our shoes were filthy. Well, after several hours, we returned and our shoes were cleaner than before the actual hike. No other words to describe the attention to detail. It's like the staff knows what you want even before you know what you want!

  • Liked — Service, the building
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2008
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Miami, Florida
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15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed September 29, 2008

My wife and I spent part of our honeymoon at Amanjiwo, and had an amazing stay. Everything about the place is stunning - the service, the rooms, the common spaces, the excursions, the tranquility. It is truly an unforgettable place and experience. The only slight downside is the lack of gym/formal spa (they use one of the villas for massages), but who cares? It is a place simply to escape and take in all of the mysiticism surrounding the place. Make sure to book the excursion for a private visit to the Mendut temple at night - the best.

Stayed August 2007
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1 Thank ptjc94
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Zurich, Switzerland
Level 6 Contributor
458 reviews
126 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 295 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2008

The Amanjiwo is located in the middle of rice paddies, far away from everything, on a hill, close to mountains, very quiet, with stunning views of Borobudur, the most impressive temple in Java. In the evening you hear the muezims from the nearby mosques, paired with the view a great atmosphere. Sometimes you can even see one of the biggest volcanos in Java (best in the early morning, the view is best then - great). Hotel architecture very nice, almost always views of Borobudur. Rooms very nice decor. Staff is very friendly.

Some downsides: Food varies, sometimes good, but not excellent. Service is very very friendly, but slow (e.g. had to wait 20 minutes for a soda) and sometimes missing english language skills. Well, do not get me wrong, it is still a very good hotel, but for a hotel in this category you could expect a higher standard of service and food (but this is unfortunately the same with all Aman Resorts, at least the ones I know).

I can really recommend this hotel as one of the best locations in South East Asia for a long weekend, very romantic, very quiet and relaxing! I recommend to ride a bike to the nearby villages, very interesting and rural, very good experience! You can spend time at the temple, walk through rice paddies etc. etc. - so relaxing!

  • Liked — great location
  • Disliked — food and service not top (OK, but could be improved)
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank TandTSwitzerland
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Hong Kong, China
Level 6 Contributor
198 reviews
186 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 364 helpful votes
Reviewed June 26, 2008

Amanjiwo was a dream i've turned on reality a few weeks ago and to stay in this incredible resort looking like a fabulous and serene temple has been an unforgettable experience.
From the arrival to the departure, everything has exceeded all our expectations. The staff is great, always smily and attentive and they're providing one thousand little attentions to make of your stay a memorable time. "Taking care" is more than anywhere else (apart of the other Amanresorts), their main objective.
At our arrival, we have been greeted with showers of rose petals and a delicious drink. The amazing GM, Sean waited for us and escorted us to our incredible suite: The Dalem Jiwo Suite...
The architecture is breathtaking. Around a circular limestone monolith centered by a soaring, there are 36 suites including the Dalem Jiwo. It's like a compound with two ultra large and comfy bedrooms, a magical rotunda for lounging and dining and this suite is completed by a 15 meters private pool with stunning views on Borobudur and the vulcanoes.
The design of the rooms and the common areas is simply beautiful, chic, elegant and with this unique javanese touch. The silver leaf ceiling of the main restaurant is impressive and you'll feel in your room like in a peaceful paradise.
The food at jiwo is absolutely delicious. We have had a private BBQ in our suite with dance performance and all the dishes were just irresistible. Moreover, we'll keep this dinner experience in our memory for lifetime because our two butlers made a superb decoration full of flowers and candles.
But at Amanjiwo, many other things don't have to be missed like an excursion at Borobudur at dawn and a return back to the resort by andong; the sunset martinis at Menoreh hill or in the rice fields (i've never drink a so good martini) ; some trekkings in the beautiful surroundings areas with a private guide; a javanese massage, the best we have never had before and simply relax in this so special atmosphere.
We'll never forget our stay at Jiwo, the smiles of all the employees and their great kindness, the very nice javanese population, the beauty of the resort and the GM, Sean Flakelar who is doing a great job.
Merci... It was fabulous....

  • Liked — EVERYTHING: staff, design, food, outdoor adventure...
  • Disliked — impossible question...
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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1 Thank RCBLHKG
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San Francisco, California
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2008

Stayed there 2 nights in March, 2008. Loved every moment of it. I wished I could stay longer. The surrounding volcanoes were so beautiful that I felt like I was in a dream. The staff were all incredible. Borobudur is a must-see.

  • Liked — The service, the architecture, the surroundings
  • Disliked — none
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank coolasia
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London
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 6, 2008

This place is absolutely amazing.
There is something mystical about it. Probably a combination of its architecture, the omnipresent view of Borobodur (the temple a couple of miles away) and the volcanos which surround the valley.
The service was impeccable yet not excessively formal, the suite was majestic and the excursions made for unforgettable experiences (Borobodur at dawn is a must and the elephant safari is amazing). Make sure you have a bit of time to enjoy the hotel and the restaurant as well. You just may leave feeling that this is how the Zeus on the Olymp must have lived...

  • Liked — The magical feeling of the place
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Greenpark1
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Singapore
Level 5 Contributor
40 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2008

I had heard so much about the Aman hotels that I was almost worried that the experience would be anti-climactic. Now that I've been, let's just say that it met all my expectations & more. It is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. Approaching the hotel, the magnificent architecture is awe-inspiring, with coloseum like columns and a 'moat' filled with beautiful lotus flowers. Flower girls shower you with rose petals at the entrance while the homemade iced ginger beer awaits. The pool suite we stayed in was absolutely divine, so much so that we hardly left the room!But the icing on the cake must be the sunrise trip to Borobudur. Having special access as Aman guests, we watched the sun rise over the Merapi volcano from the pinnacle of the temple, together with no more than 20 people in all.It was magical. As for the other aspects, in our opinion, the service & staff were excellent in every way & the food overall was pleasant. Also,the hotel provides so many options for outdoor activities. They have a beautiful library, if you didn't bring your own book & they also provide paint, brushes & drawing paper if you're so inclined.There being no tv nor gym was not a problem at all. After all, with such a beautiful place, why would you want to do the same things that you would at home? I think the Aman has got their philosophy correct. Providing television & a gym would run contrary to the essence of Amanjiwo, the focus being the soul & peace.Savor the place for what it is as it is truly a unique experience.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank chocfudge
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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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