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“A haven of tranquility”
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Amanjiwo Resorts
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Borobudur
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Nha Trang, Vietnam
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“A haven of tranquility”
Reviewed October 13, 2009

We only spent one night at Amanjiwo but it was fabulous. The rooms are simple, but that doesn't mean they are not luxurious! The rooms are very comfortable with lots of space. Our room had an outdoor bathroom, a lovely little swimming pool at the front and a bale overlooking Borobudur. It really was lovely.

We joined the early morning sunrise tour of Borobudur...that 4am wake up call is a killer, but the blow is softened by the freshly baked croissant, fresh orange juice and tea or coffee that awaits you just before you leave for your tour. Needless to say the tour was very good, we added the 'intellectual tour' onto the regular tour so we could get extra information about Borobudur...

Service wise was also excellent, the service was unobtrusive and yet the staff knew when to look after you...a quick example...when we returned from our Borobudor tour at about 7am, they had been in to our room and made up the bed and tidied up in preparation for us planning to go back to bed for a short kip on our return! And that was even though we were checking out on the same day.

We tried all the food and beverage options...lunch at the pool side restaurant, dinner at the main restaurant and room service lunch. The food was well executed, very tasty and very simple...but it really is incredibly expensive to eat and drink at the hotel.

If you are going to Borobudur and you can afford it...I would strongly recommend you to stay at Amanjiwo.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed July 25, 2009

We chose this of the Indonesian Aman resorts as it looked to offer something completely different - we wanted somewhere that would complement the remainder of our beach/spa Indonesian vacation.
We had high expectations of culture combined with luxury and we were not in any way disappointed. The design, feel and culture of Amanjiwo has been carefully cultivated. The location, the orientation of the rooms, pool and restaurant are obviously centred on the breathtaking Borobodur monument, but if you had Borobodur on your doorstep you would use it as the focal point too.
The standard of service is beyond 5 star, the size of the rooms is decadent, the food in the restaurant is varied and consistently top notch and the cultural activities on offer certainly gave us what we were after. Our only regret was not being able to do the overniht volcano climb, but a sensible decision perhaps given our visit coincided with almost zero moon.
Thoroughly and wholeheartedly recommend Amanjiwo as that 'something different'. If you are willing to take a short flight away from Bali/Lombok you won't be disappointed with what you find.
The only negatives I can think of are the mixed quality of the wireless interent on offer (but this is remote Indonesia so forgiveable) and those damn clouds that kept blocking the views of distant volcanoes...

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 2, 2009

It seems ridiculous to call Amanjiwo a "hotel". It's not really a word that does the place justice.

Amanjiwo is quite simply the most magical place I've ever stayed. Right from the start, we were remarkably well looked after. The moment we stepped off the plane at Solo airport (and I really do mean as soon as we left the door of the aircraft) we were met by a member of airport staff and a member of the airline staff, who guided us through immigration, arranging our visas and leading us all the way through to the exit doors of the airport. They introduced us to Rohmat, Amanjiwo's driver, who was ready to transfer us to the hotel. Calling Rohmat a "driver" is rather unfair, actually. He was more of a guide, armed with refrigerated bottles of water, cold towels, delicious snacks and an air-conditioned car. Amanjiwo arranged for Rohmat to be our driver whenever we wanted/needed to go somewhere, and he also acted as our guide at Borobudur. His tales of Javanese folklore, history and the stories depicted at Borobudur were fascinating.

Prior to arrival, we had requested that we stop at Prambanan temple on the way to the hotel. This was all taken care of, and Rohmat waited for us while we walked around the temple complex for an hour or so. He then led us through the beautiful Javanese scenery and villages to Amanjiwo, where we were met by the welcoming concierge and manager.

The hotel itself is as impressive as everyone's photos suggest. The room/suite was large and comfortable, with a garden and a fairly distant view of Borobudur. The air-conditioning unit was adequate, but a little low on power. But this did make it a little easier to get used to the intense heat and humidity outside. Shower gel, soap, etc. was topped up whenever you turned your back, and the incense-burner replenished and lit during turn-down. I don't think we encountered any cleaning staff during our stay, as everything was coordinated so that they knew when we had left the room, so they could pop in and spruce the place up. There's no TV in the room, but there is wireless internet access and a CD player. The lack of a TV made it easier to indulge in the surroundings, I felt. We didn't miss it.

The restaurant's food was very good indeed, as was the food at the smaller restaurant/bar by the pool. Everything was pretty expensive, compared to shops and stalls outside the hotel, but you've got to expect that from a hotel in this bracket.

The level of service was quite incredible. All members of staff made us feel welcome, and were desperate to help us. We felt a little guilty, in fact. Everyone was so friendly, but we were only staying for two nights. We wished we could have stayed there for a couple of weeks.

On leaving the hotel, all of the receipts for our food and drink were presented to us in a little folder, along with a breakdown of other charges, such as the dawn tour of Borobudur and the extra time spent at Prambanan. Everything was in order, and they even seemed to reduce some of the charges. Also, we had use of some locally-made straw hats and bags while we were staying (which we were told we could keep), and Sean the manager noticed my hat was a little too small. So by the time we got to the car, and were being given best wishes by various staff members, Sean came out with a choice of differently-sized straw hats. The first one I tried fitted perfectly, and it barely left my head for the next week and a half, as we travelled through Malaysia and Borneo. These little things really add to the impression you take away with you, I think.

When Rohmat dropped us at Yogyakarta airport, we were met by another chap who guided us through check-in, etc. Initially, we thought this was kind, but unnecessary. We're used to checking in to flights all over the world, so it seemed silly. But during check-in, the airport staff printed the wrong tags for our cases, and were about to send them on to an incorrect destination. This is because two other Westerners were checking in at the next desk, and the staff had got confused. Our helper made it easier to get round the problem, translating things as they slowly sorted things out.

Other reviewers have said plenty about the quality and luxuriousness of Amanjiwo. I suppose the main thing I would say is that if, like us, you're initially a little freaked out by the lack of signatures for food, or the attentiveness of the staff, do not be afraid to trust them to look after you. This is one truly exceptional hotel, and the people who work there are just as exceptional.

When we were leaving, we told Rohmat and Sean that hopefully we'll see them again some day. We truly meant that. This part of Java is incredibly beautiful, and staying at Amanjiwo made the trip even more special. We were totally deflated as we flew out of Java, but will treasure the memories forever.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Newport Beach, California
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Reviewed May 9, 2009

My partner and I just returned from a nearly 2 week visit to Indonesia (and Bangkok), during which time we began with 3 nights at Amanjiwo (followed by 4 nights at Amankila, 4 nights at Amanwana, and 1 night at Amanusa, as well as 2 nights in Bangkok at the Sukhothai). It is worth noting that we have typically stayed at one bedroom suites at hotels such as Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Ritz Carleton, and comparable properties throughout the world. Previously, our only experience with Aman was one wonderful dinner at Amangani in Jackson, Wyoming, several years ago. But we decided to try Aman for Indonesia.

We couldn't have done better. Aman, in general, blew us away. Amanjiwo, in particular, was spectacular, but all 5 of the Indonesian properties were amazing (we also had lunch at Amandari while staying at Amankila).

We did have several hiccups while arranging this trip with Aman and Harper Travel, including some uncharacteristically unexpected delays in response and correct details from Aman. As a result, Aman generously provided us with 2 free day rooms while in transit, 2 free meals, and an extra free night's stay during our trip. We felt that was reasonable compensation for a somewhat frustrating experience in planning the trip.

However, once we arrived at Amanjiwo, our concerns rapidly melted away. Our experience planning the trip was nothing like our stays on the trip. Amanjiwo was amazing. We arrived after a 17.5 hour flight from LA to Bangkok followed by a 2 hour layover then a 4.5 hour flight to Denpasar, Bali, followed by a 5 hour layover again. We stayed at a pool suite at Amanusa for that 5 hour layover (graciously provided free of charge, along with a complimentary lunch), and then had a 1.25 hour flight to Yogyakarta, Java, and the hour long drive to Amanjiwo. We had been concerned that it would be too much hassle to include Amanjiwo. On the contrary, Amanjiwo was absolutely worth the hassle.

First, the resort, itself, is absolutely stunning--unlike any resort at which we've previously stayed. It really feels like you are in the midst of a Buddhist temple rather than a hotel or resort. Also, since we live at the beach, anyway, the view of the Javanese landscape, the distant volcano, and the distant view of Borobudur temple really made us feel like we were at some otherworldly, very spiritual place--and neither of would qualify as spiritual in the least!

Second, the Borodudur Suite we booked was fantastic. As we learned as we stayed at the other Indonesian Aman properties, there is a typical layout for an Aman suite; that can be comforting to you as you travel through them or become a bit boring, perhaps. We found it quite comforting, for the most part. The open layout was spacious and well-designed for the most part. We definitely felt like we were not in a typical hotel room, for sure, and that's what we wanted. It felt like we were in an Asian-inspired small casita/villa, and we loved it. We might have hoped for an outdoor shower after enjoying one at Amanusa, but we still loved the room. The A/C worked quite well, something I require since I always get hot and can really be uncomfortable in serious heat (and it was in the 30s C the whole time we were in Indonesia). The outdoor pool area was wonderful, with a lovely, nice sized raised negative/infinity edge pool surrounded by a deck and a lovely covered bale/daybed area. The view onto Borodudur and the Javanese country was spellbinding for us.

Beyond that, and most importantly, the service at Amanjiwo was IMPECCABLE. The only problem, and I do mean the only problem, was a couple of errors on our breakfast order at the restaurant on our last morning before we departed. That's it. Everything else was flawless. Service was timely and pretty unobtrusive. Sean, the GM, deserves all praise coming to him (as do each of the other 4 GMs we met at the other properties, as well). We were impressed by how often we saw Sean, and similarly impressed at how often he helped add to our experience. We had asked if we could see the Presidential Suite, and instead Sean arranged for us to spend our entire first day USING the Presidential Suite (which was empty until the next day). Ironically, the Presidential is merely a combination of 2 normal Suites plus an extra room and a much bigger pool, pool deck area, 2 outdoor bales, and a huge covered portico that defies description. Really amazing, but it also left us feeling like we weren't necessarily missing much with our Borobudur Suite, since it was just the 2 of us.

Dining was, aside from the 2 aforementioned errors, fantastic. Language can be a bit of challenge at times, which really accounted for the errors, in our estimation, but we saw that as a typical experience while traveling in a foreign land. Do make sure you ask specifics before ordering, perhaps, so you don't get surprised! We got surprised only the first time, but still loved the meal. We made sure to ask more questions beforehand after that, and always managed to get more or less what we wanted. I almost always ordered from the Indonesian menu, so that made things a bit more challenging, of course, but I LOVED the food, especially the spicy things (which I kept asking to be made more and more spicy until I finally got to my threshold). My partner more often ordered from the Western menu and really enjoyed that, too.

We took a bicycle ride and visited Borobudur and Prambadan temples while there. Both Borobudur and Prambadan were amazing, but Borobudur is Buddhist and Prambadan is Hindhu. We felt Borobudur was more impressive merely from a mass standpoint, since it really is incredibly massive. It was also entertaining when a Javan tourist asked if I could be in a photo with his wife and daughter--since they had never before seen a Caucasian. We definitely noticed that we stood out in Java, but never felt anything but curiosity and friendliness by everyone. Prambadan was also a very worthwhile visit, and offered a nice contrast to Borobudur. Not as massive, but still beautiful and conveniently near the Yogyakarta Airport, so we saw it before flying out on our final day.

We took a bicycle ride through the Javanese countryside on our first afternoon (after enjoying the Presidential Suite), something I actually recommend here. I detest biking, but my partner enjoys it, so I had to give him something. The bike ride really brings you in much better proximity to the real Java, something I wanted to see. Every child and virtually every adult you see or pass shouts out a hello ("Allo!") to you as you pass, and we must have returned almost 1,000 hellos--no exaggeration! The countryside is lovely, and it really is fascinating to see how the Javanese live. The heat was unbearable for me, but the guide had extra water and cold towels with him, so I made it. Most would find the heat a bit strenuous but not nearly as unbearable as I do, I'm sure.

In short, we had a magical stay at Amanjiwo. To some degree, all of the other Indonesian Aman properties suffered to some degree by comparison to Amanjiwo for us. Amandari might be slightly comparable, being an amazingly beautiful property unlike much else we'd seen, as well, but we only had lunch there--and Ubud was far more touristy than anything in Borobudur. Amankila is beautiful and dramatic for an oceanfront property, but we do live in Newport Beach so that drama wasn't as impactful, perhaps, for us, as it may be for others. East Bali is amazing, though. Amanwana is beautiful and as remote as anything we had previously experienced (reminding us of Vatulele and Turtle Islands in Fiji without the communal elements, or perhaps of Cayo Espanto in Belize without the private pools), but it didn't offer comparable drama. Amanusa was in the least exciting location for us, being so close to the Denpasar airport, but it was quite beautiful and we did love the pool suite there.

So the one Aman I was most likely to cancel out of our trip--Amanjiwo--turns out to be the most impactful and memorable. That's saying something. Being so far away, we can't say we will be taking pains to return--there are so many other amazing places to visit, after all--but we absolutely recommend staying there if you can afford it and are anywhere in Indonesia. Certainly, if our travels every brought me to Indonesia again, we would be hard pressed to not visit Amanjiwo one more time. Regardless, Amanjiwo will go down in our memories as the most unique and flawless holiday destination in our lives thus far. A+++.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Indonesia
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Reviewed April 9, 2009

This was our first stay and an Aman resort. Our high expections were surpassed as soon as we stepped out of the car. The architecture is stunning, you feel like Javanese royalty as you walk into the main atrium. The rooms are beautiful and large; every detail is taken care of with style. Where else would you return from your room to find that a lovely bookmark had been placed in the book you'd just been reading. The rooms are tidied at least 3 times a day, and in our 5 day stay we only once returned to find the room still being cleaned. The setting amongst the padi fields is beautiful with views to the temple of Borobodur and distant volcanoes. The hotel staff require special mention because they are outstanding; polite, friendly and went out of their way to be helpful. Our 10-year old daughter loved the cooking class and the swimming pool; she didn't want to go home. All these things go to make the Amanjiwo a truly perfect and memorable experience.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed April 6, 2009

This was my first stay at an Aman Resort - and I was blown away. Everything was gorgeous, amazing rooms, fantastic service, delicious food, great attention to detail throughout, wonderful excursions, and a calm, serene experience that was second to none. Do not hesitate to stay here if you want to see the wonders of Borobodur. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled solo
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Atyrau, Kazakhstan
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Reviewed March 19, 2009

This hotel was everything we had expected and so much more!!! The service was impeccable! The view was amazing! This couldn't have been a more romantic setting for our anniversary trip!!

  • Stayed March 2009, 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
#2 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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