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Reviewed October 7, 2010

There was personalized treatment from the second we got out of the arrival gates to the moment we hit the departure gate.

They allocate the same chauffeur to you for your entire stay so he knows you well. The advice given was really good and genuine. The hotel staff +GM were all at the front to greet and say good bye. The flights were all reconfirmed and the activities all suggested upfront and planned to the detail once we told them what we wanted. We basically didn't do a thing except enjoy the villa, order the food and wake up to attend activities. Everything pre-empted and thought of. Service was great, villa was out of this world as we had a full view of Borobudur unobstructed. The GM himself makes it a point to meet the guests; he met us at least 3 times whilst we were there to make sure all was good.

BTW - Also the most expensive hotel I stayed at but I know where every single dime went to. Don't be cheap where you visit this place. You get what you pay for.

Date of stay: October 2010
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2010

High Points: The location. The cultural experiences and excursions.

Low Points: Heavy burning of incense in all the public areas. Relentless, loud gamelan playing and singing at lunches and dinners. Staff less warm and friendly than at the other properties. Main building and guest rooms are just a hair’s breadth short of needing an updating.

My expectations were very, very high for Amanjiwo. Slightly too high, as it turns out. The positives are already widely known: the astounding location with its view across the valley to Borobudur, the appeal of the design, the Aman ethos pervading. But this resort, more than any of the 5, was riddled with infelicities that just kept disrupting the sort of interrupted bliss that the world’s very best resorts provide. Whereas the other Indonesian Amans rely upon fresh flowers to scent the air, incense is burned, overwhelmingly, to my nose, in all the public areas, so that as soon as you step into the lobby, you’re stunned by the heavy and headachy scent of incense, which continues to greet you as you enter the library, where more sticks are burning, the bathrooms, and even the boutique. And while the gamelan players figure in the background during dinner at the other Amans in Indonesia, here they were outright intrusive, playing loudly during lunch and dinner, accompanied by a singer, and really getting under one’s skin in a way that made it difficult to think or converse.

The GM was away, and it showed, as the staff seemed less en pointe than at the other Amans, sometimes taking a long time to fulfill simple requests like a request for a bottle of water, and lacking the sort of warmth and attentiveness that the other Amans had spoiled us to expect. Half-way through our four-night stay, Amandari sent one of their assistant managers, apparently to help right the ship, and that did seem to help.

The rooms are just as they appear in the publicity stills, although the shower rooms are starting to get a bit tired, and some of the furniture looks a bit dated, but is in very good condition. We loved the design of the bathrooms, with separate vanities and closet areas at separate ends, giving plenty of individual space.

We loved the cultural experiences Amanjiwo cultivates—from the nightly lectures on Borobudur, Indonesia independence, or textiles—to the famed “Borobudur Sunrise.” That experience was so still and awe-inspiring that we actually did it twice, wanting to ensure we’d had ample time to savor the experience of being up among the stupas and sculptures during that magic hour. On the first morning, volcanic Merapi, which is the perfect stereotype of a volcano with its tall, sloping cone, was smoking vehemently in the distance, with the sun rising just to its right. (The guides say late June is the best sunrise of the year, since the sun rises right between Merapi’s slopes and another mountain.) The next morning we had a perfect sunrise with the full disk of the sun clearly visible. Aman staff lament the fact that now a larger number of hotels all get access to the site before dawn, whereas originally it was only Amanjiwo guests (how wonderful that would have been!). So there are 50+ folks on top for dawn, but it’s still a hushed, wonderful experience. Afterwards, we did Aman’s “Dagi Hill Breakfast,” which I strongly recommend, as the views toward Borobudur are very nice, watercolors are provided, the food is very good, and it’s a nice way to relax after the time spent on Borobudur.

We also did the excursion to Selogriyo, a small Hindu temple tucked up and within a large rice terraced valley. We enjoyed walking through the village, and then the beauty of the terraces as well. It’s not a “must do” excursion, but if you didn’t get your fill of rice terraces at Bali, this is a nice walk. I’d recommend doing it in the very early morning, when the light will be very nice.

The Mendut Temple meditation was also a good experience, since Aman arranges private access to this 8th century Buddhist temple after hours, and arranges pillows/mats on the floor so that you can spend however much time you want gazing up at the impressive vault and statue of Buddha. The meditating is not facilitated or guided, so you’re on your own for as much or as little time as you’d like.

Our driver and guide, Napi, was very solicitous of our every need, and was the one staff person at Amanjiwo who really stood out and conveyed the Aman ethos that has generated such fans worldwide.

Date of stay: September 2010
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Reviewed September 27, 2010

Amanjiwo is well into its 13th year but I had a magical time when I visited recently. The thing about luxury resorts that have been around for a while is that they know how to get things right. And with age, they also have a stronger sense of personality. The staff who have been there since the first year are such experts at guest relations and so capable at getting you what you want! I really enjoyed my excursions to Prambanan and Borobudur and all the intellectual discussions provided by my well-read excursion driver Pak Udin. Tip: the food at the hotel is great but while staying there, don't miss out on all the great "warungs" in the village. Tell the hotel staff and they will send you to the best ones and then send a car after you are done. Oh yes, they will pour drinks for your meal from the car's cool kit so you can be sure the ice came from a good source...

Date of stay: September 2010
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Reviewed September 22, 2010

Yes it is expensive but my god do you get what you pay for. We arrived here after a hellish 2 hour taxi journey from Solo airport following a four hour flight from Singapore and I was ready to cry with travel fatigue. Until you get through the security here and see the temple through the hotel. Being met by the most chilled out hotel manager I have ever met, with a special ginger fizz drink, then immediately being shown to our suite - that word doesn't do justice to the size and luxury of the room - the smell of incense and chanting in the air...it was magical. We only had three nights here as part of our honeymoon but it was so relaxing we felt we had stayed there a week. Never saw housekeeping, you would pop out of your suite for ten minutes any time of the day and by the time you got back it was done! Incredible service. Words don't do it justice. If you are kind of person who likes to and can afford to pay for the best you honestly can't go wrong here.

Date of stay: August 2010
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1  Thank natbr0
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Reviewed September 12, 2010

Yes it is very expensive but you must treat a stay at the Amanjiwo as a one time experience. The attention to detail and service level is the highest I have ever experienced anywhere in the world.
The sunrise at Borobudur and the picnic organised by hotel is an experience I will never forget. The peace and quiet of this hotel is amazing. Go there even if only for one night.

Date of stay: September 2010
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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