A tranquil atmosphere, exquisite design, spectacular architecture, plus world-class luxury and excellent food — all this bear the hallmark of Aman Resorts. But there is something else that puts Amanjiwo ahead of the pack: the proximity to the ancient Borobudur.
It is in Indonesia, a predominantly Muslim land, that you’ll find Borobudur, the long-lost Buddhist sanctuary whose stone pathways tell an illustrated story of Buddha’s life.
It is one of the most famous sights in the country, and Amanjiwo is designed to have the ancient monument as the focal point, visible from many windows and most terraces.
Constructed entirely from blush-beige local Jogja limestones, Amanjiwo echoes Brobodur in architecture and style. At the heart of the property is a domed pavilion, clearly inspired by the historical stupas. Positioned on top of the hill and featuring majestic porticos, the rotunda tops the main restaurant and opens it to the fantastic views — and to the rest of the resort which cascades down in terraces and lush gardens.
The guest suites are laid out in a crescent configuration and are joined by stone walkways. Many suites come with private pools, but all have thatched-roof outdoor bales with a daybed, four-poster beds on raised platforms, and elegant furniture. Bathrooms feature stone tubs, sunk in a paved mini-courtyard.
There are two quasi-wings of the property, both ending in a swimming pool, though one is private, belonging to a two-bedroom villa. On the other side, the main pool offers much in the way of leisure — and you’d often find us there. That is if we could be asked to leave our suite. But leave we did, as there was a lot to explore in Amanjiwo and around.
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The Borobudur experience
Thanks to the proximity to Borobudur, Amanjiwo guests have unparalleled access to the monument, and can easily visit it at dawn, when the site is said to be at its most spectacular.
However, we decided to go for the sunset, as sunrises are busier (and the bed was too comfy for us to be early risers). We got special tickets allowing to linger on the site long into the night. As they are more expensive, most visitors leave and the temple empties just as the sun dips below the horizon.
That evening we ended up completely alone, savoring solitude among the ancient stupas… and then the muezzins began to call, from the mosques all around. They sang long into the night, filling the air with the most amazing sounds. It was a magical moment.
This in many ways embodied for us the experience of Amanjiwo. On offer here is something more otherworldly than just the trademark Aman cocktail of luxury and sophisticated atmosphere. To us, it felt like the perfect companion to Borobudur.
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Number of rooms & suites: 36
Rate per night: From $700 USD
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