TRAVEL & LEISURE Amanjiwo in central Java offers a soulful encounter among paddy fields and the ancient Borobudur.
The drive to Amanjiwo takes you through the rice plains of central Java, through bamboo forests, rustic landscapes and the awe-inspiring Unesco-protected Borobudur, replete with its ancient stupas erected over a millennia ago. This exposition to the arrival informs you of a journey quite unlike any other, before you finally show up at the grandiose reception, to be greeted by name.
Just behind the reception, the sprawling Borobudur sits in contemplative repose, a surreal backdrop to the start of your journey at Amanjiwo.
Amid the lush and rugged landscape in Magelang, Amanjiwo becomes its tranquil counterpoint, with its temple-like aesthetics and faultless service undoubtedly its high points. Members of staff instinctively know how to address your needs without second
Just behind the reception, the sprawling Borobudur sits in contemplative repose.
guessing; service is detailed with careful attentions to preferences. A picnic excursion through an estate where two rivers meet in a confluence includes many enlightening moments with an intuitive guide, who enables you to keep your own pace.
Here, 36 freestanding suites include the 1,200sqm Dalem Jiwo Suite with its own wraparound terrace, private compound for dining, lounging and a private 15m pool.
The restaurant, which comes with a bar and terrace, fans out to the arresting scenery of Borobudur and serves ingredients harvested from the chef’s garden and local farms. The landscape’s enigma also draws artists and photographers to Amanjiwo who hold regular exhibitions in the art room while excursions to nearby temples and cultural attractions deepen that heartfelt serenity which this beautiful place confers on the visitor. www.aman.com ≠
The landscape’s enigma also draws artists and photographers to Amanjiwo.
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