EMER­ALD ES­CAPE

TRAVEL & LEISURE Aman­jiwo in cen­tral Java of­fers a soul­ful en­counter among paddy fields and the an­cient Borobudur.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Travel & Leisure - By CLE­MENT LIM Aman­jiwo is fash­ioned en­tirely from coral-beige paras yo­gay, the lo­cally hewn lime­stone.

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.

As the na­tional flag car­rier, Oman Air is the world’s gate­way to the Sul­tanate of Oman, a trea­sure trove of ex­pe­ri­ences that range from desert sa­faris to ex­plor­ing an­cient cities. Its fleet of 48 air­craft bear­ing the sig­na­ture blue and gold liv­ery – blue for the bound­less sky, gold for the coun­try’s nat­u­ral riches – are the prom­ise of a fan­tas­tic jour­ney in a land of won­der. The air­line flies to 50 des­ti­na­tions world­wide from Mus­cat In­ter­na­tional Air­port, which will in­tro­duce a new ter­mi­nal this year. Oman Air op­er­ates two daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Mus­cat, de­part­ing at 9.40am and 9.05pm.

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