framed by emerald-green rice plains and the peaks of the Menoreh Hills in rural Central Java, Amanjiwo lies within view of the mystical stupas of Borobudur, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Amanjiwo is a 75-minute drive from Yogyakarta airport, and two hours from Solo airport. Both airports serve flights to Bali, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The complimentary airport concierge service includes customs clearance assistance and car transfers.
▼茅草凉亭和稻田，bales and rice fields
▼度假村位于中爪哇核心的农耕区域，the resort is framed by emerald-green rice plains and the peaks of the Menoreh Hills in rural Central Java
The second-largest island of the Indonesian archipelago, Java lies in between Sumatra and Bali, with the Java Sea to the north, and the Indian Ocean to the south. The lush landscape surrounding Amanjiwo is volcanic and ruggedly beautiful, and the area, scattered with temples and ruins, is considered Indonesia’s cultural heartland.
The Buddhist monument directly informs the design of Amanjiwo, a temple-like hideaway with a towering domed roof, colonnades and walls built of local blush-beige paras stone. Intersperse days of sightseeing – at serene Borobudur, bustling Yogyakarta or any number of vibrant villages – with spells of relaxation at Amanjiwo’s spa, 40-metre pool and romantic open-air restaurant.
▼主体建筑入口，可以看见远处的婆罗浮屠，Jiwo entrance with view through to Borobudur
▼户外露台，terrace at dusk
▼主入口夜景，front entrance at night
▼从主体建筑到客房的走廊，walkway from central building to suites
Accommodation Decorated with sungkai-wood screens, coconut-wood and rattan furniture, antique batik cushions and Javanese glass artworks, the 36 freestanding suites radiate in two crescents from Amanjiwo’s central rotunda. All feature terrazzo floors, high ceilings, domed roofs and garden terraces with a thatched bale for outdoor lounging.
• Private compound with its own entrance and driveway • Central rotunda for dining and lounging, overlooking a private 15-metre pool • Wraparound terrace, two outdoor lounging bales • Two separate bedroom pavilions with sunken out door tubs
Dining The Restaurant, Bar and Terrace. Capacity: 90 • Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner • Arresting views unfold from rice fields to the stupas of Borobudur and mystical volcanic peaks • Indonesian and Western cuisines served alongside a daily changing degustation menu • Most of the ingredients come from the chef’s garden and local farms
•A pleasant 25-minute walk or cycle ride from Amanjiwo, the Unesco World Heritage Site of Borobudur is one of the world’s best preserved ancient monuments •A dawn visit is highly recommended for witnessing the sun rise over the 9th-century Buddhas and enjoying sweeping views of the volcanic landscape Borobudur at Sunrise
Pool Club. Capacity: 40 • Serving breakfast, light lunches, drinks and snack s from a raised, colonnaded deck • Overlooks the green-tiled 40-metre infinity pool, surrounded by rice paddies and banyan trees
▼四十米长的泳池，40-metre infinity pool
▼被稻田和榕树环绕的泳池会所，Pool Club surrounded by rice paddies and banyan trees
• Boutique sells a selection of Javanese art, textiles, crafts and antiques • Traditional items include gamelan instruments, shadow puppets, ceremonial baskets and jewellery • A selection of loro blonyo figures are also available – painted statues, found in most Indonesian homes, depicting the deity Dewi Sri and her male companion Raden Sadono
• A large, light-filled library with two double daybeds • Offers a range of books in several languages, along with CDs and games • Used as a venue for visiting speakers, with expert lectures topics from temple preservation to Javanese art and culture • Amanjiw o’s art room hosts regular exhibitions of work by renowned artists and photographers • Sketching mornings in the surrounding countryside are overseen by an artist-in-residence • A box of watercolours is available in every suite for capturing the inspiring views
• Spa treatments can be enjoyed at the spa suite, with its twin massage tables and outdoor relaxation bale, or in the privacy of guests’ suites • Ancient Javanese rituals are incorporated into the menu of facials, massages and cream baths
•Southeast of Amanjiwo, near Yogyakarta, are the ancient Hindu temple complex of Prambanan, and Ratu Boko, which incorporates two hamlets with panoramic views •Further afield, Sukuh, considered one of Indonesia’s most striking temples, and Ceto on the slopes of Mt Lawu, lie east of Solo •Northwest, the Dieng Plateau is an area of great natural beauty, home to ancient Hindu temples and Java’s earliest standing stone structures
•Volcanic Mt Merapi rewards both serious and casual hikers, rising to 3,000 metres; experienced climbers can attempt the summit at sunrise with an Amanjiwo guide •The nearby Menoreh Hills offer a pleasant 2.5-hour hike, which can be combined with a drive to view the sunset at Suroloyo •Further afield, the summits of Mt Sindoro (3,153m) and Mt Sumbing (3,371m) can also be attempted Andong Horse and Cart
Legend has it that 2,000 temples once graced the plains beyond Amanjiwo; those still standing near Amanjiwo include Pawon, considered the jewel of Javanese architecture, and Mendut, constructed around 800 AD.