Amanjiwo-Jogajakarta

Amanjiwo dining room

Amanjiwo dining room

Amanjiwo dining room

Amanjiwo at dusk

Amanjiwo at dusk

Amanjiwo at dusk

Amanjiwo Dalem Jiwo 2 bedroom suite

Amanjiwo Dalem Jiwo 2 bedroom suite

Amanjiwo Dalem Jiwo 2 bedroom suite

Amanjiwo dining

Amanjiwo dining

Amanjiwo dining

Amanjiwo Pool suite

Amanjiwo Pool suite

Amanjiwo Pool suite

Amanjiwo pool

Amanjiwo pool

Amanjiwo pool

Amanjiwo terrace

Amanjiwo terrace

Amanjiwo terrace

Amanjiwo Rotandra

Amanjiwo Rotandra

Amanjiwo Rotandra

Amanjiwo spa

Amanjiwo spa

Amanjiwo spa

Amanjiwo suite bedroom

Amanjiwo suite bedroom

Amanjiwo suite bedroom

Amanjiwo suite with pool

Amanjiwo suite with pool

Amanjiwo suite with pool

 

Priced From US$ 850 + 21 % tax
Location: Amanjiwo is 1 hour from Jogajakarta airport overlooking Borobudur temple
Bedrooms: This is a luxury boutique resort overlooking Borobudur Temple with 30 suites
Guests: aproximately 60

 

Transfer Cost: transfers included in package
Land Size: luxury resort
Beach Access: located on the plains of central Java
Mins to Seminyak: Located in Java
Pool: the property has a main pool with suites with pools as well
Breakfast: included in packages
Staff: fully staffed with highly trained staff and butlers

 

 

An hour’s drive from Yogyakarta airport and a scenic two hour drive form Solo airport, Amanjiwo (‘peaceful soul’) is a monumental, 36-suite resort set in the heartland of Central Java.

The resort’s major architectural motif pays homage to Borobudur and to the centuries of grand temple architecture filling Central Java. A haven for exploration of ancient monuments and temples, Amanjiwo is ideal for discovery of Central Java’s rich artistic and cultural traditions.

Set within a natural amphitheatre with views to the Kedu Plain and four volcanoes on the horizon, Amanjiwo looks onto the world’s largest Buddhist sanctuary, 8th century Borobudur.

All 30 suites include a thatched-roof bale (pavilion) with a daybed for outdoor lounging and dining. Fifteen suites come with private swimming pools.

Excursions take place by car, bicycle, horse or elephant. A haven for trekkers and hikers, Central Java presents a myriad of activities.

Filled with a sweeping sense of place, a spiritual sensibility is palpable at Amanjiwo. As the cry of the muezzin is heard from the surrounding mosques, one knows, as the architects of Borobudur knew, that time is immaterial.

Location
Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelagic state comprising more than 17,000 islands, 6,000 of which are inhabited. The country shares land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Malaysia. Other neighbouring countries include Singapore, Australia, the Philippines, and the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The capital, Jakarta, is in Java and is the nation’s largest city. Indonesia has a large population of over 234 million people and despite this has vast areas of wilderness that support the world’s second highest level of biodiversity. Two-thirds of the total land area consists of woodland, mangrove swamp and forest.

Considered the most important island in this vast archipelago, Java is at the centre of Indonesian culture and industry. Stretching for more than 1,000km, Java is framed by the Indian Ocean to its south and the Java Sea in the north, with Sumatra bordering its west coast and Bali immediately to the east. The volcanic, tropically green and ruggedly beautiful island of Java is about the size of England.
Its population is about 105 million – nearly half of Indonesia’s entire population.

Central Java is a cultural crucible renowned for the architecture of its ancient shrines and palace complexes, the striking natural beauty of its landscapes, the glittering arts of its dancers, painters, silversmiths and weavers, and the ready warmth of its people.

Javanese culture still draws on the Ramayana and Mahabharata, Hindu epics thousands of years old, for much of its popular drama, dance and shadow puppet theatre. In Central Java, you can see elements of these and other traditional sagas performed as an integral part of both.

Resting in the rural heartland of Central Java, between the present day royal capital of Yogyakarta and the once royal capital of Solo is Amanjiwo (peaceful soul). The resort celebrates the artistic traditions and spiritual legacy of Central Javanese culture amidst an overwhelming aura of past majesty. Overlooking Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist monument,

Amanjiwo is surrounded by a plethora of extraordinary cultural, physical and spiritual beauty. With the Menoreh Hills rising behind it and no less than four volcanoes gracing the horizon, the resort is located within a natural amphitheatre.

Amanjiwo Pricing 2012/2013

Accommodation – room only ( Validity: 1 May 2012 to 30 April 2013)

Garden Suite $ 950
Borobudur Suite $ 1150
Garden Pool Suite $ 1400
Borobudur Pool Suite $ 1,100
Dalem Jiwo Suite 2 bedroom $3,000

Optional half
Adult price-$110 per day
Child $55 per day
Includes – breakfast plus lunch or dinner, non-alcoholic beverages. (Adult full board $140)

*prices are USD$ per room per night and are subject to 11 % Tax & 10% surcharge

Amanjiwo Cultural Trails 3 night package (Validity: 1 May 2012 to 30 April 2013)

Garden Suite $ 2,400
Borobudur Suite $ 2,700
Garden Pool Suite $ 3,000
Borobudur Pool Suite $ 3,300
Dalem Jiwo Suite 2 bedroom $ 9,000

Extension Rates
Garden Suite $ 800
Borobudur Suite $ 900
Garden Pool Suite $ 1,000
Borobudur Pool Suite $ 1,100
Dalem Jiwo Suite 2 bedroom $3,000

*prices are USD$ per room per night and are subject to 11 % Tax & 10% surcharge

Amanjiwo Cultural trails Inclusions:
• Three nights accommodation
• Airport transfers including VIP arrival
• Daily breakfast for two per day
• 3 specially created Amanjiwo activities

Example Activity Selection include:
• Borobudur Intellectual Tour with guide after 6am
• Walk through the Menoreh Hills
• Sunset Martini’s on the edge of the rice fields
• Fortune Teller
• Dining at Pak Parno’s Warung or Nak Jadi’s (tiny restaurant)
• A ride in an Andong (horse cart)
• A silent meditation at Mendut Temple
• Javanese evening meal
• Village cycle tour
• Temple of Kedu valley
• Morning market tour of Borobudur and Muntilan
• Temple of Prambanan valley

Aman Bali and Beyond (Valid 01 May- 30 April 2013)
7 nights minimum packages (must include either Amanjiwo or Amanwana)

Amandari- Ubud Bali

Village Suite $800
Valley Suite $1000
Pool Suite $1250
Ayung Suite / Asmara Suite $1750
Amandari Suite – 1 Bedroom $2100
Amandari Suite – 2 Bedroom $3050
Amandari Suite – 3 Bedroom $3950

*prices are USD$ per room per night and are subject to 11 % Tax & 10% surcharge

Amankila- Candi Dasa Bali

Garden Suite 800 plus 11 % Tax & 10% surcharge
Ocean Suite 1000
Pool Suite 1250
Kilasari Suite 1650
Indrakila Suite 2050
Amankila Suite – 2 Bedroom 2950
*prices are USD$ per room per night and are subject to 11 % Tax & 10% surcharge

Amanusa Nusa Dua Bali

Garden Suite $ 800
Deluxe Suite $ 1000
Pool Suite $ 1250
Amanusa Suite $ 1650

*prices are USD$ per night and are subject to 11 % Tax & 10% surcharge

Amanwana Moyo Island Indonesia

Jungle tent $ 800
Ocean Tent $ 950

*prices are USD$ per room per night and are subject to 11 % Tax & 10% surcharge

Amanjiwo Yojakarta Indonesia

Garden Suite $ 800
Borobudur Suite $ 900
Garden Pool Suite $ 1000
Borobudur Pool Suite $ 1100
Dalem Jiwo Suite – 2 Bedrooms $2950

*prices are USD$ per room per night and are subject to 11 % Tax & 10% surcharge

Aman Bali and Beyond Inclusions:
• Minimum seven nights accommodation at a combination of resorts which must include either
Amanjiwo or Amanwana
• Daily breakfast
• Airport or inter-resort car transfers (flights between Bali to Amanjiwo and Amanwana are
Not included)
• At Amanwana, there is be a compulsory board of US$67.50++ per person per day and it
includes all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, laundry, all shorts treks and non-motorized water
sports.
• Choice of one activity per person- see below on this page for examples.

Resort Overview

Amanjiwo’s remarkable rendezvous with its natural environment is evident throughout the resort, the heart of which lieswithin its open circular monolith, crafted from paras yogya (local limestone from Yogyakarta).
The cool atmospheric entrance leads to the rotunda Bar and stately colonnaded Dining Room and Terrace, fronted with views of the Kedu Plain and Borobudur.

Thirty suites are designed in two deep crescent formations rimmed with high limestone walls, crawling with spider lilies and lilac and cream convolvulus.

Stone walkways connect the suites with the Pool Club and main building.

The suites are domed with volcanic ash tinted roofs, serenading their ancient neighbours and in particular Borobudur itself. A four-pillared bed is raised on a terrazzo platform which moulds into the smooth, caramel terrazzo floor. Local materials and artefacts such as coconut wood, hand carved furniture, exotic Javanese textiles and antique glass paintings, are meticulously placed within the suites to soothing effect.

Sliding glass doors open out onto a garden terrace featuring a thatched-roof bale (open pavilion) for dining. Fifteen of the suites have private swimming pools.

Suites- accommodation

Stone walkways connect the suites with the Pool Club and main building.

The suites are domed with volcanic ash tinted roofs, serenading their ancient neighbours and in particular Borobudur itself. A four-pillared bed is raised on a terrazzo platform which moulds into the smooth, caramel terrazzo floor. Local materials and artefacts such as coconut wood, hand carved furniture, exotic Javanese textiles and antique glass paintings, are meticulously placed within the suites to soothing effect.

Sliding glass doors open out onto a garden terrace featuring a thatched-roof bale (open pavilion) for dining. Fifteen of the suites have private swimming pools.

Garden Suite

Total of 10 suites are located around the property with views of Menoreh hill or terraced farmland without private pool. All garden suite’s have the same size room configuration as well as amenities and interior features only location differs.

Suites feature terrazzo flooring, limestone walls and domed roofs, with sliding glass doors that open to a garden terrace. Interiors include a central, four-pillar bed on a raised terrazzo platform, sungkai wood
screens, coconut wood and rattan furniture, batik pillows in classic Yogyakarta style, traditional
glass paintings and a sunken outdoor bathtub centred by a brass gamelan gong.

All suites include a thatched-roof bale (pavilion) with a daybed for outdoor lounging and dining.

Borobudur Suite

There is a total of 10 suites, they are located in the centre of the property on the top & lower levels, all with outdoor Bales with thatched roofs.

Each Borobudur Suite enjoys a panoramic view to Borobudur and Kedu valley but without a private pool.

Suites feature terrazzo flooring, limestone walls and domed roofs, with sliding glass doors that open to a garden terrace. Interiors include a central, four-pillar bed on a raised terrazzo platform, sungkai wood
screens, coconut wood and rattan furniture, batik pillows in classic Yogyakarta style, traditional
glass paintings and a sunken outdoor bathtub centred by a brass gamelan gong.

All suites include a thatched-roof bale (pavilion) with a daybed for outdoor lounging and dining.

Garden Pool Suite

There are 7 in total are located around the property with views of Menoreh hill or terraced farmland. They each have their own private pool (6 metres x 3 metres width).

Suites feature terrazzo flooring, limestone walls and domed roofs, with sliding glass doors that open to a garden terrace. Interiors include a central, four-pillar bed on a raised terrazzo platform, sungkai wood
screens, coconut wood and rattan furniture, batik pillows in classic Yogyakarta style, traditional
glass paintings and a sunken outdoor bathtub centred by a brass gamelan gong.

All suites include a thatched-roof bale (pavilion) with a daybed for outdoor lounging and dining.

Borobudur Pool Suite

There are 7 in total of our top category suites each has views, pool, all amenities.

Looking out from the outdoor pavilion across its private pool (6 metres x 3 metres) reveals panoramic views over sweeping plains to Borobudur.

Suites feature terrazzo flooring, limestone walls and domed roofs, with sliding glass doors that open to a garden terrace. Interiors include a central, four-pillar bed on a raised terrazzo platform, sungkai wood
screens, coconut wood and rattan furniture, batik pillows in classic Yogyakarta style, traditional
glass paintings and a sunken outdoor bathtub centred by a brass gamelan gong.

All suites include a thatched-roof bale (pavilion) with a daybed for outdoor lounging and dining.

Dalem Jiwo

The Dalem Jiwo Suite is set in a discrete enclosure complete with a private entrance, a classically styled rotunda and surrounding terrace with two separately walled bedrooms.

Stone steps descend to the suite’s private swimming pool and its two lounging bales. The 15m infinity pool, finished in a green Javanese stone known as hijau danau, is set into the rice fields. A personal butler, always on call, has separate quarters in the enclosure.

Two separated suites joining onto the main rotunda, with a large private pool, two thatched–roofed bales and a fabulous view to Borobudur temple.

The suite is very private as it is separated from the rest of the suites.

Suites feature terrazzo flooring, limestone walls and domed roofs, with sliding glass doors that open to a garden terrace. Interiors include a central, four-pillar bed on a raised terrazzo platform, sungkai wood
screens, coconut wood and rattan furniture, batik pillows in classic Yogyakarta style, traditional
glass paintings and a sunken outdoor bathtub centred by a brass gamelan gong.

All suites include a thatched-roof bale (pavilion) with a daybed for outdoor lounging and dining.

Dining

From Amanjiwo’s entrance, five steps climb to the rotunda Bar, a circular salon with columns and drop fans, a coconut-wood bar and acid-etched bronze-drum tables.

The Dining Room, with its silver-leaf ceiling swirling with muted colours, is defined by a double row
of stone columns and looks out onto the crescent-shaped Terrace.

At either end, gold-leaf murals recreate scenes from the Hindu epic Mahabharata. The tables are black terrazzo and the chairs are silver-painted rattan with Yogya batik cushions. Indonesian and Western cuisine is served in an open-air setting with panoramic views over the rice fields to Borobudur.

The specialty of the house is Makan Malam, a series of classic Javanese selections served in brass dishes. The view from the Terrace is particularly arresting at dawn and twilight, or after a cleansing rain, when the views open up over the Kedu Plain, with Borobudur directly ahead.

Breakfast, light lunches, drinks and snacks are also available at the colonnaded Pool Club that stretches into the rice fields. From the deck or from the swimming pool, guests can enjoy views to Mount Merapi.

Dining Experiences

GUBUK SAWAH in Javanese means „small house in the rice fields?. Nestled
in a galangal plantation, our rustic bale offers picnic style breakfast and lunch as well a unique village-style dinner. Romantic, relaxing and traditional, Gubuk Sawah offers a glimpse into rural Java, with spectacular views of Mt. Merapi, weather permitting.

SUNSET MARTINIS for those romantics at heart: our Food & Beverage team will set up a solitary table on the edge of the rice fields and envelop you in a carpet of rose petals. Chilled Soursop Martinis are served as the horizon changes its colour, the dusk prayers echo across the valley and, in the far distance, Mt. Merapi smokes & thunders… What sweet extravagance!

DAGI HILL BREAKFAST – Some say that the best view of Borobudur is from the adjacent Dagi Hill, where it is often rumored that an exotic temple lies waiting to be rediscovered. Following „Borobudur Dawn?, we suggest that guests make their way up Dagi Hill where, under the shade of ancient pines, they can indulge in a light breakfast served as only Amanjiwo can. The view and ambiance from Dagi are such that nearly all our guests are tempted to try out our watercolour paints and to put their feelings to paper. For those too shy to paint, we offer a volume of poetry. This spectacular setting is also available for lunch and afternoon tea.

MENOREH HILL PICNIC – For the adventurous, an off road experience awaits at the top of Menoreh Hill where a traditionally-designed Javanese Bale has been built for you to enjoy the views of the Kedu Plains and the four surrounding volcanoes. This location is ideal for breakfast and lunch, but comes truly into its own for sunset cocktails as you face west to witness the end of another beautiful day in Java. The trip entails a short walk through a traditional village and up some steep steps to the Bale where waiters stand by or leave you in peace to take in the priceless view.

BALE PAKEM PICNIC – For those who want less of a trek but don?t mind a short climb to experience the breathtaking views from our hills behind us, our second Javanese Bale above Pakem Village is ideal for breakfast, lunch and dinner during full moon. Throughout the day the view stretches for miles, taking in Borobudur and our surrounding volcanoes from the comfort of this private pavilion. During full moon guests can enjoy a romantic evening bathed in a tropical moonlight.

PROGO PICNIC – Set on the banks of the Progo River, Amanjiwo guests have an opportunity to enjoy views of where two mighty rivers join, the Progo & the Elo. Early risers who wish to enjoy a breakfast picnic in the cool of the morning will be treated to a clear view of Mt. Sumbing rising majestically in the foreground. This beautiful and tranquil spot is located on the private grounds of Elo Progo Art Gallery where the eccentric resident artist Pak Sony will be delighted to offer painting classes, or do your portrait to remind you of a delightful day in the countryside of Borobudur. Amanjiwo?s Progo Picnic is available for breakfast and lunch. Due to the cliff hanging view, children under 12 years of age are not recommended for this excursion.

CHOCOLATE COOKING CLASS – Join Mbak Yati, our Pastry Cook, in the cool sanctuary of her delicious-smelling Pastry Kitchen. Here you will be guided through the mouth-watering joys of Chocolate. Mbak Yati will explain how to make the perfect soufflé, the creamiest ice Cream or the naughtiest brownies.
DINNER AT PAK BILAL’S – Next to Pawon temple lives our old friend Pak Bilal, who has graciously opened his doors to our guests for an enchanting glimpse into Javanese rural life. Dinner at Pak Bilal?s is not only a charming experience but also a fascinating reminder of rustic life in Java from days of old. While guests absorb the atmosphere of Pak Bilal?s delightful home, the authentic aromas of Java pervade the senses as our cooks prepare a simple traditional menu cooked over charcoal burners. Relax to the gentle background music of the gamelan, savour a glass of our famous ginger beer or a chilled bottle of French Chardonnay and let life take its course the Javanese way. A simple but romantic experience … it doesn?t get much more traditional.

Media and Entertainment

INTERNET is provided through wireless broadband connections in all suites and public areas.

Art Gallery , Reading and shopping
THE LIBRARY is large and light-filled, with a black terrazzo table and daybeds for two at either end. A selection of books on Indonesia is available in several languages, including Japanese and German.
A variety of CDs, tapes and games can be borrowed.

The Library is also the venue for occasional lectures. Leading Indonesian experts speak on issues ranging from temple preservations to Javanese art and culture. Both high-speed and wireless connections are available for Internet access.

THE BOUTIQUE has a wide variety of Javanese clothing and textiles, both antique and new. The Boutique also features gamelan instruments, shadow puppets, old ceremonial baskets, jewellery and other Javanese craft and antiques.

The boutique has one of the finest collections of museum-quality textiles and Wayang Kulit anywhere.
Finally, our Boutique staff has great experience in packing and shipping goods, whether you have bought them here, or elsewhere

THE GALLERY has exquisite hand woven; hand dyed and painted silk scarves, shawls and other pieces. A selection of Javanese antiques
is also available.

THE ART GALLERY AND STUDIO holds regular exhibitions. Amanjiwo’s informal artist in residence welcomes guests to join him for a morning of charcoal sketching in the surrounding countryside. For those inspired by the views from Amanjiwo, a box of watercolours is provided in each suite.

AMANJIWO’S ART ROOM – The best things in life are difficult to find, but make the effort, and there you will find a curio of paintings inspired by the great Candi Borobudur and Java?s natural beauty.
John van der Sterren, our resident artist and one of Indonesia?s most respected painters in his own right, keeps a studio at his home in Borobudur. Pak John is a character, a raconteur extraordinaire, and dangerously seductive… you could easily find yourselves tempted by one of his marvellous Javanese landscapes, or, at the very least, into buying him a couple of drinks! You have been warned.
Pak John goes out sketching nearly every day, and would be delighted for you to accompany him. John is a great teacher, so please feel tempted to use the watercolour set in your suite.

Spa

A range of Javanese and traditional beauty treatments are available at Amanjiwo, some of which incorporate the ancient holistic jamu method of healing.

These can be enjoyed in the privacy of guests’ suites or in the specially-designed Spa Suite, which has twin massage tables and an outdoor bale for relaxing afterwards with spicy ginger tea. A highlight is the two-hour Mandi Lulur, the traditional Javanese preparation of a princess on the eve of her wedding. Facials, massages and cream baths as well as a masculine version of Mandi Lulur are also available.

PIJAT TRADITIONAL MASSAGE

In rural Java, the masseur is revered – he is a Dukun – a holy man, healer and mediator with the spirit world. The masseur is versed in the rituals required of his art, and the villagers place their faith in his ancient skills.

Amanjiwo?s team of masseurs and masseuses all possess the Gift, and are respected as Orang Pintar, or spiritual people. All were born within local villages. Some, like Ibu Diriyah, discovered by accident that their touch could cure the hurt of a hard day in the sawah; others, like Pak Tarjo, inherited their paranormal knowledge from their grandparents.

Pijat is therapeutic rather than hedonistic. It is a deep massage and not a soft, pampering stroke. It can, sometimes, even verge on the painful, but the result is always blissful, both relaxing and healing.
The Javanese masseur will start on your feet. This is firstly a sign of respect, and secondly, a way of diagnosing your ills. He will work up your body, over your buttocks and onto your back, all the time stimulating your nerve channels and blood vessels to improve circulation and to liberate your energy flow.

The masseur will intuitively feel your tension and pain, and channel it out of your body. He ends by caressing your abdomen – the center of your body and its life force.
These dukuns work through their senses, and not by the clock. Their therapy can last up to 2 hours, but should you want a shorter massage we can restrict them to an hour.
Another therapeutic treatment is traditional Javanese reflexology application, which is carefully executed by the gifted hands of Pak Tarjo by applying pressure mainly to the reflex points on the back, feet & hands. This is a rebalancing therapy to restore the weaker parts and organs of the body.
For the weary travellers suffering from stiff shoulder and neck and tensions in the back muscles, the back, neck and shoulder massage is the perfect treatment.

The Joy of Pampering
Amanjiwo is not a spa resort, but we?d love to pamper you, and we do want you to enjoy Java?s famed herbal beauty treatments. After all, there is something rather delicious about spoiling oneself. All our treatments are given in your suites, outside on your terrace or in the Spa room. Enjoy the treatments alone or together with your partner. Once again, Amanjiwo?s approach is natural, simple and traditional.
So perhaps one afternoon, give in to temptation, let you be spoiled, and revel in some of Java?s magic.
Mandi Rituals
Enter into your own private outdoor sanctuary with softly lit candles, beautiful scents and lovely music to enhance the mood. Immerse yourself in our aromatic bath rituals and feel your stress melting away.
A warm bath filled with bath salts will help rejuvenate cells and detoxify your body. Baths also reduce tension, release muscle pain and promote rest and relaxation.

Select a mandi from our 3 lovely scents: Rose, Lavender or Jasmine and feel the therapeutic effect on your mind and body. Each bath comes with its own fragrant shampoo, conditioner and bath gels. To complete the experience, apply scented body lotion to keep your skin supple after the warm, soothing bath.

You may wish to enhance the bath experience by having it with champagne.

ROMANTIC ROSE
Perfect for the romantics at heart. Feel the purity of the rose scented bath laden with petals lightly strewn around and inside your tub. Smell the sweet and radiant aroma emanating from the oil burner to enhance the tranquil mood under Java starry night.

LUXURIOUS LAVENDER
For a deep sleep, soak in a Luxurious Lavender bath to relieve exhaustion from the day?s activities. The calming effect of lavender will help to alleviate insomnia, mental and physical stress and revive you for another day in paradise.

JAZZY JASMINE
Enjoy the heady, rich floral aroma of the jasmine flowers as you soak in a bath filled with jasmine bubbles. Jazzy Jasmine is a perfect way to unwind after a trek up the Menoreh Hill or a cycle around the local villages. The powerful scent of the jasmine oil encourages inspiration and is uplifting to the senses. Nice way to reflect and allow the body to be pampered.

Aman Spa Products

Based on the knowledge and wisdom of ancient philosophies and natural healing traditions, Aman Spa’s unique chemical-free product range works holistically to nurture the skin and enhance overall well-being.
Made using the highest quality natural ingredients known for their anti-ageing and balancing qualities, Aman skincare products penetrate deep into the skin to nourish and rejuvenate.

No animal products, GMOs or parabens have been used, nor synthetic chemicals, fragrances and mineral oils, resulting in a skin care range that is nurturing and safe for even the most sensitive of skins. Plant essences and extracts have been carefully sourced from around the world for their purity, potency and therapeutic qualities.

Not a single product has been tested on animals, and each is packaged in 100-percent recyclable materials, ensuring that while providing tangible and effective healing, anti-ageing and balancing benefits, Aman Spa products are environmentally sensitive.

Aman Spa products cater to both men and women and represent a lifestyle choice of simple luxury recognizing nature’s healing touch.

The Gym, Pool, Tennis or Golf anyone ?

THE GYMNASIUM For our guests who like to keep fit whilst on holiday, we have converted one of our suites into a gym ideal for your use. In the Gym Suite you’ll find the latest state-of-the-art Treadmill, Cross Trainer, Bicycle, free weights and Fit Balls.

THE SWIMMING POOL is a 40m infinity pool, lined with green tiles and overlooked by banyan trees, set into the rice paddies below the resort. It is surrounded by loungers and umbrellas and lies adjacent to a raised, colonnaded semicircular deck with tables and chairs for poolside snacks and drinks available from 8am to 8pm.

THE TENNIS CENTRE has two tennis courts located just above the resort nestled into the Menoreh Hills. There is also a thatched-roof bale for shaded breaks and refreshments.

GOLF can be enjoyed at the 18-hole Mount Merapi Golf Club on the slopes of a volcano, close to the resort town of Kaliurang. It is a scenic haven for golfers and sightseers alike. Blessed with a cool climate at 1,000m, the course features spectacular views of the volcano and the surrounding countryside.

An hour’s drive from Amanjiwo, the Mount Merapi Golf Club was designed by Peter Thomson.

MERAPI GOLF – Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the world to play golf, set high in the foothills of Mt Merapi, an authentic Javanese golfing experience awaits. Eighteen holes of true bliss, never mind the pars & bogeys – the course is a knock out, complete with buggies, ice cold drinks and intuitive caddies. Amanjiwo will organize tee times to avoid the crowds. Best to set off just before noon and play in the cool of the afternoon; back at the nineteenth holes the Tahu Isi is a treat washed down with a cold local beer or ice Java tea. Life couldn?t get much better for a golfer.

BOROBUDUR INTERNATIONAL GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB – For those who only get to play occasionally and have no desire to spend the whole day on the course then Borobudur International Golf & Country Club is for you. Only a 35 minute drive away, this well manicured 18 holes golf course has a little bit for everyone. From beginners to the lower handicap holders, a pleasant way to spend an afternoon which on a clear day offers views of Merapi & Sumbing volcanoes. Buggy shoes and snacks are available. Ask your Guest assistant to organize our clubs and a cool box of drinks to take with you, great to combine a visit to Doc Oie private art collection on the way home.

Children’s Activities
Please see our selections of childrens toys and games in our kids room.
We can also organize four hours of complimentary nanny service for your little angels, with notice in advance.

JAVANESE ARTS
Dance Class
Learn the Javanese dances with Ibu Yayuk our dance teacher from the surrounding area. She comes everyday from 16.00 to 17.30 p.m. to teach traditional Javanese dances to the local children.

THE OUTDOORS
TREKKING: Enjoy the view of our spectacular environment by taking a simple trek around the rice fields in the village. A guide will accompany you to walk around the villages and explain about the Javanese culture you meet.

ANDONG TRIP: Andong Trip is suggested for those seeking new experiences. These traditional horse-buggies are used as daily transports by communities throughout Java. Their leisurely pace allows you to quietly blend into rural life.

PONY RIDE: Enjoy the ride of the local ponies in our lobby or our Pool Club. We suggest morning or late afternoon rides.

TENNIS: Tennis is fun! Learn to play tennis with our tennis partners. Children?s rackets are available on a complimentary basis.

RAFTING: The Elo River, about 25 minutes from Amanjiwo, provides new experiences in seeing Java. It?s one of the top rivers for rafting. Elo Rafting is suitable for children over 10 years old and we ensure you that the little adventurers will be safe, and all passengers are required to wear helmets and life jackets.

KITE MAKING: Decorating a kite is so much fun because it makes a kite special! Your kids can create their own designs. Add to that the sense of accomplishment that is achieved when a sheet of plastic, sticks, and tape become a kite that really flies. Your kids can join in a Kite making in the Kids Room.

MASK PAINTING: Mask painting at the Kids Room is the perfect opportunity to let your kids get creative. Watch while your kids come up with new, cool ways to get creative with the mask

Archaeological Tours

ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOURS near Amanjiwo range from Borobudur and Gedong Songo to Prambanan and the Dieng Plateau.

Many of the most ancient and important religious monuments and temples of Asia are on the plains and volcanic slopes of Central Java. Legend has it that 2,000 temples once graced the plains of the Kedu Valley.

Among those that still stand, a few are particularly notable, including Candi Pawon, with its carvings of pot-bellied dwarves dispensing riches.

The 8th century Buddhist wonder known as Borobudur is among the best preserved ancient monuments in the world. The monument, with its million and more cut-stone blocks, 1,460 stone relief panels and 504 life-size Buddha statues, each sculpted from a single stone, occupies a modest plateau. From the top gallery of Borobudur, Central Java reveals itself.

The 8th century Mahayana Buddhist temple of Mendut rises in a park-like setting where guests can enjoy a private semadi meditation session. Guests may also meditate with the monks from the neighbouring monastery.

North-west of Borobudur, beyond the volcanic peaks of Sumbing and Sindoro, lies the Dieng Plateau, an area of great natural beauty. The marshy, windswept plateau harbours Java’s oldest standing stone structures, time-worn Hindu temples from the early 8th century.

Only a few kilometres east of Yogyakarta, Prambanan is an ancient Hindu complex containing hundreds of temples strewn across the plains. Its central attraction is the elegant and dramatic Loro Jonggrang temple, with its many courtyards, enclosures, shrines and sculptures.

Treks and Tours

TREKS AND TOURS of art galleries, royal palaces, local kampungs (villages), picturesque countryside or hidden temples may be embraced on foot, by bicycle, car, open-air jeep, andong (Java’s horse-drawn carriage) or on horseback.

Guests can enjoy the silence of Borobudur at dawn followed by a panoramic picnic breakfast or sundowners in a private bale located high in the Menoreh Hills with a bird’s eye view over the Kedu plains and Amanjiwo.

Elephant safaris around Dagi Hill are available daily between 7am and 2.30pm except Fridays. These half-hour rides are highly sought after so advanced booking is recommended.

Take a guided trek up volcanic Mount Merapi at midnight or experience a local market in the early morning.

Borobudur lies between the cities of Yogyakarta and Solo (Surakarta), dynasties founded in the 18th century, when the Mataram Empire was fast fading. Today, Yogyakarta is the busiest city east
of Jakarta. Jogja, as it is often called, is a university town and a royal capital complete with a functioning palace or kraton.

Like the Vatican, the palace is a city within a city. The heart of the palace remains the home of the sultan and his immediate family.
Beyond this innermost sanctum, the palace is a public place, where dance is taught and performed, and where festivals are commonplace. Its main thoroughfare, Jalan Malioboro, is a virtual street fair and a shopper’s delight.

In 1745, the sultan of the Mataram dynasty moved his court to Solo, or Surakarta, as it is formally known. Its first sultan equated art with civilisation, bringing with him his silversmiths, musicians, artists, dancers and painters. Today, their descendents carry on Solo’s creative legacy, which is why classical
Javanese dance and art schools flourish there still.

In the village of Berjo, some 50km east of Solo and almost 1,000m up the volcanic slopes is Candi Sukuh, one of Indonesia’s most unusual and striking temples.

VILLAGE DANCING in the rural villages of Central Java are performed to celebrate everything from a harvest to a wedding or circumcision. Amanjiwo guests are welcome to watch the festivities, which can include more than a hundred guests from nearby villages, dozens of performers and occasionally late-night trance dancers.

A Tourist at Amanjiwo
Java is an extraordinary island, there is so much to see, do and discover.
We do not have any set excursion programmes as such. What we do suggest is that you spend a little time with your Guest Assistant and talk over what you may wish to see.
We can organize for you to visit hidden temples, to feel the energy of Java?s mystique, have a massage, tour through local markets, purchase artworks, play golf, climb smoking volcanoes or just wonder at the sheer beauty of nature – the list is endless.
Amanjiwo wishes you to experience Java on a personal level, we feel that our tours should be tailor-made, and it would greatly help us if we knew your personal interests.
However, the one thing you should see is Candi Borobudur.

Candi Borobudur
No visit to Amanjiwo would be complete without a tour of Candi Borobudur, the Eighth Wonder of the Orient, and one of humanity?s most imposing creations. Nothing else like it exists.
The temple, we feel, should be visited in 2 stages. First of all on an afternoon “Intellectual Tour”, and secondly with the dawn “Mystical Element”.
As the heat of the day cools, we suggest driving you down to the
Kedu valley where Amanjiwo guides, all born within the shadows of
the Temple, will escort you around the monument.
Our guides are able to reveal the secret meanings of this masterpiece and bring to life the knowledge contained within its reliefs – Borobudur is a colossus which needs to be understood before it is felt.
For the “Mystical Element”, we wake our guests before the sun, and marvel at its rising from the top of the temple itself. Few are afforded this rare privilege.
Dawn at Borobudur is very spiritual, mere words cannot convey the feelings that it inspires. It is truly an experience of a life-time, and one that remains within forever. It should not be missed.

Temples of the Kedu Valley
Legend has it that 2,000 temples once graced this valley, and that a massive eruption of Mt. Merapi at the turn of the first millennium buried them under a deep layer of volcanic ash. Slowly, time and man has brought their ruins to light. One of the valley?s great treasures was discovered in 1834 – Candi Mendut.
CANDI MENDUT – the 8th century Mahayana Buddhist temple 4km from Amanjiwo, is as Bernet Kempel says, “One of the greatest manifestations of Buddhist spiritual thought and art….. For many visitors to Mendut, a silent sojourn into the interior must be one of their most impressive contacts with a higher world.”
Within the semi-obscurity of the small interior, rests a 3-metre sitting Buddha carved from a single stone, which ranks as one of the most beautiful Buddha images in the world. This masterpiece is complimented on either side by the Bodhisatvas – Padmapani, the Redeemer of this world, and Maitreva, the Lord of the future world.
CANDI PAWON – This tiny candi is typical of Central Java?s temples, and was the first to be restored. Its relief of pot-bellied bearded dwarves dispensing torrents of riches suggests that it was dedicated to Kuvera, the Buddhist god of fortune. It is unusual in that it had windows and is renowned for the richness of its kala-makara ornamentation.
CANDI NGAWEN – Situated 5km east of Candi Mendut, it is also a part of the Borobudur Complex. It is sadly mostly in ruins but by studying the remains; we can imagine how beautiful these five buildings were in the past. Some of its Dyani Buddha statues are headless. What is unique about it is that at the foot of the temple?s corner, a statue of a lion stands acting as a pillar.
CANDI WUKIR –This Hindu temple is important due to the fact that in 1879 the oldest description found in Java came to light buried in a well of one of its secondary temples. This discovery has been pivotal in helping to establish other dating in Central Java. The description dates from the Sanjaya Hindu dynasty in 732 and is called “The Cangaal Inscription”. It is now kept in the National Museum in Jakarta. It consists of a main sanctuary and three secondary temples. They are all in ruins and only the base remains. Although one of the secondary temples still has its entrance door and an intact statue of a Nandi, the Vehicle or Mount of the God Siva. There is a calmness and serenity surrounding this ancient site. The hike through a small village, across a small stream and then up to the Hill top in its self is worthwhile.
PASAR MUNTILAN – a lovely way to spend a morning is to combine a tour of these 3 very different temples with a visit to Pasar Muntilan, our local market. You will not find anything touristy there, just the aromas, colours and noises of real country life. We have yet to talk to a guest who has not been smitten by the pasar’s raucous charm.
Temples of the Prambanan Valley
Nowhere in Indonesia is there such a concentration of temples as in the Prambanan Valley near the city of Yogyakarta. Surrounded by a backdrop of mountains, the most imposing of which is the smoking Merapi volcano, these temples all stem from the Central Classical Javanese period between the 8 to the 10th centuries. They are within easy reach of each other. Surrounded by rice fields and traditional villages, they make an interesting half or full day?s tour.
CANDI PRAMBANAN – This is the largest Hindu Temple complex outside of India. Very Indian in style, it has three main temples dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. These magnificent towered structures, with beautiful carvings, bare witness to the fact that the local Javanese were apt and able craftsmen. Prambanan is known particularly for its bas-relief of the Ramayana carvings and the Prambanan lion motive on all the three temples, Brahma, Wishnu & Shiva. Although still under restoration, Prambanan can be viewed from a nearby perimeter platform; making it a must to visit.
CANDI PLAOSAN – An important Buddhist sanctuary, the main group consists of two large structures. The largest of which has a second floor with traces of a space for a staircase was probably used as a monastery. The third cella of this building has a bas-relief of a Khmer King, recognized by his Khmer headdress, presumed to be Jayavarman 11. It was built by the Buddhist wife of the King who built the great Hindu Prambanan Complex, indicating peaceful co-existence of both religions at that time. Candi Plaosan is particularly beautiful in the late afternoon light.
CANDI SAMBISARI – This little Hindu temple is in almost perfect condition. As if packed in cotton wool, layers of volcanic ash have protected it from the wear and tear of over a thousand years. Sambisari was discovered in 1966 when a farmer ploughing his field accidentally struck against part of the stone base. Built between 9th and 10th century, it has one cella and is facing west. Inside, a flat and up right stone, known as the yoni and lingam, represent the male and female forces of creation, according to the Hindu belief. It is still used today as a place of worship for the Hindus in this area.
CANDI KALASAN – One of the oldest Buddhist temples to be built in this area, a dating has been found referring to a sanctuary that was first built on this sight in AD 778, but covered up by later renovations. Considered to be a masterpiece of its time, it is known for its beautiful carvings of monster heads – kalas, and makaras – symbols of protection, always placed at stairway entrances. Of the three chambers, the largest and most important has an altar which was thought to support a large bronze statue of a Tara. Remnants of white stucco are still visible in some places.
Gedong Songo
GEDONG SONGO – The Nine Buildings are amongst the earliest antiquities in Java. The number nine has great significance in Javanese culture and incidentally is also the number of orifices in the human body. These Hindu Siva temples, built early in the 8th century by the Wangsa Sanjaya dynasty, are similar in form to the Dieng Temples, 60km to the east.

They are probably the most beautifully sited of all Java?s temples. Set high on the southern slope of Gunung Ungaran, they enjoy awe-inspiring views over Central Java. In the clear dawn light an unending line of volcanoes may be seen.

Consider waking up early and setting off while it is still dark. You will reach the mountain resort of Bandungan just as its flower market bursts into life.
Tempted as you may be, do not stop, but carry on to Gedong Songo itself and catch the light as its ephemeral best.
You can walk or ride round the nine temples – the 2-hour trek meanders past pine glades, terraced orchards, rose gardens clinging to steep slopes, ridges spongy with peat moss and steaming sulphur springs.

Don?t worry if you wish to set off later, the far off volcanoes may not be visible, but the temples might be enshrined in a marriage of mist and sunlight, which turns Gedong Songo into a world of ethereal magic.
The return drive to Amanjiwo is stunning; it is Java at its best. Your driver will take you high up into the mysterious mountain land surrounding Mt. Merbabu, and down tiny lanes past waterfalls and timeless scenes of Man?s struggle against nature.

Selogriyo
SELOGRIYO is a small, 8th century Hindu temple isolated high up the slopes of Mount Sumbing. The temple itself is not particularly fine, but the gentle walk to it is out of this world.
Selogriyo?s rice terraces are of such incomparable, still beauty that a guest wrote in our Visitor?s Book: “If you manage to tear yourselves away from this magical paradise, make sure that you include Selogriyo in your plans. It was a fantastic excursion with scenery that relegates Bali to the second division of beauty spots…”
Surrounded by Beauty
Treasures – waiting to be discovered by you – surround Amanjiwo. You can encounter them on foot, by bicycle, on horseback, riding in an Andong (Java?s horse-drawn carriage) or by chauffeur-driven car. The choice is yours.

TREKKING IN THE MENOREH HILLS,

which look down onto the resort, is fun and the view, especially at sunset, is inspirational. The hills are famed for their mystical power. In the 1820?s, Java?s charismatic hero, Prince Diponegoro, sought spiritual wisdom in the caves above Amanjiwo. Today, Javanese still come to Bukit Menoreh seeking revelation.
The legend of Joko Tarub is set in the hills. The spring where Joko Tarub stole the clothes of the bathing Dewi Nawang Wulan, the Goddess of the Moon, can be visited. On Javanese New Year, pilgrims gather at the spring to dance into a trance seeking the help of the naked Goddess.

JAVA PONIES

can meet you at Kanggan Village should you wish to ride. These are hardy local mounts that can test a rider?s skill, but for those who ride well a memorable time awaits. One can canter through the sawahs, or simply wander into the heart of the villages.

A RIDE IN AN ANDONG

is suggested for those of a less energetic disposition. These horses and their buggies are used every day by country folk throughout the province, their leisurely pace allowing you to quietly blend into rural life.

CYCLING THROUGH BOROBUDUR

is an enchanting way of soaking in the atmosphere of Kampung (village) life, and to reach into the soul of Java. The people are so friendly, and the villagers? faces fill with smiles as they marvel at the sight of you.
We have drawn a map to help you find your way, or, should you prefer it, we will provide a guide. The pace of Kampung life is timeless, but behind the serene exterior of the traditional dwellings lies much industry. You may come across a pottery village, an orchid farm, a tofu producer, a museum of Indonesian modern art, or simply a group of children playing.
Shoppers & Collectors
It seems as if many of our guests are great patrons of the Arts, budding artists, or irrepressible collectors of antiques – in Amanjiwo and Java, they may well have found their Nirvana.

ANTIQUES- The best shops are small, dusty, and hidden. There are also the tourist varieties that have air-conditioning inside and a large bus parked outside.
There are treasures to be unearthed, but please remember that in Asia „Antique? is a style and not a guarantee of age, nor of authenticity.
Locally, there are a couple of reputable dealers close to Mendut temple, whilst the best shops are mostly to be found in the smaller streets of Yogya.
Your Guest Assistant keeps a list of recommended shops, and your driver can be trusted to have a few secrets of his own.

HANDICRAFTS & FURNITURE – Everything that you see at Amanjiwo, apart from our silver and crystal, was made in Java and so, in fact, is most of what is sold in Bali. There are, indeed, some beautiful things to be had, whether they be fashioned from teak, copper, leather, silver, stone, bronze, woven grasses, bamboo, or Terracotta ……… Again, the list is unending.
Furniture seems to fall into three categories: that which is made for the tourist market; that for export; and that made especially to commission. Each category has a different price and standard of quality. We would be delighted to steer you in the right direction, but again, please bear in mind that the very best addresses are jealously guarded secrets.
All in all, the best way to shop is to take a car out for the day – to perhaps get a little hot, a little sweaty and a little dirty – and to go off to the scattered villages, fabrieks and dealers? warehouses where we know these treasures are.

SONO BUDOYO MUSEUM – Located just north of Yogya?s Kraton, this should be compulsory viewing for anyone interested in Java?s rich artistic heritage. Originally founded by the Dutch Java Institute, and inaugurated by Sultan Hamengku Buwono VIII in 1938, it contains such varied masterpieces as an 18-carat gold Buddha unearthed in a rice field in 1956, two mystical gamelan, and Balinese Lontar. If you are an Orientalist, do go!

Paintings, Painters & More Shopping
PAINTINGS – Yogya is home to I.S.I, Indonesia?s finest art school, and a thriving community of artists. Two of Indonesia?s great masters, the late Pak Affandi and the late Pak Widayat, both hailed from and painted in Yogya.
The Affandi Museum in Yogya is well worth a visit, whilst Pak Widayat?s private Museum of Modern Art and its adjacent gallery, located a few minutes away from Amanjiwo, and is a surprising must.
Yogya?s Cemeti Gallery, and the famed Ardiyanto Gallery, regularly host exhibitions by both upcoming and established artists. If you are interested, we can easily arrange a private visit. Ardiyanto is, after all, well known as Central Java?s most enthusiastic and most loved party giver, as well as being its greatest Batik artist!

Dr.Oei’s Art Collection in Magelang
To the foreign visitor interested in the development of Contemporary Art in Indonesia, one of Indonesia?s best-kept art secrets is just half an hour?s drive away.
In the nearby town of Magelang, Dr. Oei, a retired medical doctor has built up what is arguably the best private collection of Contemporary Art in the country.
An art lover since his early days in Medical School, Dr.Oei has been collecting paintings and works of arts for many years. Having travelled abroad extensively, he has made it his job to pick up well known Indonesian art works that found their way to auction houses abroad, returning them to their country of origin.
His collection spans over a hundred years and covers the development of art from the beginning of last century up to the present day. One of his earliest pieces is by Rudolf Bonnet, the Dutch artist who lived in Bali at the beginning of the last century. Affandi and Hendra, two of Indonesia?s most internationally well-known, modern artists are well represented, as well as present day artists and the plastic arts.
Today, the nearby university town of Yogya has taken the lead in the development of Modern Art. Young artists from all over the country flock to its prestigious Art Institute, many branching out and opening studio?s of their own. Dr. Oei actively supports and promotes these young artists.
After personally guiding visitors around his collection, he always takes time to sit and chat with his guests, sharing his ideas about the future trend of Modern Art in Indonesia.

The Rhythm of the Dance
Occasionally, we hear word that a local village is hosting a Jatilan. We will inform you, and urge you not to miss this occasion.
The Jatilan is the traditional horse trance-dance of Central Java.
These animistic rituals are far removed from the refined aristocratic dances of the Sultan?s Kraton. They are a side of Java that very few Westerners experience and can be both disturbing and revealing.
This dance dates back to the 15th century. Its form is influenced by the history of Java?s ancient kingdoms, and by the worship of ancestral spirits.
The dance is based on the folklore of Boyolali, a small village in the Kingdom of Pajang. Five centuries ago, the Pajang dynasty was faced with the rising power of Islam that threatened its kingdom. Many of its citizens had begun to adopt the new religion and the resulting conflict was Civil War.
Father took up arms against son, brother battled against brother. In the guise of the masks worn in the battle, they were able to break the binding ties of family, and to follow their beliefs to the ultimate sacrifice of death. These warriors summoned the spirits of legendary heroes, fabled horses, god-like monkeys and tigers to enter their masks and to provide them with supernatural protection.
In memory of those past times the Jatilan dancers, wearing masks or riding plaited bamboo hobbyhorses, move to the rhythm of the drums and gamelan, and by evoking the battles of the past, beg the spirits to enter their bodies and souls.
A Dukun, or Holy Man, controls the ritual. He chants the spells that beseech the spirits to possess the dancers. These often become as frenzied and as wild as the animals that occupy their bodies.
The Dukun is able to master the spirits, and later drive them out of the bodies of those in trance, often using the very masks by which they entered.
The Jatilan has now virtually disappeared from Java, and can only be found in remote villages. Amanjiwo, as a cultural resort, believes that trance still has a vital role to play in Kampung life and, thanks to your support, does all it can to ensure its continued existence.

Aman Bali and Beyond example activities
Aman Bali Experience activities examples(only valid Bali properties)

Amankila
- Morning Cruise on Aman XII
- Amankila Massage
- East Bali trek / cycle tour / tour
Amandari
- Amandari massage
- Ayung River trek / Campuhan trek / Rice terrace trek
- Cycling from Amandari to Ubud
- Guided tour of a local market
- Private Balinese dance class
- Afternoon tea at Sunset Point
Amanusa
- Balinese massage
- Beach bale breakfast
- Uluwatu temple tour
- Souffle cooking class
Amanjiwo
- Borobodur intellectual tour with guide after 6am
- Javanese massage
- Sunset martinis in the rice fields
- Hike to Menoreh Hills
- Meditation in Mendut temple
- Village tour by Andong
Amanwana
- Waterfall Excursion
- one hours massage
- Dive on Amanwana Sea wall