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Amanjiwo
Borobudur, Java

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Amanjiwo is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Aman Resorts in Asia.

Resting in the rural heartland of still relatively untouched Central Java, Amanjiwo is surrounded by extraordinary cultural, physical and spiritual beauty. 

The main building, designed by Aman’s top architect Ed Tuttle, houses Amanjiwo’s grand entrance; a show stopping structure which is almost as unforgettable as its neighbour, the colossal 9th century Buddhist temple of Borobudur. From here, a flight of steps leads up to the Rotunda Bar, the stately colonnaded Dining Room and the Terrace, all of which offer incredible views of the luscious Kedu Plain, and the iconic sacred Buddhist site beyond. The 40-metre Romanesque amphitheatre style pool, built from coral-beige locally hon limestone blocks, also offers breath taking views over the surrounding lush, green countryside of rice paddies and banyan trees. 

The thirty-four well-appointed suites are laid out in two deep crescent formations, bordered with high limestone walls and draped with beautiful spider lilies. These curve into stone walkways which connect the Suites with the Pool Club and main building. All the rooms come with four-pillared beds, outdoor sunken bathtubs, hand carved furniture, exotic Javanese textiles and antique glass paintings. Sliding glass doors open out onto garden terraces, and 15 of the suites have private swimming pools. 

The property is framed by the dramatic Menoreh Hills which offer great hiking opportunities, and the nature walks are ideal for families. There are also two tennis courts located at the foot of the hills, yoga and a gym. A climb into the hills shows off excellent views of this exceptional hotel.

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