Amanjiwo (peaceful soul) overlooks Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist sanctuary, in the rural heartland of Central Java, providing the opportunity for immersion in Javanese culture, offering trips to ceremonies, temples and antique shops.


Resting within a natural amphitheatre, Amanjiwo Áman Resort, which means peaceful soul, is one of Indonesia’s most enriching and elegant places at which to lodge. Hundreds of archaeological monuments are in its vicinity, including UNESCO world heritage site Borobudur, a Buddhist sanctuary, all enclosed in a lush tropical landscape. Graced with Limestone walls, the resort features 36 suites and offers a breathtaking view of the Menoreh Hills with no less than four volcanoes on the horizon; bringing to mind the Vedantic principle of atma jiva (the evolutionary journey of one’s individual soul). The clean classic understated luxury here is complemented by a “nothing we can’t do for you” service ethos.

All suites are set within two graceful and sophisticated crescents, positioned around the central Rotunda. The pantheon-like circular architecture provides the optimal space for an oasis of luxury, with strategically placed pavilions that feature the sweeping views overlooking Borobudur.

The suites feature terrazzo flooring, high ceilings, domed roofs and sliding glass doors that open onto a garden terrace. All suites include a thatchedroof pavilion with a daybed for outdoor lounging and dining.

This dream like hotel itself is worth a visit even disregarding the location, but its role as a base in the heart of the arts centre of Indonesia provides guests with an a uniquely cultural and deeply-felt emotional experience.

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