Amanjiwo in Magelang, Indonesia
Amanjiwo, enveloped by the rainforest of central Java, is set within a natural amphitheater – where the Menoreh Hills rise up nearby and the farmlands of the Kedu Plain spread below steep volcanoes on the horizon. Overlooking the world's largest Buddhist monument, Borobudur, this majestic 9th century UNESCO World Heritage site is perfect for personal reflection. Set in two graceful crescents, the 36 Suites feature sunken bathtubs and thatched-roof bale pavilions, and open onto private gardens. The Spa, with its outdoor relaxation bale, is home to treatments informed by Javanese healing and beauty rituals handed down through generations. Tennis courts overlook the Menoreh Hills, and yoga is practised both at the gym and outdoors. The 40-metre swimming pool, surrounded by loungers and parasols, offers respite amid rice paddies and banyan trees.
Amanjiwo’s garden and nearby farms supply most of the ingredients used by the chef in a range of Javanese and Indonesian specialities – including a Makan Malam degustation dinner menu, updated daily. Nearby time-weathered Hindu temples on the Dieng Plateau date from the 7th and 8th centuries, and the ancient complex of Prambanan boasts towering Hindu temples dotted across the plain. Java’s dramatic landscape is ideal for trekking, whether up the steep flanks of Mt Merapi or into the lush Menoreh Hills, replete with villages, clove plantations and rice fields.
Location of Amanjiwo
Nearest Airport: JOG, SOC
Amenities for Amanjiwo
- General Information
- 36 Guest Rooms
- On-Site Amenities
- Beauty Salon
- Spa Services
- Tennis Court
- Cultural Tours
- Historic Sites
- Culture & Arts
- Honeymoons & Romance
- Spa & Wellness
Reviews for Amanjiwo
Amanjiwo has always been a must-visit for me and I was really glad that I managed to make it a reality for myself and my family in Oct. we booked for two garden suites; and got one of the suites upgraded to the Borobudur Suite. As I booked via Mr and Mrs Smith (highly recommend this) we managed to enjoy a complimentary massage. The massage was at one of their suites (converted to spa room) and it was one of the best Javanese massage I have ever had. The suite was extremely spacious, comfortable and clean - there is no TV but was no an issue for me. WiFi has good connection. The Garden looks out to the padi fields and the view was very relaxing. The turnover service was immaculate and everything replenished diligently. The nightly gifts were a nice touch too. Oh! And the complimentary crackers were so yummy - we finished them every night. :-) Thereâ€™s complimentary breakfast to our stay and we could pick whatever we wanted from an ala carte menu. The food is decent - as there were not a lot of options around the hotel, we ate our dinner within the premises too. Itâ€™s a lot more pricey than local prices; and the food was ok. As for the activities - I took the Borobudur sunrise tour (I recommend this!), silent meditation at a traditional temple (it was a very humbling experience), as well as the picnic by Progo River. Everything was consistently well planned out and well executed. The pool area is also especially relaxing - it is almost never crowded and you could enjoy lots of solitude time. There is also a complimentary airport transfer that comes with every booking and the crackers offered in the limousine were absolutely delicious! The driver we had during our stay could converse very well in English and delivered excellent service. The only thing that I wished could be improved would be the water pressure of the showers and somehow, I canâ€™t seem to be able to control the temperature of the water. :( Amanjiwo is a must-visit - especially for travelers who want to take a break from the busy Corporate life.
yannyp2015 - Singapore, Singapore
Spent 3 nights in Oct with family and overall it was a great experience. Architecture is amazing and services was excellent. We did not encounter any issues with communication as some reviews mentioned and it was flawlessly coordinated. However, as many comments mentioned, the food was not up to standard at all. Tip - just go for the local food options, which they can make really good. All international dishes and desserts were disappointing.
I was just at Amanjiwo during the last week of Sept with several friends. It was our 1st visit to Java, and also our 1st time with Aman hotels. Amanjiwo certainly lived up to our expectations: 1) location wise, it was phenomenal as it was so close to Borobudor, which also adds to the view at the hotel. 2)Food wise: everything was delicious, and the afternoon tea is to die for! Ibu Ngatiyah is such an amazing woman, her herbal and traditional snacks are divine! 3)Staff: The staff at Amanjiwo are all amazing! Warm welcomes, totally attentive (but without the feeling of being pushy), every drink is memorized on how you like it, every meal was carefully split between me and my friends. Rooms are magically all cleaned everytime you step out of the room...such high level of attention! Michel is a fantastic leader at the hotel, because of the experience at Amanjiwo, it has convinced me to choose Aman on my future stays. Thank you Amanjiwo Team.
Foster C - Hong Kong, China
This was our first time in Java and first time staying at an Aman property and we will definitely consider exploring another Aman property in the future. From the thoughtfully decorated rooms and handwritten note, to the beautiful property and pool, we loved all the details. From the moment we arrived and were warmly greeted, we immediately noticed the attentive staff. Susi then accompanied us for our room orientation. The food at the resort was delicious, whether it was a quick bite by the pool or the buffet dinner.
We have now stayed in two amans- amankila and this hotel. The dinner was not edible. I ordered chicken sate. There was easily a cup of peanut sauce covering 6 sate. The rice cubes were bland. No veggies. Too bad they don't have the chef from amankila. The menu is limited. No attention was given to the fact I left most of the food on the plate. They hotel is quite majestic. Quiet and peaceful. Little English is understood. I'd say they need a personal assistant or someone to look after you as it is very difficult to communicate with anyone. For instance, we are leaving at 4am the next day. Could they pack a breakfast to go? No one to ask. A hotel of this standard and price should look after you and anticipate every need. Could we prepare a meal more to your liking? Needs more attention to detail.
ada395 - Santa Monica, California