I stayed at the Amanjiwo with my husband and toddler son for the Easter holiday for 4 days and 3 nights. It was an incredible experience. The service was absolutely impeccable, property and location were gorgeous, food options were terrific and activities were so well planned. I thought this was a really great combination of a relaxing but also cultural holiday.
- The property is gorgeous. The resort appears massive but there are really only 34 villas, so it feels incredibly private and intimate. The resort overlooks Borobudur directly. We had a pool villa which was not huge but was sizeable. The pool was also a good size. Again, not huge but also not just a glorified bath tub.
- Nice villas. The resort was built in 1997 but clearly hsa been maintained meticulously. Our villa had a sizeable outdoor bahtub, 2 sinks, a large bed and indoor shower.
- With the exception of one hiccup (which I mention below), service was impeccable. Phones picked up immediately, requests tended to immediately and just terrific attitude from everyone at the hotel. I only mentioned that we would be travelling with my toddler son and when we checked in, we found that they had made up a child bed especially for my son, without my specific request. We thought this was a very nice touch.
- Food options turned out to be great! I was concerned because basically there is only one restaurant at the hotel + the poolside restaurant so I thought there would not be many options. We ended up doing the in-villa BBQ one night, which was so nice. Food was great but they also came and decorated our villa and had a gamelan player during dinner. The highlight was the dinner at a local home owned by Pak Bilai's family who has owned the house for 3 generations. That was an incredibly special and unique experience.
- Borobudor is a great cultural destination and Jogyakarta is a lovely place to visit. There was not so much to do that we felt overwhelmed, meaning that we had a great balance of doing culutural things but also just relaxing in the hotel. Additionally, I think Borobudur is still kind of under the radar so even during the "busy Easter weekend", the tourist attractions did not feel too crowded
- We booked a Cultural Heritage package which included 3 activities. We chose the Sunset Cocktail, carriage ride / tour through a nearby village and tour of Borobudur. All were terrific and planned perfectly. The sunset cocktail was really special with the hotel setting up a table just for us in the middle of the rice paddy and a bartender/server hosting just us at sunset. The village tour was very fun and educational as well and the locals were so warm and inviting. The tour of Borobudur was with our own English speaking guide and was definitely worth the time and short trek.
- The kids club was pretty average. There were a few planned activities but not much else.
- It’s expensive, the room rate, food, everything – but you definitely get what you pay for here.
- Airport transfer could have been better arranged. I had received an email when I made the booking that ground transport to and from the airport was included in our rate and that I should send our flight details to the hotel. I assumed that this meant that all I had to do was reply to the email since there were no other instructions. Apparently not. I had replied to the main firstname.lastname@example.org email to which I received no reply or acknowledgement of my email despite the 2 emails I sent. By the way, this is the email that is on the Aman webpage to email to if you want to make a reservation so I’m surprised my email was not replied to at all. After no reply, I called the hotel 3 days before our check in date to ask what was going on and they said they never received my email. Most other hotels regardless of whether or not transport is included in the room rate will send an email asking you if you require ground transport. I received no such proactive correspondence.
Tips: You don’t really need to spend more than 3-4 days max here. We had pool villa 27, which directly faces the rice paddies. We were told this villa has one of the best views but we were there when the rice had just been harvested so the paddies were a little ugly at the time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amanjiwo (peaceful soul) overlooks Borobudur, the world's largest Buddhist sanctuary, in the rural heartland of Central Java. Located in one of the most scenic parts of the country, the Menoreh Hills rise up behind and no less than four volcanoes grace the horizon. Amanjiwo provides the opportunity for immersion in Javanese culture, offering trips to ceremonies, temples and antique shops. Private dawn and sunset visits to Borobudur and other archeological monuments in the vicinity are the highlight of a stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amanjiwo Hotel Yogyakarta
- Amanjiwo Resort Yogyakarta