My wife and I had enjoyed our prior stays at Amankila and Amandari on Bali last year, and were not as happy at the more European-influenced Amanjena in Morocco earlier this year. We had a wonderful stay at this resort, however, and felt it was without question our best vacation ever. Sean, the GM here, organized many extras for us before we departed, and kept a personal interest in our adventures and plans. We had four special dinners during our week stay here, where we ate at a local home one night, with three cooks and waiters; one night at their special presidential suite, with flower petals everywhere, and private cooks and waiters; another night in the privacy of our suite, again with the presidential treatment; another night in a bale in the fields; and another poolside, again with lovely gamelan music, wonderful food and incomparable atmosphere.
Each dinner came to about what we would spend for a nice meal out in America, around $150.
The room was wonderful, spacious, super clean, with all of the amenities, bells and whistles that we expect from an Aman, and at these prices. However, despite the high cost, I always felt that I was getting my money's worth because of the incredible setting, the degree of luxury and service, and the chance to walk out the front door and be immersed in a culture that was so wonderful. We set out several times for long bike rides or walks through incredible local villages, where we felt like early explorers, and everyone greeted us with warmth, laughter or surprise at our interest in their lives.
The guides we used were super, and visited many areas around the area. If you want to see more, feel free to click on our link below, and check out the sights.
If you have the time and money, do not hesitate to set aside a week and stay at Amanjiwo.
- 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