My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights in late April during a two week tour of central Java and Bali. This place does live up to it's billing for comfort, splendor, and architectural brilliance. It also makes possible almost unrivaled access to the Borobudur archeological site given the scarcity of competing hotels in the vicinity. We very much enjoyed everything about our stay, but I will single out just a couple of items rather then repeating what has been well described by others. The design of the hotel and grounds was indeed stunning, but as lap swimmers, we were particularly enthralled by the pool. The design of this area, mirroring the temple motif, was really spectacular. And since it was 40 meters long we were in swimmers nirvana. We also really enjoyed the gift shop where we purchased a number of items, ranging from clothing, to some beautiful jewelry, and a vintage Javanese travel poster. All of these things were fairly priced, I thought, given the setting in this luxury hotel. This was all fairly straightforward, with one interesting and noteworthy exception. We were also interested in a pair of 19th century silver Sumatran bracelets which were mounted for display, but we couldn't make up our minds and left without making the purchase. After arriving at our next stop in Bali we decided that we might have made a mistake and decided to contact Suzi, our salesperson in the Amanjiwo gift shop. She really went well beyond the call of duty by arranging to have the bracelets hand carried by a staff person at the hotel, who was flying to Bali the next day to visit one of their sister properties. After arriving she had the items driven to our hotel by their driver. I really doubt that most places would go this far out of the way to make a sale on an item that was there on consignment, or to provide this level of customer service. We were impressed by this, as well as grateful, to Suzi and the rest of the staff at Amanjiwo for the quality of service, and for the genuine warmth with which it was offered. If you can afford to stay here, you shouldn't hesitate to do so.
- 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