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Amanjiwo Resorts
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Borobudur
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

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.

Room Tip: "if you can afford it, book a room with a view of the temple."
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

It's curious to me to reading some of the negative reviews on here about Amanjiwo. Some may be unfamiliar with the Aman concept (very few would expect to immerse themselves in a culture by watching television in their rooms). Some maybe just a bit spoiled and over-demanding, by the sound of it. But, suffice it to say that the positive reviews overshadow the negative views by a significant margin, so it is in the spirit of that, that I give a hearty thumbs up to Amanjiwo.

We were met at the airport by Amanjiwo representatives, who took us to an executive lounge holding area while they retrieved our luggage. Cool towels, and fresh libations were offered prior to a significant drive to the facility. Upon checkin, one could immediately note the fantastic architecture. Set high on the Menoreh Hills, the first views are breathless and lead your line of vision directly to Borobudur, one of the world's largest sanctuary. One feels like one of the Buddhist statues must inside of the stupa looking through the walls of Amanjiwo. Many of the architectural elements and lines of Borobudur have been incorporated to this facility. The volcanic ash roof is unassuming and allows it to be tucked away neatly into the hillside while minimizing its imprint.

Aside from being structurally appealing, I found the manager, Mark, to be quite nice and affable. He was very pleasant and talked to us about the history of the facility, suggested a nice walking trek for us, and where we might take some great photos.

I found the breakfasts and dinners to be on par with the other Aman facilities in Indonesia. In fact, the chicken curry soup was outstanding...I couldn't get enough of it. I also liked their ginger beer welcome drink quite a bit and ordered it several times when at the pool or at dinner. The morning buffet offered excellent pastries and plates of neatly cut fresh, native fruits, and the morning menu offered selections of Western and Eastern cuisine.

The rooms were very large. We had an infinity pool suite that was delightful, although, not completely private, as one could walk through the front entry way without passing through the suite to access the pool area. The vistas from the pool area and the room were very nice. At night, the pool created an amazing tapestry for the fresh bouquet of orange flowers that sat on one of the sitting area tables. There was a Bose sound system playing local music upon arrival and incense was burning. There was ample place for hanging clothes and luggage storage, double vanities, and large shower and tub. Although unused, our tub appeared clean and in good order.

The main pool was long, narrow and dramatic. The colonnade and adjacent poolside restaurant offered an interesting architectural reminder of the main building where reception is located. There are lots of stairs throughout the property, and I never felt as though there were "lots of people" around, despite the fact that the facility was near capacity.

I had a very positive experience here. Although here for only a short time, I found service, and room quality to be on par with other Aman facilities. In addition, there is a gym facility on the property, despite assertions in other comments that there is not.

Room Tip: The pool suite is very nice and offers great views of the rest of the property, Borobudur, and valle...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

One of my favourites. Location in rice paddies. Beautiful pool. Amazing amazing, did I mention the amazing food. Gave my kids cooking classes. We still remember the elephant trip to and from borabadour. Don't miss out on the excursions to the local villages and rice noodle factory, it sounds like nothing but it was memorable. What Aman does best is on full show here. We added about a week to our stay. Naughty us wanted a TV, and they put one in the room!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

We stayed at the Aman Jiwo for three nights from the 8th-11th August. Initially booked into a Garden suite but upon arrival were upgraded two notches to a Garden Pool Suite (number 4). The pick up at the airport was seamless and the staff were all amazing. Special thanks to Deni who accompanied us on our excursions. His local knowledge and easy going nature made the trips totally worthwhile. Mark the manager was also on hand and seemed to appear out of nowhere to ensure that our needs were being taken care of and to give us some tips on the area and the history. He even gave us the recipe for the fantastic homemade ginger beer at the hotel!

We took three exusrsions during our stay. The first was a guided cycle tour around some of the local villages and art dealers. Deni took us to a pottery in the middle of nowhere and two great off the beaten track art galleries where we were welcomed by the owner into their houses to see the artwork. This then lead onto a Tofu maker and you have to try it along with a fresh Javanese Chilli. The highlight was the lunch picnic on the cliffs overlooking the meeting of two local rivers. Magical experience and the food as ever was perfect. The cycle back after the tour was uphill and the hotel would have arranged a car to pick us up but we took the more fun route of struggling back up the hill by pedal power.

We then took an afternoon guided tour of the monument. This is a must do as the guide was fantastic and told us more about the reliefs and the story of buddha than any book could do in such a short time.


The third trip was a sunset tour to Borobudur and a picnic breakfast at Dagi hill afterwards. This was fantastic and again we had Deni escorting us. He let us wander around freely and answered any questions we had for him. The breakfast on the hill was incredible as we saw the mist in the valley and views of volcanoes around us. The preying mantis that came to join us on the seat was a welcome visitor. Armed with bug spray we escaped with just a couple of mosquito bites each. We even got to feed some elephants that some other guests had arranged to travel up the hill on.

Now the bad part....
The resort is 16 or 17 years old. It is spotlessly clean and the facilities are great but the rooms are starting to show their age. Lightswitches not working properly or not attached to the wall properly for example. The sink kept blocking and then the plug snapped. There was also no complimentary tea or coffee in the room and when paying US$1000+ a night that should be there. Room service was slow and we ended up carrying our own luggage for checkout as despite calling reception twice, nobody came to collect the bags. A lot of the cushions on the terrace seating were worn away and fraying.
The spa was just a normal suite with the bed removed and two massage tables put in there instead. The sarong I was given to wear also was ripped with a large hole in it. The massages were fantastic but it wasnt a real spa experience.

You are clearly paying a premium for the amazing location and we would consider returning but please Aman, if you read this review give the rooms a modernise!

Room Tip: Go for the garden pool suite. Totally private. We had #4
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

We've stayed at quite a few Amans over the years, and Amanjiwo just might be our favorate Aman of them all.

The property is stunning and full of character, there are plenty of things to see and do, and service is right up there with the best of the Bali Amans.

Everything from the airport transportation to dining to our activities were flawlessly executed, and all done with a wide smile. Everything we asked for was tended to promptly and in a friendly but professional manner. When we requested a specific dish for lunch, they delivered in spades - and they were all delicious. Our guide was just engaging enough to be interesting but discreet enough to stay out of our way when it was OUR time. Our room was refreshed each and every time we stepped out... even for a quick dip in the pool or for a snack in the dining area.

The architecture itself is fabulous. Amanjiwo drew inspiration from nearby Borobudur Temple, but it has its own identity and charm. Given that it's over a decade and a half old with nary a single refurbishment to the property, you would think it's overdue for an update.. far from it. It's stood the test of time, and it's still as fresh, modern and clean as any new property that I've stayed at. And the rooms - very spacious, bright and functional. We stayed at a Borobudur Pool Suite, which gave us great views of Borobudur itself as well as the surrounding countryside and mountains.

Activities wise, dinner at Pak Bilal's is an experience not to be missed. Prambanan Temple is a worthy detour (it's best to do it on the way from or to Yogyakarta Airport, given its proximity). A tour of the surrounding village on an "Andong" (i.e. horse cart) is a wonderful way to soak in the atmosphere as well as get an up close and personal look at the daily lives of the people in this part of Java. The definite highlight, of course, is a early morning visit to Borobudur to catch the sunrise there; what a majestic experience and one not to be missed!

Amanjiwo has better service and soul than Amantaka, more cultural activities than Amanusa and Amanpulo, and the service is on par with Amanpulo, Amanpuri and Amankila. In other words, it has an unbeatable combination of everything someone looks for in a high-end resort that is far away from home.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Amanjiwo Resorts

Address: Ds. Majaksingi, Borobudur, Magelang 56553, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Java > Central Java > Magelang > Borobudur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Borobudur
#2 Romantic Hotel in Borobudur
#3 Spa Hotel in Borobudur
Price Range: ₹ 41,989 - ₹ 72,704 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Amanjiwo Resorts 5*
Number of rooms: 36
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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Amanjiwo Hotel Yogyakarta
Amanjiwo Resort Yogyakarta

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