From Amanjiwo’s entrance, five steps lead to the Bar, a circular salon with columns and drop fans, a coconut-wood bar and acid-etched bronze-drum tables. The Restaurant, with its silver-leaf ceiling, is defined by a double row of stone columns and looks out onto the crescent-shaped Terrace featuring black terrazzo tables and silver-painted rattan chairs with batik cushions. At either end of the Restaurant, gold-painted murals recreate scenes from the Hindu Mahabharata epic, but the view over rice fields to Borobudur and its surrounding volcanoes takes centre stage. Indonesian and Western cuisines are served in these dining venues, but the specialty of the house is Makan Malam, a series of classic Javanese dishes served in traditional brass bowls.
The view from the Terrace is particularly arresting at dawn and dusk. Borobudur is directly ahead of the resort, and just beyond the great Buddhist temple is the rounded hill of Tidar. Considered the geographical centre of the island, Tidar is known in legend as the very head of the nail that holds Java to the earth. Four volcanoes back this mystic hill: Mount Sumbing in the northwest is the tallest at 3,371 metres, a perfect cone of a volcano falling to foothills and all but hiding Mount Sindoro; in the northeast, sleeping Mount Merbabu peeks through the clouds while Mount Merapi looms on the eastern horizon..
The Library is large and light-filled, with daybeds for two at either end. Books on Indonesia are available in several languages, including Japanese and German. A variety of CDs, tapes and games are also on offer. The Library is a venue for occasional lectures at which leading Indonesian experts speak on issues ranging from temple preservation to Javanese art and culture. Both high-speed and wireless connections are available for Internet access.
A wide variety of Javanese clothing and textiles (including exquisite hand-woven, hand-dyed and hand-painted silk scarves and shawls) are available for purchase in the Boutique. Also featured are gamelan instruments, shadow puppets, old ceremonial baskets, jewellery and other Javanese crafts and antiques including the loro blonyo figures. These painted statues in bridal attire depict the deity Dewi Sri and her male companion Raden Sadono. Statues of this classic couple can be found in most Javanese homes.
Regular exhibitions featuring the works of renowned artists and photographers are held in the Art Room. Guests are also welcome to join Amanjiwo’s informal artist-in-residence for a morning of charcoal sketching in the countryside surrounding the resort. For those inspired by the views from Amanjiwo, a box of watercolours is provided in each suite.
A range of Javanese and traditional beauty treatments including facials, massages and cream baths are available at Amanjiwo, some of which incorporate the ancient holistic jamu method of healing. Treatments can be enjoyed in the privacy of guest suites or in the specially-designed spa suite which features twin massage tables and an outdoor bale for relaxing afterwards with spicy ginger tea. The two-hour Mandi Lulur, the traditional preparation of a Javanese princess on the eve of her wedding, is a complete pampering experience. The masculine version of Mandi Lulur is also available.
swimming pool and pool club
Surrounded by rice paddies and banyan trees, the resort’s 40-metre infinity swimming pool is lined with green tiles. Overlooked by sun loungers and umbrellas, it lies adjacent to the Pool Club, a raised and colonnaded semicircular deck where breakfast, light lunches, drinks and snacks are served.
Amanjiwo’s gym suite offers treadmills, cross trainers and other fitness equipment. Personal training can be arranged.
A tennis court is tucked into the Menoreh Hills behind the resort. A thatched-roof bale is ideal for enjoying refreshments.
Wireless broadband connections are available in all resort accommodations and public areas.