Amanjiwo (peaceful soul) rests in the rural heartland of Central Java. The resort is located within a natural amphitheatre, with the limestone Menoreh Hills rising gently behind, the Kedu Plain in front and four volcanoes (Sumbing and Sundoro to the west, Merbabu and Merapi to the east) on the horizon. Amanjiwo looks out onto the 9th-century Buddhist sanctuary of Borobudur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Several villages are within walking distance of the resort.
The heart of Amanjiwo is a sweeping circular monolith crafted of paras yogya, a type of limestone found in the Yogyakarta area. Amanjiwo’s remarkable position is obvious from the moment of arrival. The view runs like an arrow through Amanjiwo’s entrance and the stone corridor that neatly cleaves the resort, up the steps to the soaring, bell-shaped rotunda, down to the Restaurant, outside to the Terrace, past fields of rice and vegetables and on in a direct line to Borobudur itself. Amanjiwo’s major design motif of circles, squares and crescents pays homage to Borobudur and to Central Java’s centuries-old temple architectural traditions.