An hour from Yogyakarta, in the heart of rural Java in Indonesia, Amanjiwo, which translates to "peaceful soul" in the local language, fully honors its name.
If you land at Yogyakarta's airport ("Jogja” in short), and have a reservation at this exquisite Aman Resorts property, a luxury SUV will be waiting for you on the runway.
From the onset, everything about this hotel is inviting and warm, and the indulgent amenities on offer may even redefine what luxury means. Gorgeous, colorful sunsets are not the only thing to watch for on the horizon; the hotel is nestled in the Menorah Hills amidst a barrage of dormant volcanoes.
One of the best features of the resort is the private access to ceremonies, temples, and shops. But if you're looking for a more authentic experience as a local, there's countless exploration opportunities available in the vicinity, including archeological sities that date back thousands of years. One of my fondest memories during this stay was the extensive lively interactions with the locals, and hearing about urban legends about the locale.
If there's three words that could sum up my stay, they'd be: cultural, tranquil, and extravagant.