Amanjiwo: Peaceful Soul
An ancient peaceful soul, entrenched deep into the earth’s core of Central Java, rises up through the misty volcanic terrain touching the elements of centuries past and present, leaving a tangible softness in its mystical wake. It is here, in the depths of the rural verdant countryside that Amanjiwo resides, facing the world’s largest Buddhist sanctuary, the 8th century Borobudur and the mystical hill, Tidar, believed to house the spirit and geographical centre of Java. Four whispering volcanoes rise dramatically in the distance surveying the resplendent circular limestone monolith, the tranquil heart of Amanjiwo, while the gentle Menoreh Hills rise directly behind.
Resting in the rural heartland of Central Java, Amanjiwo is surrounded by a plethora of extraordinary cultural, physical and spiritual beauty, embracing its good fortune with serene Yogya (local limestone) arms. The main structure of Amanjiwo, a circular limestone monolith, is centred by a soaring bell-shaped rotunda; the cool atmospheric entrance leads to the rotunda Bar and stately colonnaded Dining Room and Terrace, fronted with views to savour a life-time, that of the Kedu Plain and Borobudur; it is a rich visual feast staying at Amanjiwo, though being here impacts on all the senses.
Upon arrival at Amanjiwo, a heartfelt welcome is offered from local village girls, dressed in traditional sarongs, as they shower you with fresh scented rose petals; an uplifting warm and reverent spirit that lives with you throughout your stay and often beyond.
Outside, the ‘Romanesque’ amphitheatre-style pool, built by blocks of tactile Yogya limestone, reflects the cornucopia of foliage in its enchanting and inviting water, with views of the nearby jade green paddy fields and the empowering volcanic tips of Merapi and Merbabu. Amanjiwo is a discerning portal, proffering numerous paths for cultural pursuit: from a personalised tour by car to the solid back of a Sumatran elephant.
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