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A wonder in itself, Amanjiwo is constructed from paras yogya, the local limestone. The 35 suites are linked by stone walkways to the 'Romanesque' amphitheatre-style pool and the central building. They have domed roofs of volcanic ash and feature pillared beds on terrazzo platforms, hand carved furniture, exotic Javanese textiles and antique glass paintings. All have outdoor sunken bathtubs, private terraces and thatched roof pavilions with day beds, some have their own pools and others have panoramic views of Borobudur and Java's most sacred mountains - Merapi, Merbabu, Sumbing and Sundoro. For the ultimate in luxury, there is the Dalem Jiwo Suite, a secluded compound with two bedroom pavilions, entertainment rotunda, separate butler's quarters and a 15-metre Javanese stone swimming pool set into the surrounding rice fields.
The central building has a colonnaded dining room where the house speciality is a series of classic local selections known as Makan Malam, a wonderfully spacious library with day beds at either end, an art gallery and the rotunda bar. Two tennis courts can be found nestling into the Menorah Hills above the resort, or you may prefer to indulge yourself at the spa suite with a 2-hour Mandi Lulur, the traditional Javanese preparation of a princess on the eve of her wedding.
Amanjiwo is also the perfect base camp for the wondrous attractions of Central Java, a tropical paradise of mist-shrouded volcanoes, virgin rainforest and native villages. Vehicles, bicycles, horses, even elephants can be organised to take you on any number of fascinating excursions, and the box of watercolours that is thoughtfully provided in every suite will allow you to capture it all on canvas.