The cultural heartland of Indonesia, Java is studded with ancient treasures engulfed by pea-green paddy fields and mountain peaks, accompanied by pristine white beaches. The capital of Jakarta buzzes with modern dynamism while elsewhere, overlooking the UNESCO-protected site of the Borobudur temple, Amanjiwo awaits, named ‘Peaceful Soul’ for the serenity, privacy and beauty of its setting. Experience the many facets of the island – from city to sanctuary – with a new Aman journey; a train voyage through Java to Amanjiwo in partnership with luxury rail operators, PT Kereta Api Pariwista.
With dedicated carriages adorned in the Aman-style, the journey is designed to offer timeless elegance in the utmost comfort. Taking guests across Java, the once-in-a-lifetime experience begins in Jakarta Gambir station, where the bustle of the vibrant city soon becomes a distant memory. After a warm Javanese welcome into the station’s exclusive lounge, embark on a panoramic seven-hour journey through Central Java where temples turn to tree-lined hillsides and striking mountain landscapes, with a new story appearing around every corner.
Travel in style, with an exquisite Aman breakfast and lunch served on board, surrounded by the opulence of one’s private carriage. Learn along the way, accompanied by Amanjiwo’s resident anthropologist, Patrick Vanhoebrouck, who shares the region’s historic and cultural highlights. Sip on a crisp glass of champagne with afternoon tea before reaching Yogyakarta Tugu station feeling refreshed, where a 60-minute private transfer to Amanjiwo awaits.
Perfectly placed for further exploration of the region, the Ed Tuttle-designed resort offers panoramic views of the Kedu Plain and Mount Merapi on the horizon. Reclaimed from the jungle in the 19th century, Amanjiwo’s 31 Borobudur inspired suites lie in two perfect crescents below the central rotunda – most with individual swimming pools opening onto private, tranquil gardens. The resort’s restaurant, bar and terraces all foster serenity, overlooking a ring of volcanoes, while stone steps descend in tiers to a magnificent swimming pool. Dedicated to holistic wellness, Amanjiwo offers a spa menu informed by traditional Javanese healing, while a fully equipped gym suite, tennis court and private yoga sessions help guests to find peace from within.
With two-nights to experience this inspiring location, guests are able to fully-immerse themselves in Amanjiwo’s sacred roots, continuing their journey through Java. Just two-kilometres away, the temple of Borobudur – a 9th-century marvel with 504 life-size Buddha statues – reveals ancient secrets, while trekking through the lush surrounding landscapes to local villages unearths an entirely new way of life.
Throughout their time at Amanjiwo, each guest will receive daily breakfast and one special Amanjiwo experience. Choose from number of experiences including a traditional Makan Malam degustation dinner served in the grand colonial restaurant, a private Aman picnic on the banks of the Progo river or enjoy sunset martinis overlooking dramatic vistas of the Menorah Hills – an idyllic opportunity to reconnect with loved ones in this magical place. On the final morning, wake early, taking in the colours of sunrise before departing, cherishing memories of an exceptional Aman journey.
The Journey Through Java is available from 24-26 September, 16-18 October, 13-15 November and 25-27 December, with further dates for 2022 yet to come.
Also, for a minimum of eight guests, the journey is also available on a private charter basis, allowing groups of friends or family to travel to Amanjiwo in the safety and security of their own private carriage. The journey includes a luxury one-way train journey from Jakarta Gambir to Yogyakarta Tugu station inclusive of breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea and alcoholic beverages alongside a two-night stay at Amanjiwo with daily breakfast, a private transfer and one experience included.