18th November 2020 – The cultural heartland of Indonesia, Java is studded with ancient treasures engulfed by pea-green paddy fields and rainforests lined with 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 launching on selected dates from 10December 2020.
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, 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 36 thatched-roofed 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 three-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 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 a private transfer departs to Yogyakarta Tugu station. Spend the return trip to Jakarta reflecting on the discoveries made, cherishing memories of an exceptional Aman journey.
The Journey Through Java is available from 10-13 December and 24-27 December, continuing twice monthly on selected dates throughout 2021. The journey includes a luxury return train journey from Jakarta Gambir to Yogyakarta Tugu station inclusive of breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea and alcoholic beverages alongside a three-night stay at Amanjiwo with daily breakfast, private return transfers and one culinary experience included.
Aman was founded in 1988 with the vision of building a collection of intimate retreats with the unassuming, warm hospitality of a gracious private home. The first, Amanpuri (place of peace) in Phuket, Thailand, introduced the concept and, since then, Aman has grown to encompass 33 exquisitely serene hotels and resorts in 20 destinations across the world, with a further eight under construction. The next Aman to open will be Aman New York. The introduction of Aman Skincare in 2018 and SVA in 2020 has continued the holistic journey beyond the perimeters of Aman’s havens. Offering a soothing journey to a place of beautifully scented repose and respite, Aman Skincare represents the spirit of Aman in a bottle. Meanwhile, SVA’s range of all-natural food supplements allow Aman guests to maintain optimum health, supporting one’s wellness journey from the comfort of their own home.
In 2020, Aman welcomed a new hotel brand, Janu – meaning ‘soul’ in Sanskrit. Janu offers a unique take on hospitality where genuine human interaction, playful expression and social wellness are at the core of the experience. Janu aims to bring balance to the head and heart and rekindle the soul. Janu launches with three forthcoming hotels which are already under construction: Montenegro (2022), Al Ula in Saudi Arabia (2022) and Tokyo (2022), as well as a robust pipeline of future hotels. Janu Montenegro will be the first hotel to incorporate the brands serviced residence concept, enabling guests to wholly embrace the Janu lifestyle.