Amanjiwo on Java

By Paul Kastin
This item appears on page 47 of the April 2016 issue.

It was way back in 1999 when my wife, son and I stayed in central Java, Indonesia, at the resort Amanjiwo (, the best Aman property we have ever visited and one of the best splurges for the money that we’ve ever experienced (room rates now run $847-$3,872). 

As arranged by the property, one morning we left at 4 a.m., riding elephantback toward Borobudur, the 9th-century Buddhist temple that looks like a wedding cake. We arrived in time to see the sunrise with Borobudur as a backdrop. It was unbelievable!


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