|Clockwise from top L: Borobudur suite, Bale overlooking the fields, outdoor bath, bedroom|
I celebrated my birthday at the end of July with a very special treat from my husband - a trip to Jogjakarta to visit Borobudur and stay at Amanjiwo. What a fantastic two days and two nights at the resort and went around both Jogjakarta and Borobudur.
We left Bali very early on a Sunday and arrived in Jogjakarta after a 55-minute flight. As soon as we were picked up at the airport, we went straight to visit two temples the smaller Buddhist temple - Candi (temple) Plaosan, and the UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, Prambanan (more on that later).
|Scenes from Amanjiwo (clockwise top from top L): |
fruit platter, paints and a palette, our room key, the lily pond at the entrance, petals by the reception, a glass painting
After a very cultural morning, we went to the Hyatt hotel for a leisurely and much needed breakfast before meeting up with a driver who would then take us for a bit of retail therapy to two shops recommended by a friend - one for stingray bags and accessories and another for handmade batik. Unfortunately, the stingray shop didn't have much on display at that moment so I settled for a shagreen-lined wooden tray and a black shagreen wallet. We were luckier at the batik store though and came away with several reasonably-priced cotton batik fabrics which we will have made into cushion covers, place mats and coasters.
|Afternoon tea ceremony at Amanjjiwo's bar|
That evening we had a simple dinner at the restaurant - nasi goreng for me and the lamb with hummus and pita for A and turned in early in anticipation of our 4:00 a.m. wake-up call for the sunrise at Borobudur.