A hidden jewel at Java’s centre Amanjiwo rests in the shadows of the largest Buddhist temple complex in the world, Borobudur, which reopens to visitors from 1 March 2023.
Amandari is the original Balinese sanctuary, the first to honour the rich culture and village life of the Island of the Gods to become an icon of design the world over.
Amanpuri had come into being on Phuket’s west coast in 1988, quietly introducing the Asian boutique hotel concept to the world. Seeking a new destination for a second intimate, culturally resonant retreat, Aman immediately saw the genius in Peter’s vision.
Spoilt for choice, a breathtaking site atop the untouched Ayung River Gorge was chosen for its lush serenity, unparalleled views and sacred connection to Kedewatan Village nearby. Peter completed the resort’s design in just eight days, and a year later in 1989, Amandari opened as the very first of its kind.
Every detail of Amandari reflected – and still reflects – a traditional Balinese village, from the alang alang-thatched rooftops of the freestanding suites to the emerald curve of the rice paddy-inspired swimming pool – the first infinity pool in Bali.
Features such as hand-woven fans, kamasan tapestries, coconut wood pillars and complimentary temple sarongs had never before been personally experienced by visitors to Bali. They’ve been endlessly replicated ever since.
Bali's complex and endlessly renewing culture offers new experiences from morning to evening - from temple ceremonies and gamelan performances, to village festivals and palace theatre. Discover the unique lives of the Balinese, their Hindu rituals and unique craftsmanship through tours or comprehensive activities from Amandari, offering guests the unrivalled access to the island's captivating soul.