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.
Spread across two subterranean levels, the tranquil Aman Spa is a sanctuary for body and mind. In the nine double treatment rooms, therapies that draw on Imperial traditions range from gemstone massages and scrubs to moxibustion and reflexology. Separate male and female changing areas incorporate steam and sauna rooms, Jacuzzis and cold plunge pools.
Taking a holistic approach to wellbeing, TCM aims to prevent illness by addressing every individual’s unique patterns of disharmony – the areas of imbalance that could lead to ill health. Treatments are tailored to restore personal equilibrium, balancing yin and yang to ensure that Qi, the body’s life force, flows freely through the 12 meridians or energy pathway in the body.
A traditional Asian therapy, the spa’s Hot Poultice Massage eases muscle tension and stimulates circulation making it the perfect treatment in the colder months. Offering feelings of warmth, it combines a gentle body massage with the healing touch of a poultice of herbs and spices, steamed and used to add a relieving pressure to even the tensest of muscles.
Considered both a martial art and a moving meditation, Tai Chi developed in China over 800 years ago. The slow, rhythmic and graceful movements allow Qi to circulate around the body, encouraging optimum health and calming the mind. Join a Tai Chi master for a private Tai Chi session in a tranquil courtyard or within the Summer Palace grounds.
Surrounded by an aura of mystery, singing bowls from the Himalayas are known for their vibrational healing powers and meditative benefits. Resonating throughout the body, their stable, high frequency vibrations calm the body and mind.