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.
A sanctuary within the hilltop haven that is Amandayan, the Aman Spa is housed in wooden pavilions around a 20-metre heated swimming pool. Offering extensive hydrotherapy and fitness facilities as well as serene treatment rooms, the Spa’s menu draws on the wisdom of local healing traditions and China’s cornucopia of medicinal herbs.
Adopting TCM’s holistic approach to personal wellbeing, the Spa’s therapies range from seasonal baths and scrubs using local ingredients, to traditional Chinese foot reflexology and Tui Na. The latter is a form of massage that works to relax the body and restore the flow of Qi, or life force, by focusing on certain acupressure points to increase circulation and boost the body’s self-healing capabilities.
Heated bamboo is used as an extension of the therapist’s hands in the flowing Bamboo Aromatherapy Massage, while the anti-inflammatory Herbal Compress Massage uses prai root, ginger, turmeric and lemongrass to improve circulation and soothe muscles. Seasonal Spa Journeys are also offered, tailored to meet individual needs.
On a wooden deck surrounded by trees, practice this ancient Chinese wellness art guided by an experienced Tai Chi master. The slow graceful movements focus the mind in a kind of moving meditation, and the holding of postures drawn from martial arts strengthens muscles and increases stamina. Tai Chi is considered an Intangible Cultural Heritage of China by Unesco.
Relax alone or as a couple in a circular wooden soaking tub with a personalised infusion of flower petals, tea leaves and other botanicals. Following a steam bath, seasonally guided treatments provide a deep sense of peace, enhanced by a rain shower and steam room.
The studio is a serene space in which to enjoy guided yoga and meditation sessions, also possible in tranquil outdoor settings. All levels are catered for, with hatha, ashtanga and yin yoga offered, as well as various methods of Buddhist, Tao and Hindu meditation.