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.
Set in serene gardens around a 20-metre heated swimming pool, the expansive Aman Spa is housed in five gracious pavilions screened by bamboo groves, tea bushes and magnolia trees. Guests are welcomed into the Reflexology House, beyond which lie the Bath House, the Fitness Centre, the Finishing Salon and the Treatment House.
Taking a holistic approach to personal wellbeing, the Spa’s therapies range from seasonal baths and scrubs using local ingredients, to traditional Chinese foot reflexology, acupressure massage and moxibustion. The latter involves the heating of herbal moxa and their placement close to the skin to increase blood circulation and the flow of Qi – the TCM term for life energy.
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, bringing optimum health and calming the mind. Master Lei Ming offers private Tai Chi sessions in the tranquil studio or surrounded by nature.
Heated bamboo from the groves shielding the Spa is used as an extension of the therapist’s hands in the flowing Bamboo Massage. One of many treatments using local flora, the rolling and kneading of the bamboo is combined with an aromatherapy massage to infuse warmth and relax muscles.
Situated close to YongFu Temple, 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.
The Outdoor swimming pool will be closed from 1 November 2022 to 20 April 2023 due to the low temperature. Apologies for any inconvenience may cause.
Relax alone or as a couple in a circular wooden soaking tub in one of the Bath House’s three treatment rooms 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 the rain shower and steam room.