Yogyakarta Luxury Tour
- 4 Days
- Depart Denpasar on Garuda Airlines flight #GA253 in business class at 15:15 and arrive in Yogyakarta at 15:30 (1 hour 15 minutes, -1 hour time difference).
- Drive from Yogyakarta to Amanjiwo (1 hour).
- Check into Amanjiwo.
Relax with a spa treatment in the privacy of your suite. Experience a therapeutic, traditional massage executed with deep strokes, or an exfoliation treatment using white turmeric and honey, blended with rice grain.This luxurious body polishing treatment was once reserved for a Javanese princess preparing for her wedding day.
- Sip cocktails at the Bar, a circular salon with columns and drop fans, a coconut-wood bar and acid-etched bronze-drum tables.
- Have dinner at Amanjiwo. The Restaurant serves a combination of Indonesian and Western dishes in an elegant dining room with views of rice fields, Borobudur and volcanoes in the distance.
Hotel: Amanjiwo, two Borobudur Suites (Borobudur)
- Have breakfast at your hotel.You will be picked up at 10:00.
- Drive 1.5 hours to Ambarawa train station, which has a museum detailing Java’s railway system. There are carriages still in operation from the Dutch colonial era, and locomotives from this time are displayed at the museum.
- Go to Losari Coffee Plantation Resort & Spa, which is close by the train station.
- Have lunch at Losari at Java Red, which offers two menus, one focused on Mediterranean fusion cuisine and the other filled with the resort’s brand of Indonesian nouvelle fare. A second dining option is Java Green, located on a veranda overlooking the pool, which has a healthy menu featuring ingredients from Losari’s organic gardens.
- Take a short, guided hike through the gorgeous coffee and spice plantation that the property is built on for a first-hand look and taste of some of Indonesia’s prime exports.
- Return to Amanjiwo in the late afternoon (1.5 hours).
- At around 18:00, drive to Borobudur for a sunset viewing of the temple. You will pass through small, picturesque villages and be driven on the way back as it is a rather steep uphill climb.
- Return to Amanjiwo.
- Have dinner in the privacy of your suite tonight.
- Have breakfast at your hotel
- You will be picked up at 10:00. Visit the Danar Hadi Batik Museum, which includes a workshop and a gallery exhibiting pieces from the 10,000-batik-strong private collection of H. Santosa Doellah, one of the art form’s strongest supporters. Although this art form is found in other parts of Asia and Africa, Batiks are a particularly intense source of national pride in Indonesia, and the museum holds one of the finest collections in the world.
- Have lunch at a casual, local restaurant.
- After lunch, drive for one hour to visit Prambanan, one of the finest Hindu temple sites in the world and the largest complex of Hindu temples in Central Java.
While you are in the area, there are a number of other temples that we recommend you visit in addition to the Loro Jonggrang temples, but you will likely not have time to visit them all this Afternoon. Here are some of the choices: Candi Plaosan, Candi Sewu, Candi Sari or Candi Kalsan.
- Drive back to Amanjiwo (1 hour).
We have arranged for you to have sunset cocktails in a private location in Amanjiwo’s rice fields. Here you will be served Amanjiwo’s signature cocktail, the soursop martini. From your table, you will be able to watch the sky change colour as the sun sets and see Mount Merapi smoking in the distance, a lavish way to end another perfect day on Java.
- Have a private dinner served to you in Amanjiwo’s Gubuk Sawah, which in Javanese means “small house in the rice fields.” Nestled in a plantation, this rustic bale offers a unique village-style dinner. Relaxing and traditional, Gubuk Sawah offers a glimpse into rural Java, with spectacular views of Mt. Merapi, weather permitting.
- Rise early to check out
- Leave Amanjiwo at 05:30 for the one-hour drive to Yogyakarta airport.
- Enjoy a packed breakfast prepared by Amanjiwo.
- Depart Yogyakarta for flight to next destination.
VIP assistance: Our staff or representative will meet you at the end of the jetway and escort you to the gate of your connecting flight.
Yogyakarta is in the island of Java, the world’s 13th largest island and home to 60% of Indonesia’s population. The capital, Jakarta, is also located on Java, though Yogyakarta is less hectic and is more rooted in classic Javanese culture. Traditional arts such as making, puppet shows, and gamelan music, which features a variety of instruments including xylophones, drums, gongs and bamboo flutes, are celebrated here, as is contemporary art. Yogyakarta has a thriving art scene, and it is home to independent film communities, musicians, as well as performance and visual artists.
Though it is the largest Buddhist monument in the world, the 9th-century Borobudur was nearly subsumed by the jungle after the people of Java abandoned Buddhism in favour of Islam in the
15th century. In the 19th century it was uncovered by British and Dutch colonial leaders and restored to its former glory through a series of excavations and renovations that lasted up until 1973. Since that time it has reclaimed its place as the central Buddhist temple in Indonesia, and is arguably the country’s most famous site and a UNESCO World Heritage-protected monument.
Situated on a hill between two volcanic peaks, the temple was built as a large square stupa, reflecting Buddhism’s sacred cosmology. Nearly two million cubic feet of stone were used to build its
Nine ascending terraces — the lower six of which are square and the top three, round — 72 small stupas, over 504 sculptures of the Buddha and nearly 3,000 basrelief carvings.
Prambanan, one of the finest Hindu temple sites in the world and the largest complex of Hindu temples in Central Java. This UNESCO site was built in the 10th century and has three main temples in the primary area (known as the Loro Jonggrang complex), namely Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva temples, which all face the east and have accompanying temples facing the west as well: Nandini for Shiva, Angsa for Brahma, and Garuda for Vishnu. In addition to depicting Hindu deities, there are also bas reliefs of the Ramayana, an epic tale of Hindu teachings told through the life story of Prince Rama. This iconic, ancient story was composed around 750-800 BC and passed down through oral tradition.
Candi Plaosan — This temple is in Bugisan village, which is about two miles from Prambanan.
As such, it receives fewer visitors and parts remain in ruins, but it is well worth the extra time it takes to get here; it is usually reached on foot from Prambanan. Hindu and Buddhist symbols are featured here in three main complexes: Plaosan Lor (Plaosan North), the smaller Plaosan Kidul (Plaosan South), and the central complex.There is evidence that each area was once walled off from one another; today those walls are mostly piles of rubble. In terms of lines of defense, what remains are giant, menacing-looking dwarpala statues, or temple guardians, one at each complex on bended knee, holding a snake in one hand and a club in the other.
Candi Sewu — Located a short walk from Candi Plaosan and less than a mile away from Candi Shiva in Loro Jonggrang, the “Thousand Temples” of Candi Sewu, is actually about 250 temples but is magnificent nonetheless.There is a main temple surrounded by four rows of “guard” temples.The main temple is the most interesting; the bronze statues that once stood inside are now gone, but the fine niches that held them are remarkable for their resemblance to Islamic architectural motifs.
Candi Sari — Similar to Candi Plaosan in construction, Candi Sari is a short distance away from Candi Kalsan. It is believed that the main temple used to be surrounded by smaller stupas, but these are gone today perhaps due to the fact that local villagers used it as a quarry for centuries. The remaining temple was most likely a dormitory for Buddhist priests, with Boddhisatva and Tara (the female Boddhisatva) imagery carved beside the windows of the six rooms built on two floors.
Candi Kalasan — Renovated during latter Dutch colonial times in 1929, the eight-sided Candi Kalasan is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the area. It was dedicated to Tara in AD 778, yet it is likely that this Sanskrit inscription referred to an earlier structure built on the same spot. Unfortunately, like many temples in the area and Asia in general, its former opulence is lost now as its bronze statues have been plundered and the shimmering plaster that once surrounded it is mostly gone, but the fine carving of a kala, or a jawless monster, above the entrance is quite fine and has stood the test of time and thieves.
- Tailor Made Program
- Flexible Departure Date
- Private Trip