AmanjiwoPhoto: Amanresorts


The Borobudur Buddhist temple – an architectural marvel and UNESCO World Heritage Site – provides the backdrop to this hotel nestled in the limestone Menoreh Hills. What we loved Watching geckos dart across the lobby’s ceiling as we sipped a ginger beer made on-site. (We even got the recipe.) If you only have one night At sunset, soak up the sounds of the neighbouring village’s adhan (call to prayer) from your private terrace. Bonus Ask Mark Swinton, the Canadian ex-pat who runs the hotel, to arrange a dinner in the home of Pak Bilal, a nearby resident. If you’re lucky, he’ll take you to a jatilan (Javanese dance) session.

Jalan Salaman, Mungkid, Borobudur, 62-293-788-3333