Aman Launches Indonesian Train Journey

A new itinerary allows guests to travel in style between Jakarta and Amanjiwo, the brand’s acclaimed Central Javanese outpost.

Overlooking Central Java’s Kedu Plain from the upper levels of Borobudur temple. (Photo: Aman)

Socially distant overland trips are all the rage these days, and hotel operators around the world are taking notice. Aman has teamed up with local railway operator Kereta Api Pariwisata to launch a luxury train trip as part of its brand-new Journey Through Java itinerary, with the inaugural journey set to take place on December 10 this year.

Guests will depart from Central Jakarta’s Gambir station, where they can make use of an exclusive lounge before boarding the train and settling into the comfort of its dedicated luxury carriages; an Aman breakfast and lunch will be served on board. The scenic seven-hour ride takes in the fertile coastal plains of West Java—the most productive rice-growing region in all of Indonesia—along with the volcanic scenery of Central Java province. Amanjiwo’s resident anthropologist, Patrick Vanhoebrouck, will be on hand to explain the history and cultural highlights of the region. Passengers will also be treated to champagne and afternoon tea before arriving at Yogyakarta Tugu station for a 60-minute private transfer to Amanjiwo.

The main pool at Amanjiwo. (Photo: Aman)

The Journey Through Java package includes three nights at the all-suite Amanjiwo resort, which was designed by the late and great architect Ed Tuttle as an homage to the nearby UNESCO-listed temple of Borobudur, situated just two kilometers away. Guests who book the itinerary will also enjoy daily breakfast and their choice of either a Makan Malam degustation dinner served in the grand colonial-style restaurant, a private picnic on the banks of the Progo River, or martinis at sunset while taking in vistas of the Menoreh Hills.

Journey Through Java will run from December 10–13 and December 24–27, 2020, and then be offered twice a month on selected dates throughout 2021. The package encompasses a luxury return train journey between Jakarta Gambir and Yogyakarta Tugu stations, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea, as well as alcoholic drinks, not to mention a three-night stay at Amanjiwo with daily breakfast, one special culinary experience, and private return transfers to/from Yogyakarta.

More information here.

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