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Amanjiwo

Top 10 Romantic Spas in the World

Amanjiwo in Indonesia overlooks the world's oldest Buddhist sanctuary

Amanjiwo
Majaksingi, Borobudur, Indonesia
+293-788-333, 800-477-9180
www.amanresorts.com/amanjiwo

Amanjiwo is a quiet hideaway whose name means "peaceful soul." And you'd be hard-pressed to find a more peaceful paradise — the resort overlooks Borobudur, the world's oldest Buddhist sanctuary, and lies in the heart of Central Java with idyllic views of volcanoes and the Kedu Plain. Inside its sloping limestone structure, touches of the local culture influence its library, art gallery and even the dishes served at the stone-columned restaurant. The spa treatments, too, are Javanese, and feature a traditional Pijat deep massage and soothing two-hour herbal beauty package catered to couples looking to luxuriate. Women enjoy a pampering polishing treatment fit for a Javanese princess made from white turmeric, honey and rice grain, while guys get to indulge in a skin-smoothing blend of black rice and coffee, topped off with a warm herbal bath.

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