As the festive season approaches, there is no better time to relax and celebrate with loved ones. During this special season, Aman resorts in Indonesia have created tranquil, uplifting, and rejuvenating experiences for guests to welcome in the new year. The five properties offer a unique journey of discovery around the country’s spectacular archipelago. From the jungle setting of Bali to the hidden paradise shores of Moyo Island, Indonesia’s newest National Park, there is no better place to celebrate the festive season.
Inspired by solar and lunar rituals, the festive calendars at each Aman property in Indonesia are curated to honour beloved local holiday traditions such as diverse and ancient music as well as dance performances. New experiences are also introduced as guests prepare to welcome the new year such as forest bathing. As part of Aman’s commitment to respect the nature and culture of where the resorts are located, starting this year, Aman Indonesia is eliminating fireworks displays from the festive itinerary.
Overlooking the ancient Buddhist sanctuary of Borobudur, Amanjiwo is imbued with a similar peaceful ambiance, an idyllic setting in which to welcome the new year. This year, anthropologist Patrick Vanhoebrouck will be in residence, offering informative lectures and acting as a personal guide to the region’s many ancient temples.
Celebrate the festive season by embarking on a seven-hour Journey Through Java train experience, from Jakarta to Yogyakarta, through spectacular scenery accompanied by Patrick Vanhoebrouck, on 24th December. With meals on the journey prepared by Amanjiwo, the Aman experience begins from the moment of arrival.
Christmas Eve celebrations at Amanjiwo will begin in the Rotunda Bar with afternoon tea accompanied by a string quartet playing carols, followed by a feast prepared by Amanjiwo’s Executive Chef, Chef Reza. The four- course dinner will feature a dramatic Javanese Mask Dance.
On the final day of 2022, experience a guided Ruwatan Javanese purification ritual beside the Progo River. Following this reflective ritual, as the sun glimmers higher on the horizon, tuck into a delicious picnic breakfast set up lesehan-style with bamboo mats, pillows and low tables for lounging. New Year’s Eve will take guests on a cultural journey, with a full programme of traditional dance performances accompanied by a five-course feast. The countdown to midnight will see everyone toasting Borobudur – glimmering on the horizon like a peaceful talisman for the year ahead.
Fringed by rice paddies with spectacular views of the Ayung Valley, Amandari is the ideal setting for a serene and secluded end-of-year escape. This festive season, Amandari will donate educational and practical gifts to children living in Kesayan Ikang Papa Orphanage. Guests are encouraged to bring joy into these children’s lives by placing their own gifts inside the boxes available at the reception. At this time of the year, when reflection and thankfulness go hand in hand with reaching out to those less fortunate, Amandari is pleased to be able to give back to the local communities.