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    News bites – 20 August 2021

    Aman launches a journey through Java

    Amanjiwo bales and rice fields. Image courtesy Amanjiwo

    Pea-green paddy fields, mountain peaks and pristine white beaches will be unlocked in a cloud of luxury by the new Aman experience, A journey through Java. Dedicated train carriages organised by luxury rail operators PT Kereta Api Pariwista will take you through Java from Jakarta through to Central Java with landscapes of temples blending into tree lined hillsides and mountain vistas.

    Main swimming pool Amanjiwo. Image courtesy Amanjiwo

    Travel in style, with an exquisite Aman breakfast and lunch served on board, surrounded by the opulence of one’s private carriage. Learn along the way, accompanied by Amanjiwo’s resident anthropologist, Patrick Vanhoebrouck, who shares the region’s historic and cultural highlights. Sip on a crisp glass of champagne with afternoon tea before reaching Yogyakarta Tugu station feeling refreshed, where a 60-minute private transfer to Amanjiwo awaits.

    Borobudur at Sunrise. Image courtesy Amanjiwo

    Amanjiwo’s 31 Borobudur inspired suites lie in two perfect crescents below the central rotunda – most with individual swimming pools opening onto private gardens. The resort’s restaurant, bar and terraces all foster serenity, overlooking a ring of volcanoes, while stone steps descend in tiers to a magnificent swimming pool. Dedicated to holistic wellness, Amanjiwo offers a spa menu informed by traditional Javanese healing, while a fully equipped gym suite, tennis court and private yoga sessions help guests to find peace from within.

    Amanjiwo Indonesia Rice fields Selegriyo. Image courtesy Amanjiwo

    This journey includes two-nights to experience this inspiring location. Close by is the temple of Borobudur – a 9th-century marvel with 504 life-size Buddha statues which guests can explore. Included in this journey is one experience of your choice which could be a traditional Makan Malam degustation dinner served in the grand colonial restaurant, a private Aman picnic on the banks of the Progo river or sunset martinis overlooking the Menorah Hills.

    Although Australians may not be able to enjoy the dates this year, there will be further dates announced for 2022. Also, for a minimum of eight guests, the journey is also available on a private charter basis, allowing groups of friends or family to travel to Amanjiwo in the safety and security of their own private carriage. The journey includes a luxury one-way train journey from Jakarta Gambir to Yogyakarta Tugu station inclusive of breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea and alcoholic beverages alongside a two-night stay at Amanjiwo with daily breakfast, a private transfer and one experience included.

    New South Australian Luxury Lodge Sequoia opens in Mount Lofty Estate in Adelaide Hills

    Sequoia Mount Lofty. Image courtesy of Sequoia

    Sequoia is one of only two luxury lodges to open in a decade and the first in Australia within an hour of an international airport.

    The $18 million intimate luxury lodge located in the grounds of Mount Lofty Estate in Adelaide Hills officially opened its doors on the 18th of August 2021.

    Sequoia sits on the side of Mount Lofty, high above the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills, a region currently being considered for UNESCO World Heritage status. The lodge offers fourteen luxury sustainably-designed suites boasting panoramic views over the valley, an intimate lounge centred, natural artesian spring-fed stone hot pools, an infinity pool, new day spa and valley rim campfire amphitheatre.

    Led by a team of Experience Hosts, a range of activities themed around the pillars of Food and Wine, Wellness, Nature and History will take guests on a journey of learning and self-discovery.

    During their stay, guests will be invited to choose from a curated collection of experiences that celebrate South Australian stories – many not available to the general public. From tasting the abundant local produce and fine-dining cuisine, wellness and rejuvenation to guided nature walks through the bush home of the world’s largest surviving koala population, star gazing, private helicopter tours and intimate tastings with some of Australia’s leading vintners – guests will feature centre stage in the region’s iconic attractions.

    Many of South Australia’s strongest luxury brands, including R.M. Williams, Jurlique and the country’s most celebrated wine-makers – think Penfolds, Henschke, and Torbreck – contrasted with exciting and boutique vineyards like Yelland and Papps or Bekkers, taking guests behind the scenes on an intimate journey of discovery.

    Sequoia Mount Lofty Adelaide Hills. Image courtesy of Sequoia

    The 75 square metre open-plan suites boast 180 degree views of the patchwork Piccadilly Valley below from every part of the suite. The rooms feature sunken lounges complete with stone fireplaces, king-size beds with moon windows, expansive balconies with outdoor daybeds, a hidden television, elevated free-standing bathtubs, switch-glass privacy windows and heated floors.

    The décor at Sequoia includes a collection of artisanal pieces and amenities such as Nick Mount glass, JamFactory ceramics, Jurlique products, Hahndorf Soap and OrganiQ bath salts.

    Sequoia guests will have exclusive access to the natural artesian spring-fed stone hot pools, infinity pool, campfire amphitheatre and lodge grounds. The semi-private hot pools along the valley rim, unique to Sequoia and the first in Australia, allow guests to soak up the healing minerals of the estate’s natural springs. The spring water is also bottled and available to guests.

    One of the highlight amenities located on the estate is the Gatekeeper’s Day Spa.

    Transforming one of the estate’s original cottages the beautifully appointed spa overlooks the stunning Adelaide Hills with three treatment spaces, including two double rooms, and a private post-treatment landscaped garden. The spa offers a range of relaxing rituals, rejuvenating experiences and beauty treatments.

    Also located on the grounds of the estate is the three-hatted Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, one of Australia’s most acclaimed fine-dining restaurants with a la carte and degustation menus, along with the Arthur Waterhouse Cocktail Lounge and Champagne Bar, offering some of South Australia’s finest wines, spirits and craft beers. Dining options for lodge guests also include private dining on their balconies, elevated regional dining in the Sequoia lounge and regular private events like the lodge’s seven-course Taittinger Champagne dinner later this month.

    Sequoia is named after the three giant Californian Redwood trees planted by the original owner, Arthur Hardy, that remain on the property. Landscape artist David Tonkin has created a native garden with pathways lined by tall fescue lawns, bottlebrush, banksia, grevillea and African lilies.

    The Adelaide Hills is located just 15 minutes from Adelaide’ city centre and 30 minutes from the airport. Known for its spectacular rolling hills and quality local wine and produce, the Adelaide Hills region is one of Australia’s most popular city-escape destinations.

    Sequoia can be booked for private use to create an entirely exclusive experience.

    For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book an incredible holiday, contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager.

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