Situated close to bustling Ubud, yet framed by greenery, including valley jungle and rice terraces, Amandari is defined by its architecture, with the layout of the 30 spacious free-standing suites inspired by a traditional village. Meandering pathways and stone walls add to the village ambience as does the private entrances and surrounding walls that give the illusion of small houses.
The resort’s grounds are considered both sacred and essential to nearby families, with children attending dance classes here, and the occasional religious procession passing through the verdant grounds to the 127 stone steps, that lead down to the Ayung River, the longest in Bali.
Suites are open plan, with staggeringly high ceilings, and sliding doors that open to different aspects and facilities depending on room type, from a small tropical garden to a lush infinity pool and large outdoor entertaining areas.
The all-day, open-air Restaurant serves both Indonesian and western cuisines, using locally grown and raised ingredients as much as possible. Despite being the only restaurant at the resort there is a lot of flexibility, with locations to suit the mood. A light bite by the pool as you enjoy the sunshine, a full breakfast in the comfort of your suite, a picnic in a secluded spot with green views, a romantic candle-lit dinner with a bespoke menu by the pool or on the traditional Bale, or take in the expansive vista from the comfort of the elevated restaurant itself.
I am a fan of a memento, one that transports you immediately back to a place, and Amandari provides this in a tasteful Aman way. There are colourful silky sarongs in woven carry bags in-room for guests to use during their stay that they can also take home.
Waking up to the sound of roosters may not sound like a highlight, but this natural alarm is the perfect wake-up call for early morning yoga and meditation, or for simply admiring the misty mornings that have a touch of magical energy as you deeply breathe in the fresh, clean air.
30 free-standing suites situated on winding paths and surrounded by traditional paras-stone walls. Each suite is accessed by a traditional Balinese stone gateway, leading to private courtyard gardens with tropical foliage. All feature outdoor living spaces and sunken marble baths. There is also the three-bedroom Amandari Villa, tucked into rice terraces less than a minute’s drive from the resort.
Depending on season, starting online rate US$730 per night.
WHAT WE LOVE
- The property’s authentic village design, done in an Aman luxury way, made us think of being on a film set as we strolled along, adding to a sense of escapism.
- The private, and powerful, water blessing ceremony at a secluded 11th century temple with a Balinese priestess (of which there are not many), organised by the hotel.
- The selection of healthy options on the breakfast menu ensured a delicious, guilt-free start to the day. The restaurant’s terrace also has wonderful green views of the valley.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
There are no TVs (unless requested) but there is a library with an interesting selection of art and culture books, magazines and games.
May not suit everyone. Not for the traveller looking for the newest or latest Ubud experience. We have been told that a complete refurbishment is planned to begin at the end of the year.
Amandari celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with a series of special events, including art exhibitions, moonlight treks, dance performances, food festivals and painting classes, all designed to immerse guests in the artistic side of Bali. There will also be an instagram competition, with the capturer of best image winning a three-night stay.
A 32-metre infinity pool that still impresses some 30 years later. The green-tiled pool blends seamlessly with the kaleidoscopeof green views that captivate and it is easy to become lost in a relaxing day dream. It is also the setting of stunning sunsets and striking an instagram pose.
The spa provides traditional massages, sauna and steam, and there is also daily yoga and tennis. As part of the 30th anniversary celebrations Amandari will offer guests a series of complimentary 30-minute wellness activities, including a silent walk to the river, and meditation sessions within the gardens.
Or mindfully admire the bounty of nature and take a guided walk through rice fields and lush surrounds, with walks tailored to suit all fitness and challenge levels.
Check out Amandari’s upcoming 3-Night Shamanic Retreat taking place from September 14-16.
TRAVEL IN STYLE
Texture and movement in this mountain setting calls for tailored linen and sensuous silk.
WHEN YOU SHOULD GO
Anytime, although the resort recommends June through September, with highest humidity from November through March.
Jl. Raya Kedewatan
+62 361 975333