Designed by noted architect, Ed Tuttle, Amankila is comprised of 34 free-standing suites, nine with private pools, that are spaciously set on the tropical hillside property. All have appealing views (ocean and garden) and all are raised on stilts with alang-alang thatching. Feeling more like a one-bedroom house, than a hotel suite – definitely part of the appeal. Each suite also has a living area with day bed, a large bathroom with deep tub, lots of natural light, and an outdoor terrace.
The semi-covered terrace is a favored spot, perfect for a morning coffee as the sun rises, a healthy lunch with sea views, a sunset cocktail, through to an in-room massage.
While it is easy to spend the majority of time cocooned in privacy, there is also two charming restaurants, the beach club, and a bar that has fabulous views of the sunset.
Follow a set of stairs from the pool area, and the meandering, rain-forest like path that leads from them, to discover the incredibly private beach club. There is a sensational pool, surrounded by mature trees with access to the private beach beyond. There are also hammocks, a yoga pavilion, and extensive verdant grounds. Walking around it solo it felt like stumbling upon a hidden natural treasure. A great place to relax, meditate and generally get away from it all. There are plans to turn the beach club into a spa, although there is no firm timeline for this yet.
Laughing Yoga is popular here. Set just back from the beach, with shade from coconut trees, the yoga pavilion is a picturesque setting to experience this unique yoga practice suitable for all levels and ages. You will never look at your thumbs the same way again.
Spa treatments are often enjoyed in-room, either inside the suite or on the terrace with sounds of nature providing a harmonious soundtrack.
Rates start at US$730 per night for a Garden Suite and go up to HK$1,230 for a Pool Suite.
WHAT WE LOVE
- The setting – vast and lush grounds, with bursts of floral color, combined with the sparkling blue ocean, is instantly relaxing. Amankila means “peaceful hill”.
Spending time onboard the 50-meter jukung-style outrigger, Aman XII, which caters lunch. Spend the day snorkeling and diving, or watching the sunset.
The intuitive staff. Many of the staff at Amankila have worked there for many years and there truly is a sense of a family taking care of one another, in a five-star luxury way.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
It is over an hour from the airport, so opt for the Amankila pick-up which includes refreshments, snacks and Wi-Fi. Helicopter arrival is also an option.
To enhance the digital detox, suites do not come with a TV, unless requested.
The 34 free-standing villas, with their traditional Balinese alang alang roof thatching, cling to the cliff and offer magnificent vistas.
Water, water, water everywhere. Guests have multiple options for a swim at Amankila. There is the much instagrammed, rice-paddy inspired, three-tier infinity pool with breathtaking water views; the secluded beach club pool; and the private beach, which is gorgeous at sunrise.
TRAVEL IN STYLE
Casual, understated elegance during the day, with a touch of evening sparkle for sunset cocktails before dinner.
WHEN YOU SHOULD GO
Anytime…while there is a rainy season (November-April) it can go from sun to rain back to sun quickly.
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