Im sitting here on our last morning of our stay at Life in Amed. We are having breakfast in the dining area even though we could have it in the villa. I do find the living area in the villa a little hot in the morning sun. We got up early this morning and saw the sun rise over Lombok with all the small fishing boats in the back drop. It was a lovely sight.
The Perfumed Garden is the large and impressive Villa on offer at Life in Amed. It consists of 3 bedrooms; 2 downstairs and 1 upstairs. All are large and have king size beds with A/c and bathrooms and are nicely decorated. You also have a large living area and kitchen and dining table that seats about 10. Your outlook is to a grassy knoll with palm trees then out to the beach, fishing boats and then the water. The water is very audible particularly at high tide. As you look from the villa outwards and to the right there is a great pool exclusively for your use. The pool is salt water and very clean and can be seen from the villa. If you are traveling with little ones who cannot swim, my suggestion is to either bring a life jacket from home OR as we did head to the big department store Carefours and buy a little suit with built in buoyancy. This will set you back about 450,000 IDR. or AUD$45.00 - best money we could have spent. I cannot begin to tell you how quickly little ones get to the pool and want to get in without waiting for you..... No pool in Bali has the regulations for fences that Australia does and your diligence is paramount.
I thought this place was great but please note that you are in a village and fisherman are right next to your villa. They start early, so if you dont want your sleep disrupted i would suggest a pair of ear plugs (standard part of my travel kit). I also want to talk about traveling with children - our party is 4 adults and 2 children (nearly 3 and 7) so having a 3 bedroom villa is great but you need to be aware of how this works!! The children had the upstairs bedroom. The bed was too high for the 3 year old, so they brought in a spare mattress for her. When the adults went to bed the parents locked the door so the children couldnt get out. Although this may sound terrible, the safety (pool) and security of your children is paramount. The 7 year old was able to be heard banging on the door or wall that would alert the adults if there was a problem we needed to deal with. We had this exact same situation in Seminyak, with the locking of the door. You just cannot risk little people around a pool. Here at Life in Amed you will need your insect repellent for the evenings. It's not too bad but you will need some protection. The staff are great; very friendly and helpful. Our special thanks to Susie, Ketut for her baby sitting on 2 occasions and to Wayan for hiring us his scooter. Amed is a region - a bit like Amalfi on the Amalfi Coast. A scooter is a great way to get around and see "Life in Amed" and we plan to do a bit more looking around over the next couple of days before we leave for the North/West. Many of the local restaurants offer a free transport system which is fantastic. I feel this is a great place to stay and our stay of 4 nights was just perfect. Happy travels.