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“Isolated, lovely setting in the middle of a local working fishing village.” 5 of 5 stars
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Lean Village, Bunutan | Abang, Karangasem, Amed, Abang, Bali, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Amed
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Isolated, lovely setting in the middle of a local working fishing village.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2009

We had a wonderful week at Life in Amed, two adults and a 10 year old boy, and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a relaxed Balinese experience away from the rush and hassle of Kuta.

The hotel itself is very clean and well maintained with the most beautiful , well designed gardens for the space that they have, with many flowers. It is well set out, small villas facing the pool, the large villas facing the beach. Simple things pleased me like the repeated flower shape in the pebbles, The "Life in Amed" sarongs provided for by the pool, the zylophone's gentle tones occasionally through the day,the ylang ylang scent as we entered our villa.

Our villa was excellent, we had planned to upgrade to one of the larger villas, but on arrival found the smaller villa had plenty of room for us. The pool was actually bigger than expected - though still small, but big enough for our son to play in constantly (and for me to do small laps)! There are only fridges in the big villas, if you have anything that you need to keep cool you can keep it in the bar fridge - but there is not a lot of room. There are no tea and coffee making facilities, but there is room service and it is not expensive. The hot water is solar, and although it takes a few minutes to get to your room the showers were warm even in this, their "winter".

Do not expect abundant shopping, nightlife or absolute silence. Do expect, peacefulness, restfulness, good food, cleanliness and a glimpse of local life.

Life in Amed is in the middle of a fishing village (Lean), nestled in one of the small bays that make up Amed. There is a school nearby and it was delightful to see the children each morning. The food at Life in Amed's restaurant, and the restaurant up the hill (excellent views) is excellent (we never got sick), prices were good too – average $3-$5, unless choosing the specials eg. whole steamed Bali chicken (though this would stretch to 5 people with extra rice!).

The fishermen are up at 4.30 am which sets the dogs off, followed by the roosters. Reception will provide earplugs if you want them, but we quite enjoyed these sounds. Their wives do local massage which was excellent (about $8/9). They can do it by the pool or in your room. Alternately you can go to A-spa (free pickup and drop off- about 5 minutes away) which is more expensive, but where you can get the deluxe (foot massage and scrub, whole body scrub/massage, facial (fresh cucumber to finish, scented flower hot tub with tea!) for about $40. Note that they do not speak much English (or other languages), however hands and paper and pen go a long way, as does learning some Indonesian. During our stay, greeting locals with “Salamat pagi” gave us the gift of wonderful big smiles!

You can go fishing with the fishermen or get a lift to the wreck, but be aware that there is absolutely no safety equipment – they rely on each other for safety. My husband went fishing in the morning (about $20), caught nothing, but it was lovely to see the stars followed by the sunrise out at sea with all the wonderful traditional fishing boats.

We did a car tour. We loved the Water-palace , take your bathers for a swim there. When booking the vehicle ask for seatbelts in the back if you are fussy as not all cars have them.

A highlight was the bike tour with East Bali Bike Tours (eastbalibiketour@gmail.com) – from mountain to beach - only 2 months old! It did feel a bit expensive when we booked it, but I think it is cheaper than others around Bali and it was excellent (good value too when you think of 2 guides, two vehicles, transport, good bikes and helmets, lunch and a drink. Local food was pointed out and tasted as was places of interest. The easy route that we did resulted in the only sore muscles being those in my hands from pulling on the brakes! Again take your bathers as the last stop has a pool.

Overall a lovely holiday, and despite not usually returning somewhere that we have already been, there are still places we want to see in East Bali and things we want to do. We would stay at "Life" again.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2009

We spent three nights at 'Life' and loved the hotel. It's very professionally run with great rooms in private cottages with a mezzanine and outdoor bathrooms.

If you plan to go it may be best to check that there isn't a wedding in the vicinity as we were kept awake and pretty irritated by awful Indonesian house music day and night for two or three days. This is probably not the norm but, having said that, there were ear plugs provided in the room.

The hotel's restaurant is fine but not great but 'Sails' is just 15 minutes up the road with fantastic dishes on an infinity terrace overlooking the bay.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2009

Our group of parents, 2 kids and a grandma stayed in Life in Amed for 6 nights in June 2009, and it was a great holiday! We all slept in one cottage/villa. For the first 3 nights we had Ocean View Cottage, which is their smallest room type (the bigger ones were fully booked). For the last 3 nights we stayed in Paradiso Villa. Both were really, really nice: beautifully furnished and decorated as well as spotless clean. And you could really sense the Bali atmosphere in all the small details. We loved the "outdoor" bathrooms, too.
Paradiso is bigger than Ocean View, but I actually think that Ocean View is better value for money. After all, it was 60 dollars cheaper per night than Paradiso. We felt that Ocean View was roomy enough for us five, and it had a nice patio (Paradiso didn't really have one).

The resort garden and other premises are very well maintained. The place is just beautiful. Swimming pool is small but not too small, and, as everything else, it is pretty and clean. All members of the staff where extremely kind and helpful. They made some bookings for us (transportation, restaurant, dives etc.), and all our small questions and requests were dealt with quickly and friendly.

Accomodation price includes breakfast. Life in Amed has a breakfast menu with a couple of options from which you can choose every morning. Whatever you choose, your breakfast will be very light but relatively good (fruit salad, müsli and yogurt was our favorite). You can order some extras for an additional charge. We also had lunch and dinner at their restaurant several times. None of the dishes we tried were exceptionally great, but all of them were quite all right.

I also want to mention that when I made enquiries and reservations beforehand, all my emails and questions where answered very quickly, thouroughly and friendly. And when we had to prepare ourselves for some last minute changes because of one family member falling ill, our contact person in Life in Amed was really understanding and helpful. Also, while already staying in Life in Amed, we decided that it would be nice to spend our last night in Ubud instead of Amed. Life in Amed had no problem with this: we just changed our reservation and didn't have to pay for the night we didn't use. And their manager personally helped us find and choose a place to stay in Ubud.

The only negative thing I can say is that the locals are a bit too pushy as they try to sell their services (massage, fishing trips etc.). It's very hard to have a relaxing walk or rest on the beach, because people approach you all the time and keep insisting even though you tell them you are not interested in buying anything.
Also, the neighborhood dogs can be quite noisy at night, so do bring your earplugs if you are a light sleeper!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2009

This is the type of place you don't want to leave. It is peaceful and exemplary of what Bali's village life is like. Here you get pampered, treated like family while enjoying a yet discovered piece of Bali. The bungalows are perfect especially if you are a couple traveling with 1 or 2 children. The bathrooms have a beautiful outdoor shower. The pool is quaint but since there are only about 8 bungalows there aren't that many people to crowd in it at one time. The food is amazing. The village of Lean is adorable and the people truly lovely. The woman that owns this hotel and her staff are all so friendly and welcoming you feel you are in your own home. In fact, I'd consider living there. In the morning you can wake up and go out the the beach to watch what we called "the festival of color" that dots the ocean as the fishermen's sails come in with the daily catch.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2009

Having never been to Amed on 4 previous trips to Bali, we thought it about time.
After booking for 4 days, we stayed for 10.
The people of Lean and the staff of Life in Amed made this our best experience yet.
The property has 3 styles of accommodation, and we ended up having evenings in all 3.
All accommodate 4 people comfortably. Cottages would best suit families or a travelling trio/quad of friends. The Honeymoon or the Paridiso Villas are best suited for 2 couples travelling together...I'd choose the Honeymoon with its 2 bathrooms.
None of the accommodation have cooking facilities, however chef Suzy runs a great kitchen and we had a couple of specialities not on the menu...just delicious.
The pool is not huge, however it was adequate at the time of our stay. In peak season I think it would be a little crowded.
The locals we met were very friendly, and very generous...very much the Bali of old. We were invited to a number of homes, offered meals (same day caught fish - grilled), and taken to see the local village lifestyle.
The area of Amed is around 3-4 hours away from Kuta, I (selfishly) hope more people don't dscover it.
The roads are sealed (although not always perfect), the snorkelling is good, be careful walking at night (it's not well lit), and the scenery from village to village along Amed is beautiful.
Give 'Putih' a pat for me when you visit. He's a wonderfuly natured dog that Sarah (the owner of Life in Amed) saved after an accident when he was a puppy.
We can't wait to return.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2009

Fantastic clean room, amazing staff, overall great experience! We stayed here last year and this year. We asked for a specific fish meal and the nice lady from the restaurant went to the market and bought exactly what we wanted! The service is very personal and very good. I would recommend this hotel and I will go back again! All around great bargain hotel! Best food in Bali!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2009

We - couple and 5 yr old daughter - stayed at Life in Amed for 3 nights in April. We loved everything about our stay there. Our bungalow was set back from the beach - next to the pool - and perfect. Great size - big comfy bed with adequate closet space and a nice loft with 2 single beds. Very well furnished and taken care of. The bathroom had a brilliant outdoor shower. Porch with chairs and table.
The pool is small but with only 6-8 bungalows it is a good size - very clean with a few loungers and umbrellas. Lovely gardens surrounding the pool.
The beach area is readily available but not one that you would likely want to lounge on. However for catching the local vibe and watching the real life in amed it is great. Perfect for watching the local fisherman come in with their daily catch (usually by 30 am) and the women coming to collect and clean the fish while the kids cool off in the sea. The locals are so lovely - and sadly so poor - we gave them some used clothes and supplies that we brought and they were thrilled and so appreciative.
The food at Life in Amed is excellent - enjoyed every meal - and breakfast is outstanding and plentiful! The staff are exceptional and made our stay that much nicer. A sincere thanks to all of them!!
We loved our stay - made some great friends - and truly had a chance to relax and enjoy Amed. We will be back!!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lean Village, Bunutan | Abang, Karangasem, Amed, Abang, Bali, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Abang > Amed
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Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Amed
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Number of rooms: 8
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