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 (email@example.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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Life in Amed is a beachfront hotel in a traditional Balinese fishing village. Step back in time, enjoy the abundant marine life diving or snorkelling, gorgeous coastline and our quiet beach. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Life Amed Boutique Hotel
- Life In Amed Boutique Hotel Bali