Should you wish to escape from typical tourist destinations in Bali, Life in Amed in the small fishing village of Lean is truly a gem of a place to stay.
My husband and I would awake early and see dozens and dozens of jukungs way off on the horizon from our 2nd floor perch in the beautiful Paradiso Villa. Just as the sun would rise you'd begin to see them trickle in until all were brought on shore with their catch, just outside our window! It's such a sight to witness a typical day-in-the-life. The thing is, you could easily sleep through it because you barely hear the activity going on.
The staff on hand are extremely friendly and would never walk by without a genuine smile and greeting. Never! It's lovely to know that they all live in this small village and that Life in Amed provides that much needed income in one of the poorest parts of Bali.
The villas surround the beautiful, intimate setting of the pool and create a harmonious feeling. I was particularly in love with our Paradiso villa which is located directly on the beach, as is the Sari Sunrise Villa. The villa could easily be a home away from home for us. It consists of two bedrooms; a cozy, "womb-like" room with a tv and mini fridge downstairs and the large master bedroom upstairs with its 180 degree view of the ocean. Since Bali is extremely humid and very warm, we occasionally gravitated downstairs to the smaller room at night where the a/c zapped-cooled the room instantly (there's a/c upstairs as well but my husband liked watching a bit of tv before drifting off to sleep anyway). You'll also very much enjoy the large outdoor shower where taking cool showers is as refreshing as taking your cocktail out to the patio under the trellis.
I'm sure there were many wonderful places to eat in the area as mentioned below but we took ALL our meals at the restaurant here. We truly enjoyed our meals that were available and, again, the staff are a joy to be with. There is this particular chocolate cake I could never get enough of, though!
We loved the children we encountered on our walks along the beach. They're absolutely adorable. On one particular evening, during a temple ceremony (there's a beach temple for the village directly next door) about a dozen or so children (age ranging from 5-11) in ceremonial dress ran up to us asking our names, shaking our hands, little high-fives and asking where we were from. It was the highlight of our entire 2 week vacation in Bali!
If you wish to experience authentic Balinese village life and still maintain a bit of the comforts of home, come to Life in Amed.
- 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