There are many positive features to highlight that are let down by some negatives (some of which are under the control of management, others not). First the positives. The villas are in a beautiful setting, spacious, light with lovely landscaping to provide some privacy and colour. The housekeeper provided an excellent service for #5 with the daily arrangement of flowers on the bed a beautiful finishing touch to a well designed and comfortable bedroom villa. The outdoor area with its plunge pool is an excellent area to relax and enjoy the Balinese ambience - until the music from the retaurant area starts to seep in. Why have reggae and sickly pop music, especially with the noise of tge mosque which dominates the late afternoon/ early evening. Gentle Balinese music would have completed the sense of being in Bali.
Another positive was the superb massage at the spa - several choices of style with the Amertha massage getting into the knots and stresses of my body. The spa has been well thought out with massage tables both private and looking out over a garden with small waterfall - so gentle sounds of trickling water and relaxing music. I wish I had used the spa earlier - would have had a massage each day.
The restaurant is in a lovely setting by the beach, the service was good, but the food was, without exception, disappointing.
The much publicized bio-reef appeared in trouble - its Eco credentials spoiled by the significant pollution on the beach and in the water. It is a pity because so much good work does not appear to have a community commitment to protection of the environment.
The biggest disappointment was the the contrast between the hype regarding snorkeling and the reality. Pemuteran Bay and Menjangan Island are already at risk of being covered in rubbish. The reefs around the Island are good, but fighting your way through drifts of debris on the 'Coral Gardens' was disappointing and at times scary when large bags of plastic brushed against the legs.
If Pemuteran is on the tip of being spoiled, and it's quiet and beautiful potential at risk of being lost to development and pollution then go quickly before it changes any further.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amertha Bali Villas is located in Pemuteran in the northwest corner of Bali. The exceptional oceanfront setting with lush tropical landscaping and spacious, private surroundings offers an idyllic and unforgettable vacation experience.The resort is near the holy Pulaki Agung Temple and many other ancient holy temples. Amertha Bali Villas is also just a short boat ride from Menjangan Island, world renowned for diving and snorkeling.Getting to Amertha Bali Villas is about a 3-hour drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. If you wish, one of our English-speaking drivers can pick you up and drive you to Amertha in the air-conditioned comfort of our vehicles. This service is also available for group travelers. Along the way, your driver will give you a mini-tour as you drive by villages, pass sacred temples, and observe the ancient customs of Bali. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amertha Bali Villas Hotel Pemuteran
- Amertha Bali Hotel
- Amertha Bali Boutique Hotel
- Amertha Bali Villas Pemuteran