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“Amandari: august 2010” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Amandari
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Kedewatan
Certificate of Excellence
Paris, France
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Amandari: august 2010”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2011

Pro :
It' very exotic, you feel like in the middle of jungle next to the riziere
It's very distinguish
Service excellent
Beautifull swimming pool but not huge
Staff and service are excellent
All the visit are beautifull

Cons :
Room need a refresh
In august when you go to Ubud, too many tourist
Three nights is a maximum.
Weather in august is humid and hot.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2011

From the moment you pass through the village gates at Amandari you are transported into a completely different Balinese experience. The greeting from all the staff was friendly and sincere & the reviving cup of tea in the bar to soak up the atmosphere was very welcome.
Our check in was effortless and we were shown to our suite which was beautifully appointed, and all aspects were explained. The lovely sliding screens on all doors & windows means an afternoon nap (after a refreshing swim in our private pool) can be enjoyed.
Drinks in the bar at sunset should not be missed and then onto the restaurant which also faces the Ayung Gorge and overlooks the main pool & bale with Balinese musicians playing Gamelongs and competing with all the night time forest noises. The service in the restaurant was very professional and the food beautifully prepared & presented our complements to the chef, Christian.
Sleep came easily in these beautiful surroundings and even the rosters seemed to just blend into the background of nature’s noises.
Breakfast was another lovely meal in the restaurant, and then it was time to explore the extensive grounds with its vast array of beautiful flowers, plants, orchids and trees, a great photo opportunity with all the Hindu shrines nestled among them.
A couple’s massage in a room at the Spa with a waterfall accompaniment was very relaxing.
The complementary car to Ubud and surrounding areas was enjoyable, but the serenity and peace of Amandari quickly called us back.
An early wake-up call next morning took us to a village market and then onto a trek through the rice fields. Good walking shoes are essential as the path can be slippery, Neilus our guide was on hand to assist and supply water & offer information on all aspects of village life and rice growing, from planting to harvest. The rice fields belong to his village & he gave us many insights into village life
We finished the walk with a lovely picnic breakfast in a Bale set into the hill opposite Amandari , the trek back through the gorge was interesting and not too difficult with much of it on steps and well worn paths.
The Amandari experience is not just the magnificent property, but the people who attend your every need (even some you hadn’t thought of) Sally the G.M. who is interested & aware of every detail and supported by her very accomplished staff.
The drive from Amandari to Amankila was a fantastic experience with a very knowledgeable driver who took us through the rice fields, mountains & orchards to Penelokan & the very beautiful Lake Batur. Following many photo it was back to the car, water, cool towel and continue over the mountains to Amankila.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Amanda Park, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2010

This is my 5th time to Bali. I was shocked as we got off the car. The resort looked dated. There was not even a welcome drink, which is kind of standard in Asian resorts. As we entered our duplex villa, I could not be more disappointed. It is a $200 a night quality, yet they are charging 5 times. The furniture is cheap and nasty. The bathroom does not even have an indoor tub -- and it is raining so much! The bathrope is ridiculously filmsy. Everything looks tired and run down.

I shave stayed at the Four Seasons, Como Shambhala, Bulgari and St Regis before in Bali. Amandari charges the highest price and it is the most awful!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank accidentaltrotter
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Basel
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73 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2010

In the Amandari we are always welcomed with total dedication, unique care and lots of smiles. The staffs managed to make us feel as if we were the only client at the Resort. Great memories for many years!

After many times there, we feel now as a part of the great Amandari Family.

It's really always a great pleasure to be there and enjoy the treatment of the nearly perfect staffs.

Harald F. Grossmann
CEO
IMK Ltd. Basel/Switzerland

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Harry G
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2010

As my wife put it: "I'm not sure I can go back to slumming it at the Four Seasons." What a fantastic hotel. Couldn't possibly articulate what an absolute pleasure it was to stay at the Amandari. Staff was probably the most service minded hotel staff I have ever come across. It almost feels like staying at someone's (fairly plush) home. The suroundings are breath taking and it feels like staying in Ankor Wat but with a Spa. It's not cheap, but then again we are worth it...

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank MoneyMatters
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NYC
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72 reviews
70 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2010

High Points: The grounds with their plethora of Hindu shrines, pathways, and a massive banyan tree. The views over the pool to the gorge beyond. The gym and spa (Amandari is the only one of these 5 Aman resorts in Indonesia that has a real fitness room and a dedicated spa building).

Low Points: The quality of sleep here is not great, given the tremendous amount of animal noise from the surrounding villages. From 1 am until dawn, a cacophony of roosters blares every 30 seconds or so. It’s so loud it’s comical . . . plus the frogs! It’s all very atmospheric, but doesn’t make for restful sleep. The rooms, even with their recent updating, feel just a bit tired.

The Ubud area of Bali has become so intensively touristed that I’m afraid it’s lost whatever magic it must once have had—and that played into our experience of Amandari, which has a certain evocative beauty, but was ultimately a less interesting destination than the less touristed, and much more gorgeous and culturally interesting East Bali, where Amankila is located. In a nutshell, we felt that Amankila had an even better cultural experience than Amandari, with the added benefit of the ocean, more pools, better food, and better service. That said, Amandari is still better than what you’d experience at most hotels and resorts worldwide—and is a beautiful resort.

Room: Ayung Suite, a duplex suite with a pool and a nice view. I’m not crazy about the duplex suite’s layout—the upstairs bedroom feeling a bit too rustic for my taste, so I’d recommend instead the one-level pool suite immediately next to the Ayung Suite, which has an infinity pool rather than the in-ground pool of the Ayung Suite.

As I mentioned before, there’s a lot of night-time noise here from the wildlife. We couldn’t identify a particular animal that was making the sound of a duck honking through a megaphone. We asked room service when they delivered our dinner, who indicated that it was from very tiny frogs in the lily ponds around the walls of the suite. Without our even asking (because who would think to make such a request!), they suggested sending someone to catch all of the frogs and move them to another location. And within a few minutes, all the frog noises had disappeared. Ah, Aman . . . But there’s of course nothing they can do about all the roosters in the surrounding village, though, so expect to sleep fitfully to the twice-a-minute crowing of roosters from 1 am to dawn.

The pool is as photogenic as it appears in publicity materials, although the service there was a bit slower and less anticipatory than what we experienced at the other Balinese Amans—and that’s in fact true of the resort overall—it was just a bit less anticipatory of one’s needs, a bit less polished, than the other two on Bali.

We enjoyed the rafting excursion down the Ayung River quite a bit, managed through a separate company with which Aman contracts, and it ends just below Amandari, which is very convenient. And breakfast from the Bali on the far side of the Ayung Gorge, following a two hour, but mostly easy, hike, was superb.

We also had a driver take us to some of the famous Hindu temples. A tip regarding the famous temple of Gunung Kawai Tampaksiring: it’s flooded by tourists, apparently, and to get there one must walk through a gauntlet of touts and hawkers shops. But we went one hour before dusk, at 5 pm, and it was entirely deserted—we were literally the only people there, and if you can time it that way, it’s a very good experience, since one descends past rice terraces to a valley where the temple is situated alongside some ancient funerary monuments.

We had their Balinese Feast one night. We loved the set-up (a private table set up inside the loggia where the girls practice dance, surrounded by candles, Balinese flags, rose petals, etc.), and 4 girls did a dance for us at the beginning of the feast—their skill is very impressive. We’re not very adventurous eaters, however, so the food itself made for the only really unfortunate meal of the trip.

The boutique and gallery at Amandari were my favorite of the trip, full of museum quality pieces—and I’m still very conflicted about not having purchased the antique Javanese wooden wedding couple there.

Overall, there’s such a nice patina of maturity about the exteriors of Amandari—moss and lichen and verdant plant life sharing space with Hindu sculptures and shrines—it’s a very nice place to spend a few days.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank DaneP
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manhattan
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2010

I have traveled extensively throughout the world, typically staying in 5* resorts and am hard-pressed to compare my experience at the Amandari with another accomodation. Of course the environment at Amandari is exquisite (the rooms are luxurious without seeming commericial--we stayed in #14 with a private pool and huge room and bath, extraordinary views and quite private) and one feels transported back in time when walking the grounds...but the most distinguishing accomplishment is the staff--everyone smiled and greeted us as if we were the most important guests--they genuinely seemed happy to see us and hopeful that we were enjoying ourselves (which we did every solitary second)! Sally the (relatively) new GM @ Amandari (she's been with Amanresorts many years) is warm and extremely accomodating and Lucas the assistant GM is on the ready to help in any way. Christian, the executive chef, is certain to speak with you daily and be certain to help in manners culinary and otherwise. We also visited the Four Seasons, which is a lovely property, but in my opinion, lacked the authentic Balinese feel characterized by Amandari. We stopped at Como Shambala also, which looks like a great option for those seeking a wellness retreat. Amandari has cornered the market on serenity and service and for such a unique Balinese experience is worth every cent. Anything one desires to do will be arranged, as they simply do not utter the word "no". Transfers to and from Ubud throughout the day are complimentary and only 10 minutes or so from central Ubud. I am now a certified Amanjunkie and while I am dying to return to Bali, may visit a few other Amans first before repeating this extraordinary experience.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cetnyc
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Property: Amandari
Address: Jl. Raya Kedewatan, Kedewatan, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud > Kedewatan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kedewatan
#2 Family Hotel in Kedewatan
#4 Luxury Hotel in Kedewatan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Amandari 5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amandari (meaning peaceful spirits) is located in the village of Kedewatan, on the fringe of Bali's cultural capital, Ubud. Perched on an escarpment high above the winding Ayung River gorge, this resort follows the design of a traditional Balinese village. Pebbled walkways link the thatched-roof suites, each of which has its own walled garden. Amandari provides a unique setting from which to experience the cultural richness of Bali's artistic centre as well as its mountainous region to the north. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Amandari Hotel Kedewatan
Amandari Hotel Ubud
Amandari Resort Ubud
Amandari Bali/Kedewatan

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