The Amandari, at face value, would seem like any nice resort. I agree that there may be other nicer and more reasonably priced accommodations in the area.
But what my family and I really appreciated was the service from our Guest Assistant Dewi as well as the sincere and warm care from the GM himself. It's rare for us to visit properties (and we do travel for a living!) where the GM personally meets the guests and shows genuine concern even for the littlest guests. It was the sincerity at Amandari that struck us. And we did try other Amans during this trip.
Also, the rice paddy tour was relaxing, well planned and our guide Wenten was sincere.
There is also a lot of cultural information in the room if you are interested (which we were!) and it just deepened our appreciation for what we see around us in Bali without being so preachy or in our face or seeming like a tourist show.
The highlight of the whole Bali trip for our 3 year old was learning to dance the Balinese dance with the children from Amandari's village.
Our stay was too short as we were on the Bali Break package and I wanted to try out the 3 properties to see which one we liked and how they were difference from each other. If I were to stay in one again and where I wished I booked the rest of the nights, I would be Amandari.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Amandari Hotel Kedewatan
- Amandari Hotel Ubud
- Amandari Resort Ubud
- Amandari Bali/Kedewatan