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Amandari
Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Kedewatan
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 1, 2012

I first visited Amandari in 1991 shortly after the Peter Muller designed resort was opened. Back in those days Ubud and Bali, as a whole, were far different places than they are today. That was before the major development, traffic, noise and pollution - that now mar this once beautiful place. I was completely mesmerized by Ubud, the amazing views of lush green paddy fields worked by the local people and the slow pace of life. At the time I was working on a new hotel project in Nusa Dua and visited Bali on numerous occasions.

So with interest we spent a couple of days at Amandari recently in the hope that we would find some solitude on this busy island. Amandari is a beautiful sanctuary just minutes off the main drag. The lush green natural view from the resort is now unfortunately compromised by a clumsy residential building on the hill over the valley - built and owned by a westerner we were told. A new Ritz-Carlton resort is being built in the valley below and the locals are protesting by draping long lengths of silver fabric down the hill opposite Amandari.

This aside the architecture and planning of the resort are beautiful. Our villa was on one level and recently refurbished. Very roomy and beautifully landscaped. Gorgeous gardens outside the sliding doors on each side of the room. The main view on the terrace was more a foliage view than distant valley view. The outdoor bath was a pleasure to use. The only incongruous element in the room being the new vinyl wallpaper inserts on the timber wall panels - that although beautiful looked more Japanese than Balinese. I prefer the traditional natural feel of the Amandari room to the monumental character of some of the other Amans designed by Ed Tuttle. In saying that Amankila is divine and not to be missed.

Our arrival was seamless. We were met off the plane by an Aman rep, whisked through immigration and into the Aman car on our way to the resort.

The only negatives were the wifi access and the quality of the food.

The wifi did not work well which was annoying and really no excuse for this. It's lovely not to have a TV in the room, however, these days one relies on ones iPad for reading and communication.

The food quality was also not great. The Balinese food served at dinner was bland and boring and we were the only guests in the restaurant. We were surprised when the waiters asked if we thought the food too spicy. Last year we stayed at the Alila Uluwatu and the food was truly memorable.

The staff were just lovely as you expect from Aman. No sight of the GM - perhaps he/she was on leave.

We would definitely recommend a stay at Amandari on a visit to Ubud. We have also stayed at the Four Seasons and that was a very good experience. Perhaps combine a visit to both resorts?

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

I first enjoyed staying at this truly unique and magical hotel in 1990, on business in Indonesia. I thought I was in heaven. The hotel is set within the hills of the artist section of this island, and amidst rice fields. The pool is in a setting that has been duplicated many times over now in hotels, but was unique in it's day and I was transfixed by it. The bar was a pleasure to come home to after a day's work, with it's fried spinach, their specialty. The staff was as helpful as one could ever hope for, in their quiet, gentle manner. The rooms were simple yet perfect and so comfortable, and the outdoor shower, a treasure. Food in their dining room was exquisite and delicious and everything as fresh as one could hope for. I found this hotel and this island one of my favorites in the world. I still dream about it!!! And I have returned several times since my first visit!!

Room Tip: Every room is a good room here!
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

As if he were a paratrooping 007, suddenly he appears from nowhere like a secret agent of pleasures. No, he does not go by Bond, he is Agent Mehra. But wearing a smart polo he’ll greet you upon arrival to this ancient and walled clandestine village, going by the name Siddharth. What would you like to do, after you get over the view of the rice terraces on the far side of the Ayung River valley, just past one of the world’s prettiest pools (brilliantly designed to mimic patties)? Would you like to see your room? That could take some time, as the rooms are expansive, detailed, and enveloping with class and comfort. Just a stroll through your own authentic Balinesian Village is an utterly unique traveling experience. When it is time, Siddharth might help you to schedule an expertly guided bike ride through the working rice fields. Shopping for art and fashion in Ubud your pleasure, the staff will take you there on request. How about an inspirational morning trek down the valley, past the sacred Temple, by the dam and over the bridge; you’ll feel authentically native, and wind up on the other side, and atop the valley, eating a sumptuous private breakfast served on a bamboo terrace looking across, back towards the Amandari. It isn’t Q that will lead your adventure, but a completely professional and informed local expert named Ngilis. At the cocktail hour, the wonderful bar will prepare you a fine bucket of spirits and you can watch the sun set brilliantly over said rice terrace, just beyond your pool. For truly a one-of-a kind experience, the Amandari rates highly with even the most well-traveled and well-heeled.

Room Tip: All of the rooms on this hotel property designed perfectly to replicate an authentic local village a...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We stayed at Amandari for four nights at the beginning of our honeymoon (then Amanjiwo and Amankila) and loved it. All of the Aman resorts we stayed in offered the highest quality of service and truly beautiful settings. Amandari is laid out like a Balinese village, giving each suite genuine privacy. We had a garden view suite with a lovely patio overlooking the rice terraces. Each morning, we ordered breakfast in our room and ate on the patio (basically, a cabana) watching the flora and fauna, and then watching the rice being harvested.

Our room was spacious and functional, with room to sit or lie down (bed, chairs and loveseat), a huge bathroom, and two patios. Each Aman resort we visited came equipped with similar standard items, but the specific version was always unique to the property/region: toiletries, a pre-loaded iPod, free snacks in the room, an edible tropical fruit display, and a beautiful floral arrangement. Every night, Amandari left a small gift on our pillow, and since it was our honeymoon, they prepared a bath with flower petals one night, spread flower pedals on the bed another night, and left us champagne and two glasses another night. Each Aman resort also gave us a complementary massage in celebration of our honeymoon. I realize they do these things for all honeymooners, but they were much appreciated!

The service is top notch at Amandari (and all other Amans). The GM greets you personally upon arrival, someone shows you around your room, every staff member is beyond friendly and hospitable, and everyone calls you by name (whether or not you've ever met them).

Amandari offers a long list of activities and excursions to choose from (for a fee, of course), and then supplements this list often with events such as a Balinese dancing demonstration, a special chef's meal, a visit to a temple, yoga, etc. We visited during the Galungan festival and visited a local temple with a personal guide to witness their all-night celebration. It was fantastic and we were one of only two non-local couples, both from Amandari, in the temple. We loved the Balinese dancing demo in the hotel as well; it was followed by a special full moon dinner in Amandari's restaurant.

We weren't in love with Ubud as a destination, but we hear that the areas around Ubud are less touristy and retain the charm that the area is known for. Even so, Amandari was a wonderful start to a very relaxing vacation; they were great hosts and gave us numerous experiences that will last a lifetime. Amandari is pricey, but the experience they provide for you is luxe and personalized. Once our bank account recovers from this trip, we plan on visiting as many Amans as possible; they are truly spectacular.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Time to unwind. We had an infinity pool viila. The pool is large enough for exercise. it isn't heated but one gets accustomed to the temperature. The view is breathtaking overlooking the luscious vegetation in the valley. We spent most of our time on the internet or reading.
We did walk into town (almost to Ubud) one day, and another we had them drive us into town (not Ubud) to eat at a local "warung". The meal was scrumptious & only $10.00! We didn't care about the $ it was the culture that was fun. We ate in our room another night. Food is very good.
Service is excellent everywhere. You are King & queen.
I had a massage, & it was the best massage I have ever had...she knew what she was doing.
There are lots of activities if you are so inclined, but remember this is not carnival cruises & that is the beauty of this retreat.
Oh, you won't go hungry. there is always a huge basket of fruit in the room, a jar of cookies & a jar of interesting crisp crackers I couldn't keep my hands off. This is a Muslim country so it is not surprising spirits do not abound. Byob. No problem. They were overwhelming kind enough to present us with a demi bottle of champagne.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

So… In case you are wondering which one of the 3 Aman hotels in Bali is the right one for you, follow my lead, we just tried them all…

I will post this same review in all three of them as this review will be a comparison between them…
Note, that we took a pool suite in all three of them, and that obviously they have common grounds on several issues:
All three are very well maintained, absolutely not dated, have great staff, and will blow your mind! You will always feel alone for all 3 properties are gigantic with so very few rooms… we saw hollywod stars at the Amankila that could not be less bothered… awesome tranquility!

Food: All similar, all pretty good, the Amandari (ubud) maybe has more variety…
#1 Amandari
#2 Amankila & Amanusa

Private pools:
Of all three, the Amandari was the most amazing one, the pool overflow is splendid! The pool at the Amankila was deceiving because of the lack of view..well… no view at all, and is set along a wall so nothing exciting there… The pool at the Amanusa was also nice, and big, and the water is much hotter than in the other ones (ok it is more in the south) and that makes it really nice to dip in…
#1 Amandari for the looks
# 1 Amanusa for the temperature (the pools in Amandari and Amankila are really chilly… and it was August)

Bedroom:
Well, they are reshaping the golf course, so the view at Amanusa was desolated and it will stay that way for about a year… No view from our pool suite at the Amankila… Superb from the Amandari… The size is almost the same in all three of them. They are pretty big!
#1 Amandari
#2 Amanusa
#3 Amankila

Feeling:
I must say that we felt really good at the Amankila… the beach is fantastic, it is over staffed, the view from the main pool is a killer, and it is very serene…I loved it!
#1 Amankila
#2 Amandari # Amanusa

For Children/Beaches :
Well… certainly not Amandari that is more suited for couples. The main pool is a small one, and the general feel is more of a romantic one. I would say Amanusa but… the problem is the beach. See, when the Amanusa will drop you at their beach, you will see it clean, nice sand, not crowded at all… you name it! But walk a few meters further and you will see trash… a lot of trash… we also saw what appeared to be like animal guts on the beach…yuk! You are in the south, it is very touristic out there… and very dirty! After what we say, we chose to stick to the pool! In the East however, at the Amankila, the beach is beautiful, and it is great to play in the waves. It has fantastic powdery black sand…
#1 Amankila
#2 Amanusa
#3 Amandari

Area:
I’ll make this one simple. We did not like the South of Bali, we loved Ubud, and also Loved the East… maybe the East is where we preferred… but Ubud is also great…
#1 Amankil & Amandari
#3 Amanusa

Hotel Pool
The Amandari pool is very small. The Amankila 3 Pool is fantastic for the view. Our favorite is the Amanusa pool…Enormous, great temperature…lovely!
#1 Amanusa
#2 Amankila
#3 Amandari

Conclusion:
We traveled with our 2 little girls aged 7 & 9, and we’ve had a great stay in all of those Hotels. We had lots of fun around the Amandari and the Amankila. The Amanusa is most suited if you are a golf player or if you are looking for more touristic surroundings. I recommend you to stay at all three destinations, it was a fantastic choice to do so. If I had to take out 1 night at one of these Hotels it would probably be at the Amanusa because of the location (we did not like the South of Bali as much as the rest) and the sea (not clean).

Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

I have no reservation recommending the Amandari for your visit to Ubud. We had the misfortune to have a very sick child and had to cut our visit regrettably short. When you arrive (finally - be prepared because it can take forever to get to Ubud from the airport or Nusa Dua) you will be swept away to another time in Bali. In sharp contrast to Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Nusa Dua, Amandari feels like you are stepping back into an authentic Balinese village. The views of the rice patty terraces and the valley below are breathtaking. The property itself was designed to become a Balinese village of yesteryear and has an incredible appearance of being aged. This is a resort that centers on traditional Balinese hospitality and you feel it every moment from the staff calling you Ibu or Popak and greeting you like you are family. We stayed in a pool villa and it was lovely. Remember though there are no tv's and it is raw nautral Bali beauty from the spiders the size of my hand to the necessary mosquito coils at night. I will confess to not being the most adventurous of travellers and I did fear any kind of encounter with a snake - I was assured or rather not assured that they do their best to keep the snakes away however it is located in the beautiful Ubud mountains and it is possible to get up close and personal with the Balinese wildlife.
With our son being very sick (he contracted a tropical flu on the island of Rote) we cut our visit short to head home. They were incredibly gracious and kind in looking after our every need while we were there and the GM himself made a point of calling our villa and speaking directly to our son and finding us at breakfast to offer services from a doctor to glucose to plane reservation assistance. Amazing and comforting. I know if we had stayed we would have experienced the intense beauty of this side of Bali and the amazing hospitality of the Balinese. Do not hesitate to experience Amandari. You will not regret it!!!!

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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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:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Kedewatan
#5 Luxury Hotel in Kedewatan
Price Range: $27 - $2,477 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 
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