From the drive down the stone-walled path to reception to the parting confection offered by reception, the Amandari has got it down. Although one of its older properties, the Amandari is a gem, located atop the Ayung River valley, each suite is separate, has its own garden, and mine had an excellent view of some well-tended rice fields. When I say under-stated elegance, I truly mean that. If you are expecting over-the-top, in-your-face luxury, like that of Ritz Carlton, with a slightly stuffy atmosphere, this is NOT the place for you. If you want to immerse yourself in Balinese culture, with warm, inviting people who aren't afraid to laugh and joke with you, but pamper you to no end, then you will be at home in Amandari.
The green-tiled pool is lovely and incorporates itself seamlessly into its surroundings. The views from the infinity's edge are incomparable, particularly at dusk. Might I recommend, if inclined, to select a seat at the bar an hour or so before sunset and enjoy a drink and tapas as the sun goes down? The guacamole is terrific, as was the cheese quesadilla and fresh gazpacho. Mmmm. That brings me to the dinner menus, which had full fare of Balinese cuisine and Western possibilities as well.
We took a cycling excursion (that involved a lot of uphill climbs-beware to non-cyclists), walk through the rice fields and local market, as well as a trip through the monkey forest and downtown Ubud and its markets. The monkeys can be quite friendly, have zero respect for personal space, so prepare yourself for that, and if you happen to carry food for them, expect to get a hug from at least one of the critters. Our tour guide was named "Jaya" and he was absolutely fantastic. Warm, thoughtful, friendly, and as informative as we wanted him to be.
The thatched-roof suites, themselves, have spacious double-vanitied bathrooms, outdoor tubs, and marble floors. I loved how they would light incense that would burn all day long. Rooms were refreshed several times a day and, in retrospect, would have loved to have spent more time in the room on its terrace, mediating and relaxing.
Aman is a special group of hotels, and Amandari does not disappoint.
- 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