Coming off of a family trip in Taipei and finally heading to Bali for our much awaited honeymoon, my brand spanking new husband and I jetted off to Amanusa for the first of our two anticipated Aman experiences.
Arriving at Depansar airport, we were greeted right away by Aman representatives who cleared us through customs, bypassed lines and got our visas in a jiffy, handing us off to another Aman representative who assisted us with getting us to the Amanusa driver there to pick us up. Putu, our driver, was great. Cool, cold towels to refresh us from our travels along with offerings of beverages in a cooler kept at the seat of the front passenger's seat. We got caught in a bit of construction traffic so we got to chatting with Putu who was really wonderful in providing some history and background into Balinese/Hindu culture. Upon arriving at Amanusa, greeters were literally waiting outside as we pulled up through the spacious driveway. The warmth of our greeting was noted in my mind as a wow. Some may find the experience to be slightly intrusive depending on what your personal preferences are. Seemingly everyone on staff at Amanusa knew we were there for our honeymoon and knew us by our surname, always with a proper Babak and Ibu greeting. Aman resorts pride themselves on creating an experience centered around "home"...as if you were visiting a friend's luxurious home where everything was made available to you at the hint of a request. On top of that, it's all in the details. Fresh juice upon arrival & the check in process was quick and easy. None of that typical check in at the counter stuff...our passports were requested and while we sat there chatting with the GM who knew of our personal interests and hobbies, another staff had checked us in already -- no typical hotel process here. We were automatically upgraded to an ocean view suite as we were there for our honeymoon with a white ceremonious "flag" (I'm unsure of what you would call it) outside our door AND offered free couples honeymoon massages for our stay which became a staple at each of the Aman resorts we stayed at. Upon entering, there were fresh fruit awaiting, an amazing room and outdoor balcony/patio for us to potz around in, complete with a sunken bathtub filled with plumeria's & an outdoor shower. The indoor shower got semi-used once, but the drain was defunct and I had to finish off the second half of the shower outdoors. No complaints there though, although I should have made a mention of it before we left so the staff and attend to it for the next guest(s).
The property itself was beautiful - the pool is grand. First words that I uttered about the property was "opulent" & opulent it was. Fresh fruit & water, sunscreen & towels, all laid out to perfection for you the moment you hint that you are staying for a bit to enjoy the pool. My favorites were the beach club - big bed, sunbathing lounges, showers, the works. Plus it was secluded, with only 9 bales I believe. This was the best beach club of the 3 Aman resorts here in Bali. Well, only 2 of the 3 is by the beach though...
Food was great. Not spectacular as you would expect from a Michelin rated restaurant, but it can cater to all tastebuds. Breakfast was included for us, but unbeknownst to us, we had to have breakfast at one of the two restaurants on property to redeem...unfortunately, we ordered breakfast in our room for most of our stay...which we found out upon closing the bill that it was not included. However, for each guest per stay, you do get to choose from a list of activities that best appeals to you to indulge in. We chose Uluwatu which was a pretty fun experience and watching the Kecak dance was neat too.
Drivers to take you anywhere you want to go. Each Aman has different guidelines, please be sure to check. If it isn't included in the vicinity, they'll probably charge you 30-35 bucks per hour for driver + car. Totally reasonable, & please make sure to tip your driver.
*** They are renovating the golf course and have been for the past year. We were offered to go stay at Amankila in order to avoid the potential noise and disturbance which we accepted after some back and forth and goodness, were we glad we did. That property is spectacular...which you will read about in the next review. Amanusa's service and staff were wonderful, the room was beautiful & the beach club was rockin'. Go if you are a golfer (which we weren't), but make sure that their renovations are completed first. Nusa Dua, while cosmetic and manufactured, is central to many villages and closer to Depansar than Amankila, located on the East end of the island, so makes for an easy trek to Kutu, Seminyak and onward.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on Bali's southern peninsula, on a hillside overlooking the Indian Ocean and Nusa Dua, Amanusa (peaceful isle) is just 20 minutes from Denpasar Airport. A serene retreat offering privacy and escape, Amanusa is also close to Bali's shopping and nightlife areas of Kuta, Sanur, Legian and Seminyak. Guests can spend the day at the Amanusa Beach Club where nine private bales rest on the white sand beach, or play golf on one of Indonesia's finest courses nearby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amanusa Nusa Dua
- Amanusa Hotel Nusa Dua
- Amanusa Bali/Nusa Dua