My boyfriend and I stayed at Amanusa over New Year's Eve 2008, after spending a few days at the Four Seasons in Ubud, which was quite disappointing and fell short of everything one would expect from a Four Seasons Resort. The drive from Ubud to Nusa Dua took HOURS due to the heavy New Year's traffic which really put a damper on our mood, but we were quite impressed with the Aman luxury 4x4 pickup and service. The driver was very friendly - but not intrusive - and offered us cold towels, refreshments, and we also had a choice of several CDs to listen to for the journey ahead. So far, so good. We had heard so much about Aman and how fabulous the experience of staying at an Aman property anywhere in the world is, so our expectations were quite high. I have to stay, upon reaching the resort, those expectations were more than met. We were greeting by our names and escorted straight away to our luxurious - and HUGE - pool villa, where a bottle of champagne on ice and a bowl of fresh strawberries awaited us. We have stayed at some of the best hotels and resorts in the world, and this definitely earned top marks in our books in terms of space, decor and ambience. The rest of the property is lovely, with beautiful expansive vistas overlooking the ocean on one side and the green forests of Bali on the other, a spectacular view allowed because of Amanusa's elevated location.
The true joy of staying at an Aman though is the fantastic service, and Amanusa truly made us feel like we were angels from heaven. We have never experienced such outstanding service in any hotel/resort anywhere in the world, and every day during our stay there we were just blown away with all the little details that go into making Aman what it is. Little surprises, little treats, unexpected gestures... we just never wanted to leave!
To cite a few examples: Even without making reservations, no matter where we went or what time of day, not only did every member of the staff greet us by our names (how did they even know?!) but would be waiting to greet us at the reception whether we were leaving or arriving. For the life of us, we couldn't figure out how they managed to do that. Every evening, we would return to our gorgeous pool villa to find the most divine little treat in a little silver box on our bed (a different sweet each night with a little note, and lovely leather Amanusa luggage tags as a farewell gift), and the pool surrounded by candlelit lanterns - so romantic! Every morning there would be fresh flowers on the daybed outside, and thoughtful sun products and ice water by our pool loungers. This impeccable and discreet service extended to the beach bales which are simply blissful - loved the pots of water placed beside them! The highlight of our stay was definitely the romantic beach BBQ that Chef Lindsay orchestrated for us. He took the time to find out our whereabouts, and came over to the beach to meet me and plan out a menu for the evening (including one of his and his wife’s favourite dishes – love the personal touch!). The final arrangements and ambience just took my breath away, which of course made my boyfriend very, very happy! As an added surprise, they had dressed up "our" bale with beautiful mosquito netting and pillows, with soft Indonesian music playing in the background. As luck would have it, it was the first clear day after a week of rainfall – we dined under a starry sky, amidst dozens of candles in the sand and huge dramatic red "flags" billowing in the gentle breeze – I couldn’t think of a more beautiful start to the New Year. Unfortunately, we couldn't enjoy the evening as long as we'd have liked to, so the crew assured us that the bale would remain as it was for us the next morning - and so it was! Last but not least, the most delicious menu during our one-week stay in Bali. All of this in a setting so spectacular, I would spend hours just gazing out at the view and taking hundreds of pictures.
The only slightly disappointing aspect of Amanusa, if I were to get very very picky, was that the resort is technically not a beach front property. To reach the beach you need to take a buggy or ride a bicycle down a path for 5 minutes. Also, the beach is shared with other nearby hotels, although Amanusa's stretch is somewhat demarcated. But overall, it is a gorgeous place I would return to in a heartbeat.
- 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