Coming to Amed was an unplanned part of our holiday and our choice of hotel was purely pot luck, but it turned out to be one of the best parts of our trip. We were staying in the Gili Islands and wanted to move on early, so I emailed a couple of hotels in Amed that I found in the guidebook and booked the first one that got back with availability. The internet was down most of the time, so I couldn't do my usual trawl of reviews on tripadvisor, but we were more than happy with what we found at Anda Amed. I probably wouldn't have chosen it if we'd read through all the reviews, which goes to show you shouldn't rely too heavily on what others have to say!
I am glad however that I had read somewhere about being asked to pay up front for the room - it still galled a bit to be treated like you're planning a midnight bunk and I made sure we checked out the room before we agreed to pay. Surely if they take your credit card number when you check in, they shouldn't need to do this?
Having said this the room was lovely - Villa 9, which was a steep climb to the very top of the resort, but the payback with the view out over the bay was spectacular. The room was spotless, small and contemporary and cooled by an efficient aircon. The bathroom was lovely with a good supply of hot water and a rather unnecessary bathtub. Not much storage, but we weren't staying long. Might be a problem if you want to hang everything up, as there is the usual hotel drought of hangers but this is hardly a major crime! The bed was super comfy with a well designed mossie net, comfy pillows and a view out to the sea and horizon to die for!
The outside sitting area had a whitewashed table and chairs and brightly cushioned daybed, which was fantastic for lazing in the shade, watching the boats sail past. Could have done with a bit more light outside for reading at night and the bedside lights were a bit dim too, but we managed to rig up the lights in the bathroom so they lit up the seating area outside.
The staff were all friendly, food good and pool and gardens attractive and well maintained. I had a vicious attack of food poisoning while there (not the fault of the hotel) and the staff were all concerened and helpful, supplying me with an effective local medicine. It was the only time that I regretted the room - and more importantly - the bathroom, being such a steep climb up from the rest of the resort! They also sorted us out a scooter and transport to our next destination without fuss. Not sure what happened to the 2 ducks everyone else referred to in their reviews - maybe eaten for dinner for the 2 cats that have taken up residence in the restaurant!
We briefly met the owner on the last evening - she seems quite a force of nature - having seemingly set the place up on her own and certainly makes her presence felt when she's about.
Amed itself was a great relief after Gili Trawangan, which we didn't like much at all. It's really just a string of small villages, protected bays and exposed headlands, spread out for about 10 km along a narrow and winding coast road. There seems to be a good a selection of small inns, hotels, restaurants and dive stores to suit all budgets, but it's all very low key and has none of the frenetic hype we found on Gili T. The snorkelling was fantastic in all of the places we tried and the coral and fish life seemed abundant and healthy. It's a bit of a trek to get there, but that's what keeps it from being overrun with tourists and preserves it's charm. Long may it last!
Altogether we had a lovely stay and would definately go back for a longer visit.
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- Also Known As:
- Anda Amed Hotel Amed
- Anda Hotel Amed
- Anda Amed Resort Bali