We spent two nights in late September and could have easily stayed longer were it not for flights. After some major resort time it was a relief and delight to be in a small hotel that is right on the beach and right in a village that is not solely reliant on tourism. You are really part of the life of the village life that carries going on all around you including fishing, gamelan orchestra practice, religious celebrations and all the other aspects of village life. This means you'll hear the cockerels crowing, the fishing boats leaving early, the animals being fed, villagers keen to have a chat and practice their English. Early to bed and early to rise is the approach here. We stayed in the Villa Paradiso. The upstairs main bedroom has great views directly over the beach and the downstairs has a living area, big bathroom and another bedroom. The open air shower is a winner, with a spacious feel and pebbled walls. The hotel provides its own very pleasant brand of shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. Aircon is in all the rooms but we tried to avoid using it as by leaving the windows open you can get a good sea breeze. All beds have very good mosquito nets.
We did not stay in it but did have a squiz in and the 3 bedroom villa (perfumed garden)looks spectacular. It has its own garden and pool and a lovely open living area between two downstairs bedrooms and a master bedroom on top.
The hotel restaurant claims its lemon cheesecake is stunning and we can confirm that. It's very light and lemony and just right for a hot climate. The chocolate dessert is also pretty special and my son managed two portions. Again, it's light and very chocolaty.
Snorkeling from the beach is ok but the best snorkelling is a few K away. We hired a fishing boat to take us to that spot which was a fun ride in itself. A real highlight of our trip was seeing our 7 year old son free diving down to a small underwater temple a couple of metres down and being surrounded by fish. He was just stoked by the experience.
We would stay here again for sure. It has got, for us, the right combination of simplicity and authenticity, but is also comfortable and not roughing it.
local driver Ketut Paing (firstname.lastname@example.org) was great - very informative, safe driver, comfortable vehicle and reasonable rate for the trip back to Denpasar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Life in Amed is a beachfront hotel in a traditional Balinese fishing village. Step back in time, enjoy the abundant marine life diving or snorkelling, gorgeous coastline and our quiet beach. We offer Yoga Classes to our guests and visitors to the Amed coast. ... more less
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