We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great beach cottages, lovely staff”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Life in Amed Boutique Hotel
Ranked #6 of 19 Hotels in Amed
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 29, 2013

Just spent 3 nights at Life in Amed and had a fantastic time. The food was excellent, the staff extremely helpful and friendly, and the cottages were perfect. Amed is a peaceful and lush location away from a lot of the excesses of tourism. It was good to enjoy some of the more traditional aspects of Bali life, such as listening to Gamelan music and watching the preparations for a Hindu ceremony. Thanks for a great stay and we hope to be back.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Balranaldy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (339)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

137 - 143 of 339 reviews

Reviewed October 17, 2013

We were a little dissapointed by this hotel after reading all the reviews on here. We arrived about 3pm in the afternoon after a long drive. We were shown to our room which was the Paradiso Villa. The room was 2 storey bungalow setup, it was right by the beach but badly setup in my opinion. The Sari Sunrise bungalow was only a couple of meters away so our neighbour was breathing down our necks the whole time - we pretty much had to draw all the curtains for privacy. The outside seating area dowstairs has a hedge between it and the beach which means you can't see the beach from it. When we arrived we dumped our bags and headed out onto the beach with the kids. We were instantly bombarded by hawkers trying to sell us boat trips and they were pretty perisistent - only going away when we said we might get a boat out the next day at 2pm. We could not really relax on the beach and in fact after that we didnt go back out there again.

The next morning we were up early and I watched out the window eagerly awaiting the junkit boats return and the much touted family and kids running out to meet the fishermen. Unfortunately this turned out to be a handful of fisherman dragging their boats onto the beach, pulling the honda motor out the back and strutting off into the next door property. There was one wife who ran out to meet her husband, yelling something at him in Indonesian (domestic I think!!)
Bit of a let down.

The glasses from the welcome drinks were still sitting on the outside table when we returned from our adventures the next day, creating a little ant motorway.

Food was ok, restaurant again though, badly located - it would have been nice to have a beach view seeing as we were on a beachside property, instead we got a view of the carpark. The pool area was quite pretty and many flowers.

Overall I would say Amed is beautiful and quiet and all we expected it to be, with great snorkelling. If we were ever to return, we would look somewhere else to stay.

Positives, chocolate cake = awesome. Rooms were very clean and beds comfortable.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
1  Thank Rajahs_Pillow
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
AmedBali, Guest Relations Manager at Life in Amed Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2013

Wow....apologies you were so disappointed with Life in Amed....the Paradsio Villa is the larger of the two that are directly beachfront, 2 storey dwellings..I built this for myself and my son, so have had many good times there and many families enjoy the extra space the Paradiso provides. There is a comfortable living room, rattan furniture, paintings and brightly coloured pillows and curtains from my designer friend at Zen Bali. The lower bedroom has the best a/c in the whole hotel, there is a large bathroom with a brand new bathtub, also an outside stonework shower. The upper bedroom is just beautiful where there are 180 degree views from the ocean from the superb 4 poster bed, then another sitting area...it's quite romantic with the sea breezes and sound of the waves.
There is a garden outside and yes a hedge of hibicus, which gives you privacy from the locals and other guests coming in from the beach...the Sari Sunrise is a bit further away than you suggest and the door is not directed at the Paradsio door, so I do not think other guests get the feeling you had....we also have tinted windows and the curtains are light and great to leave semi drawn...also beachside there is another set of doors/windows if you had decided to keep one side closed...
If I had put the restaurant on the beach, it may of been wonderful, though space did not allow and it's quite popular with other visitors to Amed, we are the best place for organic salads and chocolate cake, so it is better that it is closer to the entrance and reception area of the hotel so our guest have more privacy during their stay.
Yes, the locals like to ask immediately if you want to snorkel, boat trip or massage...it is always best to just smile, say "suda" already..or "nante" later or no. They are usually not around from late morning to later afternoon as it is just too hot on the beach...our beach is sandy, only 3 sandy ones in the area, we have great coral and fish life directly infront...for sunbathing I suggest walking to the right side where there is a larger sand bank...though an hour on the beach would be enough it is super hot there with the Bali sun being so strong..
It takes 4 men minimum to lift a boat up to shore and into the ocean, if there is a good catch all the family comes out to help..most spectacular is the view in the morning as dozens and dozens of jukung boats come back to all the bays of Amed, and if you up earlier the sunrise is beautiful and bring the shadow of Lombok and Mount Rinjani into focus...
Amed is pretty special, please return one day, it's fine to choose a different place...

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 15, 2013

life in amed is a good quality stay, good rooms, smallish pool, good service and food. it is set on the shoreline. you may say that being on the coast is ideal with all the boats lined up but .. try to get one of the owners to take you on a trip around the bay, forget it. they tell me they belong to an organisation who sets all the times they can go out , minimum two hours and fixed prices, not cheap. the boat owners are just lying around all day when they could make some money. the area in which the hotel is set is very run down with no apparent effort to tidy it up unlike the next village of lipah which is excellent. you want to eat out try lipah which is about a twenty minute walk unless you like motorbikes.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank CONWAY177
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
AmedBali, Guest Relations Manager at Life in Amed Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2013

Hello...wow 2 bad reviews back to back, so I feel like it's time to respond....overall your review states GOOD several times, good quality, good rooms, good food, good service....so I am glad you experienced the hospitality of my staff and overall had a good time with us.... except for the fishermen, yes, they have a collective, so they can all share turns taking guests out for boat rides, snorkeling trips etc...the pricing recently went up as there was a 25% increase in solar/diesel, making a boat ride appox $25 with todays rate...I would love to manage the boat trips but this is done independently by the beach boys as guides....my staff will always do their best to get the right person so guests can go on a trip...problem being many go home to their houses on the hillside during the day after fishing and do not own cell phones....Amed is still a bit behind the times, that's it's appeal after visiting the more busy centres of Kuta, Seminyak and Ubud.
Life in Amed does support the local Women's Collective that cleans the village weekly and sponsor many trash recepticles in our village, which are being used and collected frequently, and I intend to sponsor more....this is a working fishing village, untouched by tourism still, yes a little rough around the edges but authentic.
So my apologies, and thank you for bringing it to my attention, I hope the rest of your stay in Bali was magical....Sarah

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 9, 2013

This place is blissfull. We spent 5 nights here in October and it was a wrench to leave. We had bungalow 5, which can sleep 4, with 2 beds in upstairs mezzanine (not suitable for toddlers as stairs are large and open with gaps instead of risers). This chic, small hotel is nestled amongst local fishing huts and goes straight on to the beach. you can go from bed to snorkelling with the most beautiful sea creatures within 2 minutes. The garden is a delight and well maintained with a relaxing ambience. Staff are friendly and helpful, plus the food is excellent. We hired a moped for 3 days which allowed us to visit the mountains, the Japanese wreck (just 3km further along the road), Jemeluk and even as far as Tulamben to visit the USS Liberty wreck. In the surprisingly well populated mountains there are many trekking paths along the terraces. Or you can go out at dawn with the fishing fleet for a few hours to help catch the day's harvest.

If you want to keep away from over-commercialised, sterile resorts, then this is the place for you. No 'tourist tat' shops in Lehan at all and very little along this stretch. Also 'Life in Amed' is within walking distance of the excellent Sails restaurant if you wish a change of venue for the evening.

Wish we were still there!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank BettyJess
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 8, 2013

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 (paing_amed@yahoo.com) was great - very informative, safe driver, comfortable vehicle and reasonable rate for the trip back to Denpasar.

Room Tip: If you can afford it, and can use the two rooms, go for either of the two villas. They have more sp...
See more room tips
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Arr-Jimlad
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
AmedBali, Guest Relations Manager at Life in Amed Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2013

Thank you for your review of Life in Amed...your words describe perfectly a stay with us and the experiences one may have....there are some beautiful moments here, especialy the simplicity.
Also for children, there are many growth moments learning to swim or playing with the local children on the beach...glad you enjoyed the Paradiso villa and your visit with us...

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 30, 2013

We enjoyed our 4 nights here. The grounds/garden is beautifully maintained, and the bungalows are somewhat secluded behind shrubs. The front door and window coverings were beautifully carved and colorful. Each bungalow had different colors. The room was rather plain but adequate with stairs leading up to another room with twin beds. Perfect for a family. A big container of drinking water is available in the room. I would have given the the property 5 stars, except for the bed. Although comfortable, everytime you moved, the bed would make squeaking and creaking sounds. A little disturbing. Also it was impossible to take a shower without water flowing into the bath floor. A little dangerous. And the bathroom door had to be locked to keep it closed, which was necessary to keep the cold air inside the bedroom.

The property backs up to the beach. One morning we got up at 6 am to go down and see the fishermen come in. The horizon was dotted with many boats. It was fun seeing the fish they caught. The boats occupy most of the beach.

Staff was very friendly and the restaurant was wonderful. Very good food reasonably priced. You could eat in the restaurant or have food delivered to your room or around the pool. Best strawberry milkshake I had in Bali!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank OnTheGoSunnyvale_CA
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 30, 2013

We stayed in the Perfumed Garden 3 bedroom villa. It was big enough to comfortably house 7 people, right on the beach, spacious garden with lounging chairs, swimming pool, food served at our massive dining table and massages in the garden. Snorkelling straight off the beach and boat trips available to other snorkelling spots (ask on the beach for Ketut to organise the boat trips). Although the restaurant had good reviews our food was average, but it didn't deflect from a great holiday. (Also a kettle in the room would have been good). We will definitely return!

Room Tip: Perfumed Garden
See more room tips
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank TrinaOlive
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Amed hotels
0.4 mi away
Blue Moon Villas
Blue Moon Villas
#2 of 19 in Amed
504 reviews
0.1 mi away
Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort
0.9 mi away
The Griya Villas and Spa
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.8 mi away
Santai Hotel Bali
Santai Hotel Bali
#8 of 19 in Amed
237 reviews
0.9 mi away
Wawa Wewe I Bungalows
Wawa Wewe I Bungalows
#16 of 19 in Amed
81 reviews
0.9 mi away
Baliku Dive Resort
Baliku Dive Resort
#3 of 19 in Amed
457 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Life in Amed Boutique Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Life in Amed Boutique Hotel

Address: Lean Village, Bunutan | Abang, Karangasem, Amed, Abang, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Abang > Amed
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Amed
#5 Romantic Hotel in Amed
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Amed
Price Range: $69 - $106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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 
Also Known As:
Life Amed Boutique Hotel
Life In Amed Boutique Hotel Bali

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing