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Life in Amed Boutique Hotel
Ranked #6 of 18 Hotels in Amed
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
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175 reviews
48 hotel reviews
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“Disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2014

I had high hopes for Life in Amed based on reviews but was quite disappointed in several areas.
I travel with my sister and we are flexible and hardly fussy but there are some basic amenities this type of accomodation should supply. One is a bar fridge, which us listed in amenities but not in room. We asked for ice for our drinks and got a single piece 6"x6" and a few chips. No pool towels supplied, just a sarong to dry yourself with and then wear! No tissues, thin towels. And so noisy! Ok there was building going on but that wasn't the problem, it was the motor bikes from the road! Now Bali is all about motor bikes but I have never stayed anywhere on the island where they sound like they are outside your room. Food was ok but not great, and while they say they have western and Asian dishes the menu was basically Asian. Staff were nice but sometimes hard to find ( three times in one day there was no one at the desk.) The small pool was lovely and the massages some of the best I have had in many years coming to Bali.

Room Tip: As far from the road as possible, but not sure how much that would help.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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AmedBali, Guest Relations Manager at Life in Amed Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Hello,
I saddened to hear you found our hotel disappointing, though I did here you laughing all the time while entertaining your friends that were visiting you during your stay with us.
In our cottages, we do not have fridges available, there are room descriptions on our website, we do have fridges in our Beachfront villas and the Perfumed Garden Beach House. We have a fully licenced bar, being Amed, their are no ice delivery trucks like in the south, we make the ice ourselves and the staff chop to smaller pieces by hand, if you order drinks from us you'll recieve ice if requested or can enjoy a variety of our blended drinks and chilled juices.
We give sarongs to all our guests upon arrival, they are beautifully handmade batik with a heart design, these can be used at the pool or the beach and some guests even use them for Temple visits and ceremonies. They are very eco friendly and dry in minutes after use, they do not fill with sand like a towel would, and damage the washing machines over time. At Life in Amed we try to help the environment , sarongs are one way and giving complimentry drinking water in the rooms to cut down on plastic waste.
There is one road in Amed, so most hotels and restaurants are built close to that road, there can be some noise from bikes, with the new restaurant and yoga shala I think now will be minimal, it is not an issue for most people. We have a great menu with lots of options for western style and Indonesian recipes. We are especially know for our organic salads, chocolate decadance cake, triple lemon cheesecake and burgers. The fishermen catch tuna, mahi mahi, snapper and baracudda for us. We also have the best selection for vegetarians in the area.
Thank you for staying with us, as I mentioned you didn't stop laughing, so you must of enjoyed some of your stay....
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014

Life in Amed is a beautiful hotel where the owner put great thought into the details of the rooms and the property.The food was very good and we ate here for almost every meal. The spring rolls were addicting. The people who work at the hotel are beautiful and willing to help you with whatever your needs are. They set up a really great tour while we were here.
Life in Amed is in a fishing village, and this is important to know if you are going to stay anywhere in Amed. This is not like the busy south. We like to walk, and we walked the main road in both directions from the hotel everyday, enjoying talking to the people, instead of being constantly barraged by vendors in the south. It is a wonderful slower pace.
At the hotel we stayed in a villa on the beach which was terrific. From the second floor you can watch the fisherman coming in with their boats, and watch life as it has been for generations of fishermen and their families. Our room was very comfortable and quiet, and we loved the outdoor shower. We also loved the pool, especially after our long walks.
If you want a great place to stay and relax, where the snorkeling is terrific, you enjoy being part of the local traditions and want great food and beverage, we would highly recommend staying at Life in Amed.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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AmedBali, Guest Relations Manager at Life in Amed Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, April 11, 2014
Sounds like you had a wonderful stay and explored the area meeting the villagers, whom love to practice their English and see where you are going :)
Glad you appreciated the design of the hotel, alot of love went into it and always making everything as beautiful as can be with the help of our lovely staff.... Thank you....
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

On arrival I didn't get the best vibe from staff but it did improve. The villa we were in, Paradiso villa, is located right at the front of the property almost on the beach. First impressions were that it was a bit dark and musty but after a while we saw the benefits as we had our own room upstairs and our toddler had her own room downstairs and slept well in the dark. What comes with village life though is the smells and sounds so we knew to expect this but probably would still have preferred not to have the smell of pigs and sounds all throughout the night from animals and music. Earplugs are provided but we couldn't wear them because of needing to hear our daughter. Also it would really be great if the doors had fly wire or similar so you could open them up at night without letting mosquitoes in but instead we had to use aircon to combat the stuffiness.
The food in the restaurant is first rate though and the pool is fabulous (even a little area for toddlers so they can safely play without being attached).
If you're not into diving or snorkelling there is not a lot else to do in the area and just going for a walk is a bit hard because you are walking along a narrow road with scooters/cars the whole time. There are definitely some picturesque bits of coastline though and some nice places to have a drink/meal to take advantage of the views (but food was soOoo good at life in Amed that you were really spoilt). Our daughter had some lovely interactions with local kids too.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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AmedBali, Guest Relations Manager at Life in Amed Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Thank you for your review... glad you enjoyed our restaurant and the children had special experiences with the local children that play in the ocean daily. Amed was always the place to come to be off the beaten path, recently it has become a must do visit for everyone visiting Bali, so it is a unique place with one coastal road with beautiful views, picturesque villages with jukung fishing boats lining the shore..many bays to snorkel, freedive and scuba. We are within a fishing village that has not changed for decades, they still keep pigs, cows and chickens...so when it rains in rainy season the smell can waft over, dry season not at all.
The Paradiso has a new thatched roof, 180 degree windows facing the ocean, to leave the windows open at night, it's best to put the mosquito net down, rather than netting all the windows and masking the beautiful views. The woods are stained a deep mahogany and the windows tinted for coolness so this gives a darkness, once opened and open the curtains it's very bright. The lower bedroom was my sons room, it's the most sheltered room in the resort and can be the coldest with the a/c running , perfect for light sleepers, it's a cocoon... we hope to see you in Amed another time....
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2014

A very quiet and relaxed resort located in Amed inside a fishing village. The rooms are neat, huge and clean. The open air bathroom is wonderful. The pool is quite small , when the hotel gets full might get a little crowded. They were just couple of us on the day we stayed hence it wasn't much of a trouble. The staff and wonderful and very helpful. The food is tasty.

Few things to improve:

There is very less mobile reception in this area hence Telephone should be available in the room. Beware of mosquito's. They do provide repellents but not sufficient to keep those bloody mosquito's from us.Recommend a lotion or something.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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AmedBali, Guest Relations Manager at Life in Amed Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, April 11, 2014
Thank you for your review and staying with us, glad you enjoyed your visit...answering your review is a great way to let people know about the resort...not sure of the size of the pool, but never been overcrowded, as guests come and go at different times, plus the ocean is on our door step with so much coral and marine life to explore...
When I first came to Amed 18 years ago there was just a rocky road, no electricity or phone lines...now we have even a wifi connection...though in our bay there is no telephone reception for cell phones, that will not change probably, not sure...though I facebook/hotmail messages to my friends with my apps, and you can get a signal on the beach or going to the hillside by Sails or a village closer to Culik...or just ask to use our phone at reception...
Mosquitos are all over Tropical countries, they come out at dusk and lurk around in the morning, we have a repellant in our rooms, and an electrical device, that will make your contact minimal...we do not fog like hotels in Kuta, it is too toxic...
Hope to see you in Amed again some day...
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2014

second time i have stayed there, the service is amazing, even though they were renovating, we were not inconvenienced at all.
This time we rented a beach front villa with the balcony over the beach, this was so relaxing and peaceful. the rooms were exceptionably clean, the price very reasonable. will definatly return

Room Tip: well worth staying in the beach villas if you have a couple to share with or a family all other rom...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bangkok
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013

We want to echo the comments of earlier guests. This is a great value, small resort right on the beach, in the middle of a fishing village; a very interesting and relaxed part of Bali. If you are looking for 5-star accommodations and nightlife stay in the south part of the island. Also, since it is a 2-3 hour drive from the airport, you should plan to stay at least 3 nights. We were in the Paradiso Villa on the beach with 4 people. Staff was friendly, other guests were fun to hang around with. Food was excellent (tho breakfast is very ordinary). So, really expect a local, inexpensive experience. Do tour around the area to the temple on top of the hill by the sea (expect the village children to join you on the hike up), play on the beach with locals, go out on a fishing boat with one of the fishermen or get an unskilled massage for a low price. Snorkeling is excellent as well.

A quick note about the Paradiso Villa. You are right next to the beach and the local houses next door. If you are in the downstairs bedroom, you won't hear much. If you are upstairs, you will hear the roosters and the cow in the morning. We never heard the boats come and go.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2013

My husband and I just stayed at "life" from Dec 18-20. We could not say more about this resort. It's quiet, peaceful- a nice break from the hussel bussel touristy places. The staff were definitely the highlight. They were helpful, attentive, friendly and simply just genuinely nice people. One of them, Wayan, arranged a cooking class for us about 2 km away at The Smiling Buddah (highly recommend, runs daily at 11) and even drove me on his motorbike as I was scared to drive my own. We stayed one night in the Perfume cottage and the second night in the villas. Both great! The perfume cottage was great for someone needing multiple rooms but the villas were perfectly sufficient as well. We had the option to eat out most meals but opted to eat at the "life" restaurant as we loved the food so much. The soups, currys, satay, organic salads and of course chocolate cake are a must. Thank you Sarah, Made and the rest of the staff for making our honeymoon so special.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $
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 
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