My wife and I stayed at Amankila for 3 nights in May 2009. We've stayed at or visited 6-7 Aman properties, and it is by far the most amazing luxury hotel chain we know, not to be compared with the Four Seasons, Banyan Trees, or St. Regises of this world.
That said, this property did not live up to our other Aman experiences.
First, the pluses. The location is beautiful and relatively secluded, the three-tiered pools are dramatic, the green lap pool is equally wonderful, and the bales by the pool are elegant and fun to hang out in. The beach isn't the best, but not poor as some others claim. It has the benefit of complete seclusion, as do the well-appointed bales on the beach. Napping inside one of the bales with a gentle breeze wafting by the beach was one of my favorite Bali experiences. The service, as one would expect, is attentive and the staff eager to help.
Now, the negatives. The biggest disappointment for us were the rooms. We found them tired-looking and plain, not in the Aman minimalistic, zen kind of way, just plain and ordinary. Usually, I find the Aman aesthetic very appealing, and found the rooms at Amanbagh, Aman New Delhi, and Amanjiwo outstanding, breathtaking even. Here they were just... plain. The local staff manning the reception area tried to help us out with our touristy plans as best they could, but we were unable to communicate effectively because of their broken English. We found this to be a problem throughout Bali, but we expected more from Aman. There is no dedicated spa area to speak of; the spa is converted from a room. This seems to be true of far too many Amans.
Tips: Pick a room close to the pool area or else you'll have a LOT of stairs to climb and descend to get anywhere. Even if you're looking for total seclusion, you'll be able to find suitable rooms close to the pool area. We loved the snorkeling-sightseeing tour on the Aman boat.
BEST tip: If you're going to Bali, try to take out a few days to stay at Amanjiwo. Amanjiwo is by far the best Aman property in Indonesia, some would say the world, and it utterly magical. The Borobudur temple is really something worth seeing too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mount Agung provides a dramatic backdrop for Amankila (peaceful hill), a secluded seaside resort overlooking the Lombok Strait. Spacious stilted villas offer exceptional views from their hillside locations amongst frangipani and bougainvillea, and are connected to the resort's facilities by raised walkways. Guests can relax around the signature three-tiered pool or at the Beach Club on Amankila's beach. Amankila also offers easy access to untouched rural countryside, local crafts and the region's royal past. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amankila Hotel Manggis
- Amankila Hotel Karangasem
- Amankila Manggis, Bali