Hanging ever so slightly onto the edge of Bali’s coastline, Amankila provides a stillness that is quintessentially Karangasem, Bali’s most traditional region. A unique setting with more romantic cachet than any amount of roses.
Frangipani, Alang Alang, Kopi, and Bales. These are just some of the Balinese words that guests will be glad to become accustomed to. Amankila is perched amongst palm trees on a hillside, and features 34 free-standing thatched-roof suites. Elevated walkways connect you to reception, the restaurant, and of course, the bar. On your way, though, you might want to pause for a dip in the three-tiered infinity pool, gazing out across the Pacific, and inspired by the storied rice patties synonymous with the terrain.
And then, there’s the beach. What can be said about private silver sands, turquoise waters, and emerald green hills rising in the distance? A nice exhale will likely do the trick. For those that feel the need to explore, take one of the resort’s two outriggers for a trip, and slip into a snorkeling wonderland including Elephant coral, and WWII wreck.
Much like Mount Agung, towering behind the resort, Amankila is to be revered, and always worth the journey. With a perfect-scoring location in eastern Bali right on the Lombok Strait, “this beautiful resort is very much in touch with its community.” Freestanding suites, all with thatched roofs, cathedral ceilings, canopied beds, double terrazzo vanities, and patios with coconut-shell tables, are terraced on a hillside above “lovely, tiered infinity pools–what an amazing view.” Expect service that’s “amazing–the general manager is great.” The sole restaurant, which prepares European and Indonesian dishes, “is not up to par with the rest of the hotel.” At afternoon tea, women in sarongs and kebayas serve ginger tea, Balinese coffee, and local cakes.
ROOMS & SUITES: 34
Amankila is a cliffside beach resort overlooking the Lombok Strait in East Bali. The suites are elevated to take advantage of the spectacular views to the sea and surrounding hillsides.
The resort is close to Manggis, Candi Dasa, Tenganan and other villages in Karangasem, Bali’s most traditional regency. From spectacular views and seaside seclusion, to mountains and valleys rich with Bali’s diverse culture, Amankila offers travellers a sanctuary for romantic, spiritual, cultural and active pursuits. The fabled Mount Agung, a volcano revered as a home of the gods by the Balinese, rears 3,142m above sea level, providing a dramatic backdrop to the 34-suite resort. Perched on the coast near the village of Manggis in East Bali, Amankila is blessed with a white crescent of private beach, incredible views of the Lombok Strait and cliff-side grounds around the three-tiered pool, sweet with the scent of frangipani and tuberoses.
But this hideaway resort offers more than the simple pleasures of sand and sea. Amankila is the ideal base from which to explore the cultural diversity and rich history of East Bali, a place of temples, palaces, rice paddies and ruins, of villages where crafts lost to the rest of the island are still practiced, and where religion is an intrinsic part of everyday life, seen both in colourful festivals and in simple daily offerings to the gods.
At a Glance:
- Type: An ultra-luxe, secluded Bali Beach Resort
- Pool/Gym: Iconic Amankila three tier pool overlooking the Ocean/Private or group yoga classes offered
- Spa: Traditional Balinese spa
- Restaurant: The Restaurant & The Terrace are beautiful, open air restaurants offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. Both overlook the ocean and the main pool
- Bar: the hotel’s carefully concocted cocktails are perfect for a before & after dinner drink with views of the ocean
- Atmosphere: Laid back luxury in a very private setting
- Complimentary WIFI
- Child friendly
- Location: Manggis, Bali – Airport Distance 1 hour, 45 minutes
- High Season: May through October