- Fine Dining
- Pool – Outdoor
Inspired by a traditional village, Amandari is framed by jungle and rice terraces in Bali’s cultural heartland. Alang-alang-thatched houses – some with pools, all with private tropical gardens – cosset guests under bamboo ceilings, their suites elegantly decorated with teak and coconut-wood.
The grounds are both sacred and essential to local families: children attend dance classes here, and religious processions pass through regularly, leading down the steps that spill below Amandari to a 7th-century stone tiger – a motif repeated throughout the property.
Follow the road out of the village to hike or bike the emerald-green landscape; or head further afield for artisan villages, hidden temples, and the palaces and boutiques of Ubud.
A winding path leads through the gardens to the edge of a lotus pond – the setting for the Spa. This peaceful spot takes a holistic approach to therapies using local ingredients. Facilities include two open-air bales, a beauty room, sauna and marble steam room. The exhaustive treatment menu features local Balinese ingredients renowned for their soothing properties.
Amandari also features a gym offering cardiovascular equipment overlooking the lotus pond. Private yoga sessions are also available in an outdoor setting with a resident teacher.
The 32-metre, green-tiled main pool lies close to the edge of the gorge with spectacular views of the rice terraces.
- Two open-air bales
- Treatment Rooms
- Beauty Room
- Aman Spa
Standalone Suites and Villas open onto private-walled gardens with sunken outdoor baths and panoramic views. Amandari features 31 Suites and 1 Villa.
Surrounded by traditional paras-stone walls, each of the freestanding suites is accessed by a traditional Balinese stone gateway, leading to private courtyard gardens and sumptuous interiors.
Highlights include the Amandari Suite which features a private 60m2 infinity swimming pool in a spacious tropical garden and picturesque views of the Ayung valley. The suite has its own outdoor dining bale and separate living room pavilion that can be used as an additional bedroom. A two bedroom Amandari Suite can also be created by connecting with a Valley Suite.
The Amandari Villa is less than a minutes drive from the resort and comprises three bedrooms, a glass walled living room and fully fitted kitchen. The villa has its own garden and landscaped deck with marbled floored dining bale, as well as an expansive two-tier swimming pool finished in pale green tiles. The Amandari Villa is serviced by two staff with a driver on call.
Exposed to cooling mountain breezes, the open-air main restaurant and adjacent bar enjoy spectacular views of the pool and the Ayung River. Offering fine tropical dining from breakfast through to dinner, the restaurant serves up a sophisticated menu of Indonesian and Western dishes.
An upper level provides an ideal space for more intimate dinners, while private dining is available in-suite, 24-hours a day
Amandari lies in the village of Kedewatan, 15 minutes’ drive from Ubud, hidden on a hillside overlooking rice terraces and the wilderness of the Ayung Valley.
The resort is about an hour’s drive north of Denpasar’ Ngurah Rai International airport. Ngurah Rai is served by carriers including Singapore Airlines, Garuda and Jetstar.
Banyan trees, hanging vines and Hindu temples and colourful processions — it’s no secret that Ubud is a very spiritual place. Known for its healing powers and soul-stirring views over terraced rice paddies, along the Sayan Ridge, Ubud is in the leafy centre of this popular holiday island. It’s been home to a bohemian art scene since the 1930s when Ubud’s own royal family invited the intelligentsia to come and stay. Today, these highlands draw digital nomads as well as yoga disciples — but as popular as it gets, here close to the heart of the hub, Amandari is one of Aman’s original properties, a luxury retreat which has found a unique way of preserving, and celebrating, a sense of traditional village life.
Rather than being a five-star bubble that disconnects you from your host country, Amandari makes sure that all your senses know you’re here in the hills of Bali. A seventh-century shrine is preserved at its heart, and like a small hamlet of houses, the suites have sleek teak interiors, alang-alang grass thatching and intricately carved stone walls steeped in centuries of stories and spiritualism.
Ubud’s name is derived from the Balinese ‘ubad’ meaning medicine — and time here is a tonic. Amandari’s spa sits by a lotus pond, offering treatments in open-air balés amid the trees. I’d booked a Balinese Melukat purification ceremony, and on arrival, I was taken to a private villa where a village elder carried out a traditional Hindu water blessing. The Balinese believe that water represents a flow of energy which is linked to emotion and intuition and that the benefit is physical, emotional and spiritual.
When translated, ‘melukat’ quite literally means to cleanse or purify, ‘lukat; making ‘to let go’. Combining the soothing and cleansing of a more conventional spa pampering, with a deeper and more meaningful experience, one imagines this two-hour ritual is to be the dream therapy for a honeymooning couple after a long-haul flight. Crouched down in their long sarongs, with a silk scarf tied around the waist, it must be the perfect way to transition mind, body and soul into their new life with a clear head and positive state of mind.
Time spent meditating with the sweet, softly spoken priest who shared with me drops of holy water, scented flowers, incense, and offerings of traditional sweet rice cakes, while chanting mantras will stay with me. Less significant was the rub-down part lying on a massage table, it was the exchange of smiles and sense of connection. Throughout your stay at Amandari, there are thoughtful touches which remind guests of what a special place this Indonesian island is. A small hand-painted ceramic cockerel was one of the gifts at bedtime. Tied to it was a note that gently warned us of the rooster call that might rouse us at dawn. It may seem a small consideration, but this is the sort of detail that sets Aman experiences apart as being considerate and cultured.