- Pool – Outdoor
- Scuba diving
Mount Agung provides a dramatic backdrop for Amankila, a secluded seaside resort overlooking the Lombok Strait in East Bali.
Guests can relax around the signature three-tiered swimming pool or at the Beach Club. This offers another swimming pool and a restaurant set back from a private beach in a tranquil coconut grove.
Amankila offers easy access to untouched countryside, local craft villages and the areas royal ruins.
Drawing on the energy of east Bali, the Spa’s therapies aim for complete relaxation and presence in the moment. Natural ingredients are used in traditional Balinese baths, scrubs and wraps – available in the privacy of guest Suites, the massage pavilion, a beach bale or secluded open-air spot with tropical canopy.
The fitness pavilion is equipped with a treadmill, an elliptical trainer and free weights. Yoga sessions can be taken in-suite or at a beachside pavilion
- Massage Pavilion
- Treatment Suites
- Relaxation Areas
- Fitness Pavilion
- Aman Spa
Elevated to maximise sea views and joined by meandering walkways, Amankila’s Suites float amidst frangipani and bougainvillea trees. With lines that reflect their east Bali surroundings, the architecture is inspired by the royal water palace of Ujung near Amlapura.
Several Suites feature private pools. The 34 free-standing Suites are connected to the resorts restaurants and other facilities by raised walkways.
Amankila’s ocean-view Restaurant focuses on locally sourced ingredients. Traditional local techniques are combined with contemporary cooking styles for revitalising cuisine. Ducks are raised at the resort’s free-range farm in Jasri village; herbs are grown in Amankila’s garden; and cold smoking is done in the smokehouse. Vegetables and exotic fruits are the result of the rich volcanic soil spread beneath Mt Agung.
As well as the main restaurant, there is The Beach Club and The Terrace which are open for lunch and The Bar which features magnificent views and is ideal for pre-and post-dinner drinks.
Amankila is 1.5 hours by car from Bali’s Denpasar International Airport. Private transfers can be arranged.
Dramatic frangipani-lined walkways zig-zag up the hillside dotted with alang-alang thatched roofs and paras-stone walls. Sprinkled in these hills of Bali’s less-explored east coast, overlooking the Lombok Strait with Nusa Penida in the distance, are 34 standalone villa suites as suited to short romantic breaks as upmarket escapes as a family. Architect Ed Tuttle’s original iconic design endures at this luxury hotel in the historic Karangasem Regency. The showstopping cascading three-tier infinity pool is a reference to the nearby water palace at Ujung and sacred Mount Agung and the scene is as breath-stealingly special as when the hotel first opened in 1992 as one of the original Aman resorts.
The temptation at Amankila is to never stray from a balé by the multi-level much-instagrammed pool — perhaps bar a stroll down to the seemingly private beach below. But what had us falling hardest for this soul-soothing sanctuary was the rare knack of being a relaxing retreat which also nudges you to get out and try new experiences — in our case, a gentle guided cycling adventure. Thanks to a beautifully planned bike ride, we pedalled with our Balinese chaperone through the foothills of the volcano, taking in staggeringly beautiful mountainscape scenery and lovingly tended rice paddies punctuated by Balinese Hindu temples. We dipped into authentic daily village life that is a world away from the tourism of the island’s south, visiting artisans’ ateliers off tiny tracks, and purchasing hand-tooled silver jewellery. Dodging only the occasional chicken or adorable puppy, we pedalled our way past banana trees and palms to historic places of worship and landscaped gardens where the only other visitors we met were Indonesian.
There’s no spa at Amankila as such, but you can book a Balinese massage to enjoy in the privacy of your room or on your terrace. There’s also the option to slope down to the Beach Club and its rolling green lawns, where there is an impressive 40-metre lap pool and plenty of private spaces that don’t just encourage a little meditation or mindfulness, they insist.
Since we stayed as a family, the session that proved the most smile-inducing was our introduction to Laughing Yoga. That’s right, we ha-ha-ha-HA’d in the name of exercise with Pak Eka. The Hasya and Hatha yoga teacher started things off in the ocean-view pavilion with nothing too eccentric, but after a little stretching, clapping and deep breathing, we were lulled into some therapeutic giggling. And once the laughter starts — it’s hard to stop. Medicine? Definitely. Amusing? Most certainly.
For those seeking wellbeing without having to abstain from decadence or indulgence, Amankila has a sophisticated epicurean spirit — so leave those hair shirts at home, and reach for the cocktail list — a mangosteen martini is just one tipple to toast that panorama at sunset. In the open-air restaurant, the regularly refreshed inspired menu promises just-caught seafood, suckling pig and Wagyu beef for gourmet tastes — but what is fantastically satisfying is its elegant versions of simple, traditional Indonesian dishes. Soto Ayam (chicken broth), satay skewers and sambals reminded us that the local produce here hails from the richest volcanic soil and the hotel’s own herb garden and farmlands in Jasri village — and what could be more nourishing than that?