Amankila (which means peaceful hill) set on a cliffside overlooking the Lombok Strait in East Bali. Below the resort is its private stretch of sand and beach club. From the intimate, airy lobby, the views are already very much in evidence. The resort is close to Manggis, Candi Dasa, Tenganan and other villages in Karangasem, Bali’s most traditional regency.
Amankila’s suites are elevated to take advantage of the spectacular views to the sea and surrounding hillsides. The 34 free-standing suites, with their alang alang roof thatching, are fashioned as beach houses with a twist. They reflect the lines and flow of their East Bali surroundings, in particular the royal water palace just outside Amlapura, the district’s capital. All suites are connected to the reception and restaurant area by stepped walkways.Many suites feature private swimming pools.
The Restaurant, located above the main pool overlooking the ocean, is open for dinner. The menu features a mix of Western and Indonesian cuisine. Adjacent to the Restaurant is Amankila’s Bar, with its views to the sea. The Terrace, set just back from the main pool is open for breakfast and lunch and serves Asian and Western cuisine. Afternoon tea is served daily in front of the Library, where local women dressed in sarongs and kebayas offer Indonesian ginger tea, Bali kopi and local Balinese cakes. The Beach Club offers a simple menu of salads, Indonesian and Western light dishes for brunch, lunch and afternoon tea. Private dining is available in the suites 24hrs a day.
The Beach Club is located at the base of the cliff five minutes below the main resort. Guests can either walk to the beach or be driven there in one of Amankila';s open-air buggies. Set within a grove of coconut palms and partially shaded by a frangipani tree, is Amankila’s largest swimming pool. Snorkelling equipment, windsurfers, boogie boards, kayaks and hobie-cats are located at the Beach Club. Amankila';s staff will assist guests with water sports and provide lessons or sailing partners if required. Eight private lounging bales are set in the sand, each secluded amongst the foliage for added privacy. Drinks and light meals can be enjoyed here.
Aside from the Beach Club pool, Amankila’s signature three-tier pool dominates the landscape just below the lobby. Set into the cliff-edge, the blue-tiled pools face the sea and flow one into the other, stepping down like terraced fields. The main pool is 41 metres in length.
The library is rimmed with floor-to-ceiling windows. Oversized daybeds allow guests to relax and enjoy the wide selection of books, newspapers and magazines.The Gallery and Shop has a generous selection of Balinese art, crafts and antiques.
Traditional Balinese massage and beauty treatments are available in the privacy of the guest suites, in the specially-designated massage pavilion or at the Beach Club where two teakwood massage tables are hidden away in a grove of coconut palms and flowering bushes.
Amankila Bales: Bale Tirta Sira and Ketug Bale are located up in the hills of East Bali offering spectacular views of rice fields, banana trees and Amuk Bay. These bales are ideally placed as a picnic spot after a jeep tour, trek or cycle through the countryside.
Amanjiwo (which means “peaceful soul” and opened in 1997) is fashioned out of limestone and takes its inspiration from the surrounding culture of Central Java. The resort is located within a natural amphitheatre with the limestone Menoreh Hills rising directly behind, the Kedu Plain in front and four volcanoes – Sumbing, Sundoro, Merbabu and Merapi – gracing the horizon. Amanjiwo looks out onto Borobudur, the largest Buddhist sanctuary in the world.
Amanjiwo’s suites feature terrazzo flooring, high ceilings, domed roofs and sliding glass doors that open onto a garden terrace with a view of Borobudur or surrounding farmland. Fifteen suites come with private swimming pools. All suites include a thatched-roof kubuk (pavilion) with a daybed for outdoor lounging and dining and two loungers. Interiors include a central, four-pillar bed on a raised terrazzo platform, sungkai wood screens, coconut wood and rattan furniture, old batik pillows in classic Yogyakarta style, traditional glass paintings and a large sunken stone outdoor bathtub.
The rotunda Bar is a circular salon, with columns and drop fans, a coconut-wood bar and acid-etched bronze-drum tables.The Dining Room, with its silver-leaf ceiling swirling with muted colours, is defined by a double row of stone columns. Indonesian and Western cuisine is served in an open-air setting with panoramic views over the rice fields to Borobudur and its surrounding volcanoes.The view from the Terrace is particularly arresting at dawn and twilight, or after a cleansing rain, when the views open up over the Kedu Plain. Borobudur is directly ahead. Drinks, snacks and light lunches are also available at the colonnaded Pool Club that stretches into the rice fields. From the deck or from the 40-metre, green-stone pool itself, guests can enjoy views to Mt. Merapi.
A 40m infinity swimming pool, lined with green tiles and overlooked by banyan trees, is set into the rice paddies below the resort.Other facilities include a large library with a selection of books, CDs and games, an Art Gallery and Studio, two tennis courts and a boutique with a wide variety of Javanese clothing and textiles.
A range of Javanese and traditional beauty treatments are available at Amanjiwo, some of which incorporate the ancient holistic jamu method of healing. These can be enjoyed in the privacy of guest suites or in the specially-designed spa suite which has twin massage tables and an outdoor kubuk for relaxing afterwards with spicy ginger tea.
There are five Aman resorts in Indonesia and five distinctly different resorts and surroundings to experience – Amankila, Amanjiwo, Amandari, Amanusa and Amanwana.
Neighborhood: Tenganan Village Nearest Airport: Ngurah Rai International (DPS) 29 mi/46 km
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