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LUXURY AT BALI'S CULTURAL HEARTLAND

Amandari offers an escape to tranquility.

Inspired by a traditional village, Amandari is framed by jungle and rice terraces in Bali’s cultural heartland. I had the chance to visit the resort and I fell in love with it. For me, Amandari is a perfect place for people who want to escape from the bustle at big cities. It is also a perfect choice for honeymooners who want to enjoy the sweet taste of love. Reaching tranquility is probably what describe it best during my stay at Amandari. One can feel connected to nature and enjoy the beautiful view that Mother Earth has offered at Amandari.

The 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, and religious processions pass through regularly, leading down the steps that spill below Amandari to a seventh-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. Amandari lies in the village of Kedewatan, only 15 minutes’ drive from Ubud and it is hidden on a hillside overlooking rice terraces as well as the wilderness of the Ayung Valley.

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. Amandari has multiple types of suites such as Village and Valley Suites, which is surrounded by tropical foliage, or with views of the Ayung Valley or rice paddies. The suite also has a private courtyard garden with sunken marble bathtub. For those who want to have their own swimming pool, Amandari has a Pool Suite which includes private swimming pool of 39–40 square metre, as well as a private garden and outdoor living area. Asmara Suite is also available for guests who want to enjoy the views of Ubud’s lush rice paddies. Other types of suites are also available such as Ayung Suite, Amandari Suite, and others.

Exposed to cooling mountain breezes, the open-air main restaurant and adjacent bar positioned to 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. The Restaurant has a capacity of 60 people and opens for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The dishes that offered are western and local Indonesian cuisines. The Bar is the ideal spot for refreshing drinks and sundowners, overlooking the pool. Amandari also has The Roof Terrace that sweeps views from an elevated position above the tree canopy and it is suitable for private dining venue ideal for small parties.

Amandari can also arrange guided tailor-made excursions anywhere in Bali; popular day trips include Gunung Kawi, a group of 11th-century temple monuments dedicated to King Anak Wungsu, Lake Batur, Mount Agung, and Ceking, famous for its precipitous rice terraces. Amandari guides have a thorough knowledge of the island and will show guests both popular and off-the-beaten-track sights.