The approach to Amankila builds a sense of anticipation as the long drive winds up, then down to the airy lobby. Surrounded by frangipani trees, the lobby affords exceptional ocean views. Mount Agung provides a dramatic backdrop for Amankila (peaceful hill), a secluded seaside resort overlooking the Lombok Strait. Spacious stilted villas offer exceptional views from their hillside locations amongst frangipani and bougainvillea, and are connected to the resort’s facilities by raised walkways. You can relax around the signature three-tiered pool or at the Beach Club on Amankila’s beach. What separates Amankila from other luxury Bali resorts is that it is situated in Karangasem, one of Bali’s most traditional regencies. Amankila also offers easy access to untouched rural countryside, local crafts and the region’s royal past.
The area offers a host of activities from mountain biking and diving, to cultural excursions to temples and ancient water palaces. The resort is close to Manggis, Candi Dasa, Tenganan and other villages where traditional crafts are still practiced, and outings to explore the region’s natural beauty are well worth the effort.
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, also with views of the sea. The Terrace, set just back from the signature three-tiered 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 complimentary Indonesian ginger tea, Bali kopi (coffee) and local Balinese cakes. The Beach Club offers a simple menu of salads, pizzas, Indonesian and Western light dishes for brunch, lunch and afternoon tea. Private dining is available in the suites 24 hours a day.
The Beach Club is located at the base of the cliff, a five minutes’ walk below the main resort. You 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. Windsurfers, boogie boards, kayaks and Hobie cats are available at the Beach Club. Amankila’s staff will assist you with water sports and provide lessons or sailing partners if required. Eight private lounging bales are set along the sandy beach, tucked into the foliage for added privacy. Drinks and light meals can be enjoyed in the bales.
Traditional Balinese massage and beauty treatments are available in the privacy of guests’ 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.
Thirty-four independent suites, all beach house-style with high ceilings, canopied beds and decks, are located on a hillside above tiered infinity pools – the view is incomparable. The service is top notch as you would expect. If you don’t go for the Kilasari Suite which has the best views, Ocean Suites 6, 11, and 37 have the next best views. If you want more more space to fit the kids in, choose the Indrakila Suite.
Amankila is well set up for young ones and welcomes under-12s for free. Babysitting can be arranged.
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