Manggis | INDONESIA
NEIGHBORHOOd | Tenganan Village
WHAT TO KNOW
PROPERTY SIZE: 34 rooms
ROOM STYLE: Indigenous
Arrange for a morning snorkel cruise aboard one of the resort’s private boats — breakfast is served onboard, and there’s a plush top deck for sunbathing.
WHAT TO LOVE
Three-Tiered Signature Pool
Five Star Customer Service
Intimate Luxurious Suites
All LuxWT Guests Receive:
- Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests
- A complimentary lunch for up to two people per room, once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
AT THE HOTEL
- 24-hour Security
- Air Conditioning
- Children's Programs
- Complimentary Parking
- Connecting Rooms
- Internet Access
- Meal Plans Available
- Multi-lingual Staff
- Bicycle Rental
- Fitness Center
- Horseback Riding
- Water Sports
- Babysitting Services
- Car Rental Desk
- Complimentary Airport Transfers
- Concierge Desk
- Currency Exchange
- House Safe
- Laundry/Dry Cleaning/Pressing
- Room Service
- Room Service 24-hours
- Turndown Service
- Valet Parking
- Wakeup Calls
- Wedding Services
IN YOUR ROOM
- Complimentary Coffee/Tea
- Complimentary Newspaper
- Hair Dryer
- Iron/Ironing Board
- Mini Bar
LUXWT Prime Review
By Maria Paradisis
Imagine a place where mountain, jungle and beach come together and luxury lies at the center. Now tell your imagination it’s a reality, and you’ve discovered the Amankila Resort.
Amankila translates as ‘Peaceful Hill’ and you couldn’t find a truer name. Overlooking the beautiful Lombok Strait and presided over by the 3142-metre Gunung Agung (Mother Mountain), the resort offers a serenely personal and pampered experience like none other.
I know I’m in for a special stay as soon as I enter the front gate. A stillness descends and I am in awe while driving through the grounds via a steep hill filled with lush greenery and glimpses of the deep-blue Lombok Strait.
Even though it’s my first time here, in a funny way it feels like coming home. And this is what Adrian Zecha, founder of Aman Resorts, seeks to create. “I want people to feel as if they are in the home of a dear friend,” he explains. And his plan is working. Aman Resorts remain intimate (the average resort is 35 rooms) and dedicated to a simple elegance. Zecha wants his guests’ first impression to be that of a warm, unpretentious welcome.
The buggy that is the resort’s main transport takes me to my Pool Suite and I officially check in to paradise. My room is traditional Balinese style and features complimentary wifi, water, vegetable crackers, chocolate and oat cookies, of which I ate too many. But then indulgence is encouraged here.
The suite’s pool is enclosed within a large, walled courtyard to ensure privacy and the outdoor area features a desk, daybed and two sunbeds. If you love the sound of waves crashing, request a room close to the ocean. Every night, on your bed you will find a bedtime story (and treat) that talks about traditional Balinese rituals and traditions.
The customer service, staying true to the cultural and natural environment the resort is built in, is what sets the Aman experience apart. The staff-to-guest ratio is high and staff are caring. They discreetly attend to your room a minimum 3 times per day. Approximately 90% of staff have been there since Amankila opened 23 years ago. That goes to say a lot about the company and this resort in particular.
The remarkable three-tiered signature pool is a main attraction, where water flows from one into the other. It was inspired by the Royal Water Palace of Ujung (located approximately 5kms from Amlapura, the capital of Bali’s Karangasem Regency) and designed to resemble rice paddies. One of the great pleasures during my stay was listening to the sweet sound of the many beautiful birds here, singing and chirping then flying by the pool for a quick dip and playing a game of chase with the butterflies.
There is also a 41-metre lap pool at the resort’s beach club where you can either relax in bales (cabanas) or take advantage of the beach activities on offer, such as canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, hobie cats and boogie boards.
I spent a day on the resort’s wonderful Aman XVI (designed after the jukung, a traditional Balinese fishing craft) 40-foot vessel, snorkelling the magical blue lagoon, a great experience and one I highly recommend. The various colourful fish not only swim under you, but by your side and right behind you.
If water sports are not your preference, there are plenty of other activities to keep you entertained, such as cycling, trekking, climbing, cooking classes, tours and visiting temples. Holistic programs are on offer too, from hypnotherapy and transformational coaching to yoga, pilates, fitness workouts and tennis. I took a yoga class with yoga and pilates guru Chae Hirano, who will be at Amankila for the next three months. On top of her teachings, Chae mingles with guests throughout the day to answer any questions they may have and to ensure their stay is a good one. It adds a charming personal touch.
And when it comes to luxury stays, nothing gets more personal than the dining choices on offer. At Amankila, the food is sensational. Executive chef Shane Lewis has created a wide variety of delicious dishes for the various menus throughout the hotel, as well as plenty of dining experiences, from private dinner on the beach or a candle-lit poolside bale dinner to a satay evening in a local village 15 minutes away. My standout meals included the Middle Eastern Breakfast (consisting of labnah, zaatar, cucumber, mint, tomatoes and grilled sourdough), Moroccan doughnuts with spiced custard and espresso cream, and Babi Guling, crisp roast suckling pig with Balinese sambal.
Amankila offers 34 free-standing suites in 3 different categories (Garden Suites, Ocean Suites and Pool Suites). In addition, there is the Kilasari Suite (featuring a 12-metre infinity pool), Indrakila Suite (featuring a lounging bale and private pool) and Amankila Suite (2 separate bedrooms, 2 bales, private pool and butler service).
During my stay, I got talking to some Aman junkies, repeat visitors who love it so much they stay at Aman Resorts around the world. All said their favourite is Amankila. I can understand the loyalty to this luxury Balinese ‘home’ – even though I have just left, I cannot wait to return.
About the Hotel
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.
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
BEST OF THE BEST
Set on a verdant hillside next to a cliff and overlooking East Bali's Lombok Strait, Amankila is welcoming in every respect. From your freestanding suite, connected to the resort's public areas and restaurants by stepped walkways, to the Beach Club, where watersports are available, you'll feel at home — yet so very far removed from your workaday life. Water lovers adore the two resort outriggers, designed to emulate traditional Balinese fishing craft — cruises are offered daily. Visit two of the island's most important temples, Lempuyang and Besakih, the former of which is considered one of Bali's “six temples of the heavens.”
Guest Rooms & Suites
Overlooking the beach and Amuk Bay, the 660-square-metre (7,104 square feet) two-bedroom Amankila Suite offers a private butler service, large terrace and aquamarine-tiled pool
- Beach and Amuk Bay views
- Private swimming pool
- Outdoor terrace with sun loungers
- Private butler service
- Two bedrooms with king-size beds
- Canopied king-size beds
- Living area with writing desk, window-side divan
- Coconut-shell table and rattan chairs
- Two lounging bales (pavilions)
- Bathroom with bathtub, dressing areas, twin vanities, separate shower/toilet
- Wi-Fi, sound system, safe
- TV on request
- Coffee machine
- Personal bar