A frontrunner in the world of five-star hospitality, Aman is welcoming back travellers to the island of Bali, reopening all of its properties on the Island of the Gods.
After a year of hardship and uncertainties, the idea of spending well-earned downtime in a tropical paradise has to be on everyone’s minds. The island of Bali, with its verdant rice terraces, jungled interior and beaches framed by coral reefs teeming with vibrant marine life, has long been recognised as the ultimate destination for those seeking to soothe the soul. Aman has three distinct sanctuaries on this peaceful island, all with a uniquely low room count and spacious standalone suites and villas. After a brief period of closure in response to the global pandemic, Amankila, Amandari and Aman Villas at Nusa Dua are ready to welcome back eager travellers with the highest safety procedures.
Ensconced on a hillside on Bali’s less explored eastern coastline, Amankila resides beneath Bali’s sacred Mount Agung. Each of the 31 private suites has been beautifully designed to captivate guests, set amid lush tropical vegetation and with breathtaking sea views. The suites are raised on stilts, offer their own private entrances, and are connected via frangipani-lined walkways through the treetops. With expansive indoor and outdoor living areas, they are adorned in muted colours with thatched roofs to add an even more relaxing vibe.
Ideal for travellers seeking full relaxation, Amankila’s three-tiered infinity pool takes centre stage. Meanwhile, down on the private beach, The Beach Club is a great place to laze under the hot sun and for dips in the 41-metre lap pool. For dining, the resort utilises locally sourced ingredients and explores a variety of cuisines, from traditional Balinese and Indonesian fare to relaxed Western dishes.
Amankila’s coastal setting and fragrant gardens instil a peaceful atmosphere. With its tranquil hillside spot, the resort has long served as a sanctuary for those seeking a positive shift in terms of wellbeing. Yoga classes are available for guests wanting to hone their skills at the beachside yoga pavilion, while the Spa is a great place to unwind with treatments that are carefully selected for wellbeing.
Framed by an emerald-green landscape of wild jungle foliage and rice terraces in Bali’s cultural heartland, Amandari lies just outside Ubud, above the Ayung Valley. With only 31 freestanding suites and a three-bedroom villa, the resort is designed to echo the design of a traditional village and is dotted with small lotus ponds and colourful bursts of tropical flora.
Of all the resort’s village-style paras-stone dwellings, the three-bedroom Amandari Villa is the most extraordinary and secluded. The villa is accessed via its own entrance and is located a minute’s drive from the main resort. Comprising a quintet of freestanding pavilions, the villa is set around a two-tiered swimming pool set in landscaped gardens. Exclusively served by two members of the Amandari team, and with access to a private vehicle, the hideaway overlooks the natural splendour of the Ayung River Valley.
Amandari’s tropical setting inspires a meditative sense of being, and its Aman Spa further encourages relaxation and comprises two open-air pavilions, a beauty room, sauna, a marble room and an extensive menu of treatments. New this year, Amandari has introduced a three-night Reiki Healing and Level 1 Initiation Retreat. Led by Reiki Master Pak Warmana, this package offers guests daily jamu and a conscious menu, as well as group yoga, Qigong and meditation classes, Reiki healing sessions, two 90-minute Aman Signature Spa Treatments and a Balinese blessing ceremony.
Aman Villas at Nusa Dua
Aman Villas at Nusa Dua form a peaceful retreat on Bali’s beach-fringed southernmost peninsula. Set within palm-fringed gardens filled with aromatic frangipani trees and with access to a private Beach Club, the villas range from one to six bedrooms. Each villa covers two storeys and includes a large open-air dining pavilion, as well as a private 25-metre swimming pool.
Catering to both solo travellers and large groups, the resort has introduced a new addition for an excellent dining experience. Capturing the excitement and interactive nature of a market stall, each villa’s private chef liaises with guests to provide an evening Seafood Market Barbecue with tailor-made dishes and live cooking stations. At the dinner, utilising the catch-of-the-day, the chef crafts a bespoke menu over traditional husk coals to suit each guest’s taste. Fresh island fare includes lobster from Sumbawa, grouper from Mancar, mud crabs from Sumatra, prawns from Pasuruan, tuna from Singaraja, barramundi from Papua and snapper from Karangasem.