Descending the grand stone staircase to the Amankila’s iconic three-tier infinity pool, we realised that this was not just another luxury resort. Amankila nourished our senses with sights, smells and flavours that stirred something in our hearts, inducing memories we’d savour for a long time.
We came to the Amankila from Ubud, having been transported from the lovely Amandari (review soon!) and the first impression was that of arriving at a friend’s residence rather than a resort. A very rich friend, and one with exquisite taste, it has to be said.
Set on the cliffs and overlooking a dark volcanic beach, Amankila offers its own exquisite brand of laid-back luxury, in a very private setting.
This place put us into a slow-down mood. Every morning we’d get up to a new, completely relaxing day. We would leisure at long breakfasts, either at the hotel’s restaurant by the main pool, or in the quietness of our pool suite.
For us, the suite encapsulated the resort living at Amankila. Spacious in- and outside, with large swimming pool, it had the Aman’s trademark exceptional attention to detail, and style that captured the spirit of Bali.
The resort is a great example of the Aman’s unique formula in which minimalist style contemplates local building traditions. The stacked-up swimming pools are just the most obvious manifestation of this philosophy: they carry in them a distant echo of the Balinese rice paddies, so ubiquitous on the island.
But the architectural art of the Amankila’s cliff-edge terraces is but one aspect of the hotel experience. The strength of the resort’s design is in its duality—it never shies away from distinct features, but it can also fade away after a while, be a mere backdrop as another relaxed day rolls by.
The Aman Experience
Every time we write about our experience at an Aman resort we try not to fall back to a “you have to be here to truly ‘get it’ ” cliché. But it’s true, at least to some degree. This is because ultimately what matters is not only the architecture or luxuries of the guest rooms, or even the excellent art-on-the-plate dining.
What makes the Aman experience unique is the always-smiling, personalised service and soothing atmosphere. That, and the Aman’s conscious immersion in its locale, for many experiences and excursions the resort offers are focused on close connection with local culture.
The moment-to-moment moods are encapsulated in the evening music and authentic Balinese dance performances, and in those nice touches of local children making token “offerings” out of bamboo leaves when we’d come down for the afternoon tea.
All this fills the day with moments of delight. We cherished them and cherished our time at the hotel stay as a whole—like the beautiful time it was.
Beach, Culture, Editor's Pick, Honeymoon, Island, Luxury, Modern Design, Private Villa, Quiet, Relaxing, Romance, Secluded, Sightseeing, Tropical, Wow Factor,
Number of rooms & suites: 35
Rate per night: From USD 700 (EUR 626)
*The rate is only approximate and is based on our own independent research, at the time of writing. We cannot guarantee the rate in any way.
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