Located in Karangasem regency, east Bali, Amankila is a lavish resort that treats each guest like royalty.
I have been to Bali many times but this was the first that I visited East Bali. The journey took about one-and-a-half hours from the airport to Amankila. There were so many exciting views on the way, the entrance to Bali Safari and Marine Park, and also the beaches and ocean views. This region is not as crowded as other parts of Bali; it’s good to see nature instead of people and buildings sometimes.
When I arrived at Amankila I was immediately dazzled by the stunning view of the turquoise sea from its signature three-tier swimming pools. It was truly a treat for my city eyes. Amankila is home to 35 separate suites that are connected by elevated terrazzo walkways. My suite had a large bedroom with a canopied, king-sized bed and spacious bathroom with separate deep soaking tub and shower chamber. I loved the simplicity of the design which had an elegant yet restrained Balinese feeling all over: Everything was just perfect.
The resort is filled with bright and natural colours, with alang-alang thatched roofs and trees and flowers everywhere, creating a refreshing and peaceful ambience at the same time. I had Indonesian tea and snacks in front of the library, at which two Balinese women laid out cups, pots and plates full of glutinous rice cakes as other guests passed by and picked up something before wandering back to their poolside bale (gazebo) or beach chair. I had some also before heading to the Beach Club to watch the sunset. To reach the club I had to follow a winding set of stone steps that led down from the resort. As I descended, I saw tall coconut palms, frangipani trees and Amankila’s largest swimming pool, a 41-metre, turquoise-tiled lap pool. There were also shaded twin loungers for sunbathing alongside the pool.
Adjacent to the Beach Club is Amankila’s private beach, where guests may relax in bale for a seaside escape, or experience enjoyable watersports such as snorkelling, diving, cruising, windsurfing or game fishing. I had a wonderful Morning Cruise experience the following morning. We departed at 8 am from the beach using Amankila XIV, an outrigger designed like a traditional Balinese jukung, to the Blue Lagoon snorkelling spot. The seawater was so clear you could see the bottom of the ocean, decorated by beautiful coral and a reef. The fish were so friendly and tame they would literally take bread from your hands.
After some island cruising I returned to the resort for a one-hour Amankila massage at the Massage Pavillion. The signature massage uses aromatherapy oils to relax guests while the skillful therapist used long, soothing strokes in a flowing Balinese massage style to provide maximum balance and relaxation through body and mind. It was truly wonderful.
The royal feeling is reflected throughout Amankila, from its elegant design to its top-notch service. This truly luxurious resort knows how to pamper guests and make them feel like a king or queen for a day or two, or as long as they stay at this wonderful resort.
Bali – Indonesia
Phone. +62 363 41333
Text by Dennis Latif | Photos courtesy of Amankila