A secluded beach resort overlooking the Lombok Strait, Amankila – which means ‘peaceful hill’ – is set in lush tropical vegetation, in the traditional Karangasem regency of eastern Bali. Close to traditional Balinese villages of Manggis, Candi Dasa and Tenganan, with its beautiful seaside setting and luxurious facilities, the Amankila is the epitome of barefoot chic.
Accommodation here is in 24 thatched suites, tucked away in the hillside, and accessed and connected to the rest of the resort by raised walkways. Built to reflect and blend in with their East Balinese surroundings, particularly the royal water palace outside Amlapura, the capital of the district, the suites are designed as beach houses with a twist. Airy and spacious, all have large wide widows, a canopied king-sized bed, and a writing desk, Wi-Fi, and an outdoor terrace with a daybed and coconut shell table and rattan chairs. Decor is neutral and restful, and natural materials such as teak, bamboo and coconut give a traditional Balinese feel. Lavish bathrooms have separate shower and bathtub, and cocnut-shell dressing rooms with double vanities. The Garden suites overlook the lush grounds, while the Ocean Suites have views of the sea, and pool suites have private pools enclosed within a courtyard, and four of these can be connected to the Ocean or Garden suites to accommodate large
If you can prise yourself away from the hotel’s triple-tiered infinity pool, the beach club is just five minutes’ walk or open-air buggy ride away below the main resort. Set in a coconut grove, there are sunbeds and umbrellas as well as eight private bales tucked among the palms where you can enjoy light meals and drinks. Cool off in the enormous (41m) outdoor pool, which is shaded by a frangipani tree, or enjoy some watersports – windsurfers, boogie boards, kayaks and Hobie cats are all available. Bali is renowned for its surfing, and the hotel can offer professional multilingual surfing guides, including the undefeated Indonesian champion. Cruising, snorkeling and diving trips can all be arranged – so you can explore the spectacular marine life including moray eels, manta rays, turtles, barracuda and coral gardens. Meanwhile back at the resort, there is a shady library overlooking the top tier of the pool, with a selection of books, newspapers, and magazines, as well as games, CD
There is a wide variety of wonderful dining options here. The Terrace restaurant serves Asian and Western cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or you can opt for one of the special dining experiences, which include a private candlelit dinner on the beach, or in a private bale around the three-tiered pool. Or you can enjoy the satay evening, which begins with a drive through the countryside to a private bale where you will be served an authentic satay feast. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapés in the Amankila candlelit bale on the hills with a dramatic view of the sunset, or book the Rijsttafel dinner, which includes 10 different dishes from Indonesia. The Megibung traditional feast can be served in your suite or in the restaurant, or at a private table beside the pool.