Nestled between jungle and sea at the base of Mount Agung in eastern Bali’s remote Karangasem Regency, Amankila mimics the shapes and materials of the nearby Ujung Water Palace, yet also captures the spirit of everyday Bali. The 34 suites are modeled after traditional Balinese beach houses—stilted amid bougainvillea and frangipani flower trees and topped with alang alang thatched roofs. Inside, the design blends royal doorways, a pillared bed canopy, and marble vanities with more understated pieces crafted from bamboo, rattan, and coconut wood. Elevated marble walkways turn and intersect from the suites like an Aztec relief until they reach the colonnaded main buildings and three-tier pool, inspired by Bali’s hallmark rice terraces. Steps wind down from the resort to the oceanfront Beach Club, which features a restaurant, a 130-foot lap pool, and eight shady bales (pavilions) tucked into a coconut grove. Ocean equipment, including windsurfing boards, Hobie Cats, and outrigger boats designed like jukung (traditional fishing crafts) encourage guests to get in the water, also great for snorkeling and diving. Amankila (meaning “peaceful hill”) offers everything a guest could need for a relaxing holiday, but nearby temples, ornate water palaces, and artisan villages complete the overall experience.
By Serena Renner, AFAR Contributor
Get off the Grid in Style at Bali's Amankila
Amankila is one of three Aman properties on Bali and, perhaps, the most remote, with its private beach and views of the Lombok Strait. The suites themselves are reason enough to go. Airy and enormous, each is filled with a fabulous selection of local fruits and snacks, and carved teak furniture, and outfitted with a large private balcony with views of the strait. Pry yourself from this luxury and you'll find infinity pools, a half-mile stretch of beach, and any number of activities, from Balinese massage to surf lessons from a local. As for food, stick to the local specialties: savory nasi goreng, the classic Balinese fried rice, and the sizable cocktail menu built around arak, or rice liquor.
By Aislyn Greene, AFAR Staff
Amankila, Manggis, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia