Amankila is on Bali’s tranquil east coast, away from the party-hearty hubs of the island’s south. The vibe here is effortlessly peaceful, flowing through the resort’s thatched, light-stone buildings and verdant (6.3 hectares worth) gardens, through to its glistening, volcanic beach.
We found our Amankila East-Balinese-style beach house – or villa – set in the trees, nestled between a series of elevated walkways. What we noticed immediately was the sublime sea view, but when that sank in (it took a while) we realised just how palatial our home away from home was. No surprise really, as it was designed in homage to the royal water palace in Amlapura. The decor is typically Aman – chic, minimalist and earthy – although we prefer to consider that perhaps it’s actually typically Balinese … and that Aman has claimed it as its signature aesthetic worldwide. So, you can expect warm teak wood, local archipelago artwork and plenty of cream and light-coloured soft-furnishings. Our villa was absolutely wonderful, but should you want to trade up, you’ll be blown away by the Indrakila Suite.
The similarities to Amlapura don’t end there, as at the very heart of the property, is its most stunning feature: a three-level swimming pool, where each tier cascades into the other. It overlooks a quintessentially Balinese paddy field. While we had a private plunge pool in our villa, there was no keeping us away from here and we spent much time lounging our days away in one of the resort’s bales (cabanas).
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While you’re Out There
The team at the Amankila can take you on numerous unique excursions to experience Bali’s spellbinding culture, but we won’t blame you if you choose to stay onsite and do nothing. If you do, make sure you take advantage of the resort’s daily, complimentary afternoon tea. We certainly did.