Perched high above the rushing water of the Ayung River in a peaceful area on the outskirts of Ubud, lies Amandari – a mystical sanctuary which is laced with rich culture.
The pathway that runs through Amandari and down the valley to the river below is said to be sacred land and by maintaining this belief, there is a wonderful ambience about the property. Every six months for hundreds of years, villagers have taken the path through the resort grounds down to the the pool of holy water.
Thirty free-standing luxury thatched suites, some with private plunge pools, are located on either side of the lobby, separated by walkways, traditional Balinese-style gateways and private gardens.
Local teak and coconut wood, as well as Javanese marble and volcanic stone, is used throughout the suites, creating cool contemporary spaces with all the warmth of a true Balinese home. The design resembles that of a Balinese village.
There is an open air restaurant, overlooking the 32 metre swimming pool, lying close to the gorge and the Ayung Valley beyond, a magical setting to sample some truly delicious Indonesian cuisine. There is also a bar which enjoys similar views and setting.
There are many activities on offer from Amandari. Follow a trail through the scenic countryside on foot or bicycle with an experienced guide who will capture you with his knowledge of the local flora, fauna and history. Enjoy invigorating treks along the Ayung Valley and green rice paddies. Just riding along on your bicycle through the local village will enable you to experience local day to day life and is something not to miss. For the more adventurous, white water rafting down the Ayung River, located just below Amandari is a thrilling activity and an ideal way to explore the lush tropical rainforest. Amandari can arrange personal guides to take you on excursions to any part of Bali, the guides have thorough knowledge of the island and an enthusiasm which will inspire and enthral you.
For guests looking to have a permanent dwelling, Amandari Villas are located just a minute’s drive from the resort and can either be rented or purchased. Amandari’s three-bedroom villa is spread over 1,500sqm and includes five pavilions – bedrooms, living room and kitchen. Each of the three detached, terrace-styled bedrooms come decked with double balconies, whilst the separate living room is walled entirely with glass and sliding doors. The kitchen is fully fitted and comes with living quarters for staff as well as an Amandari chef to prepare your day’s meals.
The villas boast gardens and a landscaped deck with surrounds the two-tiered swimming pool. Guests looking to make use of the hotels facilities may do so very easily as there is an vehicle that is always on call.
Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate Bali into a greater Indonesian holiday. Take a look at Amanesia as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.
From 16 – 18 March, enjoy Nyepi Day, the Balinese New Year (the Day of Silence) at Amandari. With yoga and meditation in the morning and a colourful village procession in the evening on Friday. There will be a special Balinese menu prepared for Saturday.
On 31st March is the Piodalan Temple Ceremony. The ceremony is annually held to commemorate the anniversary of Amandari’s Temple and purify and harmonise the resort.
- Location & Getting There
Perched high above the rushing water of the Ayung River in a peaceful area on the outskirts of Ubud, Amandari is a 1-hour drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport.
The property provides 30 free-standing luxury thatched suites. Suites come either as a single-storey or two-level duplex, each offering a garden courtyard, living area and wall-sized sliding glass doors that open on three sides to lush surroundings. The Asmara Suite and the Ayung Suite are duplexes with large private swimming pools and views of the rice terraces and valley below. The Amandari Suite offers one or two detached bedrooms along with a separate living room pavilion, outdoor dining bale and a private pool. The Amandari Villa overlooks the verdant Ayung River Gorge and terraced rice fields, comprising three bedrooms, five pavilions, an outdoor dining bale, two-tiered pool, fully-fitted kitchen, staff and vehicle service.
- Swimming pool
- Tennis court
- Dining: 1 restaurant, 1 bar
There are many activities on offer from Amandari. Follow a trail through the scenic countryside on foot or bicycle with an experienced guide, enjoy invigorating treks along the Ayung Valley and green rice paddies or bike through the local village to experience local day-to-day life. For the more adventurous, try white water rafting down the Ayung River, located just below Amandari, a thrilling activity and an ideal way to explore the lush tropical rainforest.
4 hours of complimentary babysitting is offered each day and child-friendly activities are available.