Amandari (peaceful spirits) is located in the village of Kedewatan, on the fringe of Bali’s cultural capital, Ubud. Perched on an escarpment high above the winding Ayung River gorge, the resort follows the design of a traditional Balinese village. Pebbled walkways link the thatched-roof suites, each of which has its own walled garden. Amandari provides a unique setting from which to experience the cultural richness of Bali’s artistic centre as well as its mountainous region to the north.
Amandari (peaceful spirits) is located about 60 minutes from Denpasar’s international airport, and 10 minutes from the arts community of Ubud in Central Bali. Designed as a Balinese village, the property features andesite walkways and high paras-stone walls to mimic traditional local design. The pathway that runs through Amandari and down the valley to the river below is said to be sacred land. Every six months for hundreds of years, Balinese from the village of Kedewatan, where Amandari is located, have taken the path through the resort grounds down to a pool of holy water. Just above this spring-fed pool sit three modest shrines and a 7th-century tiger carved in stone.
Balinese-style stone gateways front Amandari’s 30 walled, freestanding thatched-roof suites. Coconut wood and teak are used throughout, while the bamboo-frame roofs layered with alang alang thatching emit a fresh, rural fragrance. Accommodation is divided into Village, Valley and Pool Suite categories. Some enjoy views of the Ayung River Gorge and surrounding paddy fields. Pool Suites feature private plunge pools. All suites offer a garden courtyard, living area and wall-sized sliding glass doors that open on three sides to lush surroundings. The bathroom features twin vanities and dressing areas, a separate shower and toilet, and an outdoor sunken marble bath behind a glass door. Walled but entirely open to the sky, the sunken tub is framed by large stone planters of ferns and heliconia. Suites come either as a single-storey or two-level duplex. The duplexes have a queen-size, four-poster bed on a mezzanine level while the single-storey suites offer a king-size bed.
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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. An outdoor dining bale of teak and bamboo is set within its spacious tropical garden. From the suite’s private swimming pool, guests enjoy picturesque views.
The Amandari Villa, nestled in rice terraces less than a minute’s drive from the resort, overlooks the verdant Ayung River Gorge and terraced rice fields. Serviced by two staff, it is a 1,500 square metre Balinese-style compound which includes five pavilions: three detached, terrace-style bedrooms; a separate living room walled entirely in windows and sliding glass doors; and a fully-fitted kitchen. A dining bale with marble flooring and coconut-wood posts features a round table and rattan chairs for six people to enjoy alfresco dining. A garden and landscaped deck embrace an expansive, two-tiered swimming pool, finished in pale green tiles to match the surrounding paddy fields. A vehicle is always on call should villa guests wish to take advantage of any of Amandari’s facilities.
The open-air Restaurant, crafted largely of teak, overlooks Amandari’s swimming pool and the Ayung Valley. Western and local Indonesian dishes are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The adjacent Bar, with its terrace seating, enjoys a similar setting and views.
Amandari’s Spa is located at the end of a winding andesite path and features two open-air bales, a beauty room, sauna and marble steam room. Surrounded by a lotus pond, the bales seem to float peacefully above the water. The spa offers a selection of wellness and beauty treatments which are also available in the privacy of guest suites or in a bale overlooking the Ayung Valley. Body treatments include massages and scrubs using local Balinese ingredients chosen for their soothing and healing properties. Facials, manicures and pedicures are also available.
Amandari’s 32-metre, green-tiled swimming pool lies close to the lip of the gorge and overlooks the rice terraces below. Every evening, gamelan players perform from the music pavilion behind the pool. This is also a venue for regular Balinese dance performances by local children.
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