Review: Amandari, Ubud, Bali

Review-Amandari Bali-Pool View

 

This 2018 Amandari Review is from a site inspection visit during our recent trip to Bali. Aman Resorts has two resorts on Bali, Amankila and Amandari (Aman no longer operates Amanusa), and two other resorts in Indonesia, Amanwana on Moyo Island, and Amanjiwo near Borobudur, on Java.

TravelSort Clients enjoy these Virtuoso benefits:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests
  • A complimentary a la carte lunch for up to two people per room, once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Here's my Amandari YouTube Video Review:

 

Amandari Valley Suite

Amandari's Valley Suite is the same size as the Village Suite, but instead of being surrounded by foliage, Valley Suites enjoy a view of the Ayung River Gorge or of rice paddies. Even if on a budget, I recommend reserving this instead of a Village Suite, since it's nice to have this view, and you also are eligible for a Virtuoso upgrade to a Pool Suite, if booking with Virtuoso benefits and if one is available at time of check-in.

Review-Amandari Valley Suite Terrace and View

 

Each open plan suite occupies 2368 square feet, and includes a private garden.

Review-Amandari Valley Suite

Review-Amandari Village Suite King Bed

 

The bathroom, with sliding doors that close it off from the living and sleeping area, features double vanities and sinks, a separate toilet chamber, a rain shower, and an outdoor sunken marble bathtub (see above video).

Review-Amandari Village Suite Bathroom-Vanity

 

Amandari Swimming Pool

If you have a Pool Suite or higher category suite, you'll have your own private pool. But otherwise, if you're in a Village Suite or Valley Suite, you can enjoy the main swimming pool and pool loungers, located by the restaurant. In the evenings, the small covered pavilion is used by gamelan musicians, with traditional Balinese gamelan music accompanying your dinner, and sometimes, Balinese dance performances by the pool.

Review-Amandari-Swimming Pool

 

Amandari Dining at the Restaurant

Virtuoso benefits include a complimentary lunch for two guests once during the stay (excludes alcoholic drinks, taxes, gratuities) and, particularly for such an intimate resort, there are many tempting choices, both Indonesian and international. If you have the time and appetite, I highly recommend trying a number of dishes from across the Indonesian archipelago, via the Rijstaffel (rice table feast).

Review-Amandari Bali-Menu

Review-Amandari Menu

 

After I'd ordered, our friendly server brought cool towels for my son and me.

Review-Amandari Bali-Cool Towels-Oshibori

 

I had rather limited time for lunch and selected the crispy duck (bebek goreng) with sambal, accompanied by rice with fried shallot. It was simple but fantastic: hot, perfectly crispy skin, and tender meat. The spicy sambal and crunchy fresh green beens were the perfect contrast to the rich duck.

Review-Amandari Bali-Dining-Crispy Duck-Bebek Goreng

Review-Amandari Bali-Dining-Rice with Crispy Shallots

 

As a drink, I chose a mango lassi, refreshingly tangy:

Review-Amandari Bali-Mango Lassi

 

The Verdict

This was a site inspection visit, so we didn't stay overnight at Amandari on this trip. Nevertheless, I found the setting even more peaceful than Mandapa, and liked that it was easy to walk around, no buggies needed to get from place to place if staying in any of the suites (only the Amandari 3BR Villa, is a further removed). Although nearly 30 years old at this point, the property's Balinese village style architecture is timeless, and the suite that I saw has been very well maintained, and no doubt periodically refreshed. I also liked that the suite had more light in it, with windows/glass doors on all sides of the suite, and used light colored wood.

GM Jann Hess is involved in the local community, so much so that on the day I met him, he was attending two different weddings, one of them of a staff member.

Our lunch was delicious, and service was more attentive and more prompt than at Mandapa.

If you've recently stayed at Amandari in Ubud, Bali, what was your experience?

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