My partner and I just returned from a holiday in Indonesia and Bangkok, during which we had a layover stop for a few hours and a final night at Amanusa. (We also stayed 3 nights at Amanjiwo, 4 nights at Amankila, and 4 nights at Amanwana, as well as 2 nights at the Sukhothai in Bangkok).
We never intended to stay any nights at Amanusa, merely intending to stopover there on our way into Indonesia to Amanjiwo and on our way out to Bangkok. We had some problems with Amanresorts in planning our holiday, and to compensate us for our troubles they had offered us the complimentary stopovers at Amanusa, as well as complimentary lunches during both stops.
After 17.5 hours from Los Angeles to Bangkok, a 2 hour layover there, and 4.5 hours to Denpasar, the stop at Amanusa was a welcome break. We were very impressed with the resort's beauty, including the impressive main buildings and their ENORMOUS and beautiful main pool. The location wasn't too awe-inspiring for us, as its proximity to Denpasar and the tourist areas nearby really aren't our scene.
We were even more impressed with the Pool Suite they gave us for our stopover. It was our first "stay" at any Aman, in fact, having only previously had a wonderful dinner at Amangani in Jackson, Wyoming, several years before. Needless to say, we really liked the Pool Suite. It was a wonderfully open floor plan with nice, clean decor, impressive space, and a bale deck and pool deck outside that really were amazing. The pool was almost as big as what you might find in a typical big backyard in the USA, in fact. We even had a nice view of the golf course. Since we were only there on our first stopover for a few hours, we had a great lunch (complimentary, again, but wonderful, nonetheless) and then largely spent time in our private pool relaxing until we had to again depart for Amanjiwo.
We ended up having a disappointing diving experience while at Amanwana at the end of our Indonesian trip. Thoughts of the wonderful Pool Suite at Amanusa kept coming back to us, so we decided to skip our last night at Amanwana and instead return a day earlier (easily arranged by Amanwana's GM, Kevin). Even we were surprised that we were so impressed with Amanusa, since before our trip I had thought little of the resort.
On our return for our final night, Amanusa had graciously upgraded us from the Pool Suite we had requested to the Amanusa Suite--essentially the same as our Pool Suite but with a much better, more elevated and private vantage point with views across to the coastline and ocean. Having already been to Amankila, we were actually surprised to discover that we really liked Amanusa in a similar regard, even though it wasn't "right on" the coast.
With such a lovely suite to enjoy, we really spent most of that last full day and almost all of the departure morning/early afternoon in our room and/or enjoying the bale and private pool. We kept meaning to use the main pool, since it was so ridiculously big and impressive, but we ended up never making it out there. We had lunch in our Suite, and it was fantastic. We had a fabulous dinner in the main dining pavilion, and ended up sitting in the bar pavilion afterwards playing backgammon with a few beers before retiring for the night. The next morning, we had breakfast again in the main dining pavilion, since we had such great meals there.
All in all, we were very impressed with Amanusa. For a resort not really on the beach/coast, it really offered a relaxing, tranquil stay. The Pool Suites we stayed in were both fantastic--the outdoor showers, in fact, were a big hit with us. We wish that Aman had outdoor showers at Amanjiwo, Amankila (they had indoor showers that opened to the outside, but it wasn't the same) and Amanwana, too, largely because we already knew how wonderful it was at Amanusa! The private pools were fantastic and the privacy afforded by the Amanusa Suite was superb--though there was still some chance to be seen by another overlooking suite, which we did think odd for such a "special" room. The dining was excellent. In fact, the chef came out personally to meet us for our dinner, and offered to change things up for us if we needed. All of our meals were superb, in fact.
The GM, Monty, introduced himself to us on our second visit, allowing us the chance to finally meet the last of the 5 GMs for the Indonesian Aman properties. He was warm and gracious, and offered all sorts of suggestions for us to enjoy our stay there more, even though we had but the night and the next day there.
Aman's impeccable service was again in evidence, as it had been at every Aman. We had seen a stone Buddha statue at the gift shop at Amanjiwo but had foolishly not bothered to purchase it. While at Amanwana, we had asked their GM, Kevin, if they could possibly locate it and have it shipped to Amanusa for us to see again when we were there. Amazingly, the statue arrived on the final day for us to review. We ended up having them open it up at the gift shop so we could come and see it, but then changed our minds and asked them to bring it (along with 2 other items we wanted to buy from the Amanusa shop) to our Suite, along with packing materials to re-pack it. With total aplomb, a porter brought all 3 items to us and re-packed the stone statue for us as we went along packing our own belongings. It was quite nice and saved us a grueling walk up to the gift shop and back (pretty pathetic, aren't we?). We were very grateful and very impressed again at the tremendous level of service offered at Aman.
Amanusa turned out to be as big a surprise as any of the Aman properties in Indonesia. We really liked it. We most loved the Pool Suite and its big pool and outdoor shower, but we REALLY loved it--perhaps as much as the Pool Suite at Amankila, which is really saying something.
For the avid golfer, Amanusa is probably a dream. The lovely golf course right there seemed to be VERY popular for guests, and this was something lost on us--as we don't golf. But Amanusa is definitely a fantastic destination for that pursuit, in particular.
In short, Amanusa really surprised us and impressed us. We will always have very fond thoughts of the property from our 2 quite short stays, and that in and of itself is saying something in our book.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on Bali's southern peninsula, on a hillside overlooking the Indian Ocean and Nusa Dua, Amanusa (peaceful isle) is just 20 minutes from Denpasar Airport. A serene retreat offering privacy and escape, Amanusa is also close to Bali's shopping and nightlife areas of Kuta, Sanur, Legian and Seminyak. Guests can spend the day at the Amanusa Beach Club where nine private bales rest on the white sand beach, or play golf on one of Indonesia's finest courses nearby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amanusa Nusa Dua
- Amanusa Hotel Nusa Dua
- Amanusa Bali/Nusa Dua