This pleasant hotel is listed in some guidebooks under its official title of “Pondok Kebun Wayan”, but seems to be generally known as “Amed Cafe”. It is located on both sides of the road through Amed, with the restaurant, dive centre and internet cafe on the beach side and reception and most of the rooms on the hillside opposite. There is also a small supermarket, useful for drinks and snacks.
The ladies at reception are charming and helpful and will help arrange transport and tours. There are safe deposit boxes located here also. Breakfast is included in the room rate and consists of a choice of tea or Balinese coffee, pancakes and a small plate of fruit.
We chose a garden view room, with air-conditioning and hot water. Our room was fairly large by Balinese standards and had a lovely terrace with hammock, easy chairs and a small table, overlooking the gardens and small pool. The bathroom had a bath and low-level shower and a sink with a large mirror. The toilet was quite stained – a common problem in Bali – I don’t think that they have heard of spray bleach. The room was cleaned on a daily basis. The one thing that we found a bit strange was the lack of a bathroom door. There was a mesh curtain across the doorway, but there was still an unrestricted view of the toilet if you sat on the wrong place on the bed!
The dive centre posts times of high and low tides on a blackboard outside the restaurant. This is rather useful for working out the time of slack water, as currents can be fairly strong in Jemeluk. Being experienced divers, we did not need a guide, but the dive centre refused to hire us scuba tanks without a guide, with a price to match. So, we walked down the road to the Stingray Dive Centre and hired tanks for 60,000 Rupiah (about $6) each. Jemeluk has some of the best coral in northern Bali and it is easily accessed from the shore here. There are also some artificial reefs on the sandy slope, with lots of fish life and good opportunities for underwater photography.
In conclusion, I would recommend Amed Cafe. Some new rooms have just been built on the hillside and these looked very pleasant indeed, with roofed terraces and a day bed for relaxation. Unless you desperately want a sea view, it is probably not worth paying the extra for these rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel with Beachrestaurant in a big exotic garden- own Diveshop on the beach - 2 swimmingpool - shoppingcenter with ATM - bakery ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amed Cafe & Bungalows Hotel Amed
- Amed Cafe And Bungalows
- Amed Cafe Hotel
- Hotel Amed Cafe Bali