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Aiona Garden of Health
Ranked #21 of 23 Hotels in Amed
Reviewed 23 December 2012

Thank goodness we only ate here. We came specifically for vegetarian food for lunch. We second what everyone said about what they can actually serve vs. what was on the menu. The German owner seemed nice and somewhat chatty; however at retrospect, it may be due to our conversation about superfoods and mushrooms. His wife (?) would disappear and reappear behind the restaurant area where we were. It was just the most amusing place we have been in Bali. Delicious food, but costs way too much. Despite being vegetarians, we will be sticking to meat-serving restaurants from now on for vegetarian food.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 December 2012

The garden of health is located on a beautiful spot on the beach of Amed.
But, unfortunately the place is owned by a unfriendly sometimes even rude German guy who actually complains the whole day about nearly everything, mainly about the care (or better the lack of care) for the environment by the Balinese people. He leaves no room for any interruption or response.
Do not offer any food from his inviting vegetarian menu, placed on several blackboards and on the tables, because then he accuses you of being impolite, "it does not work like that here" he said, "I have better things To do here..". Hmm that is a strange response for an accommodation/restaurant holder we thought.
He seems to offer a lot, but in fact you hardly can get anything except from sermons about all the world problems.
It is really pitty that as environmental activist he actually 'SPOILS' his own accommodation.
Let us hope that some day soon a nice and normal person will take over this accommodation.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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5  Thank Imshjp
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

The Garden of Eden. We were rejected by a not very frendly "God". The rooms were expensive. Rumahku, about 2 km, awaywas a much better buy. New and fresh and very inexpensive. The best deal we had in Bali! Next to a Warung, Santa Fe which was very good.

Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
2  Thank Rick G
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Reviewed 8 May 2012

I must stay that we did not stay here, we could not last that long. My partner and I arrived in Amed without a reservation and went looking for some accommodation. We went to Aiona because of a decent write up in Lonely Planet and because my partner and I are interested in Yoga and Meditation. We were shown a room, but before showing us the room, the German owner(?) proceeded to tell us the rules – no smoking, no alcohol and various other aspects of his view of the world.
He had a certain manner, that when he was talking, if you tried to say something, he would elongate the word until you had finished and then he would keep talking. The room was pretty basic but the gardens were pretty and the place reminded us of Byron Bay, so we thought we might stay there.
We were unsure if we would stay one or two days but the German man insisted we advise him if it was going to be one day or two days before he took the booking. Let me just say that we were in the off season and there were vacancy signs everywhere so his point of losing a booking for that room was no valid. We sat down in the restaurant and were given menus to order some food and drink before booking in. After working out what we wanted, and waiting about fifteen minutes for the man to return, we were advised that only two food items were available. So, we only ordered some drinks and there were only a few of these available too. We ordered two types of fermented tea- one was fine one we found too sweet to drink.
By this we simply wanted to leave. We found the German man to be too difficult, unpredictable and frosty. So we left without staying and after reading several other of the reviews here, we were glad we did. We gave the excuse of not having enough cash because he does not take credit cards. And the nearest ATM is 30 minutes away by car.

Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
4  Thank Michael M
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

We came in to buy fresh aloe vera for a sunburn, and instead received a really odd and random lecture about suncare and the necessity to buy knives when we travel. The whole place was eerily silent, and looked like an apothecary.

Even after being totally creeped out by the joint, we still wanted to buy aloe. We had to listen to the older man talk over us incessantly, we had to struggle to get a word in. Then he wouldn't let us buy the leaves because we did not have a knife. He said we should buy one...then come back, and then proceeded to lecture us about carrying knives. Since he felt having a knife was so important, couldn't he let us borrow one of his for 10 seconds?

He was super weird and condescending. It was definitely one of the iddest encounters on our trip. I am glad we did not stay at the guesthouse.

  • Stayed: March 2012
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2  Thank Christina R
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Reviewed 2 October 2011

We have chosen this small guest house, because the descriptions of the website have sounded very inviting and we were interested in yoga and meditation sessions described. Unfortunately we have not read the reviews before, otherwise we would not probably chose this property.
Our impression is consistent with those reported here already:
The location of the accommodation is beautiful. The beach is located directly behind the guesthouse with an intact reef that is great for snorkeling. The food was very tasty, and the quality of the food was really good.

However, the atmosphere was very frosty. We have not felt very welcome. The Swiss owner has ignored us most of the time. During our stay she has spoken not a word with us. We quickly quit the idea with the yoga session and were happy to have not booked anything in advance.
We also noticed the many rules that applied here. There were also notes in the room, such as "rent a towel for the beach: 20,000 IDR, if you lose it 80,000 IDR" which we found very strange.
The German owner called the place as "alternative guest house". Unfortunately this was definitely not our impression. That´s too bad!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Bali_2011Deutschland
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Reviewed 7 July 2011

We read with amusement the very varied reviews on this site after visiting here for lunch . The gardens are a lovely location, very green and inviting with lots of colour in the flowering shrubs, and the owners both really friendly, although w got the sense that there were deffinite ways of doing things like others have said. The food was delicicious, the chocolate cake lovely, and the coffee brilliant after the coffee we'd been served at our hotel in the morning.

One man arrived while we were having lunch to enquire about a room. Perhaps it was the fact that he;d inadvertently wandered past the private sign past the second gate, but his enquiry was met with the response that they didn't have single prices, he'[d have to pay for a double, and perhaps he;'d be better off finding a cheaper place (which they suggested) nearby. Despite this, and being told off for thinking about drinking his own water, he stayed for lunch.

Having had our phone enquiry about accommodation met with a request to submit something via the website, we can only surmise that they have a screening policy for guests before they are accepted!?

We'd consider going back though, it was a tasty and entertaining experience!

Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Bunutan, Amed, Abang, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Abang > Amed
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Ranked #21 of 23 Hotels in Amed
Number of rooms: 11
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