We travelled as a family group - in laws, parents and two kids aged 10 and 6. Got beachfront bungalow as recommended by fellow TA's. It was perfect for us, although must be fit and healthy to go up and down those stairs in the night for a toilet break! Outdoor shower was as good as others have mentioned. Mozzie nets in rooms very effective. Air conditioning superb, bar fridge good size with well priced goodies inside. Only improvement I could suggest is NEW DOORS! Front doors were painful to shut and lock, but we managed. They also could let bugs in. Also, leave rubbish outside as I think we may have had a creature in or on the roof trying to get in and it made the room smell in the morning, but hotel reception sorted this out by placing food out for the creature?? Weird I know!
Next time we visit (as will definitely return) we will hire bungalow next door (one further away from restaurant - Number 11 or 12 (can't remember already)! as the one we had was right next to the entrance to the beach where all the massage ladies/snorkelling gear men sit and sing out from! But being so close to the restaurant was fab!
Now for the highlight of our stay! I know I won't do this justice but multiply my enthusiasm by 100 and that should nail it....The chef Liam - a young Balinese/Aussie lad and son of the owners is INCREDIBLE. He made the stay the fantastic one that is was for our family. He took time to chat with customers as many chefs do, but boy can her spin a yarn! He is charismatic, kind, funny and so very happy. He is knowledgable on the area and is a mixture of chef come social worker come tour advisor come funny man! I even googled his name after the holiday and found blogs where people recollected the time spent chatting with him in Amed! He told the children about the glowing plankton in the ocean and when returned the following day saying we couldn't find it (and suggested he was telling furfies)...he dropped everything, got into his boardies and took the kids out into the ocean at 10.00 at night (with me fully clothed - improvising obviously) to show them! And it was true. They were SO thrilled with the experience! They think he is the coolest guy yet! ANd then there is the food!
The Mahi Mahi fish steak with creamy pepper sauce (bizarre combination) was simply delicious and the evening fudge brownies with ice-cream became a religous ritual with all of us! My 6 year old son LOVED the fried rice, daughter loved the satay (hard to go wrong here) and the ribs were tasty too. Hubby was disappointed with the breakfast but thought everything else was top notch. I think Aussie's are used to the big buffets. He didn't like how chicken porridge and black pudding was served every day despite hardly anyone eating it. I think breakfast could be improved (variety only) so that they don't lose guests for later in the day as the food is really great and the other menus very extensive. Breakfast consisted of one main serve plus fresh juice, fruit and yoghurt, tea and coffee ( plenty for me).
The gardens at the hotel are well cared for and the kids thoroughly enjoyed seeing the 67 year old man scale a 25 m coconut palm with a machete to cur down coconuts and leaves with nothing but a 10 m ladder! The pool is super cool and very shady but that's what you need after being in the ocean all morning! The snorkelling out the front of the Pondok Vienna 50 m to the south was the best - just a short stroll away. Plenty of gear to hire but prob take your own flippers (and leave behind to help out if you can). Also take an English novel along and leave behind after reading because Amed is like a french/European colony so no books in their library in English! Even though diving and snorkelling was lots of fun I would still return just to hang out in the hotel, eat at the restaurant, visit nearby Warungs and cafes and walk along the beach. I loved Amed and so did the whole family and we can't wait to return.
Note: low tide over coral is dangerous as waves can knock kids on to the coral - stay close if going at low tide. My 6 yr old swam confidently at least 50 m out but found the waves close to the beach a little challenging and one day was actually a tad scary. No currents really to speak of so that was good. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions...Happychappy
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