After checking another nearby hotel on the beachside of Amed we settled on this place because the rooms were nicer and we got a better price. Amed seems to be geared towards couples so traveling as a family of 5 we found we needed 2 rooms. The best things about Kusuma are the landscaping, the layout of the bungalows, the gardens and the pool. The beach access is convenient and the overall atmosphere is very tranquil and we did not feel out of place as a family. The pool is nice, deep enough and long enough to enjoy with nice seating around it and room enough for a few different guests. The staff were friendly and somewhat knowledgeable, though understand, most Balinese in Amed speak mainly bahasa so be prepared. They arranged a boat trip for us for snorkeling and the price was the going rate and I didn't feel like they were trying to take advantage of us price-wise on anything.
Now for the not-so-great. The free breakfast was o.k., though nothing too special. We got orchid butter one day and New Zealand the next day. Big difference in taste, but thye just brought it, seemingly no choice. The first day we arrived we decided to try lunch there and were pretty disappointed. The food did not seem very fresh and was bland, and what flavor it had didn't really work. Not recommended. We had dinner across the street at C'est Bon, only a little better, less expensive and lots of atmosphere, Rasti was quite the host and a musician too. Maybe not for everyone though. The food at Ary's Warung, just up the road was excellent and not a far walk. Titi's is right there also, but we didn't make it there this trip.
The rooms, while bright and airy, had a feeling of mild neglect. The beds were not super-comfortable, the sheets seemed rather old, towels seemed to be in shortage and also of a rather distant era. The 'hot shower' like the butter, was inconsistent and only worked one out of three tries and even then took a long time coming. The toilet in one bathroom reeked of urine all the time from the minute we arrived until we checked out ( I'm guessing it still does). The other one only smelled slightly less strong.
We'd probably look around a bit before staying here again, but for the price and the atmosphere it could be worth it if you do not want to spend half the day looking at places. It is not close to much, but a short walk up the hill offers a great view of the volcano and then down the hill you are in Jemeluk.
A few tips about Amed: the google maps of the area are inconsistent and figuring out where everything is can take some time. We went in the middle of rainy season, and it rained everyday from about midday on, so if you are planning to go this time of year plan to get up early and then bring raingear or stuff to do indoors. the snorkeling is not great this time of year either as the water gets cloudy and was choppy when we went out. Amed is quite beautiful though and certainly worth a visit, very unspoiled feeling.
- Also Known As:
- Kusuma-Jaya-Indah Resort Amed, Bali