I agree with all the very positive reviews but also some of the negative reviews.We stayed in unit 31 which is the highest on the hill and was truly spectacular in every sense including the pool, the view, the interior and the attention to detail.I have only praise for the staff and the immaculate upkeep of the resort.The food, the service, the beach BBQ the yoga, the massage was outstanding.The serenity is truly wonderful and invigorating.
I therefore do not want to repeat all the positive reviews as they are all true.However there are some downsides to this resort that I do want to mention.The negatives have little to do with the resort but just the fact that flying half way around the world to Bali is a massive disappointment.We are world travelers but have never seen such chaos at the airport nor the abject filth and poverty on your ride to and from the resort.(I lived in South Africa for over 30 years so I am familiar with poverty).If you just want to veg and never leave your villa and fly all the way to Bali, this is the place ! But if you are looking for any activity and believe me we were celebrating my husbands 60th Birthday it becomes tedious.The beach is not suitable for most activitites.The gym is non existant.The stairs of which there were 150 to our villa were our form of excersize.Leaving the resort to mingle with the locals which we enjoy is just not possible.The resort is an oasis of luxury but once you leave its gates abject poverty reigns.Which means you have to have all your meals in the resort.The snorkel trip was wonderful but once you got into the water and had to fight off the plastic items floating (including diapers) around with the fish it really turned you off.The other really downside are the huge oil tankers just docked off the beach.There is continuous noise, belching of fumes coming from these oil tankers as the oil depot is just next door to Amankila.
Again I want to stress that the resort is amazing if you take it only in its isolation and ignore the surroundings.If you are looking for a beach or active holiday I would recommend some place else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mount Agung provides a dramatic backdrop for Amankila (peaceful hill), a secluded seaside resort overlooking the Lombok Strait. Spacious stilted villas offer exceptional views from their hillside locations amongst frangipani and bougainvillea, and are connected to the resort's facilities by raised walkways. Guests can relax around the signature three-tiered pool or at the Beach Club on Amankila's beach. Amankila also offers easy access to untouched rural countryside, local crafts and the region's royal past. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amankila Hotel Manggis
- Amankila Hotel Karangasem
- Amankila Manggis, Bali