Claiming a breathtaking stretch of coastline on the Lombok Strait, Amankila resides on a lush hillside beneath sacred Mount Agung. Architect Ed Tuttle was inspired by Ujung Water Palace and the property’s graceful buildings are connected by frangipani-lined walkways through the treetops. Stilted suites rest high on the hillside with spectacular sea views, a three-tier infinity pool cascades at the property’s heart, and down on the shore, the Beach Club leads to a private black-sand beach.
The panoramic views from Amankila, perched on a hillside above the Lombok Strait, are the first step to discovering east Bali’s mix of spiritual and regal heritage. Sacred mountains tower over villages tucked between emerald-green rice paddies, where life has changed little over the centuries. Watersports such as scuba diving, sailing and paddle boarding can be enjoyed in the pristine waters.
Amankila’s two traditional outriggers are available for guests to explore the wonders of the Lombok Strait. Guests can enjoy half day cruises to explore the local coast, or venture a little further afield to experience some of the best snorkelling and diving sites in East Bali, including Manta Point and Crystal Bay.
Amankila’s suites are elevated to take advantage of the spectacular sea and hillside views. The 34 free-standing suites, with their alang alang roof thatching, are fashioned as beach houses with a twist. They reflect the lines and flow of their East Bali surroundings, in particular the royal water palace just outside Amlapura, the district capital. Suites are connected to the reception and restaurant area by raised walkways. Wireless broadband connections are available in all resort accommodation and public areas.
Each suite features a large bedroom with wide window views, a canopied, king-size bed and a writing desk. The bathroom offers a window-side divan, a soaking tub and separate shower and toilet rooms which give way to coconut-shell dressing areas and double terrazzo vanities. The suite’s outdoor terrace is furnished with a daybed, coconut-shell table and rattan chairs.
These are identical to Garden Suites but have ocean views.
Private swimming pools, enclosed within walled courtyards, are featured in six of the suites, four of which can be connected to adjacent garden or ocean suites for family or friends travelling together.
The Kilasari Suite, which takes its name from Amankila’s main temple, is perched high on the hillside, with views overlooking the sea and its own 12m infinity pool.
Named after the green hill upon which Amankila sits, this suite enjoys privileged sea views past the temple and far up the east coast. It has its own lounging bale and a private pool.
This suite includes two separate bedrooms opening onto a large terrace with a private aquamarine-tile pool, two lounging bales, sunbeds, lily ponds, views over the beach and Amuk bay and a private butler service. It is ideal for guests who want complete privacy or for two couples who wish to stay together.
Amankila’s ocean-view Restaurant focuses on locally sourced ingredients. Traditional local techniques are combined with contemporary cooking styles for revitalising cuisine. Ducks are raised at the resort’s free-range farm in Jasri village; herbs are grown in Amankila’s garden; and cold smoking is done in the smokehouse. Vegetables and exotic fruits are the result of the rich volcanic soil spread beneath Mt Agung.
The resort is committed to sourcing only the freshest ingredients whilst local boats deliver daily fresh fish from the surrounding seas, suckling pigs are locally reared, and the Indonesian Tokusen wagyu beek is of the finest international quality.
Hotel guests can rejuvenate body & soul at Amankila’s luxurious Bali spa. Enjoy holistic, relaxing therapies using traditional Indonesian techniques. Drawing on the energy of east Bali, the Spa’s therapies aim for complete relaxation and presence in the moment. Natural ingredients are used in traditional Balinese baths, scrubs and wraps – available in the privacy of guest Suites, the massage pavilion, a beach bale or secluded open-air spot with tropical canopy.