Amandari might be close to Ubud’s rich and vibrant culture but is a peaceful world of its own, especially when you’re seated on loungers under the whispering palms beside the fabulous emerald green infinity pool. From here, and from every suite and villa, there are views of greenery all around, tumbling rice terraces and the lushness of the Ayung River valley, lined with striking gorges.
Hindu shrines dot the area, for this is sacred land and a palpable sense of serenity can be felt at Amandari, where each thatched roof suite or villa is tucked away behind stone walls and centre around garden courtyards. Coconut and teak wood predominate in the vast suites, and the living is easy both inside and out, particularly in those rooms with private pools.
Amandari’s spa sits beside lily ponds, as soothing as the rest of the resort. The restaurant, like the rooms, is lined with teak, with a vaulting roof but open to the surroundings and the sound of gamelan singers and birds by the pool later in the evenings. Frogs in the river valley add to the evening chorus and the feeling of being far away from it all.
The Indonesian and international menus are based mainly on organic local ingredients, and might feature smoked duck, turmeric-scented rice or suckling pig. It’s possible to visit the terraces and groves where much of the produce comes from, Amandari will happily organise day trips taking in these and the local shrines that can be found all around, or excursions into Ubud, with its galleries and markets. Or choose from river treks or long cycle rides, massages and even private Balinese dance classes – there are a vast number of contrasting and enriching experiences in and around Amandari.