Amankila’s unwavering mission to provide a carefully curated programme of energising and mind-broadening experiences continues with the introduction of new activities in and around the hotel alongside a series of property refurbishments.
Launching three new infinity pool suites, a private cinema and new dining experiences, Amankila seeks to immerse guests in the cultural heritage of the island, exploring the authentic and lesser known east coast of Bali.
Infinity pool suites
August 2019 sees the arrival of new swimming pools in three existing suites. Surrounded by jungle yet with an unobscured ocean view, the Infinity Pool Suites have their own private entrance offering ultimate seclusion. An ideal choice for honeymooners, one of the new suites has an outdoor bale next to the swimming pool with two treatment beds for couples’ massages which can be transformed into a dining area to enjoy an intimate al fresco dining experience.
In addition, all the suites at Amankila have been upgraded with state-of-the-art technology including Bluetooth Bang & Olufsen speakers and, later this year, iPads which will include the guest directory, room service and spa menus so guests can plan their time at the resort seamlessly. The property has also updated each mini-bar to include homemade cordials and ginger beer, as well as new Nespresso machines that use recyclable stainless-steel capsules. Throughout the hotel, Amankila has introduced sustainably sourced coffee from Java Mountain Coffee, a social enterprise with cooperatives based in Bali and Java, which seek to empower female farmers.
Launching in November 2019, Amankila will offer a private cinema experience in what was once part of the property’s library. Sporting a 55-inch screen and surround sound, the cinema will be available to book for individual screenings, sporting events and family movies and will offer a curated programme of lectures and films on the history and culture of the island.
Led by Amankila’s team of talented chefs, guests can learn to make some of Amankila’s signature dishes with new cooking classes. Whether it’s Indonesian favourites nasi goreng or satay, the experience starts with a trip to the local market with the chef to select the ingredients. Back at Amankila fresh herbs are collected from its vegetable garden, while a communal table is prepared with all necessities including bumbu – a local spice paste. Available for children too, the classes are collaborative, with chefs teaching new skills and the history behind each recipe, before everyone tucks into the finished product for lunch.
New dining experiences
Amankila enjoys a unique setting on the east coast of Bali and as a result the sunrise from the property is unmissable. To create lasting memories, Amankila puts on sunrise breakfasts on top of Tamasari Hill, where a new bale, in traditional style, has been constructed. With a 360 view of Mount Agung, rice paddies, the villages of Manggis, Lombok island, the ocean, particularly visible in the early morning, guests can experience a picture-perfect vista of Bali in all its splendour. Down by the Beach Club, the hotel offers an evening dining experience on a newly erected deck, which sits over beach and is accessible by a set of steps on the cliff edge. Perfect for an intimate dinner for up to six or a cocktail party for 16, the area is furnished with comfortable lounge chairs, candles and large floor cushions creating an informal and relaxed atmosphere.
The ideal destination for an active break, Amankila has a whole host of outdoor activities available. From new Schiller bikes at the beach to aqua yoga in the pool, complete with floating mats, and outdoor Lebert Fitness equipment, the resort has plenty to satisfy those wanting to keep fit during their stay. With an in-house Pencak Silat master, guests can learn the traditional Indonesian martial art on demand, showcasing the property’s connection to the culture of the island. Away from the hotel, Amankila now offers ATV drives in the countryside and ancient villages of Manggis as well as rafting on the nearby Telega Waja River. Guests can enjoy stunning unspoilt access to waterfalls as the river moves through a prehistoric gorge, while watching villagers go about their day.
The Balinese are renowned for their respect for all living beings and creatures. History is celebrated, and reverence for Bali’s ancestors informs every aspect of daily life. From 19-21 September 2019, Amankila’s guests can delve into the lore and mystery of Bali to learn the secrets of this peaceful way of life, in which every aspect of life is celebrated. The three-night Wellness Within retreat will include trekking on the slopes of Mount Agung to discover the medicinal plants of Eastern Bali, learning the arts of story-telling and meditation from local healers and elders, practicing Balinese yoga, consulting with local spiritual healers, enjoying a sunset journey to reconnect with nature, and surrendering to traditional spa treatments using local ingredients. Life affirming and rejuvenating, this immersion in Balinese culture will share the lessons passed down through the generations on the Island of the Gods.