A vibrant island nation, the Indonesian archipelago’s spiritual atmosphere, dramatic landscapes and renowned community ethos serve as the inspiration for Aman’s five destinations across the island country, each of which tells its own unique story. From the captivating coastline of Amankila to the Eden-like retreat of Aman Villas at Nusa Dua, with the country’s borders now open for international travel, tropical discovery awaits, with guests invited to uncover it with Aman.
Claiming a breathtaking stretch of coastline on the Lombok Strait, Amankila rests beneath sacred Mount Agung. Connected by treetop walkways, stilted suites offer spectacular ocean views, while a three-tier pool cascades down the hillside, and private Beach Club and black-sand shores offer tranquil spaces to make the most of the great outdoors.
New for this year, guests can embark on a peaceful Sunrise Cruise on board one of the resort’s traditional Jukung-styled outrigger boats. Depart before dawn and watch from the water as the island is painted in colour by the sun’s first rays. A delicious Aman breakfast is served at anchor, before an opportunity to snorkel and relax in a nearby secluded bay.
Guests of the resort can also enjoy a Permaculture Tour and Cooking Class this season and become fully acquainted with the island’s landscape. The tour begins with the picking of fresh ingredients in the resort’s permaculture garden, before a culinary workshop offering step-by-step guidance by an expert chef in the creation of multiple Balinese and Indonesian dishes.
Ranging from Lawar, a popular combination of vegetables, coconut and minced meat elevated with rich herbs and spices to Ayam Taliwang, a spicy grilled chicken dish from Lombok, dishes can be tailored to suit individual preferences. Afterwards, sit back and enjoy each dish with a crisp glass of wine.
Amankila will also celebrate its 30th anniversary later this year. The milestone will be marked with a series of events and activities designed for the occasion. Details of the programme will be revealed in due course.
Presided over by a sacred stone tiger, Amandari was designed after a traditional Balinese village and rests on the lip of the Ayung River Gorge. Free-standing suites are reached via winding pathways, while the curving swimming pool mimics the rice paddies below. Close to the artistic centre of Ubud, the resort’s setting invites both reflection and the exploration of Bali’s cultural heart.