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Location: Jalan Raya Kedewatan, Ubud
Year built: September 1989.
Architect: Peter Muller from Sydney, Australia
Ethos: modern Balinese village, located around terraces and the only resort located close to a temple
Bali is like an oasis for the senses – the scenery, the people, the food, and the pace, each have their own distinct, unique qualities, but together, act as a respite for the mind and body. This trip to Bali gave me focus and mental clarify by giving me the chance to completely immerse myself in nature (one of the best things about being in Ubud.) This time, I stayed at Amandari, which is the sister property of the first Aman resort, Amanpuri in Phuket. Being in Bali is like being transported to a different world where you can focus on yourself, the earth, and your thoughts, but with Amandari’s tailored wellness programs, it gave my trip an added boost of peace and calm.
The entire property is modeled after a modern Balinese village, complete with guest suites made of alang-alang roofs and interiors constructed from coconut and bamboo. It feels like you’re living in your own secluded part of Bali with all the comforts and pristine service standard of Aman properties. The Balinese believe Amandari is built on sacred ground, and with its location hundreds of steps away from a temple, there is a serene atmosphere at every turn. We stayed at a one bedroom villa that had two floors with a private pool overlooking the jungle. While the villa had everything we would need and more to enjoy the trip, the resort also has a pool overlooking the Ayung Valley, restaurants, and a beautiful spa. Every morning, I had the pleasure of meditating to the nature’s sounds of birds, wind, and water. I also took full advantage of the daily morning yoga classes offered at the resort. If I could start every morning like this, I would never have a worry in the world.
Although we lounged in our villa for most of our stay, we also ventured around the property, which has a path from the resort that goes down to the river where you can find a century old temple. After exploring the area and enjoying the sounds of Ubud, we dined at the open-air restaurant at the resort. It serves authentic Balinese food and international cuisine, but we made sure to take advantage of the local tumeric-scented rice, grilled prawns, and fish sate. After a day of exploring, you can indulge in a volcanic clay wrap spa treatment at Amandari’s spa, decked out with a lotus pond. Most days we found ourselves back at the villa enjoying the beautiful colors of the sunset from our terrace.