This is part five of my Bali adventure – for parts one through six, please see below.
In the first half of my review of Amankila, I covered what for me are the basics of a resort hotel – the room, the service, the pool, and of course my favorite meal – breakfast (and snacks!). In today’s post, I’ll cover some of the aspects which made Amankila great – the unique experiences that we loved, and the beach.
Apart from the huge triple infinity pool that I showed in my last post, Amankila also had a separate pool facility next to the beach, as well as bales directly on the beach. To get down to the beach area, you walked down a scenic route of steps (around 150 steps I was told). There were also buggies that could take you down if you didn’t want to walk. I’d suggest taking the buggies at least once, it’s like a short Disney ride!
The buggie drops you off almost directly next to the Beach Club.
We used the Beach Club’s pool a few times and it was a nice place to either spend an afternoon, or walk over to splash around in when the ocean was too cold/strong. It was also a true lap pool.
We spent most of our time though directly on the beach! Amankila has a lovely black sand beach that is kept very clean by its staff. Beaches in Bali weren’t the cleanest overall in my experience – there was a lot of litter. Amankila’s staff were constantly picking it up when it washed onshore, though it was an unending Sisyphean task.
The best part about Amankila’s beach however, were the bales. There was a row of bales on the sand, with two sets of beach chairs set in front of them. It was also a great place to take a nap, and you fall asleep to the waves of the ocean.
If you can see the little tray below, it held two bottles of sunscreen, in various SPFs. We didn’t bring sunblock at all on our trip and all of our resorts had it – however Amankila was definitely the best prepared and had bottles everywhere (along with a fresh aloe vera after sun balm in your room).
It was also nice to be able to go out and play in the ocean, and then come back and rest in our bale just a few feet away. There was adequate distance between the bales and enough greenery that we felt like you were in complete privacy. Continue Reading