Situated on Bali’s southern peninsula, on a hillside overlooking the Indian Ocean and Nusa Dua, Amanusa (peaceful isle) is just 20 minutes from Denpasar Airport. A serene retreat offering privacy and escape, Amanusa is also close to Bali’s shopping and nightlife areas of Kuta, Sanur, Legian and Seminyak. Guests can spend the day at the Amanusa Beach Club where nine private bales rest on the white sand beach, or play golf on one of Indonesia’s finest courses nearby.
Amanusa sits on a garden hillside in southern Bali. Just beyond, the Bali National Golf Resort (currently closed for renovations) stretches towards the Indian Ocean, while close by are the bougainvillea-shaded streets of Nusa Dua, lined with roadside shops and resorts. The international airport in Denpasar, the island’s capital, is a 20-minute drive from the resort.
Renowned for its dining, nightlife, shopping and entertainment, the coastline of southern Bali offers myriad opportunities for exploration. From the chic towns of Sanur and Seminyak to the beaches of Nusa Dua and Kuta, guests can experience the vibrancy of “new” Bali from a tranquil base at Amanusa.
Bustling streets are lined with shops selling colorful textiles, wood carvings, jewelry, stone sculptures and paintings, reflecting the artistic traditions of the island. Roadside stalls offer traditional Indonesian fare such as spicy fried rice and fish or chicken satay. Along the white sand beaches, fishing boats, dramatic sunsets and arching palm trees provide endless photo opportunities and the overall atmosphere is one of welcome. This region, with Amanusa at its heart, offers an exciting opportunity to glimpse how the contemporary and the classic are intertwined on this legendary island.
Amanusa’s colonnaded, open-air entrance hall is lined with baskets of white tuberoses. Framing the marble-floored foyer is a large teak-wood sculpture illustrating scenes from the Ramayana, the epic Hindu poem. Amanusa’s 35 thatched-roof suites enjoy a sensuous tropical setting and consummate privacy. Walkways connect the suites to guest facilities and offer easy access to the neighboring golf course and the Beach Club, located ten minutes away on the coast.
All Garden Suites feature a wooden four-poster bed draped in white mosquito netting, a sunken indoor bathtub, an outdoor shower and a garden courtyard with a circular table for private dining. Each suite also offers an outdoor terrace furnished with a daybed and sun canopy for relaxing and al fresco dining.
Amanusa’s Deluxe Suites are identical to the Garden Suite and enjoy views of the ocean or the golf course.
Amanusa’s eight pool suites have private swimming pools and a spacious terrace. Like the other suites, these rooms contain a walled garden courtyard. The courtyard is private and romantic, ideal for day and night alfresco dining.
The Amanusa Suite also features a private swimming pool and the most privileged views of the ocean. Like the other suites, this suite has a writing desk, bay window sofa and opens onto an outdoor terrace with a comfortable daybed beneath a canopy.
Each villa at Amanusa is located on approximately 4,000 square meters of land and offers four or more bedrooms and a private swimming pool. Whilst the structures that make up each villa compound are identical, the villas are differentiated by the positioning of the buildings to embrace views, respect natural terrain and vegetation, and to protect the privacy of the villa.
Typically, arrival to each villa is via a forecourt that contains a double garage and a vestibule that opens to the villa landscape. There is a central two-story structure that provides two guest bedrooms on the lower level, separated by a gallery and a staircase leading to an upper level. Here one finds a lounging and dining area with beautiful open views on either side of the central stairs that lead down to the swimming area.
A generously-proportioned swimming pool lies at the heart of each Aman Villa, surrounded by a terrace with sunbeds. Leading onto the pool terrace is a guest bathroom and shower, and beyond in the garden is a large open-air dining pavilion which can accommodate up to 10 diners. Rounding out the central facilities is an air-conditioned library which provides lounging and home theatre opportunities.
Walkways through the landscaped gardens link the main facilities to the other guest bedrooms, as well as the master suite. The master suite is larger than the guest bedrooms and offers a lounging area as well as an expansive terrace. All the bedrooms feature spacious en suite bathrooms and a number also offer outdoor bathtubs and showers.
Things To Do
Cycling: The terrain of Nusa Dua is ideal for relaxed cycling along bougainvillea-shaded lanes. Guests can use the resort’s bicycles for exploring alone or can partake in guided mountain and village cycling excursions further afield. These can be tailored to fitness levels and interests, passing through rural villages specializing in various arts and crafts.
Island Cruising: About 20 kilometers offshore from Bali and visible from Amanusa are the islands of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. A variety of sailing craft including a luxury sailing catamaran can be chartered to visit Nusa Lembongan, the more secluded of the two. This full-day excursion can include a lunchtime barbecue, exploration of the beach, as well as snorkeling and simple relaxation.
Cooking Tours and Classes: Guests participating in one of Amanusa’s cooking classes start the day with an early morning tour of the local vegetable and fish markets to select their ingredients. Next, the cooking class takes a detour through the Jenggala glass and ceramic factory. Back at Amanusa, guests are shown how to cook their favorite Indonesian dishes. Guests can enjoy their creations over lunch with their beverage of choice.
Touring: A visit to the ancient Luhur Uluwatu temple, an easy drive from Amanusa, is among the resort’s many popular Bali Indonesia luxury travel excursions. One of Bali’s sad kahyangan – the Six Great Temples – Luhur Uluwatu is perched high above the sea on an enormous limestone outcrop. Amanusa drivers and guides are available to escort guests to Luhur Uluwatu and on other personalized tours to sites of cultural interest around the island.
Shopping: The beach strips and streets of Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Sanur are full of restaurants and bars, as well as antique, handicraft, fashion and souvenir shops. Denpasar, Bali’s capital and commercial center, has a major market and museum, as well as antique shops and boutiques, and is easily reached from Amanusa. Amanusa’s guest assistants can assist in putting together shopping itineraries tailored to guests’ individual needs.