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Hotel Highlights

  • Panoramic island views and white-sand Bali beaches
  • 18-hole championship golf course on site
  • 15 minutes from Denpasar airport

Overview

A Balinese boutique resort close to the airport, Amanusa is a monument to high-life luxury. The sweeping green of the golf course divides the 35 free-standing private villas from Nusa Dua's chalk-white beach – which is where you’ll spend most of your time, when you’re not lingering by the pool soaking in the scent of bougainvillea and sipping sundowners.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Amanusa with us:

Breakfast on the beach on one day of your stay

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Amanusa

Aman Bali break: three-night offer Aman Bali experience: six-night offer 'Bali and beyond': seven-night offer

Facilities

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Amanusa – Bali – Indonesia

Need To Know

Rooms

35 suites.

Check–out

Midday, although later check-out may be arranged, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $950.00, excluding tax at 21 per cent.

More details

Rates include concierge airport service.

Also

Although the resort has no spa as such, expert masseuses can provide a wide range of beauty and massage treatments in the privacy of your room or in the massage suite, including body scrubs, herbal baths, facials, manicures and pedicures.

At the hotel

Massage suite, two all-weather tennis courts, library, DVD/CD selection, free WiFi in rooms and public areas, boutique, art gallery. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, minibar, iPod dock on request.

Our favourite rooms

For the chance to bask and bathe in privacy, plump for one of the eight Pool Suites, which have their own water-hole and sizeable terrace. All Amanusa’s suites have veil-draped four-posters, canopied day-beds, sunken baths and outdoor showers. The Deluxe Suites have views of the ocean, or – should you prefer the links to the drink – the golf course.

Poolside

The enormous pool sits behind a high paras-stone wall and a colonnade laden with bougainvillea. The scent of frangipani wafts around the water and gamelan players often provide a haunting soundtrack to sunset.

Packing tips

The Bali Golf and Country Club sits on Amanusa’s doorstep, and can provide all you need for a turn on the green – comedy jumpers excepted.

Also

Non-smoking suites available on request.

Children

Amanusa is great for kids – if booked in advance, staff can arrange free babysitting for four hours – after that it’s US$10 an hour.

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Eco‐friendly

Food and building materials are all locally sourced where possible, and the resort has a recycling/composting programme in place.

Food & Drink

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Amanusa – Bali – Indonesia

Hotel Restaurant

The Terrace has the best views and promises Thai and Indonesian treats, with added Continental fare during the day. Open for dinner, the Italian Restaurant boasts elegant high ceilings and leaded windows.

Hotel Bar

Amanusa’s main bar overlooks the pool and the rolling greens of the golf course, all the way to the sandy coastline.

Last orders

The restaurants and bar shut at 10.30pm.

Room service

There’s a 24-hour private dining service; you can have meals brought to your room, on the beach, by the pool… the resort’s your oyster.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Free and breezy.

Top table

In the poolside courtyard at the Italian restaurant, surrounded by pink-blossomed frangipani trees, or nab one of the three tables outside on the Terrace for mind-blowing sea views while you eat.

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Green hills and blissful beach

Amanusa

Amanusa Hotel , c/o Bali National Golf Resort, BTDC, Nusa Dua, Bali, 80363

Planes

From Ngurah Rai International Airport, Amanusa is 15-minute drive away. The airport is served by carriers including Garuda, Singapore Airlines, Jetstar and JAL. If you need one, visas can be bought on arrival, so have cash with you if necessary. Hotel transfers are free.

Automobiles

The hotel is 10km from Denpasar airport, and 20km from the city centre.

Reviews

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Amanusa – Bali – Indonesia

Anonymous review

by Stuart Gregor , PR and wine wizard

Aman is my wife’s new favourite four-letter word. It means peaceful and as I write this review languishing on my day-bed at Amanusa, looking towards the east and a glorious Balinese sunrise, I understand why Aman is now the benchmark for the sort of travel we dream about but too rarely experience. Our otherworldly experience began at the airport when Wayan greeted us flight-side and, wit…
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Amanusa

Anonymous review by Stuart Gregor, PR and wine wizard

Aman is my wife’s new favourite four-letter word. It means peaceful and as I write this review languishing on my day-bed at Amanusa, looking towards the east and a glorious Balinese sunrise, I understand why Aman is now the benchmark for the sort of travel we dream about but too rarely experience.

Our otherworldly experience began at the airport when Wayan greeted us flight-side and, with a combination of imagination and magic, made the Customs queue evaporate; I just wish he could have got the luggage off the flight a little quicker! No matter, within minutes we were met by Bali’s two characteristic sensory assaults – the scent of incense and clove cigarettes, and the scores of hotel reps waving their paddles madly to gain the attention of recent arrivals. Mrs Smith and I swept past them as Angelina and Brad would a grubby pack of paparazzi and we were soon cocooned in the Amanusa SUV with a cold towel to the face, a Bintang beer in hand and a conversation about European football flowing... already I was in heaven.

Like a stately palace of the gods, Amanusa is set about 1.5km back from the beach at Nusa Dua, perched above and within the beautiful grounds of the Bali Country Club on the southern-most tip of the island. Eight of the hotel’s 35 villas possess plunge pools but all have private garden courtyards. Americans would call the rooms oversized: our Deluxe Suite boasts an indoor and outdoor shower, a flatscreen TV with DVD, and a huge terrace replete with a king-size day-bed perfect for afternoon games of Scrabble and watching the sunset with a gin and tonic.

We don’t have a pool but we don’t miss out – the slinky 30-metre pool in the heart of the resort will do us. Amanusa itself has the feeling of a fortified sanctuary, its main buildings impressively monumental in style. Serious walls of grey stone are flanked by marble staircases, with 200-year-old frangipani trees adding to the graceful gravitas.

A golf course wraps around the property but Mrs Smith doesn’t allow me to indulge. With my practised eye for tricked-up resort courses, though, I can tell this track looks like the genuine goods with terrific fairways and real bunkering. Such are the compromises of marriage.

Eschewing the golf buggies, we choose instead to borrow a pair of Amanusa’s silver mountain bikes and pedal to Nusa Dua to check out the beach and its resorts. Nusa Dua just keeps growing and now boasts brands like Grand Hyatt and Novotel. At Aman we might share the same postcode but we are in a different world, looking down benevolently at the chain-hotel hordes below.

We breakfast in a private section of the beach’s best part. It’s near perfect, of course. We re-mount and cycle smugly through other properties. At the Bali Collection shopping complex we buy Tom Ford sunglasses, a tie and T-shirt by Paul Smith, a Louis Vuitton football and sundry extras for AU$100. It’s nice to know certain Balinese traditions remain unchanged.

If cycling’s not your thing, hitch a ride back from the Beach Club in the re-fitted Volkswagen Transporter that ferries Amanusa guests around town. It’s no more than a three-minute drive from the resort to the beach.

Lunching by the pool, Mrs Smith and I savour mee goreng, som tum with grilled chicken and Bali’s own version of antipasto, nasi campur. All are delivered with real flavour, finesse and a bit of fire – Bintang’s best friend. Dinner can be taken in one of two restaurants (Italian or Indo/Thai), in your room, by the pool or down at the Beach Club. Our strict indigenous holiday food policy means we don’t try the Italian. Who comes to Bali for spaghetti bolognese?

The hotel has cleverly converted a couple of villas into an amenable spa and utilitarian gym. The Lulur body scrub and Balinese massage is the best I have ever had, which might mean something had it not been my first, but Mrs Smith, who is much better versed in personal pampering, assures me hers was first class as well.

Amanusa may not be the flashiest or trendiest retreat in Bali but, thanks to faultless, discreet service, beautiful food and a real sense of hospitality, it is the first place to which I would return. As Wayan drives us to our next destination, he passes Bapak Smith (that’s me) another Bintang then rings a restaurant in Jimbaran Bay to organise dinner and transfers to our next resort. Aman is all about delivering on the details, but as we say goodbye I’m left contemplating life without a Wayan. Surely, it’s not too much to ask if they can spare him?

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