Bali, Indonesia

The Amala

Rates from (ex tax)$137.16

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (IDR2,226,297.15), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Holistic with a heart

Setting

Sybaritic Seminyak

Tucked away amongst lush bamboo in beachfront Seminyak, Bali’s chic quarter, The Amala hotel is a holistic hideaway where you can dine on refreshing cuisine after indulging in yoga, t’ai chi, water Pilates or a restorative massage. The hotel’s 12 modern thatched-roof pads offer the serenity of a spawling Balinese villa, just on a more romantic and intimate scale.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

Healthy canapés and a fruit platter on arrival; and a romantic candlelit bath experience set up in your room (not valid for Deluxe Rooms)

Facilities

Photos The Amala facilities

Need to know

Rooms

12 villas, including a three-bedroom residence.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible up to 6pm, subject to availability, and a 50 per cent charge. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $137.16 (IDR1,839,915), excluding tax at 21 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (IDR2,226,297.15), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include breakfast, in-room soft drinks, cookies and fresh fruit

Also

A Masters-In-Residence programme offers the services of Bali’s finest wellness gurus and healing hands. Consider booking an Aqua Wellness and Yoga Day with water woman Elisa Senese and yogini Beate McLatchie.

Hotel closed

No check-ins or check-outs are allowed on 28 March 2017, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), although stays are still possible. Bali’s airport also closes for the day.

At the hotel

Spa, yoga studio, gift shop, gardens, free WiFi throughout, a small library of DVDs, books and magazines, a laptop for guest use. In rooms: flatscreen LCD TV, CD/DVD player, iPod docking station, minibar, free bottled still water.

Our favourite rooms

Spa Villas have a Jacuzzi and herb-infused steam shower, but the plunge pool and kitchenette that you get with a Pool Villa just edges it for us. The decor is contemporary – white walls and lacquered black furniture with minimalist finesse and maximum gadgetry. The Amala Residence, with three bedrooms and large private pool, is ideal for groups or families with kids over 12.

Poolside

All villas come with private pools. In addition there is a lap pool, shaded by palm fronds and surrounded by plenty of padded outdoor furniture.

Packing tips

A stylish tote bag for luxe Seminyak boutique booty; big shades for luscious lounge bars; gladrags for nearby nightlife at KuDeTa, SOS and the Living Room; Havaianas for navigating between the pool, outdoor bath and steam shower.

Also

Freebies at the Amala include butler service, available 24 hours, and a 15-minute welcome massage. You can book a car and driver for local drop-offs.

Children

The Amala keeps its peace with a strictly enforced policy of no children under 12.

Eco‐friendly

Environmentally sustainable initiatives span a colloidal silver filtration system in the main pool, solar panels for hot water and electricity, recycling systems for plant watering, and the use of regional materials such as Bandung marble.

Food and Drink

Photos The Amala food and drink

Top Table

Let the butler turn the villa’s outdoor poolside table into a romantic affair with candles and wine for dinner <i>à deux</i>.

Dress Code

Korean honeymooners match their LVs and Polo ponies from head to toe, but others will feel entirely at ease draping a light shirt or beach frock over swimsuits.

Hotel restaurant

Chinese high-back wooden chairs and opium beds confer an imperial quality on Bamboo, the resort’s otherwise minimalist and casual open-air dining room. The cuisine is Indonesian and seasonal, with a choice of vegetarian, salad and more indulgent options.

Hotel bar

What the Amala lacks in a proper bar it more than makes up for with its drinks menu. A poolside bottle of Tattinger Reims Brut Reserve for decadent days; a fresh Booster juice for the morning after.

Last orders

Bamboo takes food orders from 7am until 10.30pm.

Room service

It’s fairly standard to have breakfast at your villa – or any other meal you choose: the restaurant menu is available to order in when the kitchen is open, with a reduced selection on offer between 11pm and 7am.

Location

Photos The Amala location
Address
The Amala
Jalan Kunti 108, Seminyak
80361
Bali
Indonesia

Planes

Fly into Ngurah Rai International Airport (www.baliairport.com), south of capital Denpasar, served by carriers including Garuda, Singapore Airlines, Jetstar, Air Asia and JAL. You can buy a visa on arrival, if required, which costs US$25 for 30 days payable in cash (just make sure your iPod is charged to accompany your wait in line).

Automobiles

The Amala is a 15-minute drive north of the airport, just past the beach hubs of Kuta and Legian, and the hotel offers free transfers so be sure to provide your flight details. You can rent a car at the airport but traffic can be frankly terrifying and the roads aren’t always smooth sailing. Fortunately, you can hire well-maintained cars with excellent drivers for as little as US$30 a day.

Worth getting out of bed for

A Masters-In-Residence programme offers the services of Bali’s finest wellness gurus and healing hands. Consider booking an Aqua Wellness and Yoga Day with water woman Elisa Senese and yogini Beate McLatchie. Afterwards, hit Seminyak Beach for sun or surf, then wander the area's tempting shops.

Local restaurants

Chef owner Nicolas Tourneville is the genius behind classy Métis at 6 Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan Kelod (+62 (0)361 847 5472), where he rustles up French Mediterranean cuisine, and an entire menu of foie-gras dishes.

Local bars

Along the street, Hu’u Bar is an ideal spot for lazing under the stars and sipping lychee martinis (+62 (0)361 736443). For superlative sunset cocktails, try Ku De Ta, at 9 Jalan Kayu Aya in Seminyak (+62 (0)361 736969), which combines a beach club, lounge bar and restaurant on the waterfront.

Reviews

Photos The Amala reviews

Anonymous review

Busy, buzzy and boasting chichi shops, world-class restaurants and funky Euro-style bars – that’s Seminyak, Bali’s capital of cool. As much as Mr Smith and I love the decadence that comes wrapped in layers of tropical sultriness, we also thrive on peace and calm. Enter the Amala, tucked a few lanes back from the area’s premier fashion strip. Surrounded by tranquil ponds and stands of bamboo, its ambience instantly stills the frenzied beating of my store-loving heart.

A full-blooming frangipani perfumes the air of our Spa Villa, which has, as its centrepiece, a courtyard plunge pool with Jacuzzi jets. The pool deck seamlessly flows into the living room on one side and an outdoor bathing area on another. Here, a shelf near the enormous tub is lined with luxurious handmade soaps, bath soaks and scrubs produced in the Amala’s spa and scented with wild herbs, citrus and ginger. My favourite welcome gift, however, is a jar of freshly baked shortbreads, chocolate-chip cookies, sesame crisps and cinnamon swirls.

As my hand delves into the cookie jar for the fourth – OK, maybe the fifth – time, I remind Mr Smith that we need to keep our energy levels elevated for an afternoon of shopping. He accepts an offer of a cinnamon swirl as we head towards the door. There’s no doubt about it, Seminyak is a danger to most credit limits. Handcrafted jewellery, handbags, elegant footwear and high-end fashion labels are interspersed with street stalls selling everything from knock-off designer sunglasses and novelty lighters to Bintang singlets, the uniform of bogan Aussie tourists.

In no time we discover Mr Smith has natural bargaining skills and he’s negotiating deals that would make a used-car salesman blush. I, on the other hand, have no such talent. If the first price ain’t right, I quickly head for the door. Somewhat mercifully, the shopkeepers mistake my reluctance to haggle for that well-practised bargaining technique of feigning disinterest. Soon they’re chasing me down the street and dramatically dropping their ‘best price’, by which point I’m too embarrassed not to buy. The ‘turn and walk’, as we dub my move, is quickly incorporated into a formidable double act on Seminyak’s shopping strip.

Three fake Rolexes and a Gucci handbag later, we decide to head to the beach for retail respite. Big mistake. Our feet have barely touched sand when we’re accosted by a string of barefooted hawkers all desperate to hock their wares London geezer-style. A briefcase full of sunglasses, offensive bumper stickers and a bizarre collection of hats are all coolly deflected with a shake of the head.

‘Hey mister, you wanna buy some Raybans? Mrs, can I braid your hair? Massage? Mushrooms that will fly you to the moon?’

‘What?’ I stop dead in my tracks and turn to look at Mr Smith: ‘Did you hear that?’ His half smile of consideration tells me he did, and clearly. ‘No, thanks,’ I reply, giving Mr Smith a meaningful look.

The verbal assault continues but we walk on staunchly until finally we give in to a man who introduces himself as Ketut. As if by magic, Ketut pulls two icy Bintangs from a bucket and presents a couple of sun-bleached plastic chairs. It’s the best offer we’ve had all afternoon and we obediently take our places in time to watch the sun set.

The Amala’s overpowering sense of Zen has clearly taken effect when, the following morning, we wake early, bursting with energy. We head back to the beach, determined to beat the crowds. This time our strategy pays off. The sand is virtually devoid of life and rows of vacant deckchairs stretch out before us. The clear blue water is like a bath – you could swim for hours and never get cold. After what seems like an age, I turn back to face the shore. The sun is bright and I squint in the glare, eyes straining to pinpoint what was, moments before, a lone umbrella on the shore. Now there’s a throng of blue and white stripes lined up just beyond the water’s edge. But what really makes me gasp is the sight of four enormous German shepherds catching waves in front of me. ‘Did we really say no to those mushrooms?’ asks a grinning Mr Smith who’s paddled out to meet me. ‘Those dogs can really surf!’ Clearly, he’s impressed.

After the plank-riding pooches, I’m in need of some respite and we return to the Amala to road-test one of the spa treatments. Faced with innumerable options, we take the easy way out and choose the signature 120-minute Amala Healing Ritual, a series of scrubs, foot rubs and massages with essential oils finished off with a soak in a flower-filled bath. Two hours later, Mr Smith and I are capable of nothing more than lying in the sun by our private pool.

Hours later, still delightfully discombobulated, it’s time to eat. On closer inspection, the Amala’s Bamboo Restaurant feels a little too public for a romantic rendezvous and we decide to eat in the privacy of our villa. In moments the sun-deck is bathed in candlelight and a dining table appears by the pool. Handmade gnocchi, organic chicken and freshly caught fish are followed by delicious desserts washed down with one of the best lattés in Bali.

In ancient Sanskrit, the word amala means pure and unspoiled. I’m sure we’ll leave the Amala the next day feeling pure, but for the past 48 hours we’ve been thoroughly spoiled.
 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Amala’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The gardens and decor; the central location and the general peace and tranquility. We particularly loved Sisterfields cafe, opposite Seminyak Village mall, and the hotel shuttle car can take you there.

Don’t expect

...No mosquitoes.

Rating

Stayed on 14 Oct 2016

We loved

We stayed at the Amala during our honeymoon in June. Everything was great from the moment we were collected at the airport and greeted with cold water and towels, after what was a long wait for our bags. We enjoyed the spa, the customer service, in room breakfast, shuttle service around Seminyak, our villa with its private spa pool and ability to make it open air, and our tour to Ubud. A must stay oasis, hidden off the busy streets of Seminyak. Recommend dinner at Ku de Ta, but also Bamboo restaurant.

Don’t expect

Children.

Rating

Stayed on 7 Jun 2016

We loved

The calm tranquillity of the Amala after a day out. Staff were amazing and were only too happy to help. Great local restaurants included Bambu, Mamasan and Sarong but make sure to book before you go.

Don’t expect

Everything we wanted was there.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Apr 2016

We loved

The spa was amazing, very comfy bed and room and lovely to get fresh fruit each day. The hotel really looked after us and even lit a mosquito coil in the bathroom each night.

Don’t expect

The food in the restaurant is very nice, but not outstanding in our opinion.

Rating

Stayed on 11 Dec 2015

We loved

The rooms with outside bathrooms were spectacular and very peaceful. The restaurant also whilst very quiet had the best Nasi Goreng we've found in Bali. (And we tasted alot !!!). Wonderful and helpful staff also made our two nights very special.

Don’t expect

The same tranquility outside of the hotel as inside it. THe center of Semanayk has become like Kuta, lots of traffic and lots of tourist. Higher end than Kuta but still the party has arrived

Rating

Stayed on 15 Aug 2015