Answering the alluring invitation of Ubud.
Perched above the Ayung River Gorge and set among verdant fields of green rice terraces at Ubud, the island of Bali’s spiritual and cultural heart, the inland retreat of Amandari offers an enchanted tropical wonderland filled with lush flora and fauna.
Meandering along the lip of the gorge in a protective embrace of the forest, the resort also mimics the ride paddies located below the grounds through the gentle curve of its swimming pool, which offers magnificent views that span the horizon. Meanwhile, the green garden drops away from a raised open-sided pavilion, making it perfect for wedding ceremonies and musical performances.
An intrinsic part of the local community, Amandari boasts its own temple in a peaceful glade. The island’s unique form of Hinduism permeates the fabric of daily life in the villages around Amandari, and ceremonies to purify and harmonise relations between humans, the environment and the realm of the Gods take place regularly on the hotel grounds according to the lunar calendar.
Other amorous experiences at Amandari include the side-by-side Village Spa Journey, encompassing a combination of the Balinese Melukat purification ceremony and holy water rituals with a full-body exfoliation, a body wrap of mineral-rich volcanic clay and a therapeutic head massage in the resort’s secluded Aman Spa.
If you yearn for the outdoors instead, the Ayung Valley Hike offers guests a gentle trek with a personal guide through the rice terraces, orchards and forests of the Ayung River Gorge, culminating in a picnic breakfast enjoyed in a lofty open-sided pavilion with magnificent views of the valley below.
For more information about Amandari inland resort, please visit www.aman.com/resorts/amandari