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Set high above the Ayung River Gorge, Amandari overlooks working rice paddy fields, and designed to look like a Balinese village, it is clear to see how the hotel embraces local traditions.
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Accommodation is in 30 individual thatched roof suites, with Balinese-style stone pillars marking the entrance. The Balinese theme continues inside with the use of coconut wood and teak, and bamboo frame roofs lined with alang alang. All of the suites are walled and have their own private courtyard garden, as well as an outdoor sunken marble bath. The suites also have three sliding glass doors, making the most of the views. For all this and more, opt for one of the pool suites, which have private plunge pools.
The restaurant, constructed almost entirely out of teak, overlooks the swimming pool and Ayung Valley. The setting is spectacular and the combination of Indonesian and Western food is delicious.
As well as a swimming pool, Amandari also has a spa. It offers a wide range of treatments such as massages and manicures, as well as traditional Balinese treatments such as the Mandi Lulur. Yoga classes can also be arranged and there is a gym and tennis court.