The Amala Review

by Joe Kelly
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The Amala Review

My time at The Amala in Seminyak was a very relaxing period during my sometimes ‘can’t catch my breath’ three-week trip around Bali. Lounging around the Private Pool Villa’s open aired living room while listening to the water trickle down into the connected pool was such a calming way to let the hours tick on by while reenergising.

The quaint design of the holistic resort sets the scene for the soothing ambience with small wooden footbridges crossing aqua pools to connect to lush bamboo walkways which lead to large private villas with a traditional Balinese exterior.

What also helps is the complimentary 30-minute welcome massage that can be availed of at any time during your stay. Make sure you organise your treatment with The Amala’s Spa because this a wonderful treat and one that you’ll regret not making time for.

The Amala’s staff make sure that your stay at their luxury resort is a relaxing one from the moment that you arrive in Bali with their free shuttle bus service to and from the airport. Though we didn’t get to experience the service, we were given an example of their attention to detail when an issue with our bath arose that required maintenance to resolve. To ensure that I didn’t miss out on my desired soapsuds soaking experience, they put together a romantic rose petal bath in one of their beautiful Spa Villas.

Overindulgence is customary whenever on holiday and, as part of their all-inclusive offering, The Amala puts that to the test with their all-you-can-eat breakfast policy. You can select as many delicious dishes as you please from their ala carte menu and we will hold our hands up and say that their challenge was accepted and put to the test. We spent the rest of the day feeling ever so gluttonous, but it didn’t stop us from doing the same thing again the following day. I highly recommend the Crushed Avocado on Toast, it’s positively scrumptious. The pancakes were fluffy and delicious, too, but if you want something a little less indulgent and more health conscious, try the Eggs Wrap.

Take my advice and utilise your lovely spacious and modern Wi-Fi equipped Pool Villa as much as possible. The drinks available in the mini bar are complimentary, which gives you another reason less to want to leave, and you should definitely arrange having your breakfast in your Private Pool Villa rather than eating at the communal area. Just hand your list to the staff the evening before and organise a time for your breakfast to arrive. The morning that I spent eating in their open-aired restaurant felt like I was there way too long and just wanted to get back to my Private Pool Villa as soon as possible.

The resort isn’t particularly large with only 15 rooms of different categories available so there’s never a feeling of overcrowding and their adult only policy ensures that the vibe within The Amala is always calm. The location away from the centre offers an escape from the congested bustle of Seminyak while still being close enough to walk to a street full of restaurants or hail an Uber to get to the main strip. The Amala is a peaceful hideaway best suited for newlyweds planning a honeymoon around Bali.

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