Having had Aman’s luxury resorts in Indonesia on my radar forever, I couldn’t have been more thrilled to begin my journey staying at three of the brand’s signature properties.
My first stop was Amandari, meaning ‘peace and heavenly beings’ – a name that rings true as every aspect of the hotel has been beautifully thought through. Amandari takes pride in their subtle yet substantial design; from afar it blends into the rice paddies, jungle landscape like an established village and internally as I weaved through the pathways and gardens, I could feel that everything had been carefully designed from a guest perspective.
With there being so many fantastic options of how to spend my time, I left it to the expert Aman guides to define my stay. On my arrival evening I was invited to make a traditional Balinese blessing basket, which was a beautiful experience that included learning the different meanings of each flower, the intricate design of the basket and how these offerings form such a sacred part of daily life in Indonesia. The following day I met with my guide who took me on the most wonderful hike around the surrounding area. We journeyed through endless green and beautiful paddy fields with not a single tourist in sight throughout the whole hike. It felt like a truly personal and unique experience, complemented by special insights from my guide about his life and country. Wishing I could stay longer, I then begun my journey to Amankila, not before being blessed by two young girls who threw gorgeous flowers from the traditional baskets over me. What a charming departure!