by Santorini Dave • Updated: March 25, 2019
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Amertha Bali Villas – Spacious, with traditional design and lush tropical setting.
With extensive beach frontage and a stunning mountain backdrop, this resort boasts one of the most expansive grounds in Bali. One and two-bedroom villas feature private pools, open-air kitchen/lounge/dining areas, charming gardens, and faultless Balinese-style design and modern furnishings, though they are not totally secluded or entirely private. Within each villa, some self-contained suites can be booked separately. More secluded suites are located within a two-story building, and contain kitchenettes. The beach is grey, as is typical in the area, but immaculately maintained, and the vast gardens are dotted with traditional statues and fountains. The massive pool is framed by palms, facing the scenic coastline. The resort is away from the busy road and has a better selection of cafés nearby than rival resorts.
Amertha Bali Villas – The Location
- Address: On the main road midway along Pemuteran, an area that stretches several kilometers across the remote northwest coast of Bali.
- Area: Faces the beach, with only a handful of places to eat, drink, and shop within walking distance.
- How to Get There: No metered taxis or chartered cars from the airport will come this far (4-5 hours) and there are no direct shuttle buses or any public transport of much use to tourists. The only option is to arrange transfers through the hotel. Ferries from Java arrive every few minutes at Gilimanuk. From there, take a bus towards Singaraja and get off after about 45 minutes.
Amertha Bali Villas – The Basics
- Guests: Caters well for all, especially small groups and families.
- Beach: The sand is grey and gritty, which is typical of this area. However, the beach is cleaner than elsewhere, with no boats spoiling the views. Great for sunsets and walks, but less appealing for swimming and sunbathing.
- Views: Only 3 villas offer unobstructed sea views; all other accommodations face the gardens and/or mountains.
- Kitchen: Villas contain open-air kitchen/dining areas, suites feature smaller kitchenettes.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Villas have private pools. Guests who book a self-contained suite within a villa will share the pool with other suites within the same villa.
- Wi-Fi: Free throughout the resort for all guests.
- Parking: There’s plenty of free and secure parking at the front, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (0)362 94831
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: amerthabalivillas.com
Amertha Bali Villas – Amenities
- Pool: Huge pool alongside the beach with a swim-up bar, inviting cabanas, and sloping palms all around. Special section for children.
- Spa: Amertha Spa is luxurious, with a gorgeous tropical setting indoors. Massages can also be enjoyed in a special area on the beach.
- Fitness Center: None.
- For Families: Cots. Baby-sitting. Children’s pool section.
- Activities: Bicycle rental.
- Other Facilities: Art gallery. Travel agency.
Amertha Bali Villas – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: The beachfront Amertha Restaurant is open all day for a wide range of meals and features superior service. The bar is between the restaurant and pool.
- Breakfast: Included in most rates, but double-check when booking.
- Room Service: Available from about 7 am to 10 pm.
Amertha Bali Villas – Rooms
- Room Types: Ocean Front Suites • Mountain & Garden View Suites • Ocean Front Villas • Mountain & Garden View Villas
If booking a self-contained suite within a villa, be aware that the pool and kitchen may be used by guests in other suites within that villa.
- Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed in the rooms but is permitted anywhere else in the resort.
- Best Room: Ocean Front Villas are very spacious, each featuring a private pool and extensive open-air area with a kitchen, dining table, and lounge room.
- For Families: Suites can fit in an extra single bed. Villas have enough bedrooms to sleep up to 10, as well as private pools and kitchen/lounge/dining areas.
Amertha Bali Villas – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: Pemuteran is several kilometers long and the limited facilities are spread out, so expect to do a lot of walking. The road is flat and wide, although busy, and reasonable for cycling. The resort offers rental of bikes.
- Public Transport: Decrepit buses and bemos (minivans) ply the main road, linking all places within Pemuteran and connecting Pemuteran with Lovina, Pura Pulaki temple, and the turnoff to Banjar (see later).
- Shuttle Buses: No tourist shuttle buses venture this far. They do travel to Lovina, from where it’s easy enough to catch a bus or bemo to Pemuteran.
- Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: There are no metered taxis, so charter a car with a driver for trips outside the region. A few local agencies rent motorbikes (which are a terrific way to explore the north coast) and cars (but driving anywhere in Bali is not recommended).
Amertha Bali Villas – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
The choice within walking distance is better than most other resorts. These places are clustered around the roadside entrance to the Amertha.
- Waroeng Hungry Army – Pizzas, burgers, and seafood at inexpensive prices. Also, cooking classes. 2-minute walk.
- The Prana – Traditional décor and extensive menu. 2-minute walk.
- Warung Ganesh (0)823 4130 6661 – Inviting décor, tasty and well-priced meals, and tables away from the noisy road. 3-minute walk.
- There’s a minimart opposite the resort entrance, but few other shopping choices anywhere in Pemuteran.
- Pulau Menjangan – Part of a national park, this uninhabited island offers world-class snorkeling/diving and rugged hiking. Organize a daytrip through the hotel.
- Diving – Arguably some of the finest diving in Bali is along the coast nearby. A few agencies in Pemuteran can arrange trips, including Bali Diving Academy at the Adi Assri Resort, about 600m to the east. 10-minute walk (shorter via the beach).
- Pura Pulaki (3km) – Extraordinary beachside temple full of monkeys that actually swim. Close enough to cycle. 4-minute drive.
Useful (but decrepit) public transport can be used to reach:
- Banjar (39km) – Delightful village with fantastic hot springs and Bali’s largest monastery. From the turn-off, take a motorbike taxi. The walk down (3km) to the main road from either place is very pleasant. 55-minute drive.
- Lovina (46km) – More developed tourist region but also with a grey beach. 1-hour drive.
- Singaraja (55km) – Bali’s second city boasts a crumbling colonial-era harbor and mildly-interesting museums. 80-minute drive.