Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort Bali Hotel in Amed, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 6, 2019

Review of Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort in Bali.

Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort Bali – Classy, convenient, and lower-priced resort with genuine beach frontage.

Among tropical gardens choked with palm trees, the bright and airy bungalows feature a chic Balinese décor, extensive veranda/balcony, open-air bathroom, and king-sized bed that dominates the room. Those with ‘sea views’ (more like glimpses) feature sliding doors to maximize views and breezes. It is built at sea level, so walking to nearby cafés and shops is not too strenuous, and on an upward bend in the road, so the pool, gardens, and café (but not rooms) can be a little noisy. But unusually, it does face a beach that isn’t rocky – although the sand is lined with fishing boats.

Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort Bali – The Location

  • Address: Along Jalan Jaya Amed, the only road in Bunutan village. Midway section of the laidback area known as Amed, which stretches about 10km along the east coast of Bali.
  • Area: Located at a steep hairpin bend and facing a beach (which is unusual). In a less developed area of Amed, but walkable to a few shops and restaurants.
  • How to Get There: No taxi from the airport will come this far, so organize transfers by car through the hotel – which takes about 3 hours. Many people stop at Amed on the way to/from the Gili Islands, which is connected by speedboats run by Freebird Express and Gili Sea Express. Book at travel agencies at either end, or compare schedules and book online.
  • Handy to: Snorkeling spots and scuba-diving agencies.

Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort Bali – The Basics

  • Guests: All welcome, but the vibe is more about couples and smaller groups than families.
  • Beach: The resort faces a beach, which is rare anywhere in Amed, but is crammed with fishing boats, so of little use for swimming or sunbathing. But the snorkeling within meters of the shore is superb.
  • Views: All bungalows offer pleasant views of the gardens, but the few villas promising ‘sea views’ may disappoint.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: 1 villa and 1 of the rooms features a private pool.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Some limited free and secure parking available onsite, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 737 358
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: palmgardenamed.com

Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort Bali – Amenities

  • Pool: While rooms don’t suffer from traffic noise, the pool area is fairly noisy at times.
  • Spa: Small but lovely traditional spa, with plenty of massages and other treatments offered.
  • Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of midrange resort in Amed.
  • Other Facilities: Library. Tour agency can organize local trips.

Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort Bali – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Open-air and under a traditional bamboo roof, with a wide selection of Indonesian food as well as soups, salads, and seafood.
  • Breakfast: Not usually included, but can be at an extra cost when booking or on the day.
  • Room Service: Possibly available during restaurant hours of about 7 am to 8 pm.

Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort Bali – Rooms

  • Room Types: Standard Garden Rooms • 1x Beachfront Bungalow with Pool • Garden Bungalows • 1x Beachfront Room with Pool • 1x Beach View Deluxe Room
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking not allowed in the rooms or public areas, but permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The only Beachfront Bungalow with Pool is secluded and spacious, and features a sizeable private garden and open-air bathroom.
  • For Families: The bungalows and 1 of the rooms can squeeze in an extra single bed, and the Beach View Deluxe Room contains an extra room with a single bed.

Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort Bali – Local Transport

  • Note: All cars/buses enter Amed from the north (via Culik) because the road from the south (via Ujung) is too windy, narrow, and steep for anything but motorbikes.
  • Walking: Amed is spread out, and the road often steep, so be prepared for a lot of walking.
  • Public Transport & Shuttle Bus: No reliable public transport anywhere through Amed. Perama, the main operator of tourist shuttle buses throughout Bali, offers a couple of services daily to Kuta via Padangbai and Ubud – but, inconveniently, leaves from northern Amed. Other local companies connect to Lovina. Get shuttle bus tickets through the hotel or a nearby travel agency.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: No metered taxis anywhere, so charter a car with a driver through the hotel or a travel agency. Renting a motorbike is a terrific way to explore the east coast. Nowhere to rent a car, which is not recommended anyway because of the condition of local roads.

Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort Bali – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Amed Paradise – Decent range of meals. Conveniently located opposite the hotel entrance. 2-minute walk.
  • Within 500m up the road (to the east) are:
  • Imbuh – At a peak in the road. The menu is limited, but views among the finest in Bali. 3-minute walk.
  • Good Karma Restaurant [(0)813 3753 1133] – Casual dining with rare beach frontage. 5-minute walk.
  • My Place Bar & Restaurant – Cozy and congenial, perfect for authentic Balinese food. 6-minute walk.
  • Green Melon Warung – Classic Amed-style eatery: small and friendly with simple meals at very cheap prices. 8-minute walk.

Shops

  • Minimart within 200m northwest along the road, but virtually nowhere in Amed to shop. 3-minute walk.

Attractions

  • Amed is not close to anything, which is part of the attraction. But the main reason many come here is for snorkeling, accessible just offshore at nearby Selang Beach, and scuba-diving, which can be arranged at any of the numerous agencies dotted along Amed.

Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort Bali – The Hotel

The area around the resort has few facilities.

The resort is midway along Amed in eastern Bali, with far fewer facilities than places like Kuta and Sanur.

The resort faces a scenic cove with a sandy beach.

The resort faces a scenic cove lined with jukung fishing boats.

The resort sports traditional architecture and design.

The Palm Garden features likeable traditional designs.

The open-air lobby and hotel staff are welcoming.

The staff and open-air lobby are welcoming.

The sandy beach along the resort is lined with fishing boats.

Little of the coastline along Amed has beaches, and these are often very rocky. The beach in front of the resort is very rare because it’s wide, reasonably sandy, and accessible – but still mostly lined with fishing boats.

The large pool offers great ocean views.

The pool is extensive and nicely located facing the ocean.

The stone-edged pool is surrounded by lounge chairs.

There is attractive stonework surrounding the pool and plenty of lounge chairs.

The open-air restaurant serves soups, salads, and Indonesian fare.

The restaurant is open-air and serves Indonesian food, as well as a better-than-average selection of soups and salads.

The villas are separated to give some privacy.

Villas are separated, with a very appealing traditional design.

The villa veranda/balcony are well-furnished.

Villas feature a wide veranda/balcony loaded with outdoor furniture.

The villas are pleasantly decorated with a tropical theme.

Furnishings throughout the resort are pleasant, with a subtle tropical theme.

The villa on the ground floor has a private pool.

This 2-story building at the resort contains 2 separate villas. The 1 at ground level boasts a private pool.

The villa bathrooms are partly open-air.

Villas also feature a delightful and partially open-air bathroom.

Amed Paradise, opposite the hotel,

Directly opposite the hotel entrance, Amed Paradise offers the usual array of Indonesian and Western delights.

Good Karma nearby is a casual beach-side cafe.

Only a few minutes’ walk east of the hotel, Good Karma is a likeable, casual café with rare beach frontage.

Green Melon Warung is a typical Balinese eatery.

Green Melon Warung, also a short stroll from the Palm Garden, is typical of Amed.

Imbuh Café and Bar offers great sea views.

On the way to the Good Karma, the Imbuh café/bar boasts one of the finest views in Bali.

My Place Bar & Restaurant nearby serves authentic Balinese food.

Also close to the hotel, My Place Bar & Restaurant is the ideal place to try authentic Balinese food.

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