Santai Hotel in Amed, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 8, 2019

Review of Santai Hotel in Bali.

Santai Hotel – Traditionally-designed bungalows and uncommon beach frontage.

Facing a clean – but very rocky – beach with no boats to spoil the views, the Santai offers extensive views and refreshing breezes. The spacious 2-level bungalows are distant from the road and alongside a rocky path lined with bougainvillea. Designed like traditional houses found in the Indonesian province of Sulawesi, these bungalows feature a lofty thatched roof, stylish rattan furniture, and open-air shower (but the design does ensure the need for constant air-conditioning). The lower level contains a futon mattress for relaxing, which can double as a bed for 2 small children. And from within the delightful tropical gardens, which are dotted with gazebos, is the continuous sound of crashing waves. Located on a flattish road and flanked by more cafés and shops than many other similar hotels in Amed.

Santai Hotel – The Location

  • Address: Along Jalan Jaya Amed, the only road in Bunutan village. In the northern section of the laidback area known as Amed, which stretches about 10km along the east coast of Bali.
  • Area: In a more developed region, with enough places to shop, eat, drink, and arrange dive trips within walking distance.
  • 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.

Santai Hotel – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters well for all, but most guests seem to be couples and small groups, often under 40.
  • Beach: One of few resorts in Amed to directly face a beach, which is clean but typically rocky. There is no sand on the beach or in the water, so it’s difficult to walk along or even lie on. But still scenic, with no fishing boats spoiling the views, and decent snorkeling just offshore.
  • Views: Bungalows offer views of the sea or gardens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at this sort of midrange resort in Amed.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Some limited free and secure parking on site, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)363 23487
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: santaibali.com

Santai Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: The pool is particularly inviting, with plenty of shade and ocean views, but could get a little overcrowded at times.
  • Spa: The Channa Spa offers massages but little else. The hotel does offer free transport to the nearby sister resort, The Griya, where the complete works are available.
  • Fitness Center: Nothing at the Santai, but guests can use the gym at the sister resort nearby, The Griya, but free transfers are not available for this.
  • For Families: Families are encouraged with good-value packaged deals, but nothing really set up for the younger ones.

Santai Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bars: The Coconut Restaurant is hugely popular among those staying in the general area, not least for the happy hours. No real sea views, but intimate setting under a traditional-style roof, and exquisite food, specializing in Indonesian cuisine such as beef rendang.
  • Breakfast: Not generally included. Can be paid for as an extra when booking or on the day.
  • Room Service: Limited service available during restaurant hours from about 7 am to 8 pm.

Santai Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Ocean View Bungalows • Garden View Bungalows • Ocean View Suites • Garden Views Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Not permitted in the rooms or public areas, but allowed anywhere else.
  • Best Room: The 2 spacious Ocean View Suites are a little further back from the sea, but provide optimal views and a lovable traditional design.
  • For Families: The bungalows on 2 levels can accommodate 2 small children on the lower floor.

Santai Hotel – 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: Generally, Amed is very spread out, and the road often steep, but enough facilities within walking distance of the hotel.
  • 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.

Santai Hotel – What’s Nearby?

  • Unlike other hotels further to the southeast, a reasonable range of facilities are within walking distance and (gratefully) along a flat road.
  • Restaurants & Bars

    • These places are easy to find within 150m of the hotel in either direction.
    • C’est Bon Restaurant – Wide range of Indonesian dishes and seafood, with a raised setting for views and breezes. 1-minute walk.
    • Warung Ary – Typical Amed eatery: elevated, quaint, and affable, offering simple food at cheap prices. 1-minute walk.
    • Titi Sedana – Little classier than neighboring rivals, and a more imaginative range of meals. 2-minute walk.
    • Peace Bar – Reggae theme and regular live music of, well, reggae.

    Shops

    • A few minimarts selling basic supplies in both directions, but nowhere really in Amed to shop.

    Attractions

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

    Santai Hotel – The Hotel

    The hotel is located in a semi-developed area of Amed.

    The Santai is located in a reasonably developed area of Amed, which stretches about 10km along the east coast of Bali.

    The hotel features plenty of secure parking soaces.

    One attraction for some is the ample and secure parking available.

    The beach is rocky but features few fishing boats that hamper the views.

    The resort is unusual because it faces a beach. Like almost all others in this part of Bali, however, the beach is rocky, but at least views are not obstructed by rows of fishing boats.

    The inviting swimming pool is well-shaded.

    The shady setting makes the pool more inviting than many others in the region.

    The on-site Coconut Restaurant is known for its fine food and intimate setting.

    The Coconut Restaurant is popular among guests and the general public for the fine food and intimate setting, particularly at night.

    The restaurant is popular for its traditional lesehan seating.

    The restaurant also features traditional lesehan seating, where diners squat (often on cushions) and eat at a low table.

    The hotel grounds offer plenty of areas to enjoy the views and breeze.

    There are plenty of areas around the hotel grounds to enjoy the views and breezes.

    All bungalows sport a traditional Indonesian design.

    All bungalows feature a traditional design, often reminiscent of other areas of Indonesia.

    Bungalows are surrounded by lush gardens with stone paths and fish ponds.

    Bungalows are dotted around lush gardens with stone paths and fish ponds.

    The bungalows sport a rare traditional design.

    Rare among the many rival hotels throughout Amed is the traditional design of the bungalows at the Santai.

    The bungalow porch is well-furnished.

    The porch in each bungalow is packed with outdoor furniture.

    The bungalow sport traditional decor such as rattan walls.

    The décor is very traditional, such as the rattan walls.

    C'est Bon is a decent eatery close by.

    Another attraction of the Santai is the location among simple but decent eateries, including C’est Bon.

    Warung Ary nearby is a family-run, friendly cafe.

    Among several friendly and family-run cafés close to the hotel is Warung Ary.

    Titi Sedana is classier and serves a better menu than other nearby eateries.

    Also within 150m of the hotel, Titi Sedana is classier than rivals, with a more imaginative menu.

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