by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 8, 2019
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?
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.
- A few minimarts selling basic supplies in both directions, but nowhere really in Amed to shop.
- 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.