by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 5, 2019
The Griya Villas & Spa – Opulent and secluded villas with unrivaled views.
Each 1, 2, and 3 bedroom villa features a classy interior, private pool, charming kitchen, vast bathroom with a free-standing tub, and abundant luggage space. And indescribable views from all windows. Villas are tiered up a steep hill, so a golf buggy is offered to get around. The whole place, particularly the lobby with its bistro and infinity pool, is spacious and open-air, offering welcome breezes and striking panoramas of the ocean and hills. Located in the less developed Lipah village, with a typically rocky beach across the road and a few cafés within a short stroll.
The Griya Villas & Spa – The Location
- Address: Along Jalan Raya Amed, the only road in Lipah village.
- Area: Midway along the laidback area known as Amed, which stretches about 10km along the east coast of Bali. A few classy eateries nearby, but this is a less developed region.
- How to Get There: No taxi from the airport will come this far, so organize transfers by car through the hotel – which takes about 2.5 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.
The Griya Villas & Spa – The Basics
- Guests: The setting, seclusion, and prices attract couples, especially those on honeymoon.
- Beach: Amed is a chain of coves and cliffs, with rare beaches packed with rocks and boats. To access the closest beach, cut through one of the resorts on the other side of the road. The beach is very rocky and lined with boats, but decent enough for snorkeling just offshore.
- Views: Each villa provides views of the sea in front and hills to the back, while vistas from the restaurant/bar and main pool are of the hills.
- Kitchen: All villas (the only type of accommodation) contain a kitchen.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The resort only offers villas, each featuring a private pool.
- Extras: Free bicycle hire (but roads are steepish).
- 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 23571
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: thegriya.com
The Griya Villas & Spa – Amenities
- Pool: Although each villa features a private pool, there is also an attractive infinity-edged pool alongside the café and lobby. With mountain views, swim-up bar, and plenty of decking.
- Spa & Fitness Center: The Channa Spa, Sauna, & Gym provides an impressive range of treatments and equipment for complete wellbeing.
- Other Facilities: Boutique sells clothes and souvenirs.
The Griya Villas & Spa – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars: Safka Restaurant – Alongside the pool, with superb meals at pleasingly affordable prices. Mountain views are particularly notable from the rooftop bar, with its cushioned lounges and impressive happy hours. The wide menu includes Mexican delights and vegetarian options, while most nights featuring either live music or Balinese dance/music show. • Maku Healthy Café – Attached to the restaurant, with all sorts of healthy food and drinks, as well as coffee and desserts.
- Breakfast: Excellent a la carte breakfast included. Served at the café or delivered to the villa for an extra charge.
- Room Service: Available during restaurant hours from about 7am to 9pm.
The Griya Villas & Spa – Rooms
- Room Types: Only offers villas with 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms.
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms or eating areas, but tolerated elsewhere.
- Best Room: The 1-Bedroom Deluxe Pool Villa is ideal, especially for those on honeymoon. Separate living room and wide pool surrounded by decking.
- For Families: Some villas feature 2 or 3 bedrooms, and all have a kitchen and private pool.
The Griya Villas & Spa – 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. Bikes can be rented from the resort, but roads are reasonably steep.
- 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.
The Griya Villas & Spa – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- Barong Café – Little classier than rivals, with a higher position offering better views. Virtually next to the Griya. 1-minute walk.
- Warung Gado-Gado – Typically small and family-owned café offering huge portions at little prices. Just past Bo’s. 2-minute walk.
- Bo’s Restaurant – Also raised, with terrific views and tasty seafood. About 300m northwest along the road. 3-minute walk.
- Puri Wirata Restaurant – At the resort opposite Bo’s. One of few places to actually face the sea (although there’s no real beach). 4-minute walk.
- Minimart about 70m down the road, but nowhere else in Amed to really shop. 1-minute walk.
- Amed is not close to anything, which is part of the attraction. But the main reason many come is snorkeling, often accessible just offshore, and scuba-diving, which can be arranged at any of the numerous agencies dotted along Amed, including Bali Reef Divers at the Puri Wirata resort, just northwest of The Griya. 3-minute walk.