The Griya Villas and Spa Hotel in Amed, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 5, 2019

Review of The Griya Villas & Spa

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.

Shops

  • Minimart about 70m down the road, but nowhere else in Amed to really shop. 1-minute walk.

Attractions

  • 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.

The Griya Villas & Spa – The Hotel

The resort is located in a quiet and isolated neighborhood of Amed.

The resort is in a quieter and more isolated area of Amed, along the east coast of Bali.

The resort is located between the beachside road and green hills.

The Griya is squeezed between the beachside road and dramatic hills.

The beach is rocky but great for snorkeling.

The beach is accessible through any resort on the other side of the road, but is rocky and lined with fishing boats. Decent snorkeling just offshore, however.

The infinity pool also has a swim-up bar.

The sizeable infinity-edged pool features a swim-up bar.

Safka Restaurant has plenty of casual and formal seating.

At the resort, the Safka Restaurant provides abundant casual seating as well as tables for fine dining.

Safka serves a variety of Indonesian, western, and Mexican food.

The Safka offers an extensive menu of Indonesian, western, and Mexican food.

Some nights feature a Balinese dance and music show.

Some nights, a charming Balinese dance/music show is held at the Safka Restaurant.

The Maku Healthy Café next door is a great place for healthy food and drinks.

Next to the Safka, the Maku Healthy Café provides a range of healthy food and drinks, as well as coffee, desserts, and pastries.

The cafe has indoor and outdoor seating.

Tables at the Maku are inside, with air-conditioning, or along a terrace facing the hills.

The rooftop bar has good happy hours.

Above the Safka Restaurant, the rooftop bar offers impressive happy hours.

The rooftop bar is a great place to watch the sunset.

The rooftop bar is loaded with lounge chairs, especially enjoyable when the sun sets (over the hills, not sea).

The on-site boutique sells clothes and souvenirs.

A lovely boutique facing the pool sells elegant clothes and better-than-average souvenirs.

The villas have 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms.

The Griya only offers villas with 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms.

The villa private pools offer sea views.

Each villa features a private pool, most with views towards the sea.

The villas have an outdoor area, kitchen, and dining area.

Each villa features an outdoor area, alongside the pool, with a kitchen and dining area.

The lounge area is quite spacious.

Next to the kitchen/dining area is an extended lounge room.

The spacious bedrooms are sport a traditional design.

The very spacious bedrooms feature a lovely traditional design.

The bathroom is open air.

The bathroom is extended and mostly open-air.

Bo's is located close to the hotel.

Bo’s is one of several eateries within a few minutes’ stroll of the hotel entrance.

Puri Wirata Restaurant is also located close to the hotel.

The Puri Wirata Restaurant faces the beach not far from the entrance to the Griya.

Warung Gado-Gado is one of many eateries close by.

Also very close to the Griya, Warung Gado-Gado is typical of many found along Amed.

Popular Barong Cafe offers excellent views.

Offering superior views is the popular Barong Café, virtually next to The Griya.

Bali Reef Divers is located just down the road.

Amed is famous for scuba-diving. Agencies are dotted along the entire length of Amed, including Bali Reef Divers, just down the road from the Griya.

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