Amed Bali – Amed, which is located in the eastern region of Bali approximately 2 to 3 hours drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport, is a small (but growing exponentially in popularity) seaside area that’s known for its excruciatingly heavy emphasis on the top three tropical holiday must-haves: dozing, dining, and diving. It encompasses the seven fishing villages of Amed, Jemeluk, Bunutan, Lipah, Selang, Banyuning and Aas, and is said to be home to some of the greatest coastlines in all of Bali. Snorkelers and scuba divers in Bali are especially aware of this place due to its eastern shoreline that hosts some of the best marine life to swim amongst, and even a historical shipwreck to explore amongst the mix. Various dive operators have set up base here, and visitors can expect to barely lift a finger before being transported away to the beach to swim amongst the fish in crystal clear waters.
The reputation of Amed Bali did not begin rising in popularity until the early 2000s, which is why many tourists heading to Bali naturally are hesitant about including it into their itinerary. However, rest assured, anyone who has ever visited Amed has left feeling overwhelmed and amazed that such a relaxing, beautiful slice of tropical paradise could exist at a party destination like Bali. It’s been known that the pace in Amed is extremely slow; it’s the place where you’d wake up in the middle of the day and not feel an inch of guilt, or indulge in cocktails by the beach all the day and warung stalls (street food) all night long before heading back to your luxury villa to sleep it off and do it all over again the next day. The sunsets are said to take your breath away, with some of the best viewpoints giving you a proper good view of Mt. Agung in the background where the sun slips behind. In case you don’t know, Mt. Agung is known as the Mt. Fuji of Bali.
Amed Bali – The Best Hotels
Amed Bali – Oasis
An absolute dream within a tropical Paradise, Oasis offers all the luxury amenities you wouldn’t expect of an accommodation so far away from the main cities. Traditional Balinese furnishings with creative artworks decorate the interior of the rooms, whilst the outside of the hotel is filled with luscious vegetation lining paths to different hotel areas. It’s a 5-minute walk from the beach, but if you’re not keen to swim in the ocean, there’s a stunning outdoor pool next to a garden in the hotel you can relax in. All private rooms have a fitted terrace, and some rooms also provide a generous balcony.
Why Guests Love It: “Superb staff, very good breakfast, and peaceful villas each with fun hammocks”, “It’s an oasis in the middle of Amed. The location is excellent, on the corner is an ATM, grocery store, diving centrum. 10-minutes walk to the best snorkelling places. Staff are excellent, friendly, and helpful”, “A perfect stay as usual. The breakfast is good. They even bring a pot of coffee to your room in the morning to the veranda, perfect”.
Notable features: swimming pool, non-smoking rooms, airport shuttle, free parking, free Wi-Fi.
Book It Here: Oasis
Amed Bali – Amed Dream
If you’re after privacy across all aspects, look no further than Amed Dream. Boasting a private beach area as well as an outdoor swimming pool, Amed Dream is located in the middle of Amed but is discreetly hidden away from the public eye. All guest rooms come with supreme air-conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a kitchenette, a dining area, and a private bathroom with free premium toiletries. Some rooms also come with a terrace area. The breakfast is highly rated amongst stayers here, with continental, American, and Asian options available. Snorkelling activities are easily accessible from the hotel.
Why Guests Love It: “I loved the stay in the hotel. I’ve been treated by the hotel manager like I’ve book the presidential suite! Ratih, thank you very much for your hospitality and it’s nice to meet you!”, “You can hear the ocean and see the sunset from this exceptional hotel in the sleep surroundings of Amed. The staff are friendly and make your stay nice and easy”.
Notable Features: Swimming pool, non-smoking rooms, airport shuttle, outdoor pool, free parking, beach front
Book It Here: Amed Dream
Amed Bali – Sahera Hotel
Comfort and style are the priorities at this hotel, as can be seen by their large beds and stunning traditional Balinese décor throughout the hotel. Their outdoor swimming pool, which is probably their most standout amenity, features water fountains along one side and luxury sunbeds lined along the other. All guestrooms feature free Wi-Fi, a desk, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom with free toiletries (and some even boast crazy mountain views). There’s a great on-site restaurant that serves a variety of seafood, Chinese and British dishes. Cycling is a common activity amongst the visitors to this hotel, so if you’re keen to explore the area on your own terms, hire a bike and off you go!
Why Guests Love It: “Great hotel with big spacious and beautiful rooms. The bathroom and shower was excellent, balcony overlooking the mountain was beautiful, and the pool was nice too!”, “Very close to all amenities. The best crispy duck restaurant right next door. Laundry across the road”, “Hotel has amazing view over the hills. Nearby are tasty warungs”.
Notable Features: Swimming pool, non-smoking rooms, airport shuttle, outdoor pool, free parking, beachfront.
Book It Here: Sahera Hotel
Amed Bali – The Best Villas
Amed Bali – Bali Bhuana Villas
One of the best valued villas in the entirety of Amed, Bali Bhuana Villas defines luxury at an affordable price. This property is literally a stone throw’s away from the beach, being 2-minutes on foot. All rooms have a private bathroom, complimentary Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and a mini-fridge. The outdoor pool is simply stunning, and offers enticing views of the ocean. Lounge on the sunbeds provided and listen to the ocean sounds as you nap. Wake up, go for a quick dip in the emerald pool, and dry off in the sun. That’s the lifestyle at these villas. Bike rental is available at the accommodation if you want to ride around and explore the area a bit, and snorkelling can be enjoyed at the nearby beach.
Why Guests Love It: “The views of the ocean and moon at night were incredible. Our room was large and we had a big porch to sit out on and enjoy the afternoon breeze. Small shallow pool for little ones opens up into a huge beautiful swimming pool”, “The host and other staff were really helpful. They helped us in booking boat tickets. The property has really good architecture, the view from the room and the balcony is awesome”.
Notable Features: Swimming pool, non-smoking rooms, airport shuttle, outdoor pool, free parking, free Wi-Fi
Book It Here: Bali Bhuana Villas
Amed Bali – Onlyou Villas
Onlyou Villas is one of the top villa picks in Amed. The beach front aspect means that you wake up to the relaxing sounds of the ocean waves, reminding you the moment you open your eyes that you’re in a tropical paradise. A relaxing outdoor swimming pool with provided sunbeds make for the perfect afternoon leisure activity, and it also offers amazing views of the ocean. It’s located just 100m from Amed beach so you can indulge in as many water-based activities as you like, at your convenience. All villas feature a private patio, air-conditioning, teak wood furniture and natural stones. The 24-hours reception offers assistance at any time should you need it.
Why Guests Love It: “Breakfast by the ocean was amazing!”, “Wi-Fi internet was very good quality”, “The rooms were excellent, exactly as pictured”, “Really liked the little touches the interior had like hand-carved doors and cupboards. Having a restaurant right there was convenient. Liked the privacy and the views”, “We had a pool villa which was very big, clean, and comfortable”.
Notable Features: Swimming pool, non-smoking rooms, airport shuttle, free parking, beachfront, free Wi-Fi, private pools
Book It Here: Onlyou Villas
Amed Bali – The Griya Villas and Spa
Considered one of the most perfect villas located in Amed Bali, the Griya Villas and Spa is the epitome of luxury 5-star villa perfection. There are deluxe rooms set amongst lush tropical gardens offering private infinity pools with turquoise waters that overlook the vast ocean – it’s an absolute dream. One, two, and three bedroom options means that couples, groups of friends and large families all have options at this accommodation. A literal 1-minute walk from the beach means that you get the best of both worlds. All villas come equipped with air-conditioning, modern Balinese furniture, large living areas with a sofa, flat-screen TV, and a dining area. Beautiful modern furnishings throughout the entire villa means you’ll always be surrounded by luxury. The villas open out to the pool decks. Guests can enjoy relaxing on the terrace, or book into a soothing massage at the spa.
Why Guests Love It: “Griya Villas is pure luxury. The rooms, the views, the private infinity pool were first class. The restaurant, the day spa, and the happy hour drinks all combined to make this hotel a wonderful place to spend our last two nights in Amed”, “We had a private pool overlooking the ocean where you could play your own music through the speakers”, “Quiet, away from the hustle and bustle”, “Amazing villa, private swimming pool with beautiful sunrise view, restaurant with food food and breakfast”.
Notable Features: Swimming pool, airport shuttle, free parking free Wi-Fi, spa and wellness centre, mountain/sea view,
Book It Here: The Griya Villas and Spa
The Best Restaurants
Amed Bali – Warung Enak
Often labelled the favourite by locals and visitors to Amed, Warung Enak is without the glitz and glamour of most restaurants. Instead, it relies on its cultural charm, explosive flavours, and distinct Balinese dishes to uphold its name. The cost of Warung Enek is cheaper than most restaurants in Amed, and you can guarantee you’ll find something for everyone there. Think along the lines of: chicken curry, chicken with pineapple, Balinese pork stew, pizza, and even fresh juices. The restaurant name aptly translates to ‘delicious’ and rightfully so. If you’re planning to head there, keep in mind that their best sellers are their Balinese curries and their chicken satay.
Access: It’s very close to the Amed Bali Adventure Tourist Information Centre, across from Amed beach.
Hours: 7:30am – 10:00pm
Amed Bali – Gusto Resto
A popular restaurant destination for those who want to dine with a view, the vast ocean stretching out from the luscious vegetation surrounding the restaurant make for some pretty good views. The restaurant itself offers a wide variety of different cuisines from around the world, attracting a wide and diverse crowds to its balcony. Serving up Indonesian, Mediterranean, Italian, and even a few Hungarian dishes means that you’ll probably have some trouble deciding on only a few dishes to try (you might have to come back a few times!). The friendly, chill atmosphere of the restaurant is a massive bonus. Come dressed in your lounging clothes, it’s completely acceptable. Some of their dishes you need to try include their bruschetta, falafel, and eggplant cream.
Access: It is close to The Griya Villas and Spas, near Lipah Beach.
Hours: 1:00pm – 10:00pm
Amed Bali – The Grill Bar and Restaurant
Opened and managed by an Australian entrepreneur, The Grill Bar and Restaurant in Amed Bali specialises in the real meaty dishes, including barbeque steaks, ribs and chops. However, in saying that, there are other, lighter, less ‘meatier’ dishes that you can select as well, including pizza, wraps, plentiful seafood dishes and burgers. As with most Australian barbeque restaurants, you can decide how you want your meat cooked which is a big plus for those who can’t part with their quality medium-rare steaks. The restaurant is casually decorated with both indoor and outdoor dining options, and is a great option for a group of friends to lounge around for a few hours, sharing food and beers (there’s even a decent wine list) and generally taking in the beautiful air in Amed. Some of the recommendations of this restaurant include, surprisingly, the sesame-crusted grilled tuna steak (great for those who prefer seafood over meat), and the Australian Ribeye steak.
Access: It is close to the Arya Amed Beach Resort and Dive Centre, and the Paradiso Villa – Amed. It is not beachfront.
Hours: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
The Best Bars & Clubs
Amed Bali – Double One
Stretching along the beautiful Lipah Beach, the Double One Bar is one of the trendiest bar destinations in Amed. The friendly, inviting atmosphere and renowned extensive list of cocktails means that most visitors to the area who are after leisurely downtime to drink into the night by the ocean will most likely be congregating here. Offering stunning views of the sunset by the bar, with the warm glows of the sun’s rays on your back and a cool, fruity drink in your hand, you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else at that point. Rub elbows with backpackers, divers, honeymooners, and even small families here as they gather together to enjoy a good-natured, laid back atmosphere. Live music plays a few nights a week, but otherwise, chill tunes will be playing constantly in the background to put you into the mood.
Access: It is located at Double One Villa.
Amed Bali – Wawa Wewe Restaurant and Bar
With a name as funky as this, you’d expect this place to bring the goodies, and it definitely does. Situated right on the sands of Amed Beach sits Wawa Wewe, a stunning beach bar that brings a little life into the slow-paced Amed crowd. Occasional live bands, a super hip décor, and an extensive, delectable drinks menu means that its draws crowds on any given day of the week, although you can expect it to be nothing like the bars in Kuta. People generally head here for a relaxing night of listening to the ocean waves (it’s literally right there!), and becoming heady via all the delicious cocktails on the menu. The bohemian atmosphere of this place puts everyone in a tranquil state of mind. If you’re hungry, this establishment also serves up mean Indonesian and Italian food.
Access: It is located at Wawa Wewe Villa.
Hours: 8:00am – 11:00pm
Amed Bali – Reef Bar
Whilst Reef Bar is more known for their delicious Italian cuisine specialising in thin crust pizzas, they also offer a massive range of great beers and exotic tropical cocktail concoctions that can be tried at any hour of the day. The relaxed atmosphere, beachfront location, and wide bar draws crowds from all over Amed. Expect to see divers head here after a full day of exploring the waters, cracking open a cold beer over a bunch of pizzas, discussing their adventures into the night. People who have dined at Reef Bar have claimed that it serves the ‘best pizza in Amed’. If you’re after a night of good food and great drinks, this is probably the answer. As the most casual bar/restaurant on this list, you won’t have to worry about any pretences – spend your day lounging by the pool or the beach, and when dinnertime rolls around, gather the crew, head to Reef Bar, order some pizzas and let the free-flowing drinks begin!
Access: Located close to Amed Beach, near Kembali Beach Bungalows and Three Brothers Bobby’s Villas.
Hours: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
If you’re keen on getting away from the usual Bali crowd, and just want to spend a few days lazing in the sun, leisurely snorkelling and scuba diving, exploring untouched rice fields and watching beautiful sunsets every night, get off the beaten path and pop Amed into your itinerary for a few days, you won’t regret it.