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INDONESIA
AMANRESORTS, BALI (Bali, Indonesia) AMANDARI-AMANKILA-AMANUSA
 
This triumvirate of fantasy, boutique hideaways is situated in three different areas on the magical, tropical island of Bali, each with its own flavor.
 
Amandari, designed in the style of a typical Balinese village, nestled over a 250-foot river gorge, overlooking rice paddies, near the artist colony of Ubud, a 45-minute drive form the airport, offers 30 spacious, air-conditioned, duplex and single-level terrace suites, eight with private pools. Facilities include a two-level restaurant with an open-air patio, an attractive swimming pool, one tennis court and a health club.
 
Amankila, a two-hour drive from the airport is located on a bluff overlooking a private beach. 34 free-standing luxury suites meander along a hillside, ten boasting private pools. Facilities include a semi-open air main dining room, a beach-club restaurant, tennis, water sports, a three-tiered swimming pool below the lobby and a second swimming pool at the beach clubi.
 
Amanusa perched on a grassy hillside overlooking the Bali Golf & Country Club and the Indian Ocean in the resort area of Nusa Dua is a 20-minute drive from the airport. There are 35 air-conditioned, spacious villas with outdoor living areas including, small enclosed garden courts with dining facilities and outdoor patios with a double lounge bed. Guests can choose between a panoramic terrace restaurant with Thai and Indonesian specialties and a glassed-in Italian restaurant that overlooks the large swimming pool. Sport options include two tennis courts, a private beach and guest privileges at the nearby golf club and at the health club at the Bali Hilton.
 
Strong Points: Each Aman property offers a uniquely romantic, truly Indonesian experience in exotic, comfortable accommodations with fine dining.
 
 
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