In the seventh century, a Hindu priest came to Kedewatan Village in Ubud, Bali to meditate, and brought with him a tiger from Java. Before he left, the priest made a statue of the animal to remind villagers that this place had been blessed. The temple is located 129 steps down from Amandari, a rustic and elegant resort and spa, whose name translates to “peaceful spirits.” Amandari is very connected to the local community and local villagers unobtrusively make use of the hotel’s pathways to access their rice fields.
Located in central Bali, Amandari is the birthplace of Ubud’s first infinity pool and recipient of countless awards. Though it opened some 16 years ago, the resort shows none of its age but all of its maturity. The first upscale luxury resort to appear in Ubud, Amandari is an elite development sitting on an escarpment above the Ayung Valley. It was designed as a walled Balinese village with only 30 private villas connected by paved footpaths. Lush foliage flanks both sides of the footpaths while Hindu mini-shrines pepper the pathways throughout the entire resort.
A luxurious sense of space permeates the open-air lobby, which is designed like a traditional Balinese meeting place. The villas are a short walk from the lobby. Each thatched suite features a garden courtyard, outdoor sunken marble tub and plenty of local teak and coconut wood.
Other facilities include a luxurious spa, pool and tennis court. Private yoga classes are offered by the resident yoga teacher to help guests savor the relaxing setting. The restaurant features western and Indonesian fare and provides a dramatic view of the impressive gorge down below.