As the summer season (it’s arguably summer all year long in Singapore – but you get what I mean) draws to a close, here’s a feature on one of my favorite places on the planet: BALI 🙂 Earlier this year I had a chance to spend a couple nights at Aquaterrace Amed in East Bali. When people think of the island paradise, some familiar names would always pop up – Seminyak, Uluwatu, Jimbaran would be among the favorites. But if you are feeling adventurous, I’d recommend a visit to Amed!
Amed is a fishing region located 3 hours drive away from Denpasar. To put that in perspective, a flight from Singapore to Denpasar is only 2.5 hours! The whole area is still very virgin and untouched. So on one hand you do not have the usual tourist throngs, but on the other hand there are none of the five star developments you would usually associate Seminyak or Jimbaran with, either.
Aquaterrace Amed is a bed and breakfast establishment run by a Balinese-Japanese couple. The hosts were super friendly over email as they helped arrange for my arrival and answered all my questions about Amed and the property. There are only eight rooms in Aquaterrace, but each is nicely furnished and very spacious! I stayed in one of the four Beach Rooms, with direct access to a pool and the beach.
Aquaterrace Amed can help you organise canoeing and diving trips around the area. Amed is famous for its two shipwreck sites: the Japanese shipwreck which was close to Aquaterrace, and the USS Liberty shipwreck at Tulamben. I went canoeing to the Japanese shipwreck and snorkeled there, and it was probably one of the most exciting experiences I’ve had this year 😉
I also loved it because I didn’t have to step out of the property at all – the restaurant serves decent local-Japanese fusion fare at highly affordable prices, and the day spa does really good massages. My favorite was the After Sun treatment – definitely go for it after a day out in the sun!
All in all if you are visiting Bali but want to try something off the beaten path, or you are in need of a getaway to unplug and rewind from your busy urban life, I’d totally recommend a visit to East Bali and a couple nights at Aquaterrace Amed!
Aquaterrace Amed Address: Selang Bunutan Amed, Bali, Indonesia Phone: (+62) 0813-3791-1096 Website: http://www.aquaterrace-amed.com/