This is the Life!

Reviewed July 28, 2012

We stayed for a week with our two kids (aged 9) in Paradiso Villa. We arrived tired after the long but scenic trip from the airport and were greeted on arrival by the friendly staff with their always-smiley faces. We opted for lunch on our terrace in front of our villa overlooking the beach. Lunch was delicious, as were the breakfasts and the dinners we had at the resort.

We never got bored with the breakfast options and probably had the best fresh juices of all our holiday in Bali. The restaurant may not face the beach, as has been pointed out in previous reviews, but it is beautifully decorated, has a great vibe with ponds and water features surrounding it. The menu is extensive and we could not fault any of the dishes we had. It is set off the road, so there is not much passing traffic noise. The chocolate brownies were a massive hit, as was the carrot cake.

We absolutely loved the villa, the high quality furnishings, including four-poster beds and 2 lounge areas, our little private garden with terrace and outdoor shower with its gorgeous shower products. Our bath was filled with flower petals on arrival, a nice touch.

We didn't find the mornings too noisy, as the fishermen tend to use their sails, not motors. The roosters can be annoying if you're a light sleeper, but we enjoyed very restful nights with the sounds of the little waves breaking on the beach.

The resort itself is a quaint and well thought-out oasis with beautifully manicured gardens, fragrant frangipani and other blossoms, water features and lighting. We just loved spending time in and around the pool and enjoyed a couple of massages there too. It is definitely a great idea to spend a few days relaxing there and not doing too much. We had a peek in a pool-side cottage, which would be more than comfortable for 4 people. The cute little verandas all face the pool and have enough lush vegetation around them to allow for privacy. We noticed many travellers enjoy a drink here, read a book or just soak up the atmosphere.

We checked out a few other resorts in the area and were quite convinced that we had made the right choice to stay here. The resort seemed mostly full during our week there, whereas other top-ranked resorts reported much lower occupancy. I can only imagine that it is a lack of reviews that don't put Life in Amed at number 1!

Dinner options away from Life were easy, as most restaurants have a pickup/dropoff service. Sails is worth a visit and is an easy walk. The reception staff was always happy to book a table and pickup service for us with the restaurants which were further away.

We took our own snorkelling gear and found the snorkelling about 100m from Life towards Sails very good. Reef shoes are definitely a good idea as the beach is not easy to walk on and there can be sharp-edged pebbles. There is virtually no current, so we didn't find that we needed our flippers. We also snokelled at Lipah beach, which is just a 15min walk away. There is more extensive coral there and amazing fish varieties.

At Lipah, next to Café Indah is a little boutique run by Made, whose very friendly and knowledgeable husband (also Made, I think) works at Life in Amed. Made offers massages at her boutique and they were definitely the best I had while in Bali. She is also a massage teacher, so she knows her stuff!

All in all, I cannot recommend Life in Amed highly enough. The staff run the resort seamlessly and all seem to enjoy what they do. It is a place where local life carries on within a few metres of the resort, which we loved. Our kids played football or volleyball on the beach with the local kids, the language barrier not an issue.

If you want to get away from it all and enjoy a mix of local life, customs and the luxuries we all love, including delicious food and comfy surroundings, then you will love Life as much as we do! We hope to be back one day. Thank you, Sarah and your wonderful staff!