Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Amed is the first village on the ocean when arriving from elsewhere in Bali and taking the sideroad at Culik. It's not as much a snorkelling destination as the villages further on (though there is diving offshore), but offers some reasonable deals for accommodation on the beach, but without a swimming pool or lush garden setting. Note there is a lot of construction going on along the beach side of the road as more "homestays" are added. The following is just a selection -- of all Amed's bays, this strip has the largest selection of very small (that is, one- or two-room) homestays.
Beachfront and cuteAmed beach
T: (0852) 3811 6574;
Volcano Beach is a cute little beachside enclave just a little down towards Gunung Agung from Lily Amed and Kadek Homestay. They only have a handful of rooms but the setting around a compact garden ... Read the full review of Volcano Beach Bungalows.
Bright and airyJalan Raya Amed
T: (0857) 3931 0363;
Set towards the eastern end of Amed village's strip of offerings, the affordable rooms at Lily Amed are spacious affairs with bright white concrete walls and plenty of solid wood on the floors. The ... Read the full review of Lily Amed.
Good quality on the beachJalan Raya Amed
T: (0878) 6322 7487;
Kadek Homestay has a cluster of rooms right on the beachfront at Amed, set between Volcano Beach to the west and Amed Bulih and Lily Amed to the east. Most of the rooms are single storey but there is ... Read the full review of Kadek Homestay.
Jemeluk is one of Amed's most photographed bays thanks to its eastern lookout, which shows the perfectly curved bay with Gunung Agung's smooth Jurassic lines rising behind it. The bay is also home to a popular snorkelling spot, the Coral Garden, where, while much of the coral is dead, there are still plenty of fish. Jemeluk offers a reasonable range of accommodation, and it is also from here that the speedboats to the Gili Islands off Lombok leave (weather permitting). To the west the beach curves around and runs into Amed proper -- it is all the one strip of sand if you're beach walking.
Unique in Amed.Jemeluk Beach, western end
T: (0813) 3817 7324;
We don’t often use the word unique, but across the many bays collectively referred to as Amed there are really none as genuinely unique as Pondok Laut Bungalows. The quirky, beachside property ... Read the full review of Pondok Laut Bungalows.
Great budget value on the beachCentral Jemeluk Beach
T: (0819) 1668 0480;
Warung Pantai is a restaurant first and bungalow outfit second, but the four fan-cooled chalets it offers (two in a duplex and the other two upstairs/downstairs in a separate block) are very solid ... Read the full review of Warung Pantai Seafood.
Smart beachside lodgingsKemeluk Beach, western end
T: (0363) 430 1044;
This relatively upmarket and very modern-style small resort is set towards the western end of Jemeluk and offers a superior standard of lodging in an attractive beachfront location. The oversized ... Read the full review of Casa de Amed.
Cute beachside cottagesJemuluk, western end
T: (0817) 476 8313;
Kembali Beach Bungalows sits at the far western end of Jemeluk Bay, on the cusp of the bay before it flows into Jemeluk proper and after the final straggly stretch of Amed proper. Landmarked by a ... Read the full review of Kembali Beach Bungalows.
Good value beachside villasEastern end of Jemeluk Beach
T: (0363) 6301 039;
Villa Coral is the easternmost of the accommodation options on Jemeluk bay and is reached by a spur that runs off the main drag just before it runs up and over the hill to Lipah. The lodgings come in ... Read the full review of Villa Coral.
Cute and comfortableEastern end of Jemeluk beach
F: (0813) 3772 8459
The star may be blue, but the main two-storey building here is lime green, with a cluster of simple but clean rooms at similar prices to the offbeach ones at neighbouring Villa Coral. The rooms in ... Read the full review of Blue Star.
A good budget option off the beachOff the beach, central Jemeluk
T: (081) 855 7504 (0852) 0532 8813;
Kubuku is the best of a cluster of budget homestays off an offbeach side road than runs off the main road through Jemeluk. It's simple, but the price is right. Rooms are clean and well looked after, ... Read the full review of Kubuku Homestay.Under 150,000 Rp 1 vote Backpacker
Not bad value with a poolCentral Jemeluk
T: (0363) 23 479;
Diver's Cafe offers a mix of rooms on the off-beach side of the road running up the hillside. We were shown one right near the top and it was a typical Balinese cottage (two to a block) with the ... Read the full review of Diver's Cafe Bungalows.
T: (0363) 430 1084;
GaneshAmed sits towards the western end of Jemeluk and offers a range of options from fan-cooled smaller budget rooms towards the rear of the grounds through to larger air-con rooms in free-standing ... Read the full review of GaneshAmed.
Affordable basic beachfrontCentral Jemeluk
T: (0813) 3869 3608;
As long as you don't mind the slightly grungy bathrooms, Teman Teman offers good value beachside rooms with more very affordable rooms back off the beach on the far side of the road. The two ... Read the full review of Teman Teman Cafe Bungalows.
Rustic but spacious by the beachJemeluk, western end
T: T: (0363) 23470;
While Jukung Bali has just a handful of rooms enjoying a prime beachfront location, the place has a bit of an untended feel to it, which explains the lower pricepoint for such a handy seaside ... Read the full review of Jukung Bali Bungalows.
A rambling curved bay with a hump in the middle, Bunutan is one of Amed's longer bays and hosts a full range of accommodation, from simple homestays through to eye-catching traditional wooden houses. The middle of the bay is little developed, with most of the accommodation towards the eastern or western extremes. The eastern end has an excellent sunset viewpoint (a part of Waeni's Sunset View Bungalows) while the western end finishes with an equally spectacular viewpoint over Jemeluk bay. Both have Gunung Agung beyond. There are a clutch of places on the strip between Bunutan and Lipah to the east and anything after Waeni's we cover in the Lipah section.
Just gorgeousCentral Bunutan beach
T: (0877) 6215 0088;
Kampung Villas is a beautiful complex set right on Bunutan beach ideal for travelling families or groups of friends. It boasts two clusters of houses, the one we were shown holding just three ... Read the full review of The Kampung Villas.
Chilled out hillside retreatWestern end of Bunutan
T: (0878) 6135 6039;
Om Shanti looks quite small from the road but it sprawls a way up the hillside and offers a superior class of accommodation for the money with an on-site spa and small swimming pool. Rooms are very ... Read the full review of Om Shanti.
Family friendlyJalan Raya Bunutan
T: (0363) 23 492;
Apa Kabar is a compact upmarket resort (by Amed standards) plonked right on the beach at Bunutan. Accommodation is scattered across the grounds, with the beachfront rooms having their own little ... Read the full review of Apa Kabar.
Great traditional roomsJalan Raya Bunutan
T: (0363) 23 487; F: (0363) 23 585
With its traditional wooden and rattan Sulawesi-style, high-pitched bungalows, Santai has long offered (the property was originally established in 1998) a seductive take on beachside at Bunutan, but ... Read the full review of Santai Hotel.
Friendly and popularBunutan, off the beach
T: (0819) 3653 3871;
Coming from the west, Warung Ary is the first of a clutch of simple and moderately priced bungalow operations on the off-beach side of the road almost opposite Bali Dream House. There are just a few ... Read the full review of Warung Ary and Homestay.
Curious layout with a great poolWestern end of Bunutan
T: (0363) 430 1030;
Bedulu Resort sits towards the western end of Bunutan, and is divided into two sections -- a roadside strip and a far better location up on the hillside which offers spectacular views over the ocean. ... Read the full review of Bedulu Resort.
Seaside locationJalan Raya Bunutan
T: (0363) 23 523;
Puri Wirata, a sprawling resort just to the west of Double One Villas I, offers three main streams of accommodation across two separate properties: -- Puri Wisata Villas to the east and Puri Wirata ... Read the full review of Puri Wirata.
Spacious and privateJalan Raya Bunutan, Amed
T: (0363) 23 498;
Anda Amed is tucked on a hillside, but what you lose in beachfront here is at least partly made up for by stunning distant ocean views. The 11 white, standalone rooms here feel a little more like ... Read the full review of Anda Amed Resort.
No frills with a beachside settingBunutan beach
T: (0877) 6227 7918;
Rising Star is opposite the clutch of off-beach places towards the centre of Bunutan and is reached via a steep set of stairs beside the small restaurant that leads to a tree-filed narrow run down to ... Read the full review of Rising Star Beach Resort.
Fabulous viewsEastern headland, Bunutan
T: (0363) 23 515;
Waeni's offers rooms in a couple of tiers overlooking Bunutan Bay with absolutely spectacular views. The views are so great that the open-air restaurant and bar does a roaring trade come sunset, when ... Read the full review of Waeni's Sunset View Bungalows.
Run down but cheapCentral Bunutan
With no contact details to speak of -- the staffer who showed us around couldn't even tell us their phone number -- it's a bit difficult to recommend, but Sun Shine Bunaglows had some of the cheapest ... Read the full review of Sun Shine Bungalows.
From Lipah on to the east, Amed starts to quieten down. There's still a solid range of places to stay, but it tilts towards the more sleepy. Snorkelling isn't bad. The beach is mostly a grey to black fine sand, with some rocky patches. Some of the accommodation here is on the headland road between Lipah and Bunutan to the west.
Great off beach valueBetween Bunutan and Lipah
T: (0852) 3896 8380;
On the off-beach side of the road, near Griya and almost opposite Bukit Segara, Anugerah doesn't look like all that much from the street, but the rooms struck us as pretty good value for its locale ... Read the full review of Anugerah Villas.
A splurge when the owner is out of townBetween Bunutan and Lipah
T: (0363) 23 012;
Villa Bukit Segara is a sprawling luxurious private villa just to the east of Wawa Wewe II. It is a private residence, but when the Dutch owner is out of town there are a selection of private guest ... Read the full review of Villa Bukit Segara.
Cute bungalows at a bargain priceBetween Bunutan and Lipah
T: (0813) 3964 9131;
Bo's has just a few simple Balinese-style cottages on the hill behind their cute blue-themed restaurant on the road between Bunutan and Lipah. Aside from Bintang Homestay, these were the cheapest ... Read the full review of Bo's Bungalows.
Decent value air-con roomsBetween Bunutan and Lipah
T: (0363) 23 522;
Wawe Wewe II is the best of the midrange properties along the rocky headland that stretches between Bunutan and Lipah, with two rows of comfortable bungalows running down to a seaview freeform ... Read the full review of Wawa Wewe II.
Off beach family valueLipah village
T: (0819) 1561 5747;
Set towards the eastern end of Lipah, Double One Villas II offers decent flashpacker rooms with a small pool in an off-the-beach location. The resort may not look like much from the street, but the ... Read the full review of Double One Villas II.
Lipah village cheapieLipah village
T: (0877) 6212 3512;
Set right in Lipah village, on the off-beach side of the road, Alung Bungalows has a single row of concrete bungalows running back from the road overlooking a lawn garden. The tile-roofed bungalows ... Read the full review of Alung Shop and Bungalow.
Older rooms with absolute beachfrontLipah Beach, eastern end
T: (0363) 23 494;
You can't get more beachfront than Pondok Vienna, and while the squat two-storey stone finished buildings don't exactly blend in with the surrounds, the pricetag is very reasonable. Rooms are old ... Read the full review of Pondok Vienna Beach.
Cheap off beach rooms with a viewBetween Bunutan and Lipah
Bintang Homestay offers a clutch of rooms atop a same-named shopfront on the road between Bunutan and Lipah beaches. The rooms are simple (and a bit stuffy) but the views out and over the ocean are ... Read the full review of Bintang Homestay.Under 150,000 Rp 1 vote Backpacker
Reasonable off beach optionBetween Bunutan and Lipah
T: (0813) 3722 4804;
Rooms at Acarya are a mix of freestanding cottages and rooms in blocks scattered across the hillside, with the blocks having one room upstairs and one down. The upper rooms obviously have the better ... Read the full review of Acarya Bungalows.
Lean sits midway between Lipah and Selang and has snorkelling offshore along with plenty of fishing boats. The beach proper is home to just two places to stay, mid-range Life in Amed and the more expensive Palm Garden Amed Resort at the eastern end of the bay. A third place to stay, Imbuh Bali, is perched on the eastern headland viewpoint which separates Lean from Selang - it is a good spot for a sundowner.
A small oasisLean village, Bunutan
T: (0363) 23 152;
Life in Amed is a small oasis tucked between the black sand beach of Lean village and dramatic inland hills. Choose from their small cottages, with downstairs double beds plus upstairs singles, two ... Read the full review of Life in Amed.
Five-star feelLean village
T: (0363) 430 1058;
Palm Garden Amed boasts just 10 rooms set amid coconut-palm dotted, carefully clipped lawns and gardens, with a decent sized pool set right on the black-sand beach. Three attached bungalows, five ... Read the full review of Palm Garden Amed Resort and Spa.
Selang is a tiny fishing village in a small bay which has some very good snorkelling right off the beach in front of the very popular and long-running Good Karma.
Beach shacks with characterJalan Raya Selang
T: (0813) 3753 1133;
Spread along the majority of Selang's bay, Good Karma offers characterful Sulawesi-style beachside bungalows made in natural bamboos and woods, ranging from small and basic through to large with ... Read the full review of Good Karma.
Great viewsSelang Beach
T: (0363) 21428; F: (0363) 21428
Blue Moon Villas is set on a headland separating two of the bays at Selang and is spread both on the beach and hill sides of the main road. While a touch dated in style -- with towel elephants and ... Read the full review of Blue Moon Villas.
Pebble-strewn Banyuning is home to the Japanese shipwreck which draws crowds from across Bali. It's pleasant, though a little isolated. While little is walking distance from here though, the snorkelling is good -- you can see the wreck even without diving.
Spotless but isolated spotJust before Banyuning Bay
T: (0828) 9708 1599;
Set midway between Eka Purnama and Selang Dive Resort, Paradise Bungalow offers spotless concrete bungalows scattered across the hillside on the off-ocean side of the road. Rooms are very clean and ... Read the full review of Paradise Bungalows.
Simple rooms with great viewsWestern cusp of Banyuning bay
T: (0828) 372 2642;
Eka Purnama is perched on the off-beach side of the road as it curls around Banyuning's western headland, so while you don't have direct access, you do have spectacular views out and over the ... Read the full review of Eka Purnama.
Aas feels like the end of the world and is situated at the far east of the string of villages that make up Amed. There's apparently good snorkelling out from Meditasi, but the beach is otherwise mostly covered in shiny, smooth black pebbles.
Get back to natureJalan Raya Aas
T: (082) 837 22738;
The bungalows here are reminiscent of old beach shacks on a breezy isolated coast and if that is what you are after, this is the real deal. The elevated bungalows run in a row off to the west of the ... Read the full review of Meditasi Bungalows.
Clean upAas, eastern end
T: (0828) 9700 8592;
Golden Rock is pretty much last off the block as far as Amed's accommodation scene goes. It calls itself an innovative detox and healing centre and as such offers a range of cleanse programmes (the ... Read the full review of Golden Rock.
On the rock alrightWestern headland over Aas
Another of the Wawa Wewe properties, number three is also referred to as Wawa Wewe on the Rock and when you see it you'll understand why. It is on a rock. Well, more boulders to be exact. Set on the ... Read the full review of Wawa Wewe III.
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