Indulge in luxury and zen at The Amala

Our 10 days in Bali were so packed with activities that we were drained by the end of the trip. Looking back, AS and I agree that the day we liked most was our first day in Bali. With so much Bali has to offer, we’re a little embarrassed to admit that we really enjoyed being cooped up in our villa at The Amala.

Kollecting Koordinates - The Amala

After landing at Denpasar Airport, we were picked up and transported to an adults-only sanctuary tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Seminyak. One of 6 Lifestyle Retreats’ properties in Bali, The Amala is ideal for wellness retreats offering both luxury and zen. Amelie and her team greeted us with huge smiles and welcome drinks upon arrival. A swift check-in ensued, then we were led to our very own Spa Villa through a lush bamboo path.

Kollecting Koordinates - The Amala

There are only 14 guest units at The Amala, giving guests complete intimacy. Each unit utilizes an open-air concept that is absolutely stunning. Our spa villa came with a private plunge pool with jacuzzi jets, daybeds, an outdoor bathtub, and a shower that doubles as a steam room. The steam shower can be scented with either ginger green tea or spiced citrus depending on your mood. Our bed was even decorated with swan towels and bamboo leaves, congratulating our wedding anniversary!

A complimentary shuttle will take you anywhere in Seminyak, given that it is available at the time of request. We weren’t so lucky in getting a ride to our dinner reservation, but it only cost us around $3 to get there by cab so it wasn’t a big deal. Free yoga is also available at 8am every morning- you can also sign up for additional wellness sessions and classes at an extra cost.

Kollecting Koordinates - The Amala

Breakfast was served right by our plunge pool. Not only do they have Western and Indonesian options, but also Japanese!

cooking class

When we were in Bangkok we had a blast at a cooking class so we wanted to sign up for one in Bali. However, we found that most cooking classes in Bali are only offered in big classes where you have to share workstations with others (not our thing). The one offered at The Amala is completely private! We signed up for Menu 1 with Chef Wayan, who was very patient with my husband who doesn’t have any culinary knowledge. The staff also noticed the number of bug bites we had and set up mosquito repellent without us having to ask.

We learned how to make a 3-course Indonesian meal, including a spicy chilli paste from scratch that’s highly addictive. We present to you: lawar salad, tum ikan, and dadar gulung! This was definitely the best lunch we had in Bali.

Kollecting Koordinates - The Amala


After the cooking class came our couples massage at their Spa & Wellness Studio. I booked us a Balinese Exotic Fruit package, which is a 2hr treatment beginning with a foot bath/scrub, followed by a traditional full body massage, a scrub and wrap, and finally a flower bath. The drinks – freshly pressed juice and hot ginger tea- were the cherry on top. Our masseuses, Rassmi and Vidya, were gentle with great technique and power. They were so good that I fell asleep and drooled!

We really loved the peace and tranquillity The Amala. The service was next level- Amelie and her team pride themselves on a personal level of service that is second to none. Because it was our first stay in Bali, it set the bar extremely high. AS still can’t stop talking about our experience here. We wish we had stayed longer!

Kollecting Koordinates - The Amala

Disclaimer: We received a discounted rate for our experience at The Amala. However, all opinions are our own and we wouldn’t recommend something if we didn’t love it ourselves! 

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  1. June 6, 2016 / 7:46 am

    Love your pictures ! So much peace and romance.

    • June 8, 2016 / 5:15 pm

      Thank you Amelie! Hope you and your team are doign well. We miss The Amala so much!

  2. June 6, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    Wow! This place looks like heaven! I have never been to Bali or a retreat like this, but I know I would never want to leave. I also like that they give free yoga classes and offer cooking classes. I love cooking, so I would take full advantage of that!

  3. June 7, 2016 / 2:00 am

    Ahhh this looks so beautiful and luxurious and just so Balinese! I’m especially digging that cool looking bathtub. Truly my idea of a relaxing vacation :). Glad you enjoyed your stay!

  4. June 7, 2016 / 7:50 am

    The photos are spectacular. This place sounds heavenly! I’ve had such a fascination with Bali since watching Eat Pray Love. The yoga classes and cooking classes would appeal more to me than the spa treatments to be honest.

    • June 8, 2016 / 5:18 pm

      That movie always pops up in conversations about Bali and I’m always just sitting there clueless because I haven’t watched it… I need to get on Eat Pray Love!

  5. June 7, 2016 / 11:29 am

    Well who will NOT enjoy the grandeur of this place. Man you guys deserve to relax on vacation and this place looks epic. I am going back to Bali for the 3rd time this summer, hopefully I can coop up in the Amala and maybe enjoy a petal bath – so luxurious.

    • June 8, 2016 / 5:21 pm

      Third time in Bali! Man I am so jealous of you! I’m ITCHING to go back there and go diving at Menjangan!

  6. June 7, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    I have heard of the Amala previously. It looks just as amazing the first time I read about it as it does in your review! What an amazing anniversary you must have had. I definitely would have stayed in my room as well with that kind of accommodation. Kudos for resisting the urge to just stay inside the whole time.

  7. October 21, 2016 / 6:52 am

    OMG I am in love with that tub with the petals in it. It is so gorgeous. This is my kind of vacation destination.

  8. October 21, 2016 / 10:36 am

    luxury at the Zen Amala is just what the doctor ordered 🙂 I love the bamboo paths in your photos, for some reason bamboo has always given me a feeling of tranquility!

    • October 23, 2016 / 6:50 pm

      I’ve been obsessed with bamboo walkways ever since The Amala! So serene 🙂

  9. October 21, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    Nice property! Very dream like! I will be interested in the cooking class if ever I am there.
    The bath tub carved out of rock is amazing!

    • October 23, 2016 / 6:52 pm

      The cooking class was so fun! My husband isn’t the best at cooking but he had a blast and was surprised at how good the dishes turned out

  10. October 21, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    I love this kind of connection between the comfort but nature as well. I would like to stay in a hotel like this at least once! 🙂 Lovely photos ʕ•́ᴥ•̀ʔっ

  11. October 21, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    Amazing and fantastic pictures and hotel. When I saw this pictures, make me home sick and missing Bali a lot.
    So glad to heard that you had an wonderful time in Bali and enjoyed your cooking class and Balinese culinary.

    Kintan xox

    • October 23, 2016 / 7:02 pm

      Thanks Kintan! Are you from Bali? It’s hard not to like Indonesian food!

  12. Laveena Sengar
    October 21, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    Okay. I was just dreaming I felt. I mean just look at the pictures. I can spend a lifetime here. I loved everything about this place. It is much much more than a luxurious place for sure.

  13. October 22, 2016 / 9:49 am

    The Amala looks straight out of a dream.The atmosphere verges on the surreal. Very elegant and charming. A great place to indulge and rejuvenate, I am sure.

    • October 24, 2016 / 7:17 pm

      Yes it was amazing! My husband was so sad to leave haha

  14. October 22, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    Wellness retreats offering both luxury and zen sounds great! That’s what I need :). It’s nice that there are just 14 guest units. I would love to do the cooking class. I have no experience with preparing Indonesian meals, and which place would be better to learn than here. A massage is always good. This really looks a relaxing place. Just get out of all the stress and busy things and have moment for yourself!

  15. October 22, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    If I would have stayed there I would have probably spent more time at the property than visiting the island. I love how private it is, even if the rooms are all opened. The private pool is a really nice add-on, perfect for sunset. It’s amazing that if you feel like it, you can get a Japanese breakfast too. The spa looks amazing, I would love to take a bath in a tub full with rose petals.

    • October 24, 2016 / 7:23 pm

      Haha that’s exactly what my husband said- our itinerary was too packed for us to truly enjoy The Amala! There’s always next time, right? 🙂

  16. October 23, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    Absolutely love the shots. The place looks increble, both an escape from the city and the comforts of it. I’d surely stay if in town!

  17. lex
    October 25, 2016 / 7:53 am

    lovely place, wonderful pictures you already have me wishing to spend just a day and night in here…

  18. October 25, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    This looks so peaceful for some reason. Just to escape all the city noise, just perfect. Would love to spend a couple of days here.
    Tina von S

  19. October 28, 2016 / 2:08 am

    Absolutely adore that last photo and the food looks so bomb!!! Sounds like such a cool experience too getting to learn how to make local dishes. Glad to hear you enjoyed the villa. Could definitely use some of that peace and tranquility and escape from the busy city life from time to time.

    • October 31, 2016 / 6:18 pm

      Oh man, the food turned out SURPRISINGLY good. My husband usually isn’t the best at cooking but he did a good job with this mean lol

  20. November 4, 2016 / 5:03 pm

    I just want to get in that tub and relax all weekend!
    Crisp and perfect images!!!

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