Picture this. 14km of dramatic coastline peppered with vibrant coloured fishing boats, untouched black sand beaches, spectacular wreck and reef dive sites and the relaxed hum of local village life. All set against a backdrop of Bali’s largest volcano, this is amazing Amed on Bali’s northeast coast.
Located at the foot of Mount Agung (3.142m), this charming stretch of fishing villages is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of Seminyak, offering those who dare wander off the beaten track a relaxed pace of life and some of Bali’s most breathtaking diving.
The waters of Amed and its surrounds have excellent visibility most of the year with abundant marine life and sunken ship wrecks drawing in divers from all over the world. The most enchanting of the many dive sites in the area is the USS Liberty shipwreck, considered by those in the know to be one of the best sunken wrecks in the world. Sunk by a Japanese torpedo in 1942, the wreck shifted about 30m off the beach, allowing for what is now perfect access to divers and snorkelers alike. Exploring this wreck in the serene waters off Amed’s picturesque coastline is an experience not to be missed.
Griya Villas and Spa Resort
While Amed has traditionally attracted the backpacking crowd, adventurers and avid divers with its abundance of free dive schools, accommodation and facilities have been somewhat scarce and lacking for the higher end traveler. Good news. Now, with the opening of the luxe Griya Villas and Spa Resort, complete with five star luxury villa accommodation and breathtaking views over the turquoise waters of Lipah Bay below, Amed is evolving to suit the tastes of the more discerning holidaymaker.
The Griya is made up of 14 villas in total (1,2 and 3 bedroom villas) all stylishly furnished to luxury standards, with their own infinity pools, indoor and outdoor living areas, and fully equipped kitchens. And views from the living room that stretch all the way across to the island of Lombok. All are complemented by the stunning resort facilities, including 2 high end restaurants, spa, gym kids club and a cocktail bar and terrace that is truly jaw dropping.
Another great place to stay a little further north is Villa Purnama Bali. This hidden little beach front gem is located near the town of Tulamben, and is the perfect spot for those seeking a little solitude. Managed by the Kubu Indah Dive Resort and Spa, it gives the flexibility of the resort’s facilities, while still retaining a feeling of privacy. Spectacular sea views to the North, and Mt Agung to the south frame this beautiful little spot like no other. Villa Purnama Bali
So if you are keen to discover one of Bali’s most underrated, undiscovered and spectacular hideaways (before everybody else does), make sure Amed and its surrounds make the itinerary. You will be glad you did.
For more information on Amed or other Bali holiday ideas contact GoodLivingAsia, they are on the ground in Bali to help with all your holiday needs.