There is an island which has drawn travellers ever since word of its legendary beauty began to spread in the early 1900s. That island is Bali, a fertile land of rice paddies and holy mountains also known, appropriately enough, as the Island of the Gods. While the passage of time has wrought certain changes, the essence of Bali, the very soul of this heavenly place is unchanged, and can be found on sacred land in the very heart of the island. Amandari is this place.
Perched above the verdant Ayung River Gorge outside the artist’s community of Ubud, it overlooks natural forest and an emerald green cascade of rice paddies, tilled as they have been for centuries. Amandari is also an intrinsic part of Kedewatan, a village that upholds the same age-old traditions and values that the Balinese, a people for whom family and happiness are paramount, have believed in and practiced for centuries. Established 20 years ago to capture and preserve the purity of Bali’s unique culture and joyful spirit, Amandari has done just that, reflecting this truth in every nuance of its name – ‘peaceful spirits’.