20 Years Later, Bali's Amandari Resort Still Doesn't Have TVs But There is WiFi
Time to wish the luxurious Amandari resort on the tropical paradise of Bali a very happy 20th anniversary! There are a bunch of special events happening during October to celebrate the anniversary, including a photo exhibition, some joint events with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, screenings of old films on Balinese culture and some special meals on the actual anniversary weekend, 21-23 October.
A recent visitor to Amandara asked a very sensible question: is it still luxurious twenty years on? The resort was closed for three months earlier this year, but the changes were not all that extensive – even the décor, after some discussion, remained the same, because they wanted to continue the links to the traditional culture there.
In fact, Amandari is an odd combination of luxury and less – they don't even have televisions there, but that's out of a focus on relaxation rather than a lack of technology. But they did concede to installing WiFi during the renovations this year.
After twenty years of operations, Amandari certainly has its big fans who return there regularly, but it's not a real option if you're on a budget. The cheapest suites start from $750 a night, when you can go around the corner and pay a tenth of that or even less. But we still wish we could join the birthday celebrations, just the same.