Amanwana
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Amanwana

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4.5
#1 of 3 resorts in Moyo Island
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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The 5-start Amanwana resort in the nature reserve of Moyo Island, Indonesia, is just 90 minutes from Bali and is ideal for families, with dedicated activities, children's menus and babysitting, but everyone can enjoy their stay at this resort. Guests can try diving in Amanwana Bay with experienced instructors, embark on a multi-day sailing expedition to Komodo National Park, Raja Ampat and beyond, enjoy a secluded camp with pristine beaches and jungle waterfalls or relax in an open-air Jungle Cove Spa overlooking the sea, offering traditional Indonesian therapies. Low-impact and eco-friendly, the standalone tents have view-embracing windows and soaring, air-conditioned canopies sheltering king-size beds and ensuite bathrooms.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Outdoor pool
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Highchairs available
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Bicycles available
Boating
Canoeing
Diving
Snorkelling
Water sport equipment rentals
Bicycle tours
Fishing
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Free airport transportation
Airport transportation
Meeting rooms
Spa
Couples massage
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
Open-air bath
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Private beach
Desk
Minibar
Sofa bed
Bidet
Dining area
Housekeeping
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, Indonesian

Location

Sumbawa Regency, Moyo Island 84313 Indonesia
Getting there
Brang Bidji Airport
27.9 km
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Magdalena wrote a review Dec 2023
Poland21 contributions1 helpful vote
+1
Hotel's Favourite
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place has amazing energy. It’s like having your own Island, with the warm, friendly staff.

They provide everything you need, from laundry services to haircuts, and they can even organize whale shark diving if you're looking for that experience 🤍

The chef did an amazing job every day, serving the best lobster I've ever eaten.

Dinner on the beach, watching the sunsets, beautiful tents, a great spa - everything was so carefully managed.

Can't wait to come back!"
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from faisal lubis, General Manager at Amanwana
Responded 1 Jan 2024
Dear Magdalena We very much appreciate you taking your time to write such a positive review about your recent stay with us and are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your time at Amanwana We pride ourselves on welcoming all guests as if to the home of a dear friend and we look forward to having the chance to welcome you back soon. Kind regards, Faisal Lubis Camp Manager
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William Hartono wrote a review Jan 2022
Jakarta, Indonesia379 contributions11 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed with the full board package all inclusive including the food and activities. So far, I can say this is the best Aman resort in Indonesia. I was surprised with their food taste and quality since the resort is located on the remote area. The staffs are super attentive and the location itself is so beautiful! The only downside is the weather since we stay in the raining season of November. I think if you stay on dry season, it will be amazing. The other thing that I want to highlight is the snorkling experience which can make you swim for hours to enjoy it.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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dmalvern wrote a review Sept 2022
New York City, New York3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A truly exceptional experience from the moment we walked through the door at Sumbawa airport.

Having wanted to bring our children here having last visited Amanwana in 2006 we were a little nervous that it would not be as amazing as we recalled but the resort exceeded all of our expectations.

The transfer from Sumbawa was seamless with all the hospitality that makes Aman the #1 hotel brand.

Probably our favourite part of Amanwana is that nothing has changed since 2006 (except the wifi is better).

The snorkeling, scuba diving, sunset cruise, stargazing and waterfall trip were all incredible and being at Amanwana achieved the highest praise from my children of being "better than having their Ipad !!"

It is really the incredible staff that make Amanwana truly special, they are constantly going the extra mile to make everything perfect for the guests. Special shout out from my children for Gideon who they both loved during the cruises and fishing trips !!

Having just left we are already trying to work out how to return....
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Arie Setiono wrote a review Mar 2021
Tangerang, Indonesia16 contributions2 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We enjoyed every minute of our stay. First and foremost the service! The best ever, in a league of their own! The activities great, and unique.

The food was high quality and delicious for all the meals. We did the group trekking one morning and a private snorkling arranged by Amanwana another morning. Both super. I'd highly recommend Amanwana for anyone who wants a very special and Luxurious Vacation.

Thank you mbak Susan & Amanwana Team!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Bill R wrote a review May 2009
Newport Beach, California716 contributions1,855 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My partner and I just returned from a holiday in Indonesia and Bangkok, during which we stayed 4 nights at Amanwana. We had previously stayed 3 nights at Amanjiwo and 4 nights at Amankila. We were supposed to be at Amanwana for 5 nights, but cut our stay a bit short and stayed our last night at Amanusa. We also stayed 2 nights in Bangkok on our way back to the USA.

First, let me say that Amanwana is an amazing place. We usually stay at places like Four Seasons, Ritz Carleton, and comparable properties, but we also like to dive in remote locations. We had also been to places like Vatulele Island and Turtle Island in Fiji, as well as Cayo Espanto in Belize, other "private island" locales with diving options.

Amanwana was the real impetus that made us consider coming to Indonesia in the first place. The idea that we could enjoy world-class diving with nice accommodations and first class service was too much to resist. Unfortunately for us, the diving at Amanwana didn't measure up to our expectations. Otherwise, however, Amanwana was every bit as good as we had hoped it might be.

The resort, itself, is wonderful. The tents are certainly a bit more rustic than the typical Aman Suite, but we expected that--especially considering the very remote location. Our biggest complaints focused on air conditioning and lighting in that regard. After arriving, I quickly realized that the tent was not nearly as cold as I had been led to believe by Aman and Harper Travel prior to booking. (I always make any property aware that I need to have around 65 F (or 18 C) in order for me to be comfortable because I am a freak of nature in that regard.) In this case, I had merely hoped that I could get 70 F or 21 C so that I could at least sleep comfortably. The tent was a pretty hot 28 C, and never cooled to below 25 C at night.

AMAZINGLY, Kevin, the GM at Amanwana, took total care of us. This is perhaps the most amazing feat of personal service we've ever experienced by any property anywhere. He totally understood my concern and acknowledged that I had made that concern known well before our visit. He told us they would put a fan in the room for that first night, but that in the morning his engineers would bring over new air conditioning units from Sumbawa (the nearby island) which were the best available units one could find in Indonesia. They would also look that day for a portable air conditioning unit to add to our tent in order to help further bring down the temperature more to my liking. They were hoping that all of that might bring the temperature to 20-21 C.

As promised, by mid-afternoon the next day there were 2 new Panasonic A/C units in our tent, and it was noticeably cooler even though it was still mid-day. By the late afternoon, they had installed the extra portable unit, cooling it down even further. That night, we reached a very comfortable 21 C in our tent. I was in HEAVEN. I was also absolutely blown away by the level to which Kevin and his staff had gone to do whatever they could to see to our comfort and fulfill their assurances to me. Suffice to say that Aman was godlike in my estimation of service after that!

Our only other complaint about the tent, which we never did bring to Kevin's attention (after all the A/C issues, we just didn't have the gall), was lighting. If we were to make one recommendation, it would be to vastly improve the interior lighting for each tent--it was pretty bad. Reading at night was downright tricky if not impossible. Seeing what you were wearing was tough. There should be better lighting in each tent, period.

Otherwise, we liked the tents fine, and thought them to be pretty good accommodation this far from civilization!

The diving, on the other hand, turned out to be very disappointing. We like bigger pelagics, and the Amanwana materials all mentioned some of the bigger life we could expect to see. But after 4 dives, we had seen just a single shark and not a single other pelagic. It is possible that we just had very bad luck, but we hadn't had this poor diving EVER in our 10+ years of diving. To be fair, the second half of our second dive was pretty impressive, with some of the most small fish on a shallow reef that could remember seeing ever. But otherwise the diving was pretty bad--not great visibility, no bigger concentrations of marine life, no great coral accumulations, etc.

We could have chalked it up to just bad luck, but we also had some issues with the choices our dive master made. He was a very likeable guy, but after 4 dives we had to question his dive judgment.

First, I always have equalization issues, so I always descend more slowly than everyone else. Despite that, on our last dive, he had chosen a location that required us to descend to 75 feet depth without a mooring line in reasonably strong current--a bad call.

Second, after getting to 75 feet, we ended up swimming against the current for almost the entire duration of the dive to reach the place he had hoped we might see a shark--which we finally did. Essentially, we did an entire dive at 75 feet depth in order to reach a place once I had finally reached the end of my air supply, instead of just descending to that same location to begin with! That dive plan seemed ridiculous.

Third, and most seriously, I had run low on air before we reached the point where we saw the shark. I was at 600 psi and we were at 75 feet depth, and I made sure to notify him of that fact. In another few seconds, however, he spotted the shark, probably at 90 feet depth or so maybe 20-30 yards away, and he began swimming towards the shark--going deeper! I was pretty surprised. My partner realized the dive master's mistake and swam to him and basically indicated that we needed to ascend regardless of the shark. My partner and I ascended, my partner staying very near to me in case I had any air issues, but the dive master seemed unconcerned. In the end, I surfaced with about 250 psi, the lowest air supply I can ever recall at a dive's conclusion. I realize I wasn't in imminent danger, but one never knows what can go wrong--and the dive master definitely made a serious error in judgment. After that, neither my partner nor I were inclined to dive again.

We believe that while that young guy was a nice guy and a good diver, his poor choices and judgments demonstrated he was probably too inexperienced to be the dive manager/dive master. He told us he'd only been diving since 2002, which had surprised us. He was by far the most inexperienced dive master we'd ever dived with, and his choices certainly, in hindsight, reflected his inexperience.

Since we were at Amanwana to dive, and the diving had been poor and the dive master seemed not to be helping in that regard, there wasn't as much reason for us to stay. For others, however, Amanwana certainly can offer a beautiful, relaxing, and very peaceful remote holiday, in very good accommodations with phenomenal service and pretty good food, we must say. Once we realized the diving was a bust, we asked Kevin if we could bolt a day earlier and instead spend our last evening in Indonesia at Amanusa (where we had spent a few hours in a pool suite after arriving in Denpasar before heading onto to Amanjiwo). Kevin took care of it almost immediately--at 10 pm at night, mind you--and by 10:30 am the next morning we were off to Amanusa on Bali.

It was a shame that our dive experience was so poor. However, we still very much liked Amanwana and think it offers an extraordinary holiday escape. The Aman service was as good as ever, evidenced by the unbelievable lengths to which Kevin and his staff went to resolve our A/C issues. The tents, in our opinion, offer a wonderful accommodation in the remote bush--assuming the A/C works properly and the lighting is improved. The food was generally good and sometimes amazing. We generally would avoid the pre-prepared stews/curries that the chef would prepare, however, since we don't like overcooked meats as much as other people might. Whenever we wanted, we ordered something not on the menu and the chef almost always came out with something fantastic.

Would we return? We can't say for sure. If there were a more senior dive team in place, we might consider it. The dive master did show us a video of an amazing excursion to Komodo Island on an Aman live-aboard dive vessel which had us salivating. We would want to be sure that there was an experienced dive team, though, before committing to such a long journey and expense.

Would we recommend Amanwana? Absolutely--to anyone who doesn't dive. To anyone who does, please be sure to check the experience level of the dive team in place and be sure to know in advance what kind of diving you prefer. If you don't care about the bigger fish, I think most would be wonderfully happy with Amanwana and the dive opportunities there. If you are accustomed to diving other world-class dive locales, Amanwana may or may not be for you. In our experience, at least, Amanwana was not world-class diving.
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Date of stay: May 2009
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Carlo L wrote a review May 2018
Manila, Philippines582 contributions177 helpful votes
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
I decided to take a few weeks before writing this review as to not write something impulsive i let all the details of our trip sink in before doing this. First of all this is probably the 6th time i have stayed in an AMAN resort and i was very disappointed with our stay in AmanWana.

Our experience upon landing in Bali was not pleasant either, there was someone from the resort who helped us take the transfers to the sea plane but it was very very disorganised and chaotic. There needs to be a better way of organising transfers from the main airport to the sea plane dock which is quite far away. from immigration up to setting foot in the sea plane was a 2 hour affair. The plane ride itself was an experience and was quite exciting as ive never been on a sea plane.

Upon landing in Moyo Island we were given the usual welcome , drinks cold towels etc. Everything was good until we stepped into the rooms. Before i go on let me tell you that i am not fussy, im a cowboy and can stay anywhere within reason but what i noticed was the tents were very old and smelled like molds. The smell is like an old tarp thats been left under the sun too long, sort of plasticky and moldy. The air conditioners were also not working properly, obviously outdated and not being cleaned recently.

The beddings were dirty and it looks like the staff hastily cleaned our room prior to the previous guests departure.Overall the rooms and facilities need a makeover. im not talking about an overhaul just basic repainting, carpentry repairs etc. the door jambs in the bathroom had fresh termite droppings meaning no one bothered to clean or investigate the state of the wood.

The staff and people are very very nice but lack training. When in Aman you want to be left alone and not disturbed. the staff were constantly chatty ( good thing) but did not know how to disengage or excuse themselves so we were left feeling awkward many times. its not their fault though as they weren't trained.

Also the main dining staff dont give serving utensils for big dishes nor ice thongs for ice buckets. i literally asked for a serving spoon/fork for every meal i ate in their restaurant and i was given an ordinary spoon not a serving spoon. i commented about this to fellow guests and they all agreed. It could be a cultural thing when locals use their own utensils to get from the main dish?? point of the matter is their manager is an expat so he should clearly know about this.

Another disappointment was management! this resort is most definitely not professional run. The assistant manager Thomas did a decent job , well best of his abilities in addressing our concerns. What really surprised me was that all the while i thought he was the manager. Apparently the real manager was some guy from the states who was always behind the scenes.

The real manager was a young guy who was always directing from the background. I only found out in day 3 who he was. virtually all our concerns and complaints were voiced back to him and He was literally 20 feet away from us yet he would relay his message to his staff or assistant manager. I asked, " who is that guy in the black T shirt?"
apparently it was the manager! I was so annoyed. Talk about how not to run a place.

The remainder of our trip we saw and noticed things you wouldn't normally see in an Aman resort. The staff loudly talking while guests present, the medical staff not present in an emergency, the manager virtually absent from the facilities everyday practicing for a competition ( yes this is exactly what the staff told me. that he's practicing for his run). I shared my sentiments with 2 other couples one british and the other japanese and they completely agreed.

All this being in an Aman resort left all of us feeling satisfied. I guess if the resort was named OASIS WANA without the Aman i would feel better. i would not recommend this resort to anyone. There are other Aman resorts in the world with better management and facilities.

Aman i hope you do something about this because it is a serious stain on your reputation and values.
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Date of stay: April 2018
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Titillator wrote a review Jan 2014
London, United Kingdom405 contributions446 helpful votes
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
I have now stayed at most of the original Aman resorts including all the ones in Bali. I have even skied at Amangani which I rate as one of the best ski hotels in the world (read my report). When I was in Northern India, I visit the Aman for tiger viewing and it was unique too, like most Amans.

However, this Aman is a touch disappointing. Here is my rating in bullet point form so you don't waste time and make the right decision to spend your hard-earned savings:

a) Accommodation: tents are spacious for tents. But they are dated and need refurbishment/replacement. Canopies are worn and interiors are dated. What is worst is that there were all varieties of insects especially large ants that enjoyed sharing our bed at night.. if you detest creepy crawlies, this isn't your type of resort!

b) Food: good but nothing special. The chef tried his best to cover all tastes and was v nice. But nothing that stuck out and booze was the typical high prices.

c) Recreation: I know there is an Aman boat you can enjoy but apart from that, there's really not much to do here. There is a small beach and pool area (where you can have nice lunches) but apart from that, that's it! Having said that, some people like doing nada so if that's you, then enjoy the solitude and peace...

d) Service: this was good as for all Aman resorts. Staff try their hardest to keep things clean though this is naturally a challenge in this jungle outpost!

Overall, this was a pretty unimpressive resort. It's quaint but should be part of a longer trip where you can also stay at one of the fantastic Amans in Bali. Also, don't come in winter time when it's cloudy every day and is constantly raining. That will make this location pointless..

Personally, I prefer Amanpulo in the Philippines which is spectacular and truly benefits from it's secluded location. Go check that out as well as the alternatives in Bali..
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Date of stay: February 2013
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If you really must come to stay here, then try to get a tent right by the beach..
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Johann&Sandra wrote a review Oct 2012
8,277 contributions1,950 helpful vote
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Amanwana is a "tented camp" type of property, located on Moyo Island, where it is the only accommodation option. Moyo is a nature preserve, and heavily forested. There is a small village on Moyo as well, that you can visit, but it is strictly local - interesting to see, just nothing for tourists there. The resort is lovely, a real retreat. As with most Aman resorts, you get a very nice experience for a price that is nothing short of exorbitant.

LOCATION - Moyo Island is just north of Sambawa, which is the island east of Lombok and two down from Bali. It is a 1-hour flight from Bali by floatplane, or 1 hour, 45 minutes by helicopter.

GETTING TO MOYO - The easiest and most popular way to get to Moyo Island is by Aman's 6-passenger chartered floatplane run by Travira Air, from Bali which costs $400 per person each way and is subject to the usual 10% service charge and the 11% tax that is added to everything at the resort, so a total of nearly $1,000.00 per person round-trip for a 1-hour flight. You can also charter the 6-passenger plane for a measly $4500++ (about $10,000 round-trip for a 1-hour flight). They can also arrange a transfer by helicopter for you, which I'm not sure why you'd want as it takes twice as long, but hey, maybe you like helicopters.

There is also a ferry from Sambawa that they'll put you on if the float plane can't land due to rough waters. There is a 15kg per person weight limit on the float plane (total, not just checked luggage), which is really tough for all but the shortest trips, though they will work with you to make it work (for example, sending some luggage a different day, or if the plane is not full they can usually accommodate you). If you take their Amanikan Komodo cruise, the boat will end at Moyo so you only have a 1-way floatplane.

AMBIENCE - Moyo is a nature preserve, full of monkeys, wild boar, deer, and other animals. We saw all these, and also a python and a deadly green mamba snake on the way to the waterfall, didn't need to see those! The monkeys, deer and wild boar wander into the camp regularly. The coral reefs around the island are extensive for diving and snorkeling. You can snorkel right off the beach and have a very nice time. There are 20 tents, a restaurant and bar, a spa and a watersports center.

BEACH - The beach is narrow, very coarse and full of coral - you will have to wear sandals on the beach to avoid hurting your feet. This is not a white-sand type of beach like you'll find in other locations. The coral reefs start right off the shore and it shows on the beaches. You probably won't spend all that much time on the beach as it is extremely hot during the day, it's really not that nice to spend time on, and there are plenty of other things to do. There is no surf here, at least during our stay, completely tranquil.

PRICE - The prices are typical Aman exorbitance, running you about $1500 per couple per night in an Ocean Tent (after adding the 10% service charge and 11% tax on everything, plus the $135++per person per night (about $330 per couple per night) mandatory food charge). This $1500 per night does not include any activities (none of which are included and are not cheap), nor any alcohol (which is very, very expensive at about $150 for a bottle of regular daily wine after tax and service charge). Add the $1000 per person round-trip for the floatplane and you're looking at a very, very expensive stay in a very inexpensive country, way out of line with the going rates for other luxury resorts in Indonesia. We rented a lovely 4-room villa on Flores for $85 a night (not 5-star but very nice). A gorgeous 5-star all-inclusive villa in Bali can be found easily for $250 to $500 a night, depending on where. There is just no justification for Aman's prices, they are nice resorts, but not that nice. Way out of line with other very nice resorts that you find all over the place nowadays. Amanwana is no different.

TENTS - There are two types of tents - ocean tent and jungle tent. The only difference is the side of the pathway they are on. On the ocean side of the pathway, you have a beach with a couple lounge chairs, but it's usually too hot to lay in them for long. There is a nice ocean view from the tent though, and a couple chairs on the balcony to enjoy it from if the monkeys will stay away for long enough. The jungle tents back to the jungle and you can have deer come up to your window and graze right outside (though usually at night). I think it's worth the $150/night extra for the ocean tent for sure.

Our tent was renovated, except for the shower, and in good condition. Big windows all around limit privacy, but are great for light and view. Bed was comfortable but bed and pillows were a bit hard. Spacious rooms with double sinks in the bathroom, shower but no bathtub, two very spacious wardrobes, a large desk for working (but only a place for 1 person to sit), and mosquito nets on the bed at night. They are air-conditioned but still get very hot at times during the day. No televisions or sound systems in the rooms. Very nice tents, not out of this world, but spacious and comfortable.

FOOD - There is a $135 per person, per night mandatory food charge, which after adding the mandatory 10% service charge and 11% tax, works out to about $330 per couple per day. This does not include the exorbitantly priced wine or alcohol (plan on $150 per bottle for daily wine after tax and service charge). The food is all served ala carte. Lunch and dinner are 3-course and you have 2 choices. Breakfast is from the menu with quite a few Western choices, but only 3 indonesian options. The food is very simple for the price you are paying (noodles, basic fish, penne pasta with tomato sauce, hamburger and fries, basic soups). It was nice, pleasant and we enjoyed it but far from what you'd expect from a 5-star resort at these prices. A stark contrast to the complex and luxurious dishes we had at other resorts in Indonesia. They do give you a lot of food, so you won't be hungry. The BBQ on the beach is a very nice evening, all lit up with candles and a massive BBQ dinner. Add another $100.00 for that.

SNORKELING & DIVING - The coral reefs all around the resort are full of sea life. You can snorkel the very shallow reefs and find blue spotted stingrays, lobsters, cuttlefish, and tons of tropical fish. Further out you can see sea turtles, manta rays, and reef sharks. Unfortunately Aman is promoting fish feeding which is disrupting the natural environment and making fish in the area where they are fed become aggressive. If you swim left from the dock you will find a lot of very nice corals and plenty of fish. Also to the right toward the other pier is a very nice snorkeling area with a wide variety of fish to be seen. They also run boat trips at an additional charge to other snorkeling areas. It is really hot so make sure to wear a shirt when snorkeling for sun protection!

We signed up for a diving trip but then the night before diving, we were informed the dive was full and offered a consolation 1-tank afternoon dive instead. We saw the dive boat come back in with one diver on board that morning. I guess there is a 1-diver capacity. We said no thanks and didn't get to dive. Apparently it's really nice though.

STAFF - The staff was extremely pleasant, friendly and eager to please. They really added to the experience. Be prepared to wait very long times after ordering, so plan accordingly. Things take a long time. But they are so nice and you're so relaxed you don't care. The manager was very nice and involved with the guests. Things aren't so tight that you'd expect from a resort at this price level, but they were really nice people. Housekeeping did an excellent job throughout the stay.

EXCURSIONS - To make the most of your Amanwana experience, make sure to plan on doing several excursions. There are quite a few add-on experiences available and they will surely make your stay more enjoyable. The hike to the waterfall was enjoyable but the jeep is open so the sun will pound you if you don't have a big hat and strong sunscreen so be prepared. The drive to the waterfall was bumpy and not nice - through a bunch of slash-and-burn areas - but nice to walk through the village and the forest and swim in the waterfall. We saw a couple poisonous snakes, monkeys, wild boar and buffalo.

Overall, we had a lovely stay at Amanwana. There was nothing that remotely warrants the prices they charge, but if you just don't care about that, you don't need a white sand beach, and simple food is no problem for you as long as it tastes good, and you enjoy diving and snorkeling, then I'm sure you will enjoy Amanwana. It is a relaxing and enjoyable getaway.
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Date of stay: October 2012
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Ocean Rooms are worth the price difference. There really is no other differences except location...
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tikvica wrote a review Feb 2008
Belgrade, Serbia12 contributions150 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I must start by saying this hotel was very disappointing in every aspect.
The rooms (tents) look great on photos, but when you get there you realize the photos have probably been taken more than 10 years ago, and the only impression on the room is that it's old and dirty. I saw spider webs and dust all over, the walls would really use a coat of fresh paint and toilet and shower cabins are crying for a face-lift.
There are no bath-tubs in tents.
There were no ocean tents available, so we booked a jungle tent, and guess what! The beach can only be used by ocean tent guests, and jungle tent guests can use the small beach-club where they pack you up like sardines, and it's not even a beach, but a wooden deck on a rock.
The staff isn't properly trained, some were unresponsive, even unfriendly, while some were too chatty. The food was mediocre.
Internet access is available at the bar only, but don't count on it, since it goes down all the time, and even if it's working, it's extremely slow.
The only good thing about Amanwana is the underwater life - Moyo Island is a protected area, so diving is simply amazing.
Everyone knows the most important thing about a hotel is the general manager - well, this general manager is also the chef and the diving instructor, who spends his whole day diving - i'm not in the hotel business, but i'm sure you can't run a hotel from underwater. I heard he's moving to Hotel Bora Bora, which might be a good thing for Amanwana, but i'm sure it's not good for Hotel Bora Bora.
In the end, we left 2 days earlier, and i'm certain we won't go back, at least not until many things have changed.
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Date of stay: August 2007
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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DaneP wrote a review Nov 2010
NYC77 contributions245 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
High Points: The superb staff and GM Kevin Brooke. Arriving by float plane. The underwater experiences.

Low Points: The shocking state of the accommodations, the freshwater pool, and the “Jungle Cove Spa,” which are all in desperate need of a refurbishment.

Fans of Amanwana no doubt praise the way the resort is able to pull off what it does in such a remote location. And I agree: the food is very good, (particularly the honeycomb ice cream made from local honeycomb) and the chef so accommodating, repeatedly offering to make whatever possible.

GM Kevin Brooke is among the very best GMs I’ve ever met, showing sincere interest and concern for his guests, without ever seeming obsequious or fake. And he has created a world-class staff on Moyo Island. It’s clear that in their morning employee meetings they must review each guest’s itinerary for the day, because no matter whom we met among the staff, we were asked how we’d enjoyed whatever activity had been on our slate that day.

We loved the water activities—the snorkeling is superb, both in Amanwana bay and at nearby Labuan Aji. Night snorkeling didn’t yield much of interest in the way of sea life, but the sparkling of the myriad stars above and the sparkling of the myriad plankton in the sea made for a magical and hushed experience.

The waterfall excursion was also enjoyable—less for the waterfall itself, and more for the exposure to the village and the ride in the Japanese WWII open-air jeep that carries one inland.

So there’s much to like about Amanwana. But the physical property itself, I’m sad to say, is in really poor condition, such that I’d be hard pressed to compare it favorably to 3-star hotels, let alone 5-star ones at this price. The tents are in desperate need of an updating, as the stone of the sinks, bathroom and shower stall is in very poor condition, stained and corroded, the woodwork damaged and chipped away, the furniture used almost to the breaking point. This state of disrepair seemed to extend across the property. “Can we use a Hobie Cat?” “No, our only one is broken.”

We were in Ocean Tents, and I think it's worth the extra $100/night to not be tucked back in the Jungle Tents. I don't think the views from tents with lower numbers are nearly as good as the views from tents that are farther from the dining room (i.e. higher tent numbers), where the tents actually sit on a small bluff such that the views from the deck chairs are more expansive.

The freshwater pool alongside the dock is murky and smelly, completely unappealing.

The main dining area with its soaring ceiling is a great space, but the surroundings are scruffy and poorly maintained, striking an uncomfortable median between trying to cultivate the island and simply letting it have its way, whereas either extreme would have been preferable. The Jungle Cove Spa seemed to be unusable—we were steered toward having our spa treatments in a tent that’s being used for that purpose, and when I went to look at the Jungle Cove Spa, I could see why—the bathtubs are chipped and insalubrious in appearance, and it had an overall air of decrepitude and abandonment, as did the “Music Pavilion,” which never seems to be used.

So I can’t recommend Amanwana until the accommodations and physical structures match the quality of the service and activities on hand.

Finally, we were very surprised by the number of children here. It seems to have become a destination of choice for Japanese families with young children, which comprised 80% of the guests. Amanwana seems a strange choice for kids given that the beach is not swimmable. Accordingly, the children, a good dozen of them, were omnipresent, chasing sand crabs and each other up and down the beach in front of the tents, laid down for naps along the sofas in the one real public space of the resort, playing noisy games in the small freshwater pool and claiming the sun deck's space for the day. Hard to blame them, as they were too young for swimming in the ocean, snorkeling, diving. But I do blame their parents, for bringing them to such an inappropriate place for young children, and for allowing them to be such irritants to the other guests.

Maybe it was just the time of year. We were so surprised by the number of children that we asked if it was a company party of a large family reunion but no, they were all separate families, unrelated to each other.
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Date of stay: September 2010
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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sporetravel01 asked a question Apr 2019
Singapore, Singapore408 contributions158 helpful votes
Are their refurbishments of the resort going on at the moment ?
Answer from Carlo L
Manila, Philippines582 contributions177 helpful votes
The resort is very dated and to be honest Not well maintained. There were termites in the bathroom and in the public bathroom by the water sports area. There was wood excretion of the termites on the floor which obviously was fresh but Not cleaned by the staff.
Manihi1 asked a question July 2020
Rostock, Germany28 contributions69 helpful votes
Wie reist man an?
Simone F asked a question May 2018
Zoldo Alto, Italy465 contributions211 helpful votes
I know every year is different but, how could be the weather at the end of November or beginning of December?!
Answer from Carlo L
Manila, Philippines582 contributions177 helpful votes
the weather will be slightly cooler than the rest of the year but still hot and humid. were talking about mid 20s at night and low to mid 30s during the day. celsius
Alexandra M wrote a tip July 2019
Hong Kong, China82 contributions159 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ocean front room!"
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Amber D wrote a tip Oct 2018
Cape Town Central, South Africa1,448 contribution293 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"In the middle in front"
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Tramp S wrote a tip Aug 2018
31 contributions9 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"We didn't stay, just wanted to visit for a meal as we were passing by with our yacht and had been at sea for several days"
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tafred wrote a tip Apr 2018
Geneva, Switzerland102 contributions36 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ocean tents are best. Ask to choose yours once you are there!"
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Trista R wrote a tip Jan 2018
Los Angeles, California32 contributions41 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ocean Bungalow"
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PRICE RANGE
AU$2,622 - AU$3,073 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
amanwana hotel moyo island, amanwana hotel sumbawa
LOCATION
IndonesiaWest Nusa TenggaraMoyo Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Amanwana
Which popular attractions are close to Amanwana?
Nearby attractions include Mata Jitu Waterfal (6.1 km) and Moyo Island (0.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Amanwana?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Amanwana?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a bidet.
What food & drink options are available at Amanwana?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Amanwana?
Yes, guests have access to an outdoor pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Amanwana have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Amanwana offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Amanwana have airport transportation?
Yes, Amanwana offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Amanwana?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Amanwana?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Indonesian.
Does Amanwana have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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