What We Love
- Glamping in the jungle or by the beach in lavish permanent tents
- Snorkeling and scuba on polychromatic reefs within 10 minutes of the dock
- Campfire dinners, starlight cruises and a bevy of other private island extras can be arranged
What To Know
- A compulsory board charge includes meals, non-alcoholic beverages, laundry, short-treks, and non-motorized watersports
- Transfers by floatplane to/from Bali are an additional cost
- Ocean Tents may feel a bit more private than Jungle Tents
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Pontoon planes or jet boats whisk guests to this Robinson Crusoe-esque experience on Moyo Island off the coast of Sumbawa, with 20 tricked-out tented suites that feature king-size beds draped in mosquito netting, hardwood floors and original Indonesian artwork. Here, guests spend their days by the electric blue waters of the Flores Sea, and the resort can arrange scuba diving (some of the best sites are within a 10-minute boat ride), fishing, windsurfing or kayaking outings. Open-air spa rooms ringed in coral stone offer black Borneo mud scrubs and fruit facials under the shade of tamarind trees. And the open-air dining room serves Asian and Western meals daily under a nearly 50-foot bamboo roof supported by coconut pillars with glorious views of Amanwana Bay.
In the Area
As the only hotel on Moyo Island, guests have its entire 135 square miles of nature and marine reserves to themselves. On-land highlights include guided treks to waterfalls and bat caves, winding through thick jungle where macaque monkeys play and indigenous rusa deer crash through the underbrush. A fleet of ships offer fishing and beach drop-offs, plus day and night diving expeditions in the Flores Sea, where Indonesia’s famously turquoise waters, rich rainbows of coral reefs and marine life are vivaciously on display; PADI-certified courses available. More intrepid guests can charter the 105-foot-long Amanikan for multi-day live-aboard adventures to Komodo National Park.
How to Get There
Firstly I can’t say I arrived on the island and was blown away . It’s not the prettiest or lushest setting. It’s also very different to Amanpulo - so do not go here thinking you are in for the same experience .
The area you are in is much much smaller . Your tent is near your neighbours so it will not always be private or quiet . The whole resort need a bit of an upgrade And I hear this is due in December . The tents are large and well laid out but tatty in places and some towels had permanent marks on them.
There is one dining area which doubles as the lounge area too . All the menus are large and cover all tastes and allergies. They do make the best ice creams and sorbets and incredible almond pancakes ! Service was slow and sometimes you waited forever to get a order even though the resort was less than half full. The alcohol is expensive but I guess that how it always is.
Do try and get a massage as they were very good .
There is no pool but a smalll natural pool on the one side of the property . The coral is badly damaged and there is very little live coral to see . Snorkelling is good and the far left hand side snorkelling off the jetty is best . From mid morning onwards you can’t swim out from your room as the tide is very low and so you will encounter the reef . It’s best for swimming on the left side of the property and once you are pit you can swim across to your right . Stand Up paddle boards and kayaks are in poor repair . You can borrow snorkels and fins and a mask .
My husband did two dives every day and said the crew was amazing but there was not lots to see .
The deer roam freely around the tents but beware the monkeys as they will hound you if you are carrying any food . Don’t feed them .
You can do some walks from the resort but I must say I found lots of litter which really should have been cleared up by the staff or they need to bins along the walk.
The resort certainly grew on us and it was perfect for resting and reading and swimming and good food and solitude.
My friend and I stayed at Amanwanawa from 17 to 22 August. An earthquake hit Lombok on 19 August and we felt tremors. Subsequently, there was a lack of coordinated information from the resort’s management to us about the safety if we continued to stay, the possibility of early departure from the island, the possibility to make phone calls, and when wifi service would resume. I also had to ask to speak personally with the general manager before they allowed me to change my dive package to massages because I was having difficulties with the dives as a first timer. The staff I spoke to at first instance said that i could not change as the dive package was already in the system. Subsequent feedback given to Aman’s senior management did not receive a response from them. Request for a simple statement from them for purpose of filing an insurance claim was not met after a week of leaving the island, although staff was helpful. I don’t wish to gripe over small things, but I do think that their service could have been better due to the uncertainty caused by the earthquake, especially because they are charging premium prices. I have been told that service standards have become lower after a change in Aman’s management. However, it may be that they are now only concerned about providing service to premium guests. Thanks.
The Amanwana is a singular property; there is nothing out there like it. You should definitely be a nature lover to come here, but the tents were beautiful, the property stunning, and the staff flawless. This was such a fun and unique experience everyone should try at least once in their life.
I absolutely loved my stay here. The location is beautiful and clean. There's no traffic... there are no cars. The service is wonderful and the food options are fantastic. I chose the activities package and I feel it is worth doing. The beach bbq, sunset cruise and waterfall tour were all highlights for me. If you're considering a stay here, just do it.
We pulled up to the dinghy dock at Amanwana during a recent cruise around Moyo Island and were disappointed to be told we were not allowed to come ashore and have a meal. We had to pay 50 USD to tie the dinghy up.
Last year we were welcomed. We had lunch and drink. This year, very unfriendly.
If you are a passing cruising yacht a more friendly option is to visit Sunset Moyo. The food and view there is fabulous.