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
I have a habit of looking for what’s good in life and I believe life always give you the best.
Amanwana was that good I was looking for and I got something really special. It gave me the realisation of the simple pleasure of being alive.
I think a lot has got to do with the location- Moyo Island. And being the only resort at that.
Flying into Amanwana on a Small seaplane from Bali, starts the excitement of being isolated. A good hour away.
And what I got being there for 6 nights was nothing but rejuvenation. It’s a different issue that I got in with a nasty 2 days old Cold and cough. Just being in this Island , healed me.
We stayed at the Sea Facing room, simple , elegant, exactly what you need when you want to be away from the world. A private beach all to yourself. Walked behind a huge Tropical forest.
A great place to get back to nature. It’s how life was many centuries ago.
Now coming to the resort . It was wonderful. The staff was exceptional.
Frankie the Assistant Manager is an incredible soul. Very rare to find such an amazing person.
Sula/ Ayu/ Dina/ Indra these People and more who waited on me made it special.
Joel the in-house chef is a Magician. Ask him to surprise you with his childhood food. He made us experience the width of Indonesian food in those 6 days. And I was not tired of it.
It’s exclusive for sure. Like all Aman Resorts. But it’s a great way to remind yourself that you are special. And it’s real special to be alive.
The early mornings are beautiful and the sunset are stunning. Take a walk into the thickets of the Tropical Jungle. Or go fishing or just sit by the deck and sip some beer as you feel the water lapping your feet.
It’s magical and no amount of my explanation will do justice to this place.
You owe this to yourself .
This is a fantastic place, provided you're looking for nature and adventure. This is not some sort of urban beach palace, like in Bali or Phuket. It is a real, remote, far from everything luxury camping ground. You will not be bothered by the late night rave party in the room/hotel next door, or by aggressive peddlers on the beach, or by the queue at the breakfast buffet -- but you may be by unspoiled nature fighting back, aggressive insects and lack of modern forms of entertainment (no pool, no fancy bar, no disco, no TV, ...).
Despite their age, the tents are pretty well maintained, and the setup works really well. A/C was sufficient during our stay, in particular during the night. Again, it's a tent so one should not expect to achieve 19 degrees Celsius at midday when it's 35 outside.
Kids can sleep on the couches next to the door, complete with mosquito nest. We pretty much had the resort to our party of 7 while we were there, but apparently there are plenty of kids in the resort during July and August.
There isn't much else to the resort except the tents, but it works well enough to support your activities, or lack thereof. The staff is very friendly and accommodating so provided they have the equipment, anything is possible (for a fee maybe). As you can expect, most imported things are quite expensive on the island.
amanwana resort at moyo island, west nusatenggara, indonesia.
You can be picked up by hotel boat from private port at sumbawa besar.
hidden location allows you to rest...luxury hotel with tent style makes a different holiday experience...location with a small forest behind the hotel, wild deer and monkeys sometimes in front of the room. what makes this hotel special is the Lady Diana room left empty.
You can rent a hotel boat and go to Matajitu waterfall and ride the jeep around village.
Let me start off with that I'm a spoiled traveler and have been to some amazing exotic places in the world. You a arrive via seaplane, they have a great greeting before they whisk you off through the jungle in a jeep to arrive to this magical place.
The tents are very beautiful inside. Great air-conditioning. Luxurious, beautiful inside. I stayed in the Ocean Bungalow which is located a few meters from these spectacular shades of blue ocean. Rolled out of bed onto the sand. Mesmerizing.
There are monkeys everywhere. It's great to hear them running from time to time on top of your tent roof. Just DON'T FEED THE MONKEYS. It is tempting but they will herd around your tent. The deer are so sweet, they also roam around. The staff will give you apples and spinach to feed and pet them.
The food is incredible. They have all kinds so if you want the Indonesian/Thai food it's beyond. I'm a foodie. But if you want a plain hamburger they have that too.
Diving was really quite good. I didn't come here to dive but it was better that I thought it would be. Snorkeling amazing also.
We took the Aman boat out for a spin in the evening, it was spectacular to see the dusk scenery and the appetizers they gave us were incredible. In keeping with superb Aman service, if you have a need, they'll get it, find it. Service was fantastic. My partner got sick from accidently drinking unfiltered water in Bali. They sent the resident nurse and they manage to cure him in hours. Good to know this when you're in such a remote place. There are all sorts of activities. Hikes and waterfall tours, all sorts of things so one isn't bored if you're an active person.
This is a truly magical place that one must see and do.
My boyfriend and I stayed at Amanwana for three wonderful nights and really wish we could have stayed longer! It's really the unique accommodation that sets the place apart - beautifully designed and ageless - with stunning views out onto the sea. Great food, particularly the Indonesian fare; lots of places to sit and relax; gorgeous wildlife; friendly and prompt service, along with a warm welcome; and excellent snorkeling...definitely ask to go with the dancing octopus (one of the most incredible things we've ever seen!). The live aboard boats are stunning and definitely on our must do list if ever we can. Thoroughly recommend.