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
The site is ideal. The former GM apparently did such a poor job that although a super GM that we knew from Aman hi Kas in India has come to clean it up, it still is a bit chaotic in terms of service and is a huge contrast to Amandari and Amanjiwo. Nonetheless the nature and the sea makes you forget
My husband and I have just returned from 4 nights at Amanwana, it is a very peaceful resort and probably the most laidback/relaxed of all the Amans I've visited. The staff are lovely, very friendly and sweet, the GM is great too!
For such a remote place the food was surprisingly excellent! So good in fact we asked the head chef to send us some recipes. Must try: soto ayam, banana pancakes for breakfast and the strawberry ice-cream - yum!
I was a little disappointed though with snorkelling and diving, the coral is average, not colourful and quite damaged in some areas. We did see a lot of fish, black tip reef sharks, different kinds of star fish, a turtle, a sea snake, lobsters, squids etc.
I highly recommend visiting Barry's Falls - a beautiful waterfall with big clear swimming holes. Also the sunset cruise and fishing, we caught a few small fish which the chef made into a curry for us! Plus if calm paddle boarding at sunset out to Crocodile Head (don't worry no crocodiles anywhere).
But having stayed at around 7 Amans, I must say this was not one of my favourites, when you're paying so much you do expect a bit more. Not a big deal but dirty glasses were left in our room after the room was made up, wilted flowers left in our room a little too long and when we did a private beach drop off they forgot to give us cutlery so we couldn't eat half the picnic, but they did remember and brought it 2 hours later.
The resort could do with a small refurb too.
....and are plotting when to return! we’ve stayed in 9 or so amans and this one is absolutely one of our favorites. yes, you’re basically ‘glamping,’ but that’s the charm of this particular aman in this particularly magical location. imagine out-of-this-world sunsets every evening, thousands of stars at night, and the kindest staff who truly became like family to us by the end of our week-long stay. the staff at this location absolutely made it, as well as the extremely unique location (and that’s saying a lot for an aman). we hope to see the exact same staff when we return in the coming years. the only note is that we too did not get the seaplane, and it’s sounding a bit like a recurring theme. arriving by seaplane would make it even more special—hopefully they can ensure that most guests get use of the seaplane unless there’s inclement weather. in our case we were told it was ‘being repaired’ which is too bad. but oh amanwana, what a special place you have in our hearts!