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
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.
We stayed at Amanwana for 5 nights in July 2018. The place is out of this world - from the moment you arrive you feel that you are somewhere that you will struggle to match in the future. I have never been somewhere so peaceful and stunningly beautiful. The resort itself is fantastic with lovely grounds and a fantastic beach setting - the snorkelling even from the beach is wonderful. The diving is great too, and there are many other activities that are available. The staff are wonderfully friendly and nothing is too much trouble for them. What I loved most about it was how peaceful it was - it was just silent in the evening and the sunset is just amazing. If I had one piece of constructive criticism it would be that there are things about the service that could be addressed - considering the cost this sometimes fell slightly short of what we would have expected. But this is a small concern against how truly wonderful this place is - I doubt I will stay anywhere like it again.