A Decadent Night at The Griya Villas & Spa, Amed
We rolled up to the entrance of The Griya Villas & Spa with baited breath and a heady excitement. After travelling for fourteen continuous months it is, of course, not everyday that you get to spend a night in somewhere that’s won not one but two World Luxury Hotel Awards. We knew our time here would be special but it turned out to be a highlight of our time in Bali and the most perfect way to round off the first leg of our travelling adventures. Here’s the details from our decadent stay at The Griya Villas & Spa!
As with its sister hotel, The Santai, The Griya Villas & Spa is set on the flowing coastline of North East Bali in Amed. Amed was and still is a series of traditional fishing villages but in recent years the magical black sand beaches, crystal blue water and abundant underwater life has seen it become more and more of a stop on the Bali tourist scene.
This series of chilled out towns not only boasts the ocean but a emerald green backdrop of the verdant rice paddies and not to forget the impressive Mount Agung towering over it all in the distance. Amed was a real surprise for us and, quite selfishly, we hope it doesn’t explode onto the tourist scene too much and keeps its natural charms.
The Griya Villas & Spa sits in the town of Bunutan between the pretty bays of Lipah and Jemeluk. Both Jemeluk Bay and the larger Amed Beach are a five minute drive away and there are plenty of taxis around to help you make the hop from bay to bay or you can hire a scooter to explore by yourself for just 50k IDR a day.
The Griya Villas & Spa are set up on the hillside so whichever way you look from the resort you get fantastic views of the lush green interior or the rolling blue ocean; it really is the perfect spot!
As we walked up the stairway and into the modern reception with its stunning shell chandelier clinking in the breeze above us we were welcomed by, well, everyone! Our bags were whisked away and taken to our villa to await us and, after a check in which we barely noticed, we were presented with ice cold towels and refreshing drinks to enjoy poolside looking out over the stunning bay beyond. It was hard not to feel instantly in luxury.
We were escorted to our villa in a golf buggy and as it pulled up outside and our porter swung open the huge wooden door to reveal our villa inside its fair to say we were both grinning ear to ear.
Villa of Dreams
Now, you may just say it is our relative inexperience of staying in places this luxurious but we challenge anyone to not walk over the stepping stones and out into the courtyard without having your breath taken away – its spectacular!
The Griya has fourteen villas in total including one beds, two beds and the three bed ‘Grand Villa’ at the top level of the resort. We were lucky enough to spend a night in the two bedroom villa!
Whichever villa you choose, each comes with its very own infinity pool and this is no doubt the focal point of the villa itself.
The pools are nestled perfectly on the hillside so that each one gets unobstructed views out over beautiful Lipah Bay and the tropical hillside. Floating in the pool with that backdrop and bright blue skies over head was something special and felt so wonderfully tranquil.
The pools all face towards the east and if you can drag yourself from the ridiculously comfortable beds by 6am then you will be greeted by something magnificent. The sun begins it ascent and you can watch as it throws shades of orange and pink into the dawn of a new day!
If you don’t quite manage to pull yourself from your bed (understandably so!) then open up the sliding doors and watch from the comfort of the gloriously sumptuous double beds.
We don’t think we’ve ever felt sheets so soft!
The bedroom comes complete with your own dressing area and the all important slippers and robes to make you feel completely at home.
The attached bathroom is seriously made of dreams; gorgeous couple stone sinks, a free standing bath to soak away any troubles and a tropical outdoor shower.
The bathroom has so many lovely details from fragrant shower gels and shampoos to manicure and grooming kits so that you almost feel it would be rude not to self-indulge and pamper yourself a little!
Last but not least the separately housed living area of the villa is made with equal style and Balinese tradition.
The kitchenette had everything you need should you be staying for longer periods of time and wished to cook for yourself or your family.
We loved the fact it also came with a coffee machine and an aromatic range of complimentary coffees and teas to enjoy!
Sunset Happy Hour
What better way to end a day of ultimate relaxation than with a buy one get one free cocktail or beer at The Griya’s rooftop lounge? Now we’ve travelled all over Bali and its near impossible to find a bar that actually does buy one get one free and not buy 3 get one free or something equally as strange so this was a real treat!
The lounge has some big recliners you can settle down into and with a fabulous 180 degree view over Amed’s bays its a perfect spot to catch the sunset before dinner.
The lounge is open for everyone to enjoy even if you’re not staying at The Griya and with tea lights strung up all around its a really enchanting atmosphere.
If beer and cocktails aren’t your thing or you are looking for a more family oriented evening then no fear The Griya also offers a whole host of weekly activities. These include outdoor movie nights two to three times a week (weather dependant), live music twice a week all year round and a spectacular Balinese Show every Sunday at 7pm!
The Griya’s Safka Restaurant is on the main level of the resort and with open air sides its a wonderful spot to enjoy an al-fresco dinner. The restaurant is beautifully decorated with simple yet chic bamboo seating and fresh white table cloths.
The menu is extensive yet refined with options for every taste-bud. The Safka serves traditional Balinese dishes as well as pizzas, pastas and a mouth-watering range of meat and poultry dishes.
The section of the menu that really caught our eyes, however, was the fish and seafood. With the ocean so close by and Amed famed for its fishing trade we assumed that the fish would be beautifully fresh and rude not to sample.
And, we were so right! We chose the Curry Yoghurt Marinated Barracuda (125K IDR) and the Grilled Amed Tuna (130k IDR) which came with the most divine vanilla infused pumpkin puree and wasabi soya sauce. Both were those kind of dishes that you just didn’t want to end. The flavours were exquisite and we made sure we savoured every last mouthful.
Even if you’re not staying at The Griya we recommend spending an evening soaking up the atmosphere and dining at The Safka Restaurant for a meal we are sure will be a memorable one.
Luckily for us, breakfast was also served up in the Safka Restaurant and after the amazing dinner we simply couldn’t wait to sample what the breakfast menu had to offer!
For The Griya guests, breakfast is complimentary and you can choose from a selection of teas, coffees and fresh fruit juices as well as two items from the menu. Like at dinner the breakfast menu covers all those favourite breakfast and brunch dishes.
We chose a variety to share; muesli with yoghurt and fruits, pancakes, a sesame bagel with creme cheese and smoked salmon and our favourite eggs benedict. All were exceptionally done and the eggs benedict didn’t disappoint with perfectly poached eggs and an absolutely delicious hollandaise sauce – it really hit the spot after craving this for months!
Maku Healthy Cafe
As well as the Rooftop Lounge and Safka Restaurant, The Griya has excitingly just opened a brand new health food cafe.
Open for everyone to enjoy it has a tantalising menu which also caters to gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diners. Its has fresh, light salads, energising health bowls, soups and superfood smoothies.
We sampled the Energy Booster bowl with roasted chicken and all the goodness in quinoa, spinach, avocado and red beans (75k IDR) as well as the Tahiti Smoothie Bowl with a mix berry base topped with granola, pumpkin and flax seed.
Both were so fresh and complete feel good food. The cafe is in a wonderful setting with a clean, modern interior; perfect for an afternoon meal or even just a coffee break and catch up.
One of the other great things about The Griya is that if you would like to enjoy something light from the Maku menu whilst dining with others who are looking for a heartier option from The Safka’s menu, they are more than happy to arrange this. This means everyone can dine to their own taste and requirements!
Our Channa Spa Experience
Check-out time from The Griya is 12 o’clock and we were of course very sad to be leaving our luxurious villa. However, the blow was softened by our afternoon appointment at The Griya’s very own Channa Spa.
Situated underneath the resort, as soon as you step inside you are greeted with the fragrant scents of lemongrass and the calming trickle of water.
We were booked in for an hour treatment; the signature Channa Massage (350k IDR pp) but before going in we were treated to fresh icy towels and a cleansing gingery tea.
The staff were wonderfully professional and the massage just completely and utterly blissful.
Josh had never indulged in a massage before and so was excited to see what the all the fuss was about. Unlucky for him, this is the best massage I ever experienced and we fear any in the future simply wont match up.
Overall it is pretty impossible to say a bad word about The Griya Villas & Spa. It has won awards for a reason and every single element from the positioning of the villas and their unbeatable views right down to the details in the decor is done to perfection.
Staying at The Griya is undoubtedly the complete luxury experience and the staff only add to this by being thoroughly attentive to your every need. We absolutely loved our stay and left feeling utterly relaxed and fabulous!
However, the one thing that stood out here is that despite its luxury everyone is made to feel wholly welcome. Whether you are staying at The Griya or are an outside guest coming to enjoy the restaurants or bars you feel comfortable and not at all out of place. Thus, if you are visiting the Amed area don’t be afraid to pop in even just to enjoy a few cocktails, a delectable meal or to try something from the new health cafe. We promise that you too will love every sumptuous moment.
To book or check out the selection of restaurant and spa menus you can visit The Griya’s website directly here!
C & J x
We would like to thank The Griya Villas & Spa for sponsoring our stay with them! As always, however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are totally honest and our own!