Amanwana in Sumbawa, Indonesia
On the west coast of Indonesia's Moyo Island, just east of Bali, Amanwana will reshape the way you think about rustic living. Sumptuous canvas tents boasting hardwood floors, Indonesian artwork and coral stone decks are surrounded the grand beauty of a tropical forest. Open air dining, a jungle cove massage area and a Music Pavilion cached in a forest sanctuary unite to create an experience that is at once elegant, indulgent and ultimately yours.
Living in the midst of an island nature reserve, you will be delighted at every turn. On a hike to a waterfall that cascades into a limestone terrace, you may find yourselves face to face with a macaque monkey. Water enthusiasts will be thrilled by the array of options, from fishing charters, starlight dinner cruises and canoeing trips to the volcanic crater island of Satonda to wall diving at the majestic Labuan Aji Reef.
Guests fly from Bali into Sumbawa Besar Airport (SWQ), Amanwana's closest airport. They are met at Sumbawa airport by an Aman representative and driven to the nearby port for their boat transfer to Amanwana. The crossing to the resort takes approximately 45 minutes. Guests are responsible for booking their own flights to and from Sumbawa (SWQ) and an additional fee will apply for the car and boat transfer. Please confirm these fees directly with the resort upon making your transfer arrangements.
Location of Amanwana
Nearest Airport: SWQ
Amenities for Amanwana
- General Information
- 50 Guest Rooms
- On-Site Amenities
- Beach Access
- Honeymoons & Romance
- Luxury Tents & Open Air
- Spa & Wellness
Reviews for Amanwana
We had a great time at Amanwana. We had an ocean tent. It was directly on the beach about 15-20 meters away from the other tents. Our welcome experience was great. got off the seaplane right on the dock, was greeted with a cold towel and a drink while someone took our bags to our room. Check in process was in the room. Our air conditioning worked fine. The hotel room has two air conditioners, so its hard for me to believe Martin L, the other reviewer, who said they had a bad welcoming experience. To be fair, the air conditioning does not cool the room to refrigeration temperatures, but it cools it to a comfortable sleeping temp. (cooler at night than the day) We were actually at this hotel when that large family arrived. Moreover, we saw the hotel prepare a large table in the restaurant for them and wait on their every need, just as they did for us and every other guest there. The people that work at this hotel are overly gracious. They anticipate your need and do everything possible to cater to all of your needs. I made the mistake of feeding the monkeys when we got there. DO NOT FEED THE MONKEYS. There was fruit in the room when we got there and we didn't want to eat it. However the monkeys got a little aggressive with us after i fed them. they came by the same time everyone afternoon jumped on our tent and stared into our windows looking to be fed again. the girls that worked at the restaurant taught me that i can simply pick up some rocks and show them to the monkeys and they will back up and run away. The monkeys are around the property every morning and afternoon, eating grass and playing in the trees and on the beach. if you leave them alone they will leave you alone. In the restaurant, two girls stand guard with a sling slot to encourage the monkeys, not go into the restaurant. it is effective. We did see one monkey run top speed through the restaurant and steal a lunch roll however. In addition, there are a couple of resident "wild" deer that were there. You can hand feed them. It was really nice. The diving was a little disappointing. I dove four reefs all in the same general area. Angel Reef and Labuan Aji. I did enjoy the diving as the dive operation is well run. the rental equipment is very nice, the dive staff is very talented and accommodating. All of the diving is private diving as you and your guide are the only ones on the boat. However it was disappointing to see how beat up the reefs are. Lots of spots of broken coral. I assume this was done over the years due to bottom fishing, however it is possible that they were damaged by storms. i dont know. If you are an avid diver, and coming to Indonesia to dive, i would recommend that you find additional locations in Indonesia to dive beyond Moyo island. Although the coral reefs were relatively beat up, there were some nice spots. the highlight of the diving was more about floating along the reef and looking into the blue as opposed to looking at the reef. lots of big fish here and lots of huge schools of fish that were 1000+ fish swimming in unison. Saw some sharks, giant travalley, big tuna, huge bump head wrasse, trigger fish wahoo, baracuda... Food here is great too. For a full board hotel, the food choices are extensive and the chef is great. Everything we ate was great. Including awesome fresh fish, gigantic prawns, and wagyu ribeye. breakfast doughnuts (beignets). Also, the lamb curry is a must. the best i have ever had. we hiked the ridge trail out to crocodile point one morning. This was a nice one hour walk. While the waterfall trip was fun. the waterfall itself isn't the highlight. they are relatively small waterfalls (to be fair, this could be since we were there at the end of the dry season, hadn't rained in a long time) but it refreshing to swim in the river and tour guides are great. it was educational to see the local village, and ride in the 50 year old Toyota Jeep on a so called "road". we also saw a few buffalo about 10 meters away. this was exhilarating. they are very big animals. The highlight of the trip was chartering the Aman outrigger for 4.5 hours for a private snorkeling trip / lunch to Tanjung Pasir. Packed the cooler with Bintang for me and a white burgundy for my wife. Sadik in the restaurant also customized our lunch order for a nice steak sandwhich for me and a tofu BLT for my wife as well as fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. As always fresh fruit skewers were included as they are on every Aman water excursion we went on. The snorkeling at Tanjung Pasir was the best snorkeling we ever did. we had a day with >30M+ visibility. We saw an incredible amount of different types of fish and corals. Also some large (1000+) school of fish. The service on the boat was extraordinary. I highly reccommend this tour. Herry did a great job for us. Just as every employee at Amanawan did. again the local workers at this hotel are awesome people and make Amanwana a great place. always taking care of us with any requests including some small things and always consistent. for example one night we were having a cocktail before dinner. they brought out some nuts as they always do, and my wife said to me that it would be nice to have potato chips. in about 5 minutes without asking, we had a bowl of fresh home made potato chips. simple but really nice.
thefuzzy - N. California
We visit Amanwana with the whole big family, a group of 6 adults and 5 children in 4 tents. Our first experience entering the room/tent was dirty with broken air con in the middle of very warm weather. I asked the butler about the situation and he said he will send engineering team right away. After about half an hour the aircon hasn't fixed yet, since I am so tired after early morning flight and hours of flying then I try to call the front desk but nobody answer the calls after many times. Good welcoming experience with Aman
Certainly this place is amazing A place to desconet and relax 100% Go to the waterfall it's incredible Snorkeling is impressive. The food is good And the stuff super nice. How ever if you had even in another Aman resorts Do not expect the same standards Its lacking the sensitivity and the refinement of others Aman For example. Cheap shampoo No tropical fruits ( you are in Indonesia a fruits paradise ). Just small details ..
Fercho9 - Bangkok, Thailand
I love everything Aman Hotels so my reviews will be all Aman . So, we flew here from Bali by a seaplane to this beautiful island off the coast of Indonesia and then, at the airport, we were picked up by a speedboat and we went to this something I can't imagine- luxury tents. From the moment I stepped foot on this resort, everything was above and beyond my expectations. The rooms are beautiful and the beach, the resort, the food and if you're a scuba diver, do take advantage of scuba diving in this resort. Every single day of our 5 days, I went scuba diving and and this is heaven above and under water!
kendallfisher - Oslo, Norway
We just spent 6 nights (supposed to be 4 but we extended it) at this paradise. Service & food lived up to Aman expectations, and certainly exceeded ours, we were constantly surprised by the chef's ability to produce such quality and variety of produce. The experience of living in a 'tent', sea as clear as glass, snorkelling with the fish, trip to the waterfall and entertainment from the monkeys (whose behaviour is constantly fascinating to watch), on the beach on the edge of a jungle all combined to make such a fantastic week. A huge thank you to Sandra & Andrew who manage their team superbly, & 'K' who introduced my husband to diving, & Cynthia, the nurse who prescribed the creams & antibiotics to him after he was careless & swam into some nasty coral. Of course this didn't stop him from being in the water as often as possible. We will return, we are fortunate to have been to many places in the world this certainly makes one of our top three.
GailR56 - London, United Kingdom