The Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua are a luxury hotel managed by Accorhotels under the MGallery by Sofitel brand. While I’m a huge fan of the brand, I didn’t love this hotel. Let me explain why in this extensive hotel review!
There are incredibly many luxury hotels on Bali. I’ve stayed at a couple already and reviewed places like The Legian Bali and the Conrad Bali already. The Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua are another hotel I had high expectations of, in particular because I loved other MGallery hotels like the Hotel Molitor Paris.
However, I didn’t really love the Amarterra Villas for a few reason. I still think it’s a nice enough hotel, but a bit too expensive for what it offers, in my opinion.
As the name suggests, there are no “normal” rooms at the Amerterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua. Instead, there are only villas and as the hotel is very boutique, there are not many of those. I was even upgaded to the biggest villa of the resort, which sounds amazing in practice.
However, I didn’t like the room that much for a couple of reasons. First of all, one of the three buildings of the villa ‘complex’ was closed, making the upgrade somewhat odd. The two buildings left weren’t connected, making the living room sort-of an odd space.
Let’s start with the bedroom though.
This one was located in one building and was of a normal size, equipped with a working desk, a nice bench by the window, from which you could even directly jump into the pool when opening the window – very cool.
Then there’s a comfortable bed, which comes with a nice design and allows for very good sleep.
The working desk is decent enough, though a bit dark and sort-of randomly placed.
This part of the villa also comes with a walk-in wardrobe, which is nice enough.
Then there’s also the main bathroom, which is spacious and looks very nice.
There’s a large soaking tub with views of the garden.
The double vanity is another plus, especially as there’s also a lot of storage.
Both, the toilet and the shower are separated by a partly frozen door, which adds some, but not full privacy.
What’s weird about the shower though is the lack of shower pressure, especially in the outdoor area. If you have an outdoor shower it would be nice to be able to really use it.
While I’d say that this part of the villa was quite nice, the living room was a real let down. First of all, it’s really big, but lacks any sort of cozyness in my opinion.
Basically, it’s a large room with a large couch, a large television and a large dining table.
Adjactent, there are a kitchen and a toilet, both not cleaned properly – it basically looked like those weren’t cleaned for a very long time.
Due to the condition and the fact that an area like this just doesn’t make any sense when travelling alone or as a couple, let’s jump to the nicest part of the villa, the outdoor area.
This is definitely an area, where the Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua are shining as you can enjoy a large pool, which is even fine for laps, a hammock and loungers.
Without any doubt, this must have been one of the nicest private pools I ever had, even coming close to the amazing pool at the Conrad Koh Samui!
Nevertheless, I just didn’t love the villa due to the weird living room and general layout. I’m sure I would have been happier with not getting an upgrade, but a villa like that just doesn’t make much sense when you are travelling and just doesn’t feel cozy. The outdoor area was great though.
One of the highlight of a stay at the Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua definitely is breakfast, which is served either in the villa or the restaurant. In the latter, you don’t have to hustle at all as there’s no buffet. The à la carte breakfast begins with a large tray with fruits, jams and such.
Then there’s an incredible menu, which really has everything for the savoury and sweet tooth.
I went with some sweet stuff this time and had a Bircher Muesli with fruits first.
Then I also had the pancakes with maple sirup.
Both dishes were phenomenal, so was the service. All in all, a brilliant breakfast, maybe one of the best I ever had at a hotel, even better than for example at the Le Bristol Paris or The Fontenay Hamburg.
Together with my colleagues, I also tried room service once. The order took more than 90 minutes, which was a big downside, but the food served was quite good.
The portions were big, too, and the food was fresh and tasted good – sadly it wasn’t very warm anymore though.
Nevertheless, I’d say that ordering room service or dining in the restaurant here is enjoyable, but the hotel definitely needs to work on the speed of delivery.
The Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua are not a cheap hotel, which is why I was quite disappointed when it comes to the relaxation areas. It’s worth noting that all villas here come with a private pool, so the main pool isn’t that important. However, I actually liked the main pool very much.
There are a couple loungers around it as well, which were nice for relaxing or getting some work done.
Weirldy though, the pool wasn’t operative the second day of my stay as it was cleaned and painted, but at no time I was informed about it – that just shouldn’t happen at such a property. Another example in that regard: There was a yoga class scheduled in the morning, but upon inquiring about it, I was just said it’s cancelled with no alternative arangement. The gym is no alternative either as it’s very small and just plain disappointing for a luxury hotel.
Well, you are on Bali for the beach anyways, right? Don’t expect too much of the Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua in that regard either. The hotel isn’t actually at the beach, but a five to ten minutes walk away. You can also take a shuttle, but the walk is just fine.
The beach as such is quite nice, but it’s public and there’s just a small area with some beach chairs and towels of the hotel.
I’d say that arrangement is totally fine, but I would just expect a bit more of a luxury hotel in this price range.
My stay at the Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua was okay. It’s not like the hotel isn’t a nice place to spend your holidays thanks to really nice villas (I guess they are just more cozy if you don’t get a really big one, which you can’t utilize), the private pools and the very good breakfast. Other aspects of the experience like the slow service, the tiny gym, the bad communication and the somewhat annoying beach situation left me disappointed, which is why I wouldn’t return to the hotel.