Soneva Fushi vs Amanpulo

Sep 3rd, 2004, 08:41 AM
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Soneva Fushi vs Amanpulo

Hi everyone,

Has anyone been to both Amanpulo (a private island resort in the Philippines) and a resort in the Maldives such as Soneva Fushi? We are deciding between these two options. which one is better for snokeling? and which one has more classy and comfortable rooms?

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Sep 3rd, 2004, 11:02 AM
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Not sure if the Amanpulo is in the Southern part of the Islands (Mindinao?)
If so there are advisories out for this area of the Phillipines- probably not a good idea to go there at this time
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 02:21 PM
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The Philippines have a general travel advisory, but when you read the detail, it applies to specific regions in the south. Amanpulo is in the northwest (Cuyo Islands).

We are going to Amanpulo in a few months. I can't speak for the Soneva Fushi, but I can tell you that the Amans offer a level of service and intimacy that others typically don't.

As for snorkeling, Amanpulo is surrounded by reefs. You are given a kayak upon arrival (as well as your own private golf cart for exploring the island) and can spend your week floating from one snorkel spot to the next, tying up as you find good places. Make sure to ask for their print brochure if you heaven't already. It's very pretty.

Below my trip report from Amankila in Bali. It'll help you get a feel for Aman service.

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AMANKILA ? BALI
This was where my husband and I became Bapak and Ibu (Mr. and Mrs.) Nelson. And, if you can?t tell by the length of this review, this is the property we consider the end-all, be-all of our trip, and the property that will someday draw us back to Bali.

We were picked up by private car and greeted by some of the most welcoming, warm people we have ever met. Taken immediately to our villa by multiple staff members for a more personal check-in experience, we were met with a full bottle of Moet & Chandon French champagne. Knowing that this property would have one of the more stunning vistas of our trip, we booked what our research told us would be the villa with the best view ? the Indrakila suite. Unlike the rest of the property, this villa is only two years old. We had seen pictures of the villa and its view prior to our visit, and were driven to pay an unprecedented amount of money (for us) to secure the accommodation. Have you ever anticipated a place so much, that when you finally got there, you could be nothing but disappointed? This was not the case with the Indrakila suite. When the staff members left us, I remember turning to my husband and saying, ?We?ll never be able to top this.? He agreed. The 180-degree ocean, mountain, temple and black sand beach view was pristine and breathtaking. Our oversized patio stepped down to a large, blue-tiled pool and a private bale, where we would take breakfast and after dinner cocktails. The inside of the villa was nearly as beautiful, with terrazzo tiled floors and sliding windows lined up to take best advantage of the spectacular scenery. All of our time in the villa was spent with gentle ?selon ding? music playing in the background. We especially enjoyed leaving it to play overnight, with the sound of waves joining it in the background.

Putting views and luxurious accommodations aside, the most amazing thing about Amankila was the staff. They knew who we were and where we were at every moment. They learned what made us happy and they shared that information with each other. They knew when we were out of our room and when they could get into it without disturbing us. Each staff member was equipped with either a cell phone or a radio ? groundskeepers, too. When we would leave our room, the groundskeepers discretely reported it to the front desk, the front desk would then conversationally find out, from us, where we were going and report that to the staff members in our path. The result was an absolutely blissful, if eerie, experience where every staff member we ran into (even the person in the gift shop) was anticipating our arrival and knew our name. Amankila also kept a computer record of our likes and dislikes. They only asked my husband once how he likes his martinis. And a week later, when we had dinner at Amandari (while staying at the Four Seasons Sayan) the people at Amandari knew our names, knew we had spent time at Amankila, and knew how to make my husband?s martini ? they didn?t have to ask!

Every moment of our stay was special. The hotel had arranged a gamelan band and a charming children?s ceremonial dance, even though there were only 6 couples at the property that night. And when it rained, there was a staff member ready for us with an umbrella before we even knew it was raining. Each day, two young local girls would sit on their mats and create welcome crafts/gifts for the villas. Referring to one of the crafts that a girl was working on, I said, ?That?s beautiful.? The young girl smiled genuinely and replied, ?So are you.? There was the ever-so-private dinner on the beach, where the chef spoke to us at length about what we would like him to prepare, and the not-to-be-missed Indonesian afternoon tea. And, when it came time to leave, my husband had to return the book he was reading to the Amankila library. He hadn?t finished it, and knowing that he had a birthday coming up, I decided to contact the hotel to find out the title. I asked them to check their records, telling them that he was reading something war or battle related. It turns out, they did not have a sign-out record, so they emailed me digital photos of their war and battle book covers so that I could identify the book by sight! Needless to say, my husband had a happy birthday surprise.

If we weren?t Aman junkies before, we certainly are now.


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Sep 4th, 2004, 06:38 AM
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Thanks people. We have been to Amankila in Bali and it was fantastic. There is no doubt Amanpulo will be great experiences too. I guess we will visit both a resort in Maldives and Amanpulo. Now it's a matter of which one to visit first..
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Oct 13th, 2004, 11:36 PM
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Amanpulo is southwest of manila the capital, while mindanao islands are in the southeast. amanpulo is situated in one of the islands in palawan area which has a lot of coral and surrounded by reefs (palawan was recently featured as the last stop in the amazing race)i've been to amanpulo and justlike the other aman resorts this one is a different level of luxury. the amanpulo "casita" (or rooms) are quite large and very comfortable, the bathroom is almost the size of the bedroom itself. service is topnotch. if you want privacy then the amanpulo is for you. i would not worry about security, this is overhyped.
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Oct 14th, 2004, 05:59 AM
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Ericka:
Tell me you didn't pay $2000/night for that room in Amakila Bali? I looked on Asiahotels.com and for that suite it looked like $1600/night plus 21% tax.
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Oct 14th, 2004, 09:00 AM
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BillT,

We did not pay quite that much, but in hindsight...we would pay that much if we ever went back. Service and ammenities not withstanding, the VIEW from that suite is priceless. My husband and I have done a lot of traveling, and we have never experienced anything like it.

P.S. If you are wondering if we are wealthy, we are not. We put a high priority on travel experiences and save our money accordingly.
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Oct 14th, 2004, 09:14 AM
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Ericka:
Yes I was wondering about that. For me personally the law of deminishing returns applies at about the $300/night level. Paying any more for that does not return commensurate value. Or you might say I'm far too frugal to pay more than that!
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Oct 14th, 2004, 02:46 PM
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And I'm sure you're spending your money on a lot of wonderful things that we are not.

We all have different passions and priorities.
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Oct 15th, 2004, 01:07 AM
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As long as you don't earn your money selling illegal drugs to my kids or your not pillaging my pension fund when you do it, you can spend your money however you like.
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