Amok sunset bar and restaurant opened in Nusa Penida in August 2018. Its location is unique, facing the sunset on one side and Mount Agung on the other, on a hill overlooking the sea close to Gamat Bay. This unique location deserved an exceptional concept ! If sipping a homemade cocktail in a 120 meters high swimming pool facing the sunset tempts you, read on!
A bamboo construction
The concept is based on three drivers : being respectful of the environment, leveraging the amazing view and offering a unique experience all day long. Care for the environment led to the use of local materials, in particular bamboo, for the construction. Several meters high platforms offer private spaces with a 360° view around. The swimming pool allows to enjoy the place during the afternoon or at sunset.
Amok Sunset Bale Bale hosts the bar and the restaurant
Amok sunset bar and restaurant is organized around a large building, traditionally called Bale Bale in Bali. It is built with bamboo for the structure and the floor, and with Alang-Alang for the roof. This Bale Bale has a large space that hosts the restaurant and bar, facing the pool and the sunset. The technical parts (kitchen, toilets, etc.) are located at the rear of the building.
Amok Sunset Nests, 3-meter high VIP tables
Bamboo platforms allow to enjoy the sunset or dinner in a private space. They are located 3 meters high to offer a 360° view of Mount Agung, the sea and Nusa Penida’s landscape. The are called the Nests !
Amok Sunset pool, at the forefront for the sunset
Amok’s pool allows you to cool down during the afternoon or to enjoy a signature mocktail or cocktail, a beer or a glass of wine at any time. It has two beaches on each side to lie in the water and a shallow central area. I would be surprised if you do not ask someone to take your picture in the pool with the sea and the sunset in the background !
Original menus designed with the staff
Amok sunset bar and restaurant staff was recruited and trained in the spring of 2018. The main criteria were skills, past experience but also a good understanding of the importance of customer satisfaction. They come from different horizons but one third of the staff comes from Nusa Penida. The whole training period was an opportunity for them to get to know each other. They now form a very close team.
The team also actively participated in the development of the restaurant menu and the list of drinks. All the staff has been very enthusiastic and very involved in the opening of Amok.
A wide variety of Amok signature cocktails and mocktails
The cocktail and mocktail menu was specially made for Amok with two Bali-trained bartenders: Agus, who comes from Batu Madeg village in Nusa Penida, and Arif from Lombok.
Mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails) are prepared with fresh fruit juice. The cocktails include vodka, gin, rum, tequila, whiskey, tequila but also use a local arak.
During Happy Hour, from 5pm to 6pm with a second cocktail is offered for each cocktail paid.
Amok Restaurant and Sunset Bar also offers a wide selection of wines by the glass or by bottle.
International fusion cuisine based on local ingredients
The menu was designed by Chef Akbar, who comes from Jakarta. The dishes have been specially designed for Amok restaurant. They were created following an inspiration of international fusion cuisine, adapted to use fresh and local ingredients.
The menu also includes vegetarian and vegan dishes.
From lunch to dinner, and beyond at Amok sunset
Amok sunset bar and restaurant is open daily from lunch until 10 pm or later for those who decide to stay for dinner. It is also possible to book in advance for dinner, but it would be a shame not to enjoy the sunset, very spectacular as of 5.30 pm. One of the places to be in Nusa Penida.
Amok also regularly organizes techno parties with international DJs. Each DJ has his own musical style but the music is always lounge at sunset time to preserve the magic of the moment and then evolves during dinner and the rest of the evening. The party generally end around 2 am or even later for special occasions such as New Year’s Eve.
Live music groups are also regularly invited.
How to get to Amok sunset bar and restaurant ?
To get to Amok from Toyapakeh you will take the first intersection to the right, towards Crystal Bay and Gamat Bay.
Arrived at a fork you will take the little path to the right which indicates Amok sunset. You will then continue this path till the end. About halfway the path is no longer paved. There are regular signs to confirm that, yes, you are on the right road !
The road is in variable condition. If you are afraid to come back at night with your scooter, a shuttle service runs from the main road (at the fork) to Amok. Ask for schedules beforehand but there is a shuttle bus every half hour or so. You can park your scooter at the fork.
If you are driving, all the drivers on the island know Amok and will get you there without any problem.