from United Arab Emirates, March 2018
"Tranquility amongst emerald green"
The setting, the rooms( new, spacious, wonderful view of the rice fields), healthy delicious food( specially breakfast) but above all, the people. They were great! So attentive, helpful, warm. They give the place a soul. Wonderful
from Netherlands, March 2018
"What a good accommodation, lovely people and a great view!"
The Yin Yoga and the included excursions were great!
Bar B Netherlands
I come here almost every year, it's one of my favorite spots in Bali! Now you can also do yoga here and they have two very good massage therapists as well! The staff is exellent, Agung can fix anything!
Frankly i would rather not too many people know about this - the trend in Bali is for an area to be discovered and then over-run like what has happened to the formerly quiet Seminyak which is now in our opinion, almost out of control.
Sidemen is reached up either a balinese "main road"or we chose the spectacular winding back road from Manggis after a week in candidasa.
We had heavily researched Sidemen and were not disappointed. Cepik has i think only 6 rooms or so - intimate and special. We picked the top floor Sunrise villa - lovely view over the rice paddies to the hills and also over the school below ( i hope i can find a link to review a visit there). This school is for the equivalent of junior high school to teach the Balinese culture for those who have finished Primary but parents cant afford secondary - every day below our window was song and dance at 4pm - we paid a visit and made a donation - it is supported by a wealthy woman who owns the adjoining resort. a great hour or so. Very uplifting. Also do the 3 hour rice paddy walk through the hotel - $30 for a couple - brilliant.
We hired a scooter, as we always do - really the best way to get around. Most of the wide range of warungs are on the resorts road between it and the main Sidemen village.( see our other restaurant reviews).
Pool charming and peaceful, surprising range of food in house - frankly we were not expecting it to be as good as it was. And Rusty the cute cat comes and sits with you. We ran out of time to eat everywhere we wanted to in the time. Staff charming and could not do enough. Room immaculate comfortable well appointed - there was a problem with TV reception but who cares in Bali?
We went to the street market in Sidemen twice - a real experience- we were the only white folk there and in fact hardly saw another westerner the whole stay though the French seem to have heard about it as we met met more French than anyone!
Enjoy Sidemen while it is still unspoilt and very affordable.
We will be back.