We booked for four nights with the intent of moving around bali but ended up exenting twice to stay 10 nights. We are a family of four with two young daughters (3 and 5).
We stayed in a 2 bedroom villa with a large clean fresh private pool and a lovely private garden. The villa was very nice, both inside and outside. The rooms are big and spacious with a beautiful vista across the rice fields to the ocean. There's no noise since the nearest busy road is a good 15 mins drive.
Apart from the peaceful luxury of the resort, we loved the cultural experience. The resort is set in a part of bali that tourism hasn't infected. The resort employs three staff from each of the five surrounding villages (two of which are within 10 mins walk). The staff without exception all seemed to be proud and pleased to be working at the resort, and our kids loved being with them and even visiting their homes to play with their kids.
It well worth hiring a motor scooter to explore the numerous and beautiful villages around this area. It was only around $8-9 per day to rent and it is the best way to get around. People were always friendly and we never encountered people that were after something or situations where you had to ask for the price or count your change. It just seemed that decency and community spirit were strong in these small villages.
The staff at the hotel were very helpful in connecting us to their villages so we got to see several cultrural events involving music and traditional dancing. Not put on for tourists (we were the only tourists) but instead as part of the age-old tradition of Bali villages.
For a variation from the restuarant at the resort if you stay a bit longer like we did, we would recommend two fine resaurants (15-20 mins or so drive): One is Annanbee in Tabanan (indonesian), with its beautiful outdoor area at the back, the other is the restaurant at Soori resort on the beach to the south (international - expensive but very nice... go there for lunch so you can enjoy the fine ocean views).
Defintely not a place for party animals or shopaholics, but for those of us that love luxury and (real) Balinese culture, it was a gem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sahaja Sawah is a boutique resort of luxurious tropical villas situated in an old balinese village on the west coast, 25 km from the most famous Bali attraction Tanah lot. The tranquil beauty of the village scenery is unique. It sets into lush green paddy fields overlooking the ocean in the rural province of Tabanan. Tabanan is widely known as "the real Bali" and delights the senses with its quaint villages linked by a network of tiny lanes, temples, exceptionally friendly people and stunning backdrop of untouched beaches, rice paddies as far as the eye can see, mountains, rivers and jungle. Sahaja Sawah is a perfect haven for relaxation and tranquillity with luxury private villa accommodation in Bali. In villa massage therapists are on call for total guest indulgence and tranquillity, and for the more energetic, hiking, cycling and visits to the lakes and volcano at Bedugul, the famed village of Ubud make for wonderful and exciting day trip excursions. The exceptional Pan Pacific Niwana golf course and the colonial Canggu Club are but 25 km away, and the many boutiques, restaurants and bars of Seminyak can be reached in just 40 km for those wishing to pull themselves away on occasions for shopping and nightlife. The many miles of untouched beaches and coastline are but 2 km from the resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sahaja And Sawah
- Sahaja & Sawah Hotel Tabanan