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“wow.... take your honeymoon here!”
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Surya Shanti Villa
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Sidemen
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“wow.... take your honeymoon here!”
Reviewed April 2, 2012

I've never written a Trip Advisor review before (lazy), but this place is just that special!
My husband and I had some trouble contacting the Surya Shanti by phone, and were late and stressed out by the time we found this place tucked into the rice paddy covered hillside, well past dark. The staff greeted us warmly and took us upstairs (quite a vertical layout- good for views, could be hard on knees for some) for a lovely iced tea and they just put us both at instant ease. We were shown to our room- spacious, beautiful lighting, flowers strewn here and there... the most romantic and beautiful setting- I WISH we had come here for our honeymoon! Our room had his and hers sinks and a big bathtub for two.
The next morning we woke to a fabulous sun rise view of the rice paddies. Included breakfast had an omelet bar, fresh fruit, fresh juice etc... very nice flower arrangements and attentive staff.
The pool around back was super clean and pristine. Although there was other guests, we felt we had the place to ourselves. I think they have 11 rooms total. We were only booked for one night, but had to stay two! Some past reviews were hard on the food, it was clearly fresh and beautifully presented. We only ate one meal besides breakfast here, but were impressed. We stopped at a couple other villas around Sideman, and there were plenty with pleasant dining areas with personal takes on Indo classic dishes. I hope I don't have a hand in making Sideman blow up, I think the best part of this village is its sleepy charm!
I'm really having trouble finding anything bad to say about Surya Shanti. I suppose it is a bit pricey for Bali standards, once you add on tax etc, but I felt we got a deluxe experience for our money. Make sure your taxi driver can get to Sideman -phone service was spotty due to their mountainous location, once in town everyone knows Surya Shanti and it is well marked with signs directing you well off the main road.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

This place was so different from all the other places we've stayed in Bali- it's amazing how many different landscapes this tiny island has. This is a truly rural part of Bali where you are surrounded by fields and see the villagers tending to their land. All sorts of vegetables, nuts and of course rice are grown on this fertile soil. This is probably one of the few places where you can see rice being planted on one field and being harvested on another. The hotel offers complementary rice field trek which is very informative.
The villas are lovely and very comfortable, and judging by the complementary foot massage we were offered the spa is very good. But the biggest asset of this hotel is the location- the views are great. There is a constant play of light and shadows on the landscape which you can watch for hours.
This place is still very untouristy, and that's it's huge appeal. There is a handful of hotels and guesthouses relatively close to each other- Surya Shanti is right in front of them and has probably the best views. There is one little eatery nearby and a shack offering trips to the volcano, white water rafting and snorkelling trips. Otherwise you can arrange trips from the hotel and they also have a nice restaurant (offering cookery courses).
It took us a while to book a room at this hotel as the internet connection seems to be very erratic, but we've managed in the end and it was well worth it. I would definitely love to go back and spend more time there one day.

Room Tip: I think the rooms on the first floor have better views (but they all seem lovely)
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

We were told it was a great place to stay. The welcome desk is cold and did not pay attention to the requests we've made previously. So, hopefully, the hotel was not full and we could - after negotiation - move from a room to another. Pay attention to the fact that there are lots of stairs in this hotel so if you travel with an eldest person, not the best place to be... Only the service at restaurant is kind of warmth. Finally, I recommend the SPA as the girls are very professionnals but here again... pay attention to the stairs. About our departure, they did a mistake on our invoice in their disadvantage so I told them in order to be clean. Result? No make goods...

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Graz, Austria
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Reviewed December 23, 2011

the surya shanti villas are wonderful designed and perfect integrated in the nature. the view from the upper level rooms is fantastic, the interior is simply stylish, all in white and brown colours, really beautiful. only the food in the restaurant is not really good! bad taste and too expensive. (prices are exclusive 21% tax + service charge). It's a pity because with a good restaurant the surya shanti would be perfect.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 27, 2011

We stayed at the Surya Shanti for 2 nights as part of our 10-day honeymoon in Bali. We went for top-notch accommodation in Seminyak and Ubud and we made the trip to Sidemen (which was out of our way), just to stay at this property. And we certainly did not regret it! We stayed in Agung 2, which had beautiful panoramic views and lovely communal outdoor space enjoying a wonderful breeze. Any of the Agung villas are beautiful but the top rooms have the most spectacular views. We also had a look at a couple of other rooms and could not fault them, although the Agung ones are more special. The staff were very friendly and gracious and even prepared us a honeymoon cake and petal bath. Gede - who works at reception - made our stay memorable. He is very charming and we wish him the very best :)

Couple of things to mention... There is a 3% credit card charge and there are no ATMs in walking distance so unless you have plenty of cash, be ready to incur the extra charge.

When we were there the villas were not full, so it was very tranquil and relaxing. However, the space around the 2 pools is rather limited so we think that if the place is full it will get rather cosy.

Lastly, the food that we tasted as part of the cooking class was delicious and very authentic, but the breakfast and a la carte dinner wasn't memorable. But the setting more than makes up for it.

This place is a hidden gem. Go before it gets too popular!

Room Tip: Top floor Agung villas enjoy breathtaking panoramic views.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed November 26, 2011

This is a beautifully located hotel. our personal experience was not good, unfortunately, as upon our arrival we were told that our Gunung view room booked on their website had already been taken. As lovers of East Bali the pivotal experience is to experience the fantastic view of the awe inspiring Gunung agung which we first experienced when staying at the Sacred Mountain Resort some years ago. This relatively new hotel seemed like a good choice.
The room we were allocated resulted in one of my worst hotel stays ever:
1. cupboards FULL of mould
2. Toxic moth balls used liberally which made breathing and detoxing from our city lives impossible- we slept with all the doors and windows open.
3. fortunately, we had a mosquito net, but the fan was hardly working so we lay drenched in sweat on poly cotton sheets
4. Off course a shower etc. was out of the question as the water supply to the room was not functioning....

You get the picture.

fortunately the owners were very gracious and apologetic and did not charge us for the night. We did however have to check out as there were no other rooms available

I am sure that our experience was not the norm; the food was delicious and the staff helpful

  • Stayed November 2011
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Bruges, Belgium
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Reviewed November 14, 2011

Absolutely brilliant. I have been to Bali 5 times already and this is (together with Villa Blubambu in Seminyak) the best place I have ever stayed. The location is so beautiful it took my breath away. The villa (Rama) was fantastic. The space, the bathroom but most of all the view! Lovely staff and great food. Thank you SO much. Can't wait to go back!!! Thanks Sylvie!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Surya Shanti Villa
Address: Br. Tebola | Karangasem, Sidemen 80846, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Sidemen
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Sidemen
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Hotel Class:4 star — Surya Shanti Villa 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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