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.
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- Surya Shanti Villa Sidemen, Bali