This was the highlight of our trip to Bali, and probably the most beautiful place I have ever stayed! We stayed in the family villa which just amazing. We were slightly concerned that our children ( aged 7 and 9 ) might not appreciate the this place as much as ourselves, but they also were captivated, and felt like princes and princessess in our wonderful accomodation. One slight word of warning; I ran a bath for the kids in out huge outdoor bath, and put my foot in it to check the temperature and it was boiling hot! Apparently this is quite common in Indonesia, and very hot water is a sign of good quiality accomodation, but I was almost scalded, so just a word of warning to take care.
In terms of getting here, it's slightly off the beaten track, which is part of the attraction, but we got a taxi from Pangdabai for 175K Rp, and an onward taxi to the airport for 300K; I'm not sure if this was a reasonable deal or not, but I thought I would include it as a guide.
Our ( complimentary) guided walk through the paddy fields was truely wonderful, as was our trip up to the local temple ( the name escapes me I'm afraid); mainly beacuse of the beauty of the area and the friendliness of the local people. Rasmini and the other staff are lovely and get just the right balance between being attentive but not over-intrusive. Nothing to do with the villas, but we felt there was not much to see in the town of Sidemen itself but the surrounding rice terraces and villages around here are spectacular.
You really are in the country, which might not suit everyone; the sounds of the jungle will either keep you awake or loll you to a blissful sleep, and we saw a variety of wildlife in the area including giant ghekos, banana spiders, praying mantis and even a snake.
The pool is just lovely, surrounded by beautiful scenery, and I wish I was still there now! Overall, I had the most wonderful time here, and would recommend it to anyone wanting something just a little bit different. I would give it 6 stars if i could!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Subak Tabola Villa is located at Sidemen village, east part of Bali. A simple hotel with ricefield and valley view. Consisting of 11 rooms, 1 swimming pool, 1 restaurant. It's a unforgettable site, you will be received as friends and will enjoy an authentic Balinese experience. Subak Tabola Villa is located at Sidemen village, east part of Bali. Simply designed in Balinese architecture surrounded by a marvelous view of ricefield , valley view and Mt. Agung It easy get by car, takes around a one and half hour drive from the airport. Open air restaurant in Balinese style , adjacent to the main swimming pool and offers ricefield and valley views. Lunch and Dinner selections are from the ala carte menu of international, Thai and local favorites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Subak Tabola Villa Sidemen, Bali