It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Bali has some hotels in the most beautiful locations but these can come at a pretty hefty price.
If you haven’t heard of Sidemen in Bali then you’re missing out. I was told that the famous rice paddies often seen in pictures are not the ‘real, wild’ rice paddies that you’ll find here. We stayed at the Villa Shantiasa which has only three bedrooms all available for separate hire at a fantastic price. Yoga, massages and rice paddy walks are all offered at a small price, I paid £6 for an hours massage which was the best I’ve ever had.
We also went on a rice paddy walk with a guide from the villa which, although slightly sweaty, was fantastic.
If you’re looking for somewhere with bustling nightlife and a ton of activities to keep you busy during the day, then Sidemen probably isn’t for you. In fact, there were only a handful of restaurants in the village and it would be a rare occasion when we spotted other travellers. I wouldn’t recommend staying more than a few nights here.
It’s an incredibly relaxing place and the surroundings are difficult to beat. Unlike a lot of Bali, Sidemen is still relatively unknown compared to other popular places such as Ubud. However, aside from massages and walks, you’d be hard pressed to find much else to do here. If, like me, you’re from somewhere rural and enjoy a few days spent doing nothing then Sidemen is ideal. Despite its fairly rural location, it is worth the trip to see Bali’s rice paddies in their natural beauty, untouched and undisturbed.