We came back to Villa Shantiasa and it is still a very beautiful and relaxing place. Only 4 rooms, So really very Quit. Enjoying the really great view on the Rice terraces, from the veranda. Having a relaxing massage in the beautiful garden. Well, a fantastic place with very friendly staff.
Once again we are back to Villa Shantiasa. When coming to Sidemen we wouldn't think os staying anywhere else. Once you walk through the gate you're in paradise. You are welcomed by the awesome staff that work hard at making sure you are looked after well. The property is beautifully situated overlooking the valley below, with a nice pool and restaurant area. The food in the restaurant is excellant. Their are only four rooms and each is very nicely designed with lots of room to stow away your stuff. A huge bathroom, with great shower, lots of hot water, the bed is very comfortable with lots of pillows and the rooms are spotless. Each room has a huge deck or balcony. I highly recommend Villa Shantiasa if you want to relax and enjoy the beautiful countryside.
Gorgeous views, wonderful staff, kind owner, spotless and beautifully arranged room, peaceful sleep (with the aid of earplugs, since I am not accustomed to the natural sounds of the tropics ;-)). As a female travelling alone, I felt very safe at Villa Shantiasa. They arranged for a driver to pick me up from Ubud, and he was friendly and very reliable. Upon arrival the staff greeted me warmly, helped me settle in, and they kindly arranged my last-minute request for a massage at the hotel. Breakfast was simple and pleasant, and the views from the restaurant area were stunning. What a way to start the day! I only spent one night in Sidemen and at Villa Shantiasa, but I would have happily spent many more if I had had the time.
My girlfriend and myself spent a lovely couple of nights here. The room and bathroom were very spacious, the bed huge and with a good-quality mosquito net. The balcony had an amazing view across the valley! The swimming pool was very refreshing and long enough to actually swim, I'd guess 10-12m. The restaurant had a reasonable selection of meals. The breakfast was nice and we had our first evening meal there and it was fine. The staff were really lovely and friendly. The village was a little walk away but still accessible. We used Sidemen as a base to explore the surrounding rice fields, Tirta Gangga, and Besakih Temple. The only negative was the WiFi, which was weak and temperamental.
I wanted Bali from at least 40 years ago, and Shantiasa was the closest I got. Since you're considering staying in Sidemen (or Sideman, the spelling seems inconsistent), I imagine you share the same goal of experiencing a more "unspoilt" and less touristed Bali. Shantiasa feels rural, and the vistas from the rooms, the open-air dining platform, and anywhere else I was on the property are drop-dead gorgeous (assuming you like rice fields and trees). Nonetheless, the place is a short walk to the large, thoroughly authentic public market. The whole place is just a single block of four hotel rooms (two above two) plus a tiny house with a kitchen. It was built, and is owned by, a Dutch national who plans to retire to Shantiasa with his wife; and their notion of what makes a lovely and comfortable hotel room was spot-on in the estimation of my wife and I. Super-clean, spacious, and handsome, with a very good moderately-firm bed, heavenly shower, and a way to read while in bed. The pool was lovely, my wife swam some laps. Tom, the owner, laid out for us a nice rural two-to-three hour walk that included a small village or two, lots of rice fields, a pedestrian suspension bridge, and more. Hanging out on our wonderfully quiet (except for nature sounds) front patio felt more "gentlemanly" and relaxed than in a typical tourist hotel, with various of Shantiasa's five young employees discreetly approaching us on our room's patio to ask, for example, what we would like for dinner and at what time, or if we were ready for afternoon tea service. I would say the breakfast and dinner were alright but not a reason to stay at Shantiasa (I like Indonesian food; maybe this was Europeanized), and I believe there are nearby alternatives Also, there is no air conditioning. There is a ceiling fan, and both of us were very comfortable at night. Daytime was fine for my wife but maybe a touch on the hot side for me. Unless you're *extremely* sensitive to heat, I wouldn't let the lack of air conditioning stop you from staying at this great place. How much did I like Shantiasa? Before arriving in Sidemen, I had made reservations for two nights at Shantiasa followed by two nights at Wapa di Ume, a five-star hotel to give our trip a luxurious ending. Wapa felt inauthentic to me and it's beauty more cluttered, and I wanted to return to Shantiasa so we could spend our last night in Bali there, even though we would lose the money we'd spent for the second night at Wapa . My wife, of course, vetoed the idea; we ended up having a great stay at Wapa, but I prefer Shantiasa, and I'll stay there again should I ever return to Bali. It is one of my all-time favorite hotels anywhere. (The photos: one from second-story patio, other with camera (using timer) on bed from inside our first-story room)…