You’re nigh on guaranteed a spectacular view in Sidemen, and along with that, a decent room with a hot-water shower. Air-con and fans are rare, but generally not needed in this cooler area of Bali. However, although your accommodation might be called a ‘homestay’, don’t expect the prices to be at the lower end. of the spectrum. Around 300,000 rupiah for a double is the general starting point around Sidemen. You can bargain a little in low season, but we found better deals online than walk-in rates, even with a discount.
Most hotels and guesthouses are around the village of Tabola — as you enter, a large signpost directs you to just about every place in the area. Some hotels have sprung up on the banks of Sungai Unda, and across the river in Luah village. Out of the village area on Jalan Raya Sideman, the main road that runs from Klungklung in the south, you can find some cute flashpacker options as well.
The word Samanvaya translated from Sanskrit means harmony — and the owners have certainly achieved that here. The impressive bamboo and wooden bungalows clinging to Sidemen’s rice terraces at Samanvaya are practically a landmark. This midrange resort offers 11 bungalows, some made of wood and thatch and some bamboo in the style of lumbungs, or traditional rice barns. Most boast stunning... Read our full review of Samanvaya.
Somewhat sprawling Abian Ayu Villa harbours a range of comfortable mix and match rooms stepped around a stunning rice terrace. Standard deluxe and family rooms can be occupied separately, or would be great for a small group or large family, as they are clustered together in separate groupings around the swimming pool, some sharing a common terrace area. Open and airy spacious rooms entertain... Read our full review of Abian Ayu Villa.
Darmada is tucked away along the banks of Sungai Unda and a small tributary and offers two styles of super-cute and colourful rooms spread over a hectare of natural, mostly unlandscaped land. Brick and bamboo colonial-style bungalows (the standards) edge the small stream are are divided into two rooms, and down the path single family bungalows are oddly grouped a little too closely together,... Read our full review of Darmada.
Planning on staying a bit longer in Sideman and would like your own cooking facilities? Charming Kubu Tani Homestay offers fully-equipped kitchens, plus the three double-storey traditional houses entertain extensive unobstructed views over the ricefields to Gunung Agung. Each is individually styled, with a lovely leisurely ambiance. While the houses are old and a little rickety in places,... Read our full review of Kubu Tani Homestay.
Two and a half kilometres south of the centre of Sidemen, on a short signposted track off the main road, two tiny but charming rustic wooden bungalows occupy a hilltop overlooking the fields and valleys of greater Sidemen. Boy, are they appealing! We knocked, we called, we rattled windows, but no one was about to show us around. We peered in the windows, and the interior looked just as good as... Read our full review of Kubu Taru.
For the cutest little (read tiny) room in Sidemen with excellent views, one of the budget offerings at Sawah Indah outshines most others. Room nine is a little antique-carved wooden house, transported and refurbished to be part of the small resort, which also offers a range of other accommodation. Although this particular rooms falls into the midrange category, deals online can bring it down to... Read our full review of Sawah Indah Villa.
Some marvellous rooms are available in Sidemen, and top-range Surya Shanti Villa is up there with the best with the greatest range of facilities in the area. Along with two infinity swimming pools at either side of the hotel taking advantage of the splendid views in either direction (you could move with the sun), and a fabulous poolside bar near the larger pool, there’s a wonderful... Read our full review of Surya Shanti Villa.
If a pool is not top of your list of priorities, friendly Embang Home Stay offer four comfortable flashpacker bungalows atop the rice terraces providing wonderful views and as they do have a fish pond, perhaps you could dip in a toe? The simple tiled bungalow rooms are either made of exposed brick, rendered brick with bamboo clad interior or bamboo, with an assortment of thatch or tiled... Read our full review of Embang Home Stay.
Tepi Sungai have five cute bungalows with great river views. Perched on the banks of Sungai Unda, a mix of brick and tile and wooden bungalows are set in a lovely flowering garden edging a pool, and allow you to be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the running river. Wooden bungalows are stilted and sit above fish ponds, and both styles provide similar modest facilities. Wooden beds are... Read our full review of Tepi Sungai.
Teras Bali doesn’t look much when you pull into their narrow driveway, and enter the unexceptional reception area, but a short walk along a tropical-foliage-edged path reveals one of the best swimming pools in Sidemen with stupendous views from every angle. Bungalow-style rooms are dotted over the terraced gardens and around the pool, and four older rooms are housed in a larger double-storey... Read our full review of Teras Bali.