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.
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Bungalow-style rooms are dotted over the terraced gardens and around the pool, and four older rooms are housed in a larger double-storey block.
The clean tiled rooms feel open and cool — rooms in the older block are a little larger, and ones closest to the pool feel a tad more stylish (room nine is good). Decor is a tad sparse, but simple and modern, with nice touches like fresh flowers on the beds. Solid wood furniture includes beds with mosquito net (more decorative than functional), bedside tables (with lamps), and some rooms add a small desk or dressing table. Electric mozzie repellers will keep the bugs away if you can’t close the net.
A couple of rooms have ceiling fans, but most only offer a pedestal fan. Bathrooms are a mix of open air or regular closed style, and all are clean, however some are a little stained. Hot water sometimes needs attention, it runs on gas and doesn’t seem to be checked by staff until someone complains, but when it works, it’s fine. Furnished verandas offer a delightful spot to admire the gardens and verdant panorama, and when it’s not covered by cloud, Gunung Agung.
Halfway down the gardens, the marvellous kidney-shaped infinity pool overhangs the terraces. An adjoining circular wading pool provides a spot for kids, but beware the larger pool is very deep and drops several metres over the edge. You can easily while a way a day by the pool or resting on the shaded sun-loungers plugged into the free WiFi.
An on-site restaurant and spa will nourish you inside and out. Breakfast is included, but you’ll have to decide what you want the night before. Staff are charming and friendly, although service can be slow, but who’s in a hurry anyway? For the price there are better value rooms in the village, but the pool is a winner.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: 500,000 rupiah, high season 500,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: 750,000 rupiah, high season 750,000 rupiah. Notes:
Banjar Tabola, Sidemen
T: (0366) 530 5577
(0813) 3974 3224
F: (0363) 41 672
Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp