Samanvaya attracts a broad clientele from many nationalities compared to the more touristed areas of Bali. Everyone is greeted warmly and everyone we chatted to were very pleased with the resort. Many guests had seemed a little unsure about the isolation, so only booked 2 or 3 days in combination with a stay at one of the larger tourist areas, but regretted not booking for longer! Families with young kids seem to enjoy the peace and quiet as much as older couples. This small resort has excellent facilities for the number of guests - there is always a sun lounger and fresh towel by the pool for the taking. The pool area is terrific. Although Sidemen is quiet, there are plenty of things to do and see nearby, and the resort has a number of reasonably priced tours and activities you can arrange, as well as the expanding spa facilities.
We have stayed here before in the Champak villas, this time we booked one of the cheaper rooms. You will not be disappointed with any of the accommodation. All the villas are good, with a nice modern Balinese feel. We booked this trip before the new Padi accommodation was advertised and having seen it, we might try that next time. We have been to a lot of places in Bali and we are always looking for new accommodation and special deals – and tried two new hotels on this trip, but the standard tariff at Samanvaya is always very good value.
We were greeted like old friends by the staff and quickly felt at home! My wife arrived here feeling very ill with Bali belly. The staff were supportive and understanding – still keen to make our stay as comfortable as possible under the circumstances.
There is a lot of development going on in Sidemen – both at Samanvaya and at neighbouring properties during our stay. Whilst the ‘away from it all’ experience would be better without it, any noise is largely from hand tools, which can become strangely soothing. I expect much of the work we saw close to Samanvaya in June is now completed. There is good and bad with the development – more dining choices and levels of accommodation, but in time, there might be a danger that Sidemen might lose its charm - but it is still idyllic countryside and rice terraces everywhere.
Given the amount of development in Sidemen, we did have a look around for other options ‘for next time’, but Samanvaya still looks hard to beat and the best deal in town for us. The staff and owners seem keen to stay ahead of the game in all aspects of their work.
The menu is little changed from our previous visit. The Indonesian options were excellent on this visit (Gado-gado, nasi goring and a Balinese spiced chicken). Breakfast is more than adequate with good quality Bali coffee.
Great staff and a beautiful property. Good beds and the whole place is kept very clean. Great place to relax……. Love it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Samanvaya, a small and intimate boutique resort, nestles perfectly on the sweeping rice terraces of the Sidemen Valley on the tropical island of Bali.The word Samanvaya comes from the ancient Hindu language of Sanskrit and translated, means ‘Harmony’, a perfect interpretation of the resorts stunning location and ethos.Only one and a half hours from the international airport and half an hour from the coast, Sidemen represents the true Bali that most people still dream about, the Bali of years gone by. Here, a strong cultural identity and religious beliefs are retained and are reflected throughout the traditional Balinese communities of the Sidemen Valley.At Samanvaya, we would like to warmly welcome you as our guest and invite you to just relax and enjoy the comfort and tranquillity of our resort whilst embracing the natural beauty and simplicity of life in the Sidemen Valley. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Samanvaya Sidemen, Bali