Pondok Uma Ayu Sidemen - August 10th 2015

Great Grandmother at Dewi Antara

Great Grandmother at Dewi Antara

Finally got a nice pic of Great Grandmother at Dewi Antara. We both have to say we can thoroughly recommend a stay here for anyone wishing to immerse themselves in Balinese family culture. It has been a very enjoyable experience and raises a lot of questions about the western lifestyle!

Our driver awaits and we are off to new adventures and discoveries! Life is good.

After an interesting 2 hour drive we arrived at Pondok Uma Ayu Sidemen.  Set in the Sidemen valley near the river this is a new place that has only been open a few months. The setting is superb, just three separate cottages of immense charm set amongst an old rice terrace farm. We were welcomed by the most delightful young man.

Dining pavilion

Dining pavilion

We sat in the dining pavilion over one of the ponds sipping a welcome watermelon and banana drink while he explained that he cooks dinner for us. He explained that we should order now so he could get the fresh ingredients for tonight. Ordered Ikan Bakar (Indonesian BBQ) with fish and one with chicken served with special Balinese sauce, vegetables and steamed rice. I don’t think we will be eating anywhere else on our seven days here! We are able to eat in the pavilion or on our terrace if we so choose. The same applies for breakfast that has four different menus.

Our cottage is typical Balinese style with high bamboo constructed roof open at the eaves. The breezes flow through the building through four windows that seem to disappear on opening. The bed is made from large bamboo and has a mozzy net over it. The outdoor bathroom is to die for with the shower completely outside enclosed by a courtyard. This is our kind of place as it reeks of peace and tranquillity after the frenetic Ubud. “The Booking Queen” has done it again! Seven days here will not be hard to take!