Ru­ral Es­cape and Recharge

Take time out to re­con­nect with na­ture at Wapa di Ume Side­man, a bou­tique re­sort that pro­vides com­fort and re­lax­ation in Bali’s stun­ning heart­land.

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With life's rapid pace and in­ces­sant noise these days, me-time and re­lax­ation away from ur­ban life have be­come ever more valu­able. With this in mind, Wapa di Ume has re­cently opened a new fives­tar bou­tique re­sort in Side­man, east Bali, re­tain­ing its be­lief in be­ing one with na­ture.

Nes­tled into the rugged coun­try­side, en­tirely sur­rounded by farm­land, rice ter­races and wood­land and edged by a tum­bling river, this beau­ti­ful, ru­ral prop­erty of­fers many sur­prises. For one, de­spite the peace­ful, green vista of na­ture at its finest, the lack of ve­hi­cle noise and the scarcity of houses in eye­sight, you aren't as re­mote as you would think. The vil­lage of Side­man, although tiny, is eas­ily reached from Sa­nur and Ubud, and is a mere 30 min­utes from the busy Klungkung mar­ket.

Peo­ple visit­ing Wapa di Ume Side­man are spoiled for choice. Re­lax in your room – they all have a pri­vate ter­race or bal­cony to soak up the am­bi­ence, lounge by the main pool that seem­ingly hov­ers amid the rain­for­est, take Ba­li­nese cook­ing lessons, try out the rich tra­di­tional na­ture of the treat­ments at the spa, do some yoga, trek the rice fields and hills, take a guided walk through Side­man or visit the lo­cal weavers. You are also in easy reach of many of Bali's trea­sures, such as the fas­ci­nat­ing Kertagosa palace of jus­tice, serene Be­sakih tem­ple, div­ing in Amed and Tu­lam­ben and white-wa­ter raft­ing in Te­laga Waja.

The re­sort of­fers three room types, six Lanai Rooms, some of which in­ter­con­nect mak­ing them ideal for fam­i­lies with chil­dren, 10 Di Ume Suites and five Pool Vil­las. Which­ever you choose, you will find a light and airy space with white­washed tim­ber fur­ni­ture, com­fort­able beds with mos­quito net­ting, rus­tic floor tiling, a spa­cious bath­room with sunken bath and shower, a mini bar, cof­fee and tea-mak­ing fa­cil­i­ties, air-con­di­tion­ing and large win­dows to make the most of the scenery. The larger rooms have day beds, as well as ta­bles and chairs on the ter­races, while the Pool Vil­las of­fer ad­di­tional pri­vacy and boast idyl­lic pri­vate pools to laze by. Wi-fi is avail­able through­out the re­sort, mak­ing keep­ing in touch easy.

The re­sort's restau­rant, Sleep­ing Ga­jah kitchen and bar, of­fers a wide range of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional foods through­out the day, in­clud­ing ex­cel­lent break­fasts, healthy juices, cock­tails and wines. Lo­cal in­gre­di­ents are used wher­ever pos­si­ble and the lo­cal dishes are def­i­nitely worth try­ing for their rich, com­plex flavours.

Wapa di Ume Side­man up­holds the brand's long tra­di­tion of at­ten­tive ser­vice and is a great op­tion for any­one want­ing to ex­plore the na­ture, culture and arts of ru­ral Bali, ei­ther on foot, on a bi­cy­cle or by car with a tour guide. It's also a good choice to just es­cape, stay in the re­sort, put your feet up and be pam­pered.

Wapa di Ume Side­man

Ban­jar Di­nas Te­bola, Te­laga Tawang, Side­men, Kabu­paten Karangasem

Bali 80864, In­done­sia

T: (+62) 361973178 E: reser­va­tion@wa­pa­di­umeside­ wa­pa­di­umeside­

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