Wapa di Ume Sidemen 

A remote Balinese immersion

Blending beautifully into its surroundings, this hidden gem in East Bali is sympathetically modern.

On arrival, the hotel’s fabulous architecture will strike you first. It spills down the rice terraces, its design taking full advantage of the view over the lush Balinese countryside, especially from the dual-level infinity pool. You’re welcomed with birdsong melodies and a team of quietly attentive staff before making your way to your room or suite, where you’re greeted by river and rainforest views. There are just 21 rooms here, so as you might expect, there’s a hushed tranquillity throughout.

Why we love Wapa di Ume Sidemen

  • Join a complimentary tour of Sidemen for an introduction to the area and culture

  • Despite its quiet location, there’s plenty to do, from cooking and hiking to rafting and biking

  • There’s a delightfully relaxed pace of life here, where slow countryside explorations are balanced with yoga classes and hours spent beside the pool

  • You can feast on classic and authentic Indonesian dishes at the resort’s restaurant with an elevated view

5 stars
Apr - Sep
Bali
16¼ hours (not including stopover time)
In the village of Sideman, a lesser-visited mountainous region in East Bali
Approx 1½ hours’ transfer from Denpasar airport
Boutique, Spa, Villas

Rooms

Facilities

  • Restaurants & bars
  • Board
  • Spas & wellness
  • Children

For a resort this size, it’s understandable that there’s only one restaurant — the excellent Sleeping Gajah Kitchen & Lounge. Its wide-ranging menu helps to keep things interesting, plus there are ways to bring variety to your experience, whether you want to have a romantic dinner for two in a secluded spot or try a floating breakfast in the pool one morning.

Sleeping Gajah Kitchen & Lounge
An open-sided restaurant with uninterrupted views, serving a wide range of local and international dishes.

Bar 57
Find a seat at the bar and watch the mixologist blend a cocktail based on local Balinese spirits.

Floating Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast in the pool, served on a floating tray in the main pool or your private pool villa.

Romantic Dinner under the Stars
Dine on a two- or three-course menu on a deck strewn with petals and candles in a tranquil spot in the resort.

Balinese Cooking Class
Tour the Sidemen market at 7am to gather your ingredients, then join a class led by local chefs to create the local dishes, just in time for lunch.

The Balinese Cooking Class is a highly recommended experience, where you procure your own ingredients at the morning market before returning to the hotel to learn how to put it all together.

What's included

Breakfast at Sleeping Gajah Kitchen & Lounge

Upgrade options

Half Board • Breakfast and dinner at Sleeping Gajah Kitchen & Lounge
Full Board • Breakfast, dinner and lunch at Sleeping Gajah Kitchen & Lounge

The spa is open from 8am to 8pm. There are three spacious treatment rooms and a private salon overlook Sidemen’s archipelago. Complement your spa therapy with yoga in a special pavilion. It’s a lovely setting for a range of classes that are weighted towards beginner level. The resort offers short complimentary guided walks at 7am every morning, or two- and four-hour guided hikes for an additional charge. Free bike hire is also available so you can head off into the hills independently. For cardio back the resort, there’s a fitness centre looking out over the pool.

Families are welcome at Wapa di Ume Sidemen. Choose connecting Lanai Rooms, or a twin configuration of any of the room types. There are also sofa beds.

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