Welcome to Darmada situated om the ridge of the river Unda in Sidemen Valley, Darmada was created to preserve nature and a holy spring. Darmada is an unique Bed and Breakfast offering 4 rooms only on a hectare of gorgeous, natural land, a spring fed swimming pool and an open air dinning space with spectacular views of the river and mountains.
The design of the rooms brings together, old Dutch and Balinese elements. Each room has either a king size or 2 single beds with mosquito nets. The bathroom is half open and has a hot water shower. All rooms have gorgeous handmade cement tiles.
Relax and enjoy the stunning views from both the front and the back terrace. Warung Melita, our dinning space is serving healthy local food and is also used 3 times a week as an after school teaching facility for the local children.
There are also many activities that can be enjoyed at Darmada such as:
Balinese dancing class
Spiritual talks with a local priest
Rice field walks with local guides
Palm leaf weaving class
Gardening in our organic garden.
Sidemen is an old village at the foot of the mount Agung and home to mainly farmers. Here in Sidemen the balinese people live a village way of life with their Centuries- old ceremonies and calendar schedule for “good days” . Nearby attractions in Sidemen;
Endek and Songket weaving homes
Traditional alcohol making : Arak and Tuak
Palm leave writing
Cement tile factory
Organic shrimp farm
Climbing Mount Agung
Klung Kung night market 20 min.
Go to the beach in Padang Bay 45 min.
We can organize custom tours for our guests.
Darmada is a proper functioning guesthouse, and as such is a little bit different from a typical Airbnb listing. But it really is the most incredible place. There are currently only 7 rooms, and the whole operation is carefully built so as to not disturb the surrounding nature and farmland. The valley is exquisite and peaceful - a great respite from the bustle of Ubud. Service is polite and helpful, but not overattentive. Wayan is ready to help with any requests and suggestions that you may have. The pool is awesome.
I could see how this may not be the ideal stay for everyone: it is out in farmland where you will deal with lots of bugs and spiders, a cacophany of frogs in the evening, and very little to do socially. But if you don't mind these things and are looking for somewhere peaceful and beautiful to escape to and explore, Wayan's guesthouse is ideal.
I thought that place was amazing, very very beautiful setting, everything is done with great taste.
The area is very quiet but the nature is fantastic, and it is possible to rent a moped at Darmada for very little money, and from there you can make it to the coast in about an hour or to some temples if you prefer.
I would definitely recommend this place for a true taste of Bali!
Our stay at Darmada was quite an experience, but not in a good way unfortunately.
First of all, the B&B is not easy to find, even for our driver
who had to ask local people to find it.
When we arrived, there was absolutely nobody there to welcome us. The "front desk" looks more like a stock room, full of boxes and stuff. So we had to look for staff at the restaurant. There, the first thing they asked us is if we booked with Airbnb: no hello, no welcome and no smile at all. They hardly spoke english.
Then, a guy took our luggage and disappeared with it, we had once again to go look for him.
The surroundings of the place itself are amazing, in the nature, near a river, it's beautiful. The room is very nice too.
Sadly, the swimming pool looks more like a frogs pond, it was dirty. The breakfast is ridiculously small and not tasty, we didn't even try to get food from there other than this only one breakfast. We could have coped with that for 2 nights, if only the people there was friendly and happy to welcome us, but nothing made us feel comfortable.
We tried to book a trip around the area for the next day, the prices from the different drivers in Sidemen were very expensive compared to the other areas in Bali, almost double the price of other drivers and no possible negociation.
Anyway, we felt stuck in this place, uncomfortable, and with not much to do really, specially with our ghosts hosts who didn't help us to organize anything. So we decided to stay only 1 night and asked to speak to the owner to try to arrange something.
When he arrived, he didn't introduce himself and didn't seem interested to know the reasons why we wanted to leave his place. He just told us that there's no way we could find an arrangement. Anyway, few other things happened but that would be too long to tell.
I just want to say that it's a shame, there are so many amazing places in Bali, with such nice people and a great service provided.
We've just wasted our time and money.
We have had a splendid time at Wayan B&B.. The garden And pool are very well designed. The apartments are simple but nicely decorated And clean. I loved the outdoor shower that was always strong and warm. They newly build honeymoon suite And family suite looked great. I would highly recommend staying with Wayan And his lovely Dutch wife. If you want to get away from all The tourist madness around Ubud and the beaches and Really experience The Rice fields, local Balinese people its villages And life as it used to be than this is The right choice. The nature is amazing and the place is tranquile. My Little children got sick- both The staff And later Wayan And his wife were very concerned And Made sure we had all we needed. A doctor (medic) was called upon immediately after we had requested.
Also Wayan can help arrange trips to temple, vulcano, Rice fields etc.
The specials on The menu are worthwhile ordening in advance. Breakfast is good- rest of menu is fine. I would recommend asking for a slightly more spicy variant if you fancy that. There are several other places where you can eat to in the village. A ten minute walk.
Wayan who as lived in The Netherlands And he speaks fluent Dutch which is nice And handy if you come from Holland. Do bring so 'drop' for his beautiful kids.
the Airport pick up was also very well arranged And they even had diner ready for Us although we arrived very late at night. I also appreciated The fact that Wayan and his wife Really try And improve life of the other people in The Village in various ways.
I recommend a stay at Darmada to everyone!! Can't say enough good things about it. It was EXACTLY the stay we were looking for! As Wayan put it, "you feel like you are IN the nature at Darmada.'" You fall asleep to the sounds of running stream in your backyard and insects. There is an abundance of nature to take your breath away. Much of the food you eat in the restaurant is grown in Darmada itself.
The rooms were outstanding, a beautiful integration with nature. The beds were very comfortable and a one-of-a-kind bathroom! Be careful of bringing any sweets in your room, ants will find them! Also recommend renting a motorbiking and just biking around the village. There isn't anything really to do, but the scenery is just breathtaking.
Wayan and his family are wonderful and beautiful people, they have a vision for the experience they want to create and for an improved life on Bali island. We talked to them for many hours and were inspired by their passion and creation. They were super accommodating and wonderful hosts! Definitely the dream stay in Bali we were looking for :o)