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Villa Sing Ken Ken

Villa Sing Ken Ken is a luxury villa and Balinese guest house complex set amidst the rural beauty of Sidemen in east Bali.
With panoramic views of mountains and ancient rice terraces, Villa Sing Ken Ken is just one and a half hours from Bali’s international airport and the perfect place for the getaway holiday of a lifetime.

The property comprises a four bedroom traditional guest house and outdoor dining terrace together with separate private villa suites and infinity pool set in a tropical garden just below the guesthouse. Extending down the valley from the pool towards the river, are the villa’s own rice fields and organic gardens.

Our welcoming staff are all from the local area and take great pride in sharing the beauty of Sidemen with our guests. The villa showcases the local culture with regular performances of music and dance or you can visit one of the local attractions. Don’t miss the famous Endek weaving workshops, plan a sunrise trek to the top of nearby sacred Mount Agung, visit a village temple or early morning markets, take a walk in the rice fields with one of our guides or simply relax with a Balinese massage in our poolside spa.

Villa Sing Ken Ken offers two tier boutique accommodation; our superbly appointed rooms and suites, all with ensuite bathrooms, are reasonably priced and tariff includes home cooked breakfast and afternoon tea.

Service & Facilities.
All of the members of staff at Villa Sing Ken Ken have been drawn from the villages in the local area and are proud to be part of the Guesthouse team. They share our love of the unspoiled beauty of Sidemen and are mindful of preserving this unique environment.
Villa Sing Ken Ken invites you to relax and unwind as you enjoy a traditional Balinese massage. Balinese massage combines a number of techniques including acupressure, reflexology and aromatherapy using essential oils.
Learn how to cook some of Indonesian most famous recipes with our chef at Villa Sing Ken Ken’s Cooking School.
Airport transfers to and from Villa Sing Ken Ken are available on request. Please let us know when you make your reservation if you require a transfer. The cost is $40 US each way.
Guided local walking tours can be arranged through Villa Sing Ken Ken or we can book a driver to take you further afield.
Villa Sing Ken Ken has ample parking for cars, vans and motor scooters. Guests arriving with their own means of transport or with a drive.
The restaurant offers an extensive a la carte menu with Indonesian and western meal options and uses fresh produce and fruit from our garden.

Rooms:
Each room in our boutique guesthouse, Villa Sing Ken Ken, has a unique character. The rooms have been designed to capture the colour and magic of their surroundings overlooking a panorama of ancient rice fields and the steep, wooded mountains which encircle the beautiful Sidemen Valley.

The Rice View Room has sweeping views across the green on green rice terraces. Rice is farmed in the traditional manner on all the neighbouring properties and the rice fields have been reinstated on our property, on the land below the villa just above the Tukad Unda River.

The Mountain View Room looks out towards the mountains to the south and west of the valley. Yellow, the colour of the rice just before it is harvested, is the theme for the room and the furniture features yellow distressed paint finishes on the queen size bed, beside tables, desk and chair. Double doors open onto the verandah furnished with traditional Balinese timber sofas. The adjacent ensuite offers timber shelves and hanging space.

The Valley View Room overlooks the Sidemen Valley to the south, down to the coast and at night, the lights of distant Sanur. Cream, the colour of the rice drying after the harvest, is the theme here and the twin beds, bedside tables, desk and chair all feature distressed paint finishes in creamy tones.

Villa Sing Ken Ken’s Private Villa Suites are located on the lower level of the property, a few steps from the breathtaking infinity pool. The villa suites feature two spacious suites opening onto a shady verandah plus an adjacent family room. The two suites, the Bale Suite and the Water Garden Suite, include a bedroom with king size bed and traditional mosquito netting and a luxurious en suite bathroom, each with a bath as well as an open air shower. In both suites the bedroom opens by way of decorative folding doors, to a generous living area furnished with a sofa and coffee table, desk and television credenza. If desired, the entire area can be opened up to create one huge room.

Villa’s Sing Ken ken’s Private Villa Suites are located adjacent to the magnificent wet-edge pool on the lower level of the property. The villa features two spacious bedroom/living room suites, the Bale Suite and the Water Garden Suite, each with a large ensuite bathroom. There is also a separate family room accessible from the Bale Suite. The villa opens to a shaded veranda which in turns steps down to the garden and pool. Completely private and self-contained, each suite features a queen size bed and there is an additional queen size bed in the family room. The rental rate includes all accommodation, a la carte breakfast & afternoon tea daily. Lunch dinner and snacks can also be ordered a la carte from the Villa’s restaurant and served either in your suite, poolside or in the nearby dining area overlooking the rice terraces.

All rooms features ensuite bathrooms with a modern, tiled finish and contemporary amenities, free wifi, television and DVD player, ceiling fan and air conditioning, crisp white bedlinen and sheer block-out curtains for privacy.

Restaurant:
The dining terrace at Villa Sing Ken Ken is located a few steps from the guesthouse on a purpose-built outdoor dining terrace, surrounded by the tropical gardens. The accommodation package includes breakfast. The restaurant offers an extensive a la carte menu with Indonesian and western meal options and uses fresh produce and fruit from our garden.
The Sunset Bar is located on the villa terrace overlooking the river and rice fields and is open each evening from 6-8pm. Enjoy a cocktail or mocktail as you watch the sun go down behind the mountains.

Location:
Villa Sing Ken Ken is a luxury villa and Balinese guest house complex set amidst the rural beauty of Sidemen in east Bali. With panoramic views of mountains and ancient rice terraces, Villa Sing Ken Ken is just one and a half hours from Bali’s international airport and the perfect place for the getaway holiday of a lifetime.


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Check-in time

14:00

Check-out time

12:00

Facilities

  • Air Condition
  • Baggage storage
  • Garden
  • In room: Free toiletries
  • In room: Hairdryer
  • In room: Minibar
  • In room: Safety Deposit Box
  • In room: TV
  • Outdoor pool
  • Parking area
  • Restaurant
  • Sun chairs
  • Tour desk
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Amed & Tulamben

Amed & Tulamben

Amed:

The place commonly referred to as Amed isn’t a single town but a string of quaint beachside fishing villages stretching about 15 kilometres along the dry and rugged northeastern coast of Bali. It’s a world away from the busy tourist centres in South Bali such as Kuta.
Located near the eastern tip of Bali, Amed is roughly 100 km from the airport. It is also accessible to many temples, shrines, treks and is a gateway to the Gili Islands and Lombok.
Amed is set more or less due north of Candi Dasa and east of Tulamben and so makes a convenient stopping point for those travelling around the island. Most people visit Amed to relax by the beach, snorkel and dive and the area doesn’t disappoint in this regard. The best snorkelling is to be had in Jemeluk, Selang and Banyuning while diving can be arranged through the many dive shops in town.

The climate in Amed is much hotter and drier than other parts of Bali, particularly compared to Ubud and other inland, elevated centres and you’ll find that accommodation without air-con or the ability to catch the sea breeze to be stifling. As a result of this climatic difference, crops grown around the area are those that require much less water than rice: corn, peanuts and cassava.

Amed has some good snorkelling within metres of the shore. A reef follows the majority of the coastline and is quite close in. Due to the limited number of visitors to the area and a growing conservation awareness among the locals, the sea life is healthy and abundant. There is a small wooden wreck in only 1.5 m of water off Lipah Beach, however this is not the World War II “Japanese Wreck”. David Pickels’ book on diving in Bali described this dive site for the first time in 1999 as the Lipah Bay Wreck, and he later admitted his mistake. The Japanese shipwreck is not located in Lipah Bay, but a few kilometres further east along the coast, in the village of Banyuning and is great for diving and snorkelling with abundant coral and fish life – this dive site is locally known among the dive operators as the “Japanese Wreck” and is clearly signposted with ample car parking and snorkel equipment rental on location.

There is some fine diving in Jemeluk Bay both from the beach and from boats in deeper water. After a gentle slope out from shore, the wall here drops off dramatically to depths of 40 m plus. The coral is healthy and fish life abundant. There are some good drift dives further east at Selang and Bunutan but these are generally only suited to more experienced divers.

 

Tulamben:

Tulamben is a small fishing village, 30 km north of Amed, about 20-30 min by road. As well as local dives off the various Amed beaches a notable attraction is diving the wreck of the USAT Liberty at Tulamben. Some divers base themselves at Tulamben itself where all of the hotels have either in-house dive operations or are associated with one of them.

The Liberty is a US Army transport ship torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1942. The wreck lies about 30 m offshore and is covered in soft corals. A huge range of reef fish have made this their home with occasional visits by pelagics. Some of the wreck can be seen by snorkellers. There are other dives in the Tulamben area and keen divers will have no problem entertaining themselves for a few days in this area. A night dive on the wreck is strongly recommended, with bumphead parrotfish looking for a place to sleep and chances of seeing the Spanish dancer. One word of warning – The Liberty is a very popular dive and unless you are actually staying at Amed or Tulamben and get there early in the day, it can be very crowded indeed.

Besides the wide-angle dive sites, e.g. USAT Liberty Wreck and Coral Garden,there are numerous Marco dive sites, e.g. Seraya Secrets, Melasti, Segara, Big Tree, Kubu Reef, and Sidharta. The above sites are all for shore entry. If you want to do a boat dive, there are various destinations you can choose from, e.g. Alamanda, Batu Kelebit, Emerald, Sidem, and Bulakan.

 


 

 

 

Attractions

AttractionsAmed is famous for its beaches, lined with traditional outrigger fishing boats. There is quite coarse black volcanic sand at Amed village beach. As you move further east (and away from Mount Agung), the beaches have softer sand and become more of a mid grey-brown in colour. The prettiest bays are probably those at Jemeluk and Lipah but the whole stretch of coastline is very attractive.

Most people come to Amed as a getaway, including expats from other parts of the island. It is a favourite honeymoon destination for tourists and is very popular with divers and snorkelers. Day trips to local places of interest such as the water palace at Tirta Gangga and Bali's most sacred temple, Besakih, can easily be arranged. Mount Agung with lots of trekking options just 30-40 minutes from Amed.

Tulamben is a small fishing village, 30 km north of Amed, about 20-30 min by road. As well as local dives off the various Amed beaches a notable attraction is diving the wreck of the USAT Liberty at Tulamben. Some divers base themselves at Tulamben itself where all of the hotels have either in-house dive operations or are associated with one of them.
Top Dive Spot: The Liberty is a US Army transport ship torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1942. The wreck lies about 30 m offshore and is covered in soft corals.

Things to do:

Things to do:Amed has some good snorkelling areas within metres of the shore. A reef follows the majority of the coastline and is quite close in. Due to the limited number of visitors to the area and a growing conservation awareness among the locals, the sea life is healthy and abundant. There is a small wooden wreck in only 1.5 m of water off Lipah Beach (Amed). And off caus a colourful marine life you can see just by snorkeling.
See our "Amed Snorkeling Tour" !
Traditional outrigger boats are available for fishing charters from the main beaches in the Amed area. This normally involves early morning trolling for mackerel, barracuda and tuna.


Diving: There is some fine diving in Jemeluk Bay both from the beach and from boats in deeper water. After a gentle slope out from shore, the wall here drops off dramatically to depths of 40 m plus. The coral is healthy and fish life abundant. There are some good drift dives further east at Selang and Bunutan but these are generally only suited to more experienced divers.

Have a traditional massage on the beach. Women from the local villages are always on hand for an invigorating massage, especially at Lipah Beach.

Enjoy nature and go with the wind on a traditional sailing boat for diving, fishing, exploration, dolphin watching, snorkelling or just swimming and relaxing.

Restaurants

The Amed coast remains very clan based, with most locals living off their own land and bartering for their food. Most warungs (restaurants) in Amed cater only for tourists. It is virtually impossible to find any food that is not adapted to western palate (read: bland). In some restaurants you can ask and they will be happy to make it a little more authentic.

Warung Bobo II, Jl Jemeluk (200 m from Kembali Beach Bungalows). Fresh fish and local cuisine. Located at the edge of the waves, popular at sunset.

Warung Mama I, Amed (on the main road about 500 m along from Amed village). Run by a very friendly local family who are happy to look after your kids while you eat. Good local food - especially the fish which is brought in fresh from the sea each morning.


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