Julie and I woke early Thursday after an incredible afternoon and evening at the beautiful, peaceful, and very private Villa Idanna in the Sideman Valley. Though it’s rough setting the alarm so early on honeymoon, we knew we couldn’t miss the chance to see the sunrise slowly bring light over Mt. Agung and the mystic rice terraces. After witnessing it for ourselves, we can definitely say that the tiredness we felt throughout the day was well worth the views and sounds we experienced. As a point of note, Sideman Valley is being considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape.
Once the sun was hanging higher in the sky, we headed back to our comfortable and warm mosquito-netted bed for a short nap before rising again for a self-guided trek through the neighboring farm land to the rice terraces and a local temples. It was a humbling experience to interact with and see how the locals routinely spend their mornings, both men and woman, tending to their crop. While walking in a rice field, Julie missed her step and ended up falling down a ravine and landing in the water-logged muck of the flooded rice paddy. You should have seen the field workers getting a good laugh!
Returning to the Villa, we enjoyed a hearty breakfast before relaxing poolside. It wasn’t hard to fall in love with the tranquility, peacefulness and romance this property and area had to offer.
After a traditional Balinese lunch, we checked out of the Villa and made the two hour drive to the stunning Alila Ubud resort.