Cepik Villa is a hotel with swimming pool situated in Tabola in Sidemen’s region, famous for its sumptuous terraced rice fields.
The villas are nestled among lush vegetation with some visible rice fields in the distance, down below a path leading to other accommodations and warungs.
The structure is rather small with only 6 rooms. Prices start from around €40.0 during low season.
The rooms are located in small villas separated from each other while the suites are side by side in a single and bigger building.
The Sunrise Suite, in which we are staying, spreads over 65 m². It consists in a large room, with a lounge corner facing the lush vegetation, and a huge bathroom.
This suite is particularly luxurious. Beyond the room itself (equipped with a large king size four-posted bed, bedside cabinets with lamps, flat screen television, desk and armchairs), it is the lounge corner which seduces with its sofa and its huge bay window overlooking the lush surrounding nature.
This living room is the perfect place to spend some time with a good book, have a tea (a tray with a kettle, mineral water, tea and coffee is at your disposal) or enjoy an aperitif with a very cool beer thanks to the well-assorted mini-bar and its iced glasses (very pleasing for the connoisseurs!).
There is also a balcony with a table and two chairs right by the lounge corner, ideal to observe the sunrise and have your breakfast without having to leave the room.
The sumptuous bathroom is composed of a sink with a mirror, a large and elegant bathtub as well as a shower separated by a glazed door. It is then possible for two persons to get ready at the same time. Only the toilets are partly separated (by a wall, but with no door). There is also a wardrobe closet equipped with a safe. In addition to all the items available at a 4* hotel (quality towels, hair dryer, mineral water and shower gel), there is also a mosquito repellent lotion, rather useful after nightfall!
Breakfast need to be ordered on the previous day (composition, time). It is possible to have it in the room or in the garden.
During our stay, we had the choice between an American breakfast (two eggs with bread, cereals, a pancake or oat flakes), Balinese (pastries or chicken porridge) or Indonesian (fried rice or fried noodles). Each of these breakfasts comes with a hot drink (tea or coffee) and a fruit juice or a fruits plate. A “Healthy Yogi” breakfast is also available.
We both chose to have an American breakfast, with an omelette, a coffee, pancakes and a fruit salad for one of us and fried eggs, tea, toasts and mango juice for the other. Everything was very good and rather copious. The toasts were even served with butter and homemade papaya and watermelon jam.
However, we did not understand the reason for which it was necessary to order on the day prior (except for the Balinese breakfast which requires some preparation) since breakfast was not ready at the requested time.
The hotel offers a very large panel of activities, among which massages, yoga classes, rafting and a 3 hours long morning hike in the surrounding rice fields. Also, the Wi-Fi is very satisfying.
The staff at Cepik Villa is always smiling and pleasant, and represents the famous Balinese hospitality. They demonstrated reactivity to our solicitations during the whole duration of our stay, including when rainwater, during strong rain showers, ended up provoking small water damages inside our room.
What night did we spend?
We slept very well in this hotel: the bed is very comfortable (the mattress is huge and very thick!), the place is quiet and the curtains did not let the natural light through.
We spent an excellent time here during our stay. The room is absolutely clean, well equipped and the lounge corner is sumptuous. It is a real pleasure to stay in this Suite! Only one minor inconvenience: the insects also enjoyed the room. As everywhere in Sidemen region, you are surrounded by nature! Keep it in mind!
Area for improvement: the hotel’s restaurant, called Warung Cepik, is not really up to the facility’s standard. Our dinner was indeed rather average in comparison with the very good breakfast, although the menu was promising by offering dishes made with organic products.
Finally, we were not lucky: there was strong rain showers during a major part of the day (the water of the swimming pool was therefore slightly murky) and some lumberjacks were working next to the building during the other part of the day. We had therefore no real opportunity to enjoy the quietness and beauty of the region.