In our year of full time travel I’ve written about many destinations, attractions and experiences but I’ve not recounted any of the accommodations that we have stayed in. The Sahaja Sawah is an exception and very worthy of a dedicated blog post as it quietly stole a place in our hearts.
The real Bali
Sahaja Sawah Resort is a very special place nestled between the villages of rural Bali in the Tabanan province. The resort promise guests ‘the real Bali’ in their online marketing and they’re not wrong.
Surrounded by rice fields (its name translates to rice field view) Sahaja Sawah is approximately 1 hour west of busy and popular Canggu and it couldn’t be more different to the mecca of tourism spots that make up south Bali. If you want to experience the real Bali, the Sahaja Sawah Resort certainly does not disappoint.
The resort buildings are built in the black concrete style of most traditional Balinese structures and are surrounded by rich vegetation. Our villa backed onto fields of watermelon and honeydew melon which the local farmers offered to us when they harvested the fields.
Home from home
Our villa in front of the pool is accessed by wide stone steps flanked by stone statues, Balinese umbrellas and beautiful flowers on either side. Once inside the beauty of outside is reflected within, with traditional Balinese decorations and paintings adorning the surfaces and walls.
The resort facilities on the resort include games, books, magazines, toys, baby area, restaurant, local guides, pool toys, bean bags, a small shop, scooters, gardens, trampoline, look out tower, spa and gym. There are also 6 further villas that have their own private pools and outdoor shower areas.
No ordinary resort
The Sahaja Sawah Resort is no ordinary resort but a part of the community employing staff from the local villages and giving back to the local community in the form of a school, animal rescue centre, water filter donations, an ambulance and road improvements. Wide projects also include aid for victims of natural disaster relief.
At Sahaja Sawah guests are invited to also be a part of the local community. Balinese culture, tradition and religion is embraced and celebrated on the resort and the staff are eager to share this with the guests through celebrations, blessings and guides.
You can read about our turtle rescue adventure here, our waterfall adventure here and our water filter donation here.
The staff are a real credit to Sahaja Sawah, they cannot do enough for you, the villas and grounds are kept impeccably clean and tidy and the lovely spa masseuse has nothing short of magical fingers! Special mention however has to go to Putu, the guest relations manager.
Putu truly made our stay a wonderful experience from helping a very nervous first time scooter rider (me), to playing with the children, showing us how to make coconut oil in his home, taking us to see local delights and bringing us delicious local delicacies.
Peace and quiet
The quiet and intimate nature of the resorts also encourages life long friendships between young and old alike. The children were able to play safely and enjoy relative freedom with the other kids leaving the grown ups free to engage in whole sentences!
Whether you want to be working on your laptop from a sun lounger by the pool, an indulgent relaxation with spa and great food, or a cultural adventure. Or why not take a leaf out of our book and enjoy a combination of all three?
We’ll definitely be back, most likely on a yearly basis, we’ve found a true gem where we know we can both relax and enjoy and enriching experience at the same time.