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Divers and non-divers alike will find they have every opportunity to explore north-eastern Bali from this beautiful, peaceful resort. Stay in light and modern villas and bungalows, shaded by tropical plants, and spend a relaxing time in the pool or practising yoga, while the adrenalin junkies go diving, trekking or try their hand at the other adventure sports on offer.
The ancient name of the Buddha - Siddhartha - means ‘enlightened’ and this beautiful luxury resort sets out to enlighten its guests to the relaxed ways of the Balinese people. Constructed in 2009, it has maintained the highest standards of service in north-east Bali. In beautifully landscaped gardens, Siddhartha Resort provides the ideal setting to relax and unwind, offering not just the usual holiday activities and excursions but also the well-regards Six Elements spa and yoga centre. And with the Werner Lau dive centre right at the heart of the resort, divers are particularly well catered for with a stunning house reef and the famous sites of Tulamben and Amed just a short boat ride away.
Seven air-conditioned bungalows each offer a double bed and a spacious living area opening on to a large terrace with teak sunbeds. The décor is modern, light and cool, while the luxurious bathroom is made of natural stone with two showers: a rainfall shower and a waterfall shower. Both are partly open so you can enjoy a secluded shower beneath the stars, serenaded by the tropical birds and cicadas in the surrounding garden. Towels are provided, as are electric fans, a safe, minibar, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, a hair dryer and WLAN connection. Two of the bungalows are attached, making them ideal for families or small groups.
With a larger living area, double bed and additional day bed, these luxury bungalows, set in lush tropical gardens, are suitable for three people to enjoy a holiday in light, modern surroundings but with a traditional feel. The spacious terrace is equipped with teak sunbeds and towels and facilities include electric fans, a safe, minibar, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, a hair dryer and WLAN connection. The luxurious bathrooms are made of natural stone with two showers: a rainfall shower and a waterfall shower. The bathrooms are partly open so you can enjoy a secluded shower beneath a starry sky, listening to the birds and the cicadas.
Larger again than the deluxe, these five beautiful bungalows have been built in a traditional style but with a fresh and modern feel. Teak sunbeds and towels are both provided on the sun terrace. There’s a king size bed facing the ocean, so you can awaken to the sounds of the sea and the sight of the waves lapping the sand beach. The luxuriously spacious, semi-circular bathrooms are made of natural stone with two showers: a rainfall shower and a waterfall shower. The bathrooms are partly open so you can enjoy a private shower beneath the stars, listening to the birds and the cicadas. Facilities include air conditioner, electric fan, safe, TV/DVD and stereo set, minibar, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer, WLAN connection.
‘Pantal’ means the beach, while ‘Santal’ means rest and relaxation, and that’s exactly what you’ll find here. In this fantastic location and surroundings, these two villas represent casual luxury at its best, nestled in a private garden directly above the ocean with their own private pool. Each villa has its own gigantic terrace (150m²) and two separate double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Then there’s a spacious living area and kitchen, furnished throughout in a traditional Balinese style with a modern and comfortable twist. Facilities include air conditioning, electric fan, minibar, telephone, hot and cold water, tea and coffee making area, satellite TV, DVD and stereo and a room safe. For the ultimate luxury, breakfasts can be prepared in your villa on request.
Set in its own beautiful tropical garden, with private pool and a huge 150m2 private sun terrace with sunbeds and towels, this villa offers two separate bedrooms with king size beds and ensuite bathrooms. There is a spacious living area and kitchen, all furnished in traditional style but modern, clean and uncluttered. Facilities included are air conditioning, electric fan, minibar, telephone, hot and cold water, tea and coffee making area, satellite TV, DVD and stereo and a room safe. You only have to ask to have your breakfast prepared for you in your villa.
As well as a spectacular location, the Siddhartha Resort & Spa offers incredible facilities suitable for divers and non-divers alike. You can float and relax in the yin and yang swimming pool and contemplate views of the ocean, or try out the well-equipped fitness centre, play at darts, table football, table tennis or pool in the games room, watch TV in the lounge or borrow a book from the library. The boutique is packed with local crafts including jewellery, spices, aromatic soaps and pictures and there is a well-equipped function room. Both boutique and spa products are exclusive and totally natural combinations of flower essences and sea salt. Yoga classes are held in the oceanfront gazebo for up to ten people. At other times, the gazebo offers another shady spot to relax.
The beautiful surroundings of the resort’s restaurant combine with the meticulously prepared Indonesian and Asian delicacies and international specialities to offer a unique dining experience. Using only the finest local produce, the chefs can cater for special diets, and are happy to create your perfect dining experience if you are looking for a romantic meal for two or a relaxing meal with friends. The pool bar is especially popular as a meeting place in the evening for drinks and snacks, especially during happy hour. The resort holds Balinese cultural evenings when local dance schools perform traditional dances and tell stories of their lives or old Balinese tales before guests enjoy a sumptuous Balinese buffet. There are cookery classes, cultural tours and excursions to temples, hot springs, a monastery, the mountains and village markets. Or if you are looking for a more active vacation you, can go mountain climbing or biking, hiking, drive quad buggies, try white-water rafting or swinging through the treetop adventure park.
The Werner Lau dive centre in the grounds of the resort is just 50 metres from the shore, and was built by diver, for divers. It has everything you’d expect from a high-class facility and offers a comprehensive diving service with a modern boat, air-conditioned cars, dive shop and well-equipped workshop. State-of-the-art equipment is available to rent, including dive computers and an underwater camera. Nitrox is free of charge. Dive boats and cars to transport divers to dive sites are all equipped with oxygen, a first-aid kit and a mobile phone for guests’ safety. Almost all the top local dive sites can be reached from Siddhartha, some just a short drive or boat ride away.
There are plenty of PADI or SSI training courses for all levels from beginners to experienced divers, all of which are taught by experienced instructors. Dive trips themselves are limited to 10 guests and nearby sites include the popular wreck Boga, sunk in 2012, and the famous Liberty. The house reef stretches for more than 350 metres with six entry points, and you can see a plethora of life such as stingrays, scorpionfish, ghost pipefish and even turtles. Night dives on the reef are also not to be missed!
Respect for the environment is at the heart of the Siddharta experience and they practise responsible diving to ensure that the local reefs and habitats remain thriving and healthy for future generations. Yoga and treatments are all designed to tune both body mind into the natural elements so that you achieve the enlightenment of self-knowledge.