I am so very much in love with Maha Neka and Sidemen in general that words fail me. I can't even describe the beauty of this quiet little charming hillside village and the peace and serenity that it brings me.
This is REAL Bali, and Bali at its best. It is a peaceful little hamlet nestled amidst terraced ricefields in between verdant mountain peaks. There is one tiny road that you could happily walk on to explore the village and not worry at all about traffic, loud ugly motorbikes (think Canggu) or traffic jams. The whole village runs on LOCAL businesses (or at least they partner with the locals) which is great news because every little villa and restaurant is authentic, with genuine owners and genuine service and NO over-development (think Seminyak and Kuta) to block the immortal views that you can enjoy from EVERY direction. It is nature sounds from the minute you wake up and well into the night. The air is cool and fresh, and there is a gentle breeze blowing through which you can enjoy because there are no high-rise/massive/ugly developments to block it (thank God).
I found Maha Neka villa online, and I am so happy that I made the booking to stay there. There are only 2 pretty little villas in a charming little garden that overlooks rice fields and in the distant, Mount Agung. I was so surprised to see what I was getting - for the price that I was paying. There is a beautiful four poster bed, amazing bedding, a vanity and a wardrobe. The bathroom is spacious and clean and the whole space was built to maximize light and fresh air.
Maha Neka is owned by a Balinese family. The owner, (I call him Mangku) is so kind and so friendly. There is also a little restaurant on site. The food is so delicious and comes in large portions - it's really great value for the price! In the morning, we were served a large bowl of really fresh and sweet fruits, banana pancakes and delicious Bali coffee.
I really really recommend Maha Neka Villa for those looking for some quiet getaway time. You'll enjoy a stellar five-star experience but with great value for money!
When the time came for me to drive back to Denpasar, I was so sad that I shed a few tears. I really, really can't wait to visit again.