One hour’s drive inland from Amed covering 60km finds me in Sideman known for stunning views of rice paddies. I have my photocopied hand-drawn map and will explore later on.
The broken bridge
The abandoned resort
Following the map to the rice fields walk, I came upon a huge swimming pool that was in a sorry state. Following the well-maintained footpath, I discovered buildings (presumably the guest accom) with just their shells, ponds and communal buildings all left to nature. I was told this had been a classy retreat spa/resort owned by an American who sold to a Balinese when not making enough money. The Balinese is wealthy but I’m not sure why he bought this place and left it.
Staying at Krishna Homestay which has an organic fruit garden from which they use the produce in the resto. There’s a shady platform to eat in which sits over a pond that has the nibbly pedicure fish.