So you want to escape the commotion of Southern Bali and might have heard about the serene landscapes of Jatihluwih. If you haven’t, Jatiluwih is a UNESCO world heritage site where you can find endless rice paddies and come to grips with the “old Bali”. Among the exotic, lush greenery, up in the mountains, Pak Wawan Setiawan has turned his family home into an incredible bed & breakfast, hosting lucky visitors to a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience named D’Wan Tea Mountain Side Villa. Previous owner of the iconic Warung Tapas in Legian, Wawan moved to the hillsides of Jatiluwih with his wife to grow tea and consequentially was the first one to do so. While staying at D’Wan you are offered their three varieties of tea and are welcome to keep drinking them throughout your stay. Pair that with the spectacular views overlooking the mountains and you have yourself, what feels like, eternal bliss.
Our one-night escape turned into two, after a last-minute decision to leave at sunrise the next morning and wake up to the mountain view, one more time. With more time on our hands and a certain adventurous spirit, we walked down to the river below to bathe in the rock pools. After exploring the surrounding, un-touched terrain and chatting to locals, we found our way back and jumped into the infinity pool back at D’Wan. A home-cooked meal for only 100k per person followed and we enjoyed the rest of the evening at the Yoga Shala rooftop before ending a perfect day away from civilization.
The room rates vary from USD $89 – $125 on low season and $107 – $139 on high season. In-house cooking is recommended and there are a few restaurants a 10-minute drive away. We guarantee this place will be your cup of tea.