Can anyone tell me the best way to book this villa? Also is it fairly easy to find if we arrive on our own on a motorbike and we love the idea of visiting the school mentioned in the reviews and would like to know if there is anything we could bring as gifts
for the children from the uk?
We booked Cepik villa through Expedia. We wanted to upgrade our room after the booking and we dealt with the Villa directly for that . They speak very good English and we had no problem changing our reservation and even addressing dietary allergy concernns. Here is their contact info:
Banjar Tabola Sidemen Karangasem 80864
Tel. 62 361 499 441
bali @ cepikvilla. com
If you come by motorbike make sure to arrive before it get's dark. It was pitch black at night. We had a driver take us and he was able to find it using his GPS.
The best gift you can give to the children is a monetary donation. They will surely make it known that that is what they need. There are at least 20-25 kids so if you are going to bring some sort of gift then make sure to bring enough for all. Also, it's not a school exactly. Its an after-school program that focuses on cultural studies like traditional Balinese dance and music. The kids range in age also. It was a nice experience and seems like a postive environment for the kids.
We found this villa on many well known and popular websites.
Most of the accommodation found in Sidemen is off the main road in, which is a good road and you won't have any trouble finding it at all. If you do the locals will certainly point you in the right direction.
Regarding the school and bringing gifts I have come to realise that most things are cheaper in Bali like pens, pencils notebooks etc and if they feed the children at school they are always appreciative of rice, cooking oil etc so I either do a shop while I am in Bali or offer some money. Hope this is helpful.
Get an answer from Cepik Villa staff and past guests.