Nypei: March 7th

Nyepi is the Balinese “Day of Silence” that is commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year). Nyepi, a public holiday in Indonesia, is a day of silence, fasting and meditation for the Balinese. The day before is an afternoon/evening full of fun as the locals chase the evil spirits out of the island by parading large monsters through the street. This can be watched in Melasti, or, if you want the full experience and you have a motorbike, in Culik (20 minutes from Lipah). That night is the last opportunity to prepare for Nyepi day, as no lights, noise, or activity is allowed.

After being chased out of Bali, evil spirits will return and search the island for souls to corrupt. This is the reason people are not allowed to be seen or heard on Nyepi day. No lights, no music, no walking around the streets. The day is for meditation and contemplation, reflecting on who you are as a person and how you contribute in society. The evil spirits see there is noone left on the island, no souls to corrupt, so they fly away in search elsewhere.

There is no movement at all on Nypei except for those who have been blessed or have an emergency and are escorted by one of the blessed. The airport shuts for the entire day, no air traffic is allowed. No motorbikes or cars, no pedestrians, no internet, no radio, no television. To some tourists it sounds quite daunting, especially if it is not explained why this is occuring.

The rules are simple, you can not leave the resort, but are able to enjoy the facilities inside the walls, like the pool and the restaurant. Our restaurants will be closing early to allow our staff time for their own reflection and meditation, please check with the restaurant for exact closing times. We request that you please keep light use to a minimum and draw your curtains if you would like any lights on. If possible, please use only the reading lights or the mirror lights on this night. Please do not use the veranda light, play music, or be loud during this day. We appreciate your consideration for the Balinese people.

In Amed, we are incredibly lucky. We have unobstructed views of the sky, and with zero light pollution, you are able to see shooting stars and all of the night sky. This is a good night to play cards or catch up on downloaded shows (as there is an internet shutdown), or partake in some meditation and relfection as well.


Touring the east!

What is there to see on the east coast of Bali? Well, this side of Bali has so much to offer, and much of it is just being discovered by tourists.

We have Lempuyang temple, one of Bali’s most instagrammed temples as one of the gates looks over Gunung Agung. There is Besakih temple situated at the base of Gunung Agung, the “Mother Temple” and is one of the most prayed at temples in Bali.

We have 2 water palaces, one is a formal water palace, Ujung, with a beautiful landscaped garden, sweeping steps, and man made lake. The other is a more locally used palace with large Koi fish, more nature based landscape, and a fresh water pool open for swimming.

Within a couple of hours drive, we have waterfalls, some of which require a guide, and usually a short walk to get to it. Absolutely stunning all year around, the waterfalls are well worth the extra bit of effort to get to. I have listed the names of some of the closer ones.

    Yeh Mampeh
    Tukad Cepung

In the Amed region there is natural sea salt making, and you can visit the farms to see how it is made. These spots are beachside and gives you an idea of how much work goes into making salt, with the minor use of modern equipment.

The east coast is also very well known for its’ diving and snorkeling. With coral gardens just off the beach and hardly any current, this area is one of the best for learning to dive, getting a dive certificate, and snorkeling with children or hestitant swimmers. Gentle seas, hardly any waves, and underwater beauty within 2 meters of the shoreline, it doesn’t get much better than this. Check out our section on Eurodive for more diving information.

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Bali has many faces…

Whilst travelling around Bali, you can easily forget that it has many faces and a whole variety of things to do. From religious sites and ceremonies, to scuba diving and hiking, to shopping, and amazing food and drink options! Every area of Bali has something unique to offer you.

The far west of Bali is the least touched by western culture. You will meet more locals and see less western foods and tourist activities.

Heading north west of Bali is Pemuteran and Menjangan Island. These are wonderful scuba diving spots and very quiet in terms of tourist places.

Moving to the north of Bali is Lovina, a Dutch colonisation that is popular with retirees. Not to say there is nothing to do, it is a beautiful area with lovely sunsets and many sea based activities (like sunset cruise or fishing).

The north west, north, and heading into the north east you can find many waterfalls and hidden gems for exploration.

The east brings you to the Karangasem region, where Amed is. We have plenty of snorkeling, scuba diving, free diving, hiking, and relaxation. We also have some awesome temples and palaces.

To the center of Bali is Gunung Agung with Besakih (Mother Temple of Bali) at the base of the volcano. Ubud is a short trip away and is the cultural hub of Bali as it is where the Royal Family traditionally resides. This area is well known for their waterfalls, temples, traditional ceremonies and performances, terraced rice fields, and adventure activities.

The south of Bali is where all the tourists come to play. From Canggu, to Seminyak, Uluwatu, Nusa Dua, and up to Sanur, you will find your spot. Nusa Dua is where the 5 star resorts are, Sanur is quieter and a better spot for older people and people with young children. The beaches are calm and shallow, there is one main road, and it’s very safe. Sanur also has market shopping, upmarket shopping, small bars and a wide range of restaurants (in terms of price and flavours). Uluwatu is for the surfers, the biggest waves and breaks are to be found, but definitely not for beginners. There are many secret beach spots, many of which require climbing down some hidden stairway into an almost private beach paradise. Canggu is hipster heaven, everyone is a yoga instructor or a surfer or tattoo artist, you will find your fill of cafe racers/vintage bikes, hippy/surfie/indy clothes shopping, plus amazing dining and super cool bars and cafes. Kuta is full of Australian tourists looking for a cheap holiday and cheap chopping. It offers parties, parties, and more parties. Australias version of Ibiza (for the Europeans) or Cancun (For Americans). Lastly, Seminyak. Seminyak offers beach clubs, fine dining, galleries, upscale bars and restaurants, up market party spots, and awesome breakfast haunts. The shopping is decent and most people will find a part of it they like, but beware of traffic. It gets incredibly congested around the southern areas of Bali.

So there you go, a little break down of Bali! Keep an eye on our facebook and instagrams over the next few weeks for activities and sights available in some of these places as I holiday around Sanur, Uluwatu, Canggu, and Ubud for a week. ✌️


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What to do in an emergency!

With earthquakes and an active volcano a part of holidaying in Bali at the moment, it is always a good idea to have emergency plans in place for all outcomes. Below is our recommendations for what you should do in a couple of different emergency situations.


In the event of an earthquake, please calmly but quickly exit the building (if it is safe to do so), and meet in a central location away from buildings. At both Hidden Paradise Cottages and Coral View Villas this is at the pool area or at the beach.

Please be aware of roof tiles and wall tiles, as they can come loose and cause injury. Do not stop just outside of a building, you should always move more than 3m away from any building during an earthquake.

If you do not have time to leave a building, please take cover BESIDE a bed or solid piece of furniture. If there is a roof collapse and you are lying down/sitting next to a piece of furniture, it should create a relatively safe triangular space that you can hide in.

Please remember that most earthquakes do not happen individually. Usually aftershocks will occur within a half hour of the first earthquake, and then smaller ones for the next 24 hours. A member of staff is always monitoring the situation, especially at this time where they happen often, and will instruct you on the next steps to take.


If a large enough earthquake does occur, all of our hotel managers recieve an update from the government about a potential tsunami warning. This will trigger our emergency evacuation plan.

Step 1- Notification to all guests.

As tsunami warnings usually follow large earthquakes, we will be active and around the hotel notifying guests if there is a tsunami warning. If there is, step 2 will be actioned immediately.

Step 2- Gathering of essential items.

All guest will be asked to get essential items from their room. These items are to be limited to 1 bag per room that they carry themselves.

Passports, wallets, phones (if they are easily accessed), water bottles from room, towels or long sleeved shirts. These items are only to be taken if you can collect them quickly and efficiently. If it will take longer than 2 minutes to gather all items, please leave them in your room and proceed to the agreed meeting point in front of the hotel.

Step 3- Going to higher ground.

All guests will be asked to go to higher ground at this point. There are 3 paths that can be taken to reach higher ground, all within easy walking distance.

The first 2 paths to access is on the road. Lipah is a bay, so on either end of Lipah bay you do go up to a small hill as you enter/exit the bay.

The main path we will recommend using is one that goes directly up the hill. In the absolute center of Lipah bay, there is a path leading to the top of the hill. The easiest way to find this path is to exit your hotels and find the sign Warung Jonny. You can follow this path uphill until a member of staff tells you it is a safe space.

From Coral View, please exit the hotel, with the ocean behind you, turn right and another 50m is the Warung Jonny sign where you turn left and go up hill.

Fome Hidden Paradise, you exit the hotel, with the beach behind you, turn left and walk 50m. On the right side of the road you will find the Warung Jonny sign, follow that path up the hill until a staff member tells you it is a safe space.

Gunung Agung eruption

Should the volcano erupt, it should also come with earthquakes. Please follow the earthquake proceedures as well as the following instructions.

It is unlikely that we, in Lipah, will be effected by lava, flash floods, or gases emitted from Gunung Agung. But we are likely to be hit with ash. In the event of an eruption and you are outside, please take a a tshirt/scarf, wet it with water, and tie this around your nose and mouth. The use of sunglasses is recommended. For most part, we have been told to remain inside as much as possible while the air is full of ash. At this stage, if you have not already done so, we would request that you notify family that you are safe, and your embassy, so they can account for all of their citizens and arrange evactuation, should the need arise.

After that, we will wait for word from the Indonesia govenment, or your respective embassies on how to proceed.

Many apps are available (free and paid), to monitor the earthquake situation. You will recieve updates on earthquakes as they occur within the Indonesian region.

Thank you for your patience during these times, it will certainly be a holiday you will never forget! Feel free to contact us through our social media pages (via direct message) for more information or just to have a chat.