“Jemeluk is one of the cuter villages in the long string of fishing hamlets known as Amed in East Bali. Several restaurants face the sea and it has all the trademarks of a little tourist town. Divers and Yoga types are changing its character fast.” Walk into the little Apneista Free diving and Yoga shop and you walk into a version of Ubud by the sea. The entrance is marked by a sign –“Yoga and free diving” and behind is a very different version of Amed.

TEXT & photos by ayu sekar

“Jemeluk is one of the cuter villages in the long string of fishing hamlets known as Amed in East Bali. Several restaurants face the sea and it has all the trademarks of a little tourist town. Divers and Yoga types are changing its character fast.”

Walk into the little Apneista Free diving and Yoga shop and you walk into a version of Ubud by the sea. The entrance is marked by a sign –“Yoga and free diving” and behind is a very different version of Amed.
Bamboo roofs, white walls and beautiful old doors enclose a pleasing space that looks directly onto the beach. Seating is Thai style cushions and low tables on the matted floor. The food is fresh and organic.

It is relaxed and pleasant in a yoga kind of way. People from a dozen countries sit around talking of their dive adventures or set about gearing up for a dive. It is a real working space to enjoy while you eat your meal.

Open from breakfast until early dinner (closes around 8pm), the simple menu offers organic vegetarian fare with a Spanish accent. They bake their own bread and the eggs are fresh. Salads are delicious and healthy – the Thai salad was pretty good for a place outside the Kingdom and the Tortilla was as Spanish as you could expect so far from the source.
But the piece de resistance is the desserts. A chia and apple crumble pudding sounds worth a try but who can go past their hot chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream! It’s delicious.
When driving through the back parts of East Bali and you happen to pass through the beautiful rice growing area of Sidemen, look out for Darmada. Named after an adjacent holy spring this small resort is a great place to stop for lunch and if there is space, for an overnight stay.

Their food is Bali and Indonesian accented – with lots of great vegetable dishes, satays, and their chicken rendang is also worth a try. Western dishes are available for the traditionalists. Spaghetti and man sized sandwiches are popular options and their fresh salads are the best in the area.

With a quirky open and columned dining room that looks over the gurgling river, it is a great spot to spend time. With fresh breezes blowing gently from the surrounding countryside, it is perfect for few hours or even days.!

Apneista
Jemeluk, Amed
T: 081 338 301158

Darmada
Jl Luah, Banjar Tabola, Sidemen
T: 085 338 032 100

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