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Rumah Tengah Sawah


Nestled on a Sulawesi mountainside overlooking rice terraces and tropical forest, this simple little hotel started life as a holiday home and still offers a warm family-style welcome. The facilities are understated but comfortable and well equipped. Interiors are decorated in a cheery local style with colourful textiles and natural materials. Apart from two bungalows that sit next door to each other, each building is very secluded. 

Enjoy beautiful views from the terrace with breakfast and pop into the nearby town, just ten minutes away through the countryside, for a delicious dinner. The surrounding countryside is ideal for trekking and mountain-biking, and you can learn to cook some of those fragrant local specialities with classes in a nearby village. The swimming pool is modelled after the rice terraces, its two tiers flanked by a multi-levelled terrace where you can sit and watch the landscape’s green ripples turn golden as the sun sets.


Amid the remote rice terraces of south Sulawesi, 2.5 hours from Makassar, this peaceful resort look out over seemingly endless miles of rolling green hills and misty horizons.

A little more detail

  • Picturesque rice terrace setting

  • Infinity pool

  • Breakfast terrace

  • Trekking & mountain biking

From a client…

The drive here from Makassar took just a couple of hours, but we felt a world away.

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Terrace at Rumah Tengah Sawah
Terrace at Rumah Tengah Sawah
Deluxe Bungalow at Rumah Tengah Sawah
Deluxe Bungalow at Rumah Tengah Sawah
Villa at sunset at Rumah Tengah Sawah
Villa at sunset at Rumah Tengah Sawah
Restaurant Villa at Rumah Tengah Sawah
Restaurant at Rumah Tengah Sawah
Lounge by the pool at Rumah Tengah Sawah
Lounge by the pool at Rumah Tengah Sawah

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Switch off for a while…

Sometimes simplicity is just what we crave, especially when we’re amid the kind of natural beauty that surrounds the Rumah Tengah Sawah. There’s comfort here, and well-placed facilities, but nothing to distract from the purity of the landscape. It makes switching off from the noise of modern life feel that little bit more effortless. 

Villa at Rumah Tengah Sawah

Local life

We’re always looking for travel experiences that get us closer to the daily lives and rhythms of local communities. Although homestays are by far the most immediate way to do this, staying in this kind of bijou hotel feels like a step towards that experience, but with a few more leisure facilities.

Bedroom at Rumah Tengah Sawah

What can you do there?

Relax at the hotel with views over the rice terraces, trek or mountain bike through the surrounding landscape, and take cookery classes in the local village. 

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