I’ve been in Bali for over a month and I have already visited many places, but Desa Seni is definitely one of my favorites.
It is an ecological, organic, original and authentic complex of villas based on the Indonesian culture and tradition.
Desa Seni is build with recycled materials and sustainable products from local sources.
Likewise, they promote environmental conservation and they support the community and the local economy.
You will find beautiful wooden old-styled house surrounded by greenery; each house has its own history and each has been imported from one of the islands of Indonesia.
They offer 6 different houses. Each has at least one bedroom, a bathroom, a terrace and a living room . The price ranges from 150$ to 385$ per night.
I stayed at Rumah Wisnu, one of the Deluxe Village Houses, which has a very large bedroom with king bed and a living room with sofa and desk.
Before even entering the room I found it unique and special. The lock is unlike any other I’ve ever seen so far. To open, you have to enter a large wooden key, press up and remove the bar that locks the door.
Once inside, I was transported to a rustic, romantic, cultural and charming place.
I read the story of my house; it’s an old house from before 1800 that originated from Java and the name comes from the Balineses Hindu God Wisnu (also known as Vishun in other places of the world), the god of preservation.
Each element has its own meaning and its own history. In each house you will find a notebook with a detailed explanation.
Isn’t it amazing?
For example, this musical instrument (gender), located on my terrace, comes from the famous Indonesian orchestra, known as gamelan.
On the bed I found a couple of sarongs (the traditional Balinese scarves used as a skirt). I think it’s a very nice touch that the resort gives away these traditional garments. It’s kind of a way to encourage you to immerse yourself in the Indonesian culture. I love it!
The bathroom is spacious with rain shower and organic soaps.
On the outside there is a porch with a sofa and a lovely garden.
They take care of all the details. Every time when I was coming back to my room, everything was clean and tidy again!
Stroll through the gardens is a pleasure, every step you find something beautiful to observe.
At the center of the village you’ll find the pool, a perfect place to relax, cool off and drink a coconut!
They offer a multitude of treatments. Take a look if you are interested.
I tried the Aura Chakra Therapy and the Desa Seni Signature Massage.
I have only beautiful words of gratitude to the professionals who treated me. Informing me about everything, offering me the option that would fit me better and with sensational results.
Three dogs lives in the resort; Sally, Desa and Seni; they are adorable and very quiet. They never came to my house but for what I was told, if you’re not very fond of dogs and they come to your house, you can clap your hands twice and say “out” and they will leave.
In addition you will find some frogs jumping through the garden and several geckos hanging around the room. Do not panic! They do nothing else than singing. Apart it’s said that the presence of these lizards means the absence of evil spirits and also they eat mosquitoes, so they will protect you from their bites!
They have two yoga salas. The first is aimed at offering regular classes and the other used for different workshops.
What I like most is that it is not a place where only the guests practice yoga, it is also a yoga center for people living nearby. Every day many people come to join the classes.
There are 6 different teachers and they offer a variety of classes and schedule to fit everyone.
Restaurant service is open daily from 6:15am to 9pm, and there is no additional cost for room service.
80% of vegetables they offer come from their own organic garden.
I tried several options and I was happy with all of them.
Although in the menu it’s not written what dishes are suitable for allergy sufferers, the waiters know perfectly what is appropriate in each case.
Initiatives to community service
Besides the hospitality and the services offered to guests, Desa Seni promote the union of cultures, religions and people.
Some of its current efforts are:
- Pancamaya yoga in Bahasa Indonesian and Balinese Dance: they offer classes for Indonesian, donation based. The money collected is used for different charities
- Making Dreams Come True: a program to help children of Bali.
- Keep Bali clean: in Bali there is little awareness about pollution, so they try to educate and promote this problem, joining companies like Eco Bali.
- Collaborations with orphanages
Honestly, it’s an ideal place to relax, practice yoga, take care of yourself and connect with the inner peace.
I just have words of gratitude for all Desa Seni team. I’ve had such a great time there.
Love everything they are about and how they take care of the guests!
Love and gratitude