Desa Seni – Canggu Accommodations
While Desa Seni is worlds away from the multitude of sparkling, brand new and modern-designed villas just down the street, that’s also the point! Through their creative use of repurposed materials, guests can enjoy a look into Bali’s past and authentic, original architecture while being treated to the majority of the same amenities of any large, high-end resort or hotel.
- 15 Bedrooms & 13 Guest Houses – 1 and 2 Bedroom Options
- Large Shared Pool with Lounge Chairs, Tables & Towels
- Onsite Yoga Studio with Multiple Daily Classes & Use of Equipment
- Additional Studio Space Available for Private Events & Retreats
- Onsite Spa – Massages, Acpuncture, Aura Chakra Therapy, etc.
- Onsite Restaurant – Open Daily for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner; Beer & Wine
- Air Conditioning in All Rooms
- TV with Onsite DVD Rentals
- Complimentary Welcome Drink (Non-Alcoholic)
- Complimentary Morning Breakfast – Tea/Coffee, Fruit Plate, Juice & One A La Carte Item
- Complimentary Drinking Water, Tea/Coffee
- Fridge and Minibar
- Complimentary Sarong for Each Guest
- Complimentary Incense, Postcards & Matches
- Wifi in Rooms & Common Areas
- Private Porches with Seating
- Onsite Gift Shop with Clothing, Jewelry, Toiletries & More
Upon our arrival, we were quickly greeted and checked-in by the friendly team of front desk staff before being escorted on a basic tour of the property, including the two yoga studios and adjacent tea room, gift shop, centrally-located pool and cozy restaurant and spa. The landscaping is endearing and immaculate, and oh so romantic after the sun goes down.
After meandering down a path of wooden blocks through the huge property garden, we soon arrived at our private Village House, a charming wooden structure covered in vines and made entirely of repurposed and reclaimed materials from around Indonesia. Complete with a large bed, desk, separate seating area, private front porch with additional seating, drawers, TV and an expansive outdoor bathroom with a rain shower, we were shown our box of welcome goodies and other amenities, including flashlights to use at night, Balinese music to play in the room, incense, a complimentary tea & coffee station, drinking water and more. Every little detail to ensure a convenient stay has been carefully thought out, all with an eco-conscious, all-natural approach, even down to the bug spray.
The pool is scenic and inviting, and large enough to allow each guest the freedom to spread out, whether swimming around or lazing nearby in one of their comfy pool chairs. I particularly loved that the staff, who were consistently attentive and welcoming, came by to drop off cups of water for each and every guest, a nice gesture that’s often overlooked at other resorts in favor of up-selling bottled waters.
As an added bonus, 80% of Desa Seni’s vegetables are grown onsite and used in their wide variety of delicious menu items at the restaurant, with the remaining 20% purchased from organic farmers in Bedugul, Bali. After eating 5 meals in a row at their restaurant and forgetting to take a photo every single time because we were too excited to eat, I can safely say that the hard work has paid off. The menu includes an assortment of fresh fish, savory sandwiches, Indo favorites like mie goreng, as well as salads, pastas, vegetarian entrees and more, and the complimentary breakfast was the perfect way to start our day.
Desa Seni recognizes the increasing importance of being conscious as often as you can, and stands as a shining example of eco-friendly businesses in Bali by recycling garbage, using recycled rainwater for the garden, giving compost to local pig farmers and avoiding any type of plastic bottles or materials on the premises, including straws.
They also give back to the community through several community service projects, including the donation of a gamelan set to the local banjar’s music program for the kids, as well as allowing local residents access and use of the studio space on Sunday afternoons for dance practice. In addition, they even host a work-study program with a local orphanage, which allows kids to be paired with a Desa Seni employee to learn the necessary skills it takes to be a successful member of the staff, of which 2 former attendees have now become employees.
The Sunset Flow yoga class was wonderful (if not mosquito-ridden), and I especially loved the live guitar and singing performance as the end to our evening practice. Perfect! There are several classes offered daily, and everything you need is provided.
I was also lucky enough to experience a Desa Seni Signature Massage (90 minutes) and my first ever Aura Chakra Therapy (90 minutes), which were both extremely relaxing, unique and worthwhile. Putu and Nyoman were the best, and even offered guests complimentary tea after their treatment. I highly recommend a spa visit if you’ve come to relax, or are sore from all the yoga!
If you’ve come to Bali to kick back in total luxury before (and after) hitting the clubs, this might not be the place for you. But if you’ve come here to experience something a little different and are willing to sacrifice a stronger wifi connection for a more authentic, real life connection, you’re in the right place. Keep doing you, Desa Seni.
Visit Desa Seni for more information or direct bookings, or call directly at +62 361-844-6392.
We’d like to thank Peter Rimkus for his beautiful Bali photographs.