“A restorative eco-retreat renowned for yoga and its antique wooden houses, set in a fantasy of wildflowers and organic gardens”
Desa Seni’s antique houses are all repurposed, hailing from Sumatra, Java, Lombok and Bali. Each is utterly unique with its own history, and each is named after a Hindu God and styled differently.
We loved how tiny windows shed coloured light into the interiors and onto hand-carved beds. Open-air bathrooms with wooden sinks brought the tropical gardens inside, and made for a fun showering experience. Our huge front porch was ideal for quiet time, curling up with a book or writing a journal, and upstairs, the crow’s nest was a secret daytime retreat or evening aerie. At night the turndown service transforms your bed into a romantic, glowing space encased in a mozzie net.
Set back from the pool, the open-sided restaurant’s soundtrack is the call of tropical birds, and the light breeze whispering through the trees. The hotel's co-founder Thomas is the inspiration and chef behind the fusion food, which combine local favourites with a luxury twist. Everything tastes divinely fresh - much of it from the organic gardens - and presentation is immaculate.
Breakfast starts with just-squeezed tangerine juice and a generous platter of seasonal fruit. Eggs, French toast and pancakes all have a Balinese influence with tropical fruit, sugarcane syrup or local veggies. Nibbles throughout the day include polenta fries, fresh tuna bruchetta and ‘Ote Ote’ sweet potato pancakes. Raw salads showcase local ingredients like pomelo and bongkot flowers; sandwiches span wraps, tacos and flat breads. In the evening, delicious mains feature locally caught prawns, fish, chicken and veggies. We were seriously impressed by our grilled snapper with a mango sambal, polenta, baby fern and acar, and a Seafood Medley with coconut milk, lemongrass and lime leaf.
There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance for a change of scene; staff can advise.
Children are warmly welcomed at Desa Seni. They will love playing with Desa and Seni, the dogs, and there are kids' yoga classes and special spa treatments!
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The Village Homes have 2 double/twin bedrooms apiece (each with an ensuite shower bathroom) and plenty of inside and outdoor living space; they can fit 2 extra beds, too. The Suite Village Houses can also be configured for 4, but kids will need to sleep in extra beds in the living areas. Families of 3 should book a Deluxe Village House
Highchairs in the restaurant
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids' menu with international choices
The pool is not fenced