Desa Seni

Canggu, Denpasar & South Bali, Indonesia
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Desa Seni

Canggu, Denpasar & South Bali, Indonesia

A restorative eco-retreat renowned for yoga and its antique wooden houses, set in a fantasy of wildflowers and organic gardens

A restorative eco-retreat renowned for yoga and its antique wooden houses, set in a fantasy of wildflowers and organic gardens

Eco chic at its very best, you'll fall for Desa Seni the moment you arrive. Everyone does. Hitting the perfect combination of luxurious and rustic, 10 heritage houses hide within peaceful green tropical gardens, with stepping stones leading between the lobby, saltwater pool, yoga pavilions and restaurant. Yoga is the resort’s beating heart, with daily classes led by international and local instructors, in a variety of styles. Whatever your level, you'll find one to suit and be swept away by the experience.

But even if you're not into yoga, this is an inspirational place to retreat from the daily grind. You're on the fringes of Canggu but may not even leave the hotel. Wander through the serene organic gardens, read a book in a thatched, cushioned bale, have holistic treatments in the spa and just let the days flow over you. The lovely restaurant is perfect for long, lazy meals; an inside-outside space featuring fresh, flavourful organic garden produce and farm-/sea-to-table cuisine. And thanks to Desa Seni's impressive eco stance, it feels good to be here in every way.


  • The gorgeous restored houses, with their teak furniture, colourful Indonesian fabrics and open-air bathrooms. Many have peaceful paddy-field views
  • Rates include as many yoga classes as you like; we love the sound of sunrise yoga and meditation
  • Great value
  • Flawless service from ever-smiling staff
  • Sociable, so a good place for solo travellers, families and friends, yet the vibe is peaceful


  • Some accommodation is rather dark; wooden locks and old double doors are charming but noisy at night; there's no in-room WiFi
  • You're in the tropics and bathrooms are open air; expect bugs
  • Canggu is a bit naff and touristy, but you're hidden from it here
  • Local beaches are a drive away and they aren't great for swimming. Brilliant surfing, though
  • The yoga classes are popular with a local expat community, which makes them quite busy
World Favourite Family Hideaway

    Best rooms for families

    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

    Parents should know...

    The pool is not fenced

Highchairs in the restaurant

Some equipment may need to be requested in advance

On request

Kids' menu with international choices

  • Swimming pool (including a toddler pool)
  • Children's yoga classes for 4+ year olds
  • Spa treatments

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 16 rooms
  • Restaurant and bar open daily
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • Beach Nearby
  • Babysitting
  • Creche / Kids Club
  • Car not necessary
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available


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.

Features include:

  • In-room treatments available
  • Minibar
  • Mosquito net
  • Safe box


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. Lunch and early dinner (the restaurant closes at 6 pm) include raw salads showcasing local ingredients like pomelo and bongkot flowers; sandwiches span wraps, tacos and flat breads. 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.

For evening meals, there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance for a change of scene; staff can advise.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee maker
  • Kids' meals
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian options


  • The main activity at Desa Seni involves downward dogs. There are 2 open, breezy yoga salas, both with a tangible feeling of peace and serenity. Our Sunday morning class had a great mix of guests and locals and a complete range of abilities. Choose between Astanga, Hatha, various flow classes, Kundalini, Vinyasa and more
  • Have a facial, flower bath or holistic massage in the breezy spa. Or try the Aura Chakra Therapy, during which a local healer combines Reiki with spiritual healing and chakra alignment
  • Various workshops include meditation and art
  • The surf breaks at local beaches are some of the most consistent in Bali. There are several places at Echo Beach that offer surf lessons/board hire
  • The hotel runs various day trips, including the Ubud Village Tour, the mountainous lakes of Bedugul, and temple tours (Gunung Kawi, holy Kintamani, ulu Watu and Tanah Lot)
  • Go horse riding at sunset, along the water’s edge on Berawa Beach
  • On Sundays there's an artisan market in Canggu - beautiful homecrafts and handmade jewellery

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Art classes
  • Birdwatching
  • Cooking classes
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Meditation
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Shopping / markets
  • Surfing
  • Well being
  • Yoga

Best Time to go

Close to the equator, Bali is warm, tropical and great to visit year-round. There’s a high season of warm dry days falling during July and August, and a rainy low season from the October until March. The shoulder seasons of April to June and September are good times to be there.

Our Top Tips

Hire a scooter so that you’re mobile between the hotel, the beach and the shops and cafes along the Jalan Batu Belig strip in Canggu. Tanah Lot is a 30-minute drive along the coast (the hotel can arrange scooter hire). Go early morning to beat the crowds or at sunset if you’re after those orange-sky photo ops
Kid Friendly:


Desa Seni is set in the village of Canggu, on Bali's southwest coast. It's a 15-minute journey from the international airport.

By Air:
Bali’s Denpasar Ngurah Rai airport (15km) is served by many international airlines - click on the links below for a list. You can also fly to Jakarta or Singapore and connect from there. The hotel can arrange transfers from the airport, and from Ubud if you’re coming from there, although it's easy to just jump in a taxi.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through

More on getting to Bali and getting around


  • Denpasar Ngurah Rai 15.0 km DPS


  • Beach 3.0 km
  • Shops 1.0 km
  • Restaurant 1.0 km

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