Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Ashtanga Yoga)
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Hatha Yoga)
Angela is completely devoted to her daily practice. Her role as a teacher is a natural extension of the commitment she has for it. She has lectured and taught in many parts of the world on yogic philosophy, Tantra, Ayurveda, and Kundalini. She also gratefully enjoys teaching Ashtanga, Hatha, meditation, and pranayama classes currently at Desa Seni. She is a Yoga Alliance internationally certified yoga instructor at both the RYT-500 and E-RYT 200 level.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Vinyasa Yoga)
Following a quite intuitive combination of Vinyasa flow, Iyengar, and Yin, he has found a practice both challenging and therapeutic, where the use of verbal imagery plays an important role in eliciting responses to the practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation. His motivation is to help others along the same path, which being similar or different, is certainly unique and unrepeatable. Antonio is a Yoga Alliance internationally certified yoga instructor at the E-RYT 200 level.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Ashtanga Yoga)
Over the years, Bernd has gathered tools in his own practice and in his teachings from Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin yoga, the yogic approach to therapy, as well as a thorough and continuing education in philosophies of all shapes and sizes. He works with the tools of asana, pranayama, meditation, and the Buddha’s Dharma study in order to plumb the depths of experience and to always give his students exactly what they needs, with a passion for helping to ease the suffering of others. He is also a Yoga Alliance internationally certified yoga instructor at the E-RYT 200 level.
Daphna brings to her Kundalini yoga sessions a deep respect for, and incorporation of, the body alignment of Hatha yoga traditions, while embracing with great passion and gratitude the sharing of the transformational path of higher consciousness of Kundalini yoga, believing and teaching that everyone has the wisdom, the light, and the love within to manifest their highest calling!
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Hatha Yoga)
Carlotta has been a dancer for 20 years then finally found her essence through yoga. She began her journey in India embracing all aspects of yoga and she deeply believes in the origins and the roots of the yoga tradition. She also believes that today a modern approach is needed and therefore she combines her knowledge in anatomy and alignment skills in her teaching method. Her classes have constantly evolved over the past five years because of her deep devotion to the practice, and she firmly believes that in addition to being a teacher, she will remain an eternal student.
International Yoga Federation (Vinyasa Yoga)
Yoga Alliance International (Vinyasa Yoga)
Pablo has been related to movement, body mechanics, alignment, and body-mind connection since a very early age. He is an international yoga teacher, a certified Rolfer, and a professional musician. As a therapist, he treats effectively people with chronic injuries and pain, scoliosis, sciatic pain, etc. His knowledge in functional anatomy, yoga therapy, rolfing, therapy, and massage make him very effective in his treatments. He is certified in different forms of massage, Thai yoga massage, Reiki, and myofascial release technique, and has basic chiropractics knowledge.
Faisal Hameed Ahmed Kuwait
The stay was beautiful, the staff were so friendly and nice, the food was amazing and the yoga classes were beyond expectation. We loved it.
I have just had the pleasure to spend 5 blissful days at the beautiful Desa Seni Resort in Canggu. What a relaxing and unforgettable experience. I am a regular yogini and I loved to attend many yoga, pranayama and meditation classes in a beautiful open air wooden hall surrounded by a magnificent garden. The atmosphere and silence were just perfect. A big thank you to their outstanding and knowledgeable acupuncturist 'ANDY' and yoga teachers (Angela). What a pleasure to join their treatments and yoga classes. I loved the relaxed atmosphere and everybody was very friendly. Healthy and tasty vegetarian local food was a much appreciated energy booster. For those who want to enjoy a massage or relax at the pool, the resort also offers these facilities. After only five days, I returned home to relaxed, energized and happy. A big thank you to Andy and all the staff! I hope to come back soon.
This place is beautiful surrounded by nature with an amazing staff really kind. Yoga classes are amazing and in the restaurant the food is good and some plates healthy. PS. You have to order the Pasta al pesto is amazing
Máté P Ubud
Desa Seni is still a beautiful and cozy place. Had a yoga class out of the many they offer but i was not thorougly satisifying. Diaz put on an interesting flow, he is lovely but it did not put into a mood or atmosphere. Could have been just a day. They offer many classes and workshops.
We visited Desa Seni for yoga previously and decided to splurge on staying there for this trip. It is an absolutely gorgeous resort and we had a great time, but we thought that given the price tag, a few details were missing.
We loved the surrounds, they are just stunning, and the pool is simply the best. The breakfasts are amazing and imaginative, utilising lots of their own produce, and the service is lovely. We really liked our little shared house, and appreciated the finishing touches and care that was taken with most aspects of the resort. And of course we loved being able to take their yoga classes daily. They also have free bicycle hire, which makes getting to some of the great nearby cafés much easier.
However, there were a few small things that could be easily fixed so that the experience of Desa Seni matches up to the price tag:
- The bed wasn't the best - quite firm and lots of bounce, so you can feel your sleeping buddy's movements. This would be fine at a cheap place, however not for such an expensive resort.
- Service can be patchy - really lovely that they provide drinking water to you when you are at the pool, but less pleasant when only some guests get water. Quite difficult to get a pool towel at times and I had to watch where they were retrieved from (not an obvious place) and go get them myself - why not have them visible so that guests can take them as needed? Our bath mat in our bathroom wasn't replaced one day, so we had no bath mat for a while. The hot water tap in our shower worked the opposite way to what was written on the tap, but we didn't find this out until we asked whether we could have hot water in our shower.
- The pool and surrounds are absolutely gorgeous, however it can be difficult to get a shady seat, as we were advised that although there are plenty of pool umbrellas, some of them are not working. Fixing the umbrellas would be an easy way to address this.
- The restaurant holds itself out as being able to cater for a range of dietary requirements (gluten free, vegan etc) which is awesome, however there is no separate menu for these dietary requirements, gluten free /vegan items are not consistently marked on the menu, and staff do not always know whether dishes meet dietary needs. It would help if every item on the menu, rather than only some, were labeled gluten free or vegan or available to be made gluten free etc.
It's a beautiful resort and well worth checking out, particularly if you have cash to splash and love yoga.
a traveler United Arab Emirate
Very authentic, cozy but expensive resort...would really recommend for yoga and spa lovers. Was attending everyday yoga classes, also tried private meditation class, aura chakra cleansing, Balinese cleansing ceremony with priest and massages. The only disadvantages I personally faced is that while doing yoga you can hear noice of passing cars or loud staff from the restaurant area.
a traveler Australia
I have taken a while to put this review in as it is probably one of the more difficult reviews that I have written. This hotel does tick alot of boxes but something just didnt work for me. Ok the bungalows are traditional bungalows with some beautiful pieces. Good touch they explain orgins and details of the works. Our bungalow was dark, I know this comes with traditional bungalows and so it is expected. Most of the light came from an open window only drama with that is when the window was opened we lost all privacy and the mossies then came in. When window closed room very dark and so we needed the light on (i & the hotel do make a effort to consider environmental issues so felt a bit torn here) The bungalows are very beautiful and a great experience if you have not ventured into the more traditional parts of Bali life. Only other thing about the bungalow is ours did not have a power point in the bathroom (sorry if I just couldnt find it) and there is no hairdryer, one might provided by reception by request by I didnt bother (not sure if no hairdryer due to environmental consideration) not a big problem but you might want to bring your own. Pool and gardens beautiful although if you have any difficulties walking on uneven paths you may want to get a bungalow closer to restaurant & pool. Gardens mainly of herbs and vegetables which are used in the restaurant great concept. Restaurant good service and quality and great if you dont feel like venturing out at night especially if you are a solo traveler. There are a few really fab restaurants nearby but probably better for lunch if you are solo. Also provide bicycles great for seeing nearby sights. Good variety of yoga classes. Staff good especially hard working gardeners. Only exception, I did find the reception staff bordering on rude. I cant really put my finger on it just didnt make me feel welcomed and felt like they where trying to get rid of me asap. ie. we had checkout but wanted to eat in restaurant and charge everything on credit card, this seemed to be a problem (not sure if the hotel has had a bad experience with guests doing "runners" and not paying) but we did feel like we where being watched. In the restaurant they kept getting phone calls if we were still there (a bonus of speaking indonesian when people dont know) and they kept on trying to get us to finalise the bill even though we probably would have stayed longer and enjoyed some desserts. We were then told that our taxi had arrived early and was ready to take us. But when we got to reception that was not the case, no taxi waiting just reception getting us to pay. Next issue was they insisted we had something from the mini bar when I said no they then continued to ask my friend. This continued , think the item was only a few dollars and we had spent a few days so in the big picture was nothing. We then waited (still no taxi) for the staff to locate and contact the other person who was sharing our living area and established that they had used the mini bar. No apology from staff re the accusations. I know these are all small things but for some reason I found it annoying. The hotel is not a cheap experience & maybe I just expected a bit more. As a frequent traveler I do get to visit many hotels & I will be giving the hotel another chance just in case, as I know things do happen, it could be an amazing hotel so will hopefully tick all boxes my next visit. If not I will not be returning.
We stayed in one of the suites here for two nights and had an enjoyable time. The service from check in to check out was quick and friendly. The room had two king beds with individual fully enclosed mosquito nets. The bathroom was large and clean.
The decor is very Balinese with lots of wood decorations and trimmings. Be prepared to enjoy all aspects of nature including mosquitoes, geckos and the resort dogs roaming around.
We went to a few of the yoga classes which was good and ate at the restaurant several times. The breakfast was good but the remaining meals were ok. We would recommend you make the effort to head around the corner to the savage food store/restaurant for lunch or dinner as the food and service there was good and well priced.
The salt water pool at the villa was lovely and warm. A lovely place to stay i you're after some r&r.
a traveler Alaska
I was there for 8 days, on a private retreat. On the last day I was sitting by the pool wondering what suggestions I might have for making anything during the week better. I couldn't think of a thing. The lodging, food, yoga, spa and staff were all top notch. If you go, give yourself a break and just savor your time there, save the tours, shopping and running around until later.
I went for yoga and it was awesome. The place is just amazing with beautiful gardens and really amazing staff. I wanted to try spa, but thought it is just too expensive. The food is delicious and really nicely served.
Sylvia K Netherlands
Great stay in this amazing place ,the yoga was the reason i booked this place And that was THE best ! And the food (80% of menu is from own garden) is so delicious ,clean And fresh ,its a real treat to your self to stay here!
We started off our two week trip of Bali in Canggu and stayed at Desa Seni for 3 nights. I could have stayed much longer!
I can't say one thing negative at all about this place. WE LOVED IT!!
Food - Amazing!! We ate breakfast here each day as well as lunch and dinner once each and all was amazing. The ingredients are so fresh and you can tell. I'm still dreaming about the breakfast smoothie bowl!! Best I have ever had.
Staff- Top Notch. All staff is so friendly and welcoming. They call you by your name and are so helpful with anything you may need. I was very very impressed with the level of all employees here at Desa Seni.
Grounds - Immaculate. The setting here at Desa Seni is beautiful! My husband does landscaping and was so impressed with how beautiful everything was. The pool is beautiful and a great place to relax after yoga. Its just beautiful here.
We couldn't be happier with our stay in Desa Seni. I could go on and on. We loved the spa and also the yoga. If you are in Canggu stay here!
a traveler South Africa
Their philosophy is in line with all they have to offer. Friendly welcoming staff, beautiful gardens, peaceful calm feel to everything. The restaurant was yummy and ingredients freshly picked out their garden. A must visit in Canggu.
Susannah L France
Beautiful spot that looks like it's been designed by fairies it's so beautiful! The sounds of the frogs at night is amazing. The yoga classes were second to none and staying there offers a route to get into clean eating and meditation if that's what you're looking for. Would highly recommend either for solo travelers or friends particularly. The location is also good for going out in Canggu if you have too much healthy living and need some nightlife and wine.
Have been to Desa Seni many many times while living and traveling in Bali. The yoga they offer is fantastic, especially with Angela. Grounds are gorgeous, serene and lush with a beautiful pool and homegrown veggies. Truly an oasis. The only thing that stops this review from being a 5 star one is the 90 min massage experience I had, which was average to subpar. Looked great from the outside, but the room itself had no ambience whatsoever and the massage itself felt rushed and although described as deep and tension releasing, felt more like a soft pat despite multiple requests for stronger pressure. Double or Triple the price of places nearby in Canggu, completely not worth it, have tried over 30 spas in Bali , and unfortunately this is not one to write home about .. felt ripped off. Besides that, it's a beautiful place and a great tropical paradise for anyone new to wellness or yoga.
Wonderful place and lovely people working there. I was there with a group for a yoga retreat I held and they where all delighted. Coming back with my kids in December to show them this beautiful place and then for a new retreat in September next year.
Helle Marie F Norway
I found Desa Seni three years ago and loved it so much! This time I came back- and I loved it even more!
Such lush and beautiful atmosphere, super nice houses and accommodation, delicious food, amazing yoga schedule and lovely spa/treatments. And the staff is just the best! So happy and grateful- thanks to everyone! Looking forward to next time <3
Amit J Bali, Indonesia
Beautiful grounds. Organic veggies, tropical flora as far as the eye can see. Rustic eco-chic, with comfy beds, day-beds, terraces, privacy. We had a wide array of yoga classes to choose from - and a full moon musical event to top off our stay. Lounge about near the saltwater pool. Order food while you're there - Desa Seni salad is tops. Get a spa treatment. Then, book another. Freshly chopped coconuts. Sweet dreams. If you're like us, you'll find it hard to leave...
Tania R Barcelona
Amazing yoga studio and resort.
The rooms are great and so are the yoga classes.
They offer wonderful food, very healthy and at reasonable prices.
You can pay single classes. It's good for beginners and for families
Audrey H France
I went two times at Desa Seni during 2 different trips.
I loved this place so much! You feel in an other world, full of peacefulness.
Best swimming pool to spend one day, relaxing, great food, and great yoga classes! I went to a community event for Full Moon, it was a Tea meditation, nice experience!
I also did one massage at the Spa: awesome.
I deeply recommend!
Alivia W W Singapore
We booked this resort due to the Yoga classes that they offer. Arrived at the resort and were a bit disappointed with the room. It just feels old and with majority wooden style, it did not feel clean. Blankets and carpets in the rooms need to be replaced for sure. Bathroom felt dirty too (although perhaps not). It simply does not look hygienic.
Yoga classes were good with experienced instructors, but instructors always talked too much during the lesson. For people who just wanted to focus to do Yoga, it was distracting.
The booking system they have for Yoga was quite odd and not efficient for guests. We came here due to the Yoga classes, yet no priority for in-house guests. It is for internal and external who those just show up at reception desk to book the class, 15-20 minutes prior to the class.
a traveler Australia
I didn't stay here but came for a yoga class and ended up doing the ear candling too. The yoga class was great, taught by a very experienced teacher, the place is beautiful and lush, the ear candling experience was very thorough and well priced.
Tony B United Kingdom
This is very nice resort which only has 15 separate, detached villas surrounding a swimming pool. There is a nice little restaurant on site plus a spa, a yoga 'house' and a shop. It's pricey to stay but you get absolute top notch facilities and service.
The only slight downside is that the resort is not close to anywhere, a walk is too dangerous (in terms of the heavy traffic of scooters going past) and the Canggu beach is full of rubbish and has strong currents. Having said that, taxis are extremely cheap and the nearby Seminyak beach is clean & nice
My friends and I took one yoga class here (vinyasa 2 with Bernd) and I am in love with the place! I instantly felt the connection. This is a legit yoga sanctuary with good teachers and an awesome yoga community! Ambience is fantastic! I would definitely go back to bali just to visit this place again.
Brad J Canada
My wife and I arrived at Desa Seni five days ago and came for the Tantra retreat (with Angela). We are checking out in a few hours and I wanted to provide a review while its all still fresh in my mind.
I’ll try to cover each aspect of our experience as it was too amazing to not provide details.
A first word to say that this place is very special. The village, the people, the amenities.. everything truly all comes together to provide the visitor with immense warmth, comfort and relaxation.
The Grounds: Immaculate. We are amazed at the detail of the space. Everything here has been taken into consideration. They are always upkeeping the grounds to make sure that it is neat and clean. The location is in Canggu area, not particularly close to anything notable, so we didn’t venture out of the village, but honestly, we were so occupied with what we were doing during our time here, that we didn’t even need to.
The Staff: Amazing. Everyone here wants you to enjoy every moment you’re here and it shows. Right down to introducing themselves and remembering your name for the duration of your stay, they truly make you feel right at home and are there for anything you should need. We spoke with many of the servers and hostesses during our stay and they were all so helpful, even for suggestions for places to go and things to see once moving on from the village.
The Service: Also amazing. Every day they come in to clean the room and arrange it for day time and night time. During the day they roll up the mosquito netting around the bed, open up the windows, and then at dusk they place it back down and close up.
They also offer laundry services should you need to have some clothes cleaned (for a charge)
We were really blown away however with the restaurant service. They are all so friendly and helpful, both in the restaurant and when ordering room service. We noticed on several occasions some of them delivering food to rooms during times of heavy rain, at night, with a helper holding an umbrella all the way to their destination. They have an amazing team, and have their service down to a science.
The Rooms: We stayed in the Rumah Widja and quite literally are still in shock by the beauty of this space. The aged furniture and local design touches really make you feel at home in the warm and inviting space, complete with bearskin rug. The bathroom of this room really took our breath away though.. we weren’t aware how the bathroom would be open and sunken from the main room. Two toilets, two sinks and an open air shower complete with foliage was something we will never forget, especially during heavy rainfall! We also really loved the huge front deck, where we ate many of our meals in peace and quiet, listening to the birds and frogs and crickets.
The only thing I would say I wasn’t as comfortable was the bed.. it was a bit hard to sleep on for the 5 nights, but I have definitely slept on worse.
Classes: We were fortunate to have many different classes/events featured in with the Tantra package. My wife and I each got 2 massages, 2 acupuncture sessions, a Chakra health service and a Traditional Chinese Tea ceremony, on top of the Tantra sessions each day with Angela. All of this kept us occupied for the duration of our time here, so much so that we often needed to take lunch and dinner at random intervals each day. And I didn’t even mention the round the clock yoga sessions you could attend all throughout the day, if the mood should strike.
Every session we attended however were amazing. The massages were excellent, the Tea Ceremony very educational and interesting as was the acupuncture (both with Andy). The yoga sessions were also great in that there was plenty of variety and acceptance of all skill levels.
Most importantly for us were the Tantra classes. Angela is amazing, and taught us SO MUCH during our few days. We were so inspired by our initial three classes that we opted for a fourth! Angela was very kind and really wanted to work with us and our needs.. My wife and I have a whole new set of tools to take back home with us. I’d recommend Angela to anyone looking at their first foray into Tantra.
The Food: My wife and I are big foodies.. we love all kinds of cuisine around the world, and had no idea what to expect at this retreat. Well, we were absolutely blown away. The food was one of the best parts of our time here and was completely unexpected. 80% of the ingredients they use for their food and drink preparation they grow and harvest right here on the grounds. The food, using this fresh and organic produce, is turned into fresh and creative cuisine, with plenty of options to have different combinations for a week straight, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
They have options for everyone, but the consistency, taste and effort placed into providing the healthiest and most delicious food possible is evident. If you come here, make sure to try the blueberry pancakes (Fantastic) as well as the Tempeh chips w/ sambals. The chicken pesto sandwich was also great for lunch by the pool or on your private porch, as are the drinks.. juices, coffees.. all of them are so so good. I couldn’t rate the food at this retreat any higher.. We are leaving feeling more healthy and refreshed than we ever expected, and give Desa Seni top marks here.
And after all that, I still haven’t even mentioned the pool, which is simply wonderful to dip in at any time of day, warm to the skin and placed perfectly in the center of the village.
For anyone coming to Bali, I highly highly recommend staying at Desa Seni for a portion of your time here. This place will always be something I look back to when I think of Bali.. the people, the food, the overall experience was magical. Do yourself a favor and stay here. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you.
I have been staying at Desa Seni since the beginning when it was just open, I absolutely love this resort it feels like a home away from home, the owner Tom and Howard knows how to make you feels welcome and the staff are so accommodating and always smiling and so kind.
Desa Seni is really one of a kind and I'm always so happy to go back and spend time... so much that I m just happy to relax by the pool; reading, swimming and watching the surrounding nature.
Food is so clean healthy and so yummy.
I practice yoga for many years and they have great teachers offering amazing yoga classes, if you stay please attend one of Angela classes; her yin, fly high and early meditation and breathing are my favorites.
The name Desa Seni means artist village, every house is an antique Indonesian house; every each of them is individually decorated in a beautiful and eclectic way. Everything has a story and if you take the time to read the information book in your room you will have a detail explaining of what surround you. one of my favorite touches when you spend time at the resort is in the evening when they prepare the house for the night they leave a poem on your bed with a flowers and the offering in the morning that you can place in the little temple on the veranda of your house, Bali after all is the islands of the many gods.
So yet again another amazing stay in paradise and I always leave wanting to go back again and again.
Michael S Australia
I've been to several yoga studios across Bali, and the teachers I came across at Desa Seni were the best I encountered (and that's with stiff competition from places like Yoga Barn and Morning Light). The classes were amazing, the villas stunning, the healthy food at the cafe terrific, and it is so pleasant to hang out by the pool, you could easily convince yourself to never leave the compound. The location is also stellar, it's an easy scooter ride to Canggu and Echo Beach to the west, and equally convenient to Petitenget and Seminyak. It helps to like dogs: there are a few on the properly, and one liked to sleep in one of the chairs of my shared living space. Which, for me, made it felt even more like a homey (but luxe) retreat.
a traveler New Zealand
Desa Seni is wonderful and holistically brings together a base of sustainability and eco values, special service and the wonderful things to do. Desa Sena is set in an organic wonderland of gardens and trees with antique Balinese and Javanese houses set in. The buildings nestle amongst palms, hedges, flowing water and bridges, day beds, flags, gazebos and rows of the very food you eat (they say 80% of the food you eat is grown on site). The rooms have wow factor and have special touches. The provenance of each room and literally everything in it are detailed in the room's guest book. It tells you of each panel of the building, all of the furniture, the decorative features. This is indicative of Desa Seni's secret. Nothing happens by accident and the well thought out running of the place is testimony to the owners and management team.
Desa Seni is a yoga school, wellness centre and spa and eco-resort. It also has strong link with the community and a lot of this is outlined in the quarterly magazine Kula. In hindsight, the values and karma of Desa Seni are quite fantastic. The Ccangu area is still semi countryside and Desa Seni is flanked by paddy fields on two sides.
The yoga standard is world class and is a teaching school for teachers from around the world to come and refresh. Usually five/six classes a day with Hatha, Astanga, Kundalini with flow versions and the always needed Yin. Classes range from wake-up and beginners through to fierce-ish. Each teacher has their own style and and levels of rigour. Also try the Meditation class (or 1-1s if you can). Often better than your yoga studio back home and you can do unlimited classes in the open air yoga pavilion. When you see this place you know why you're there. I had 1-1s with Jess who also specialises in anatomy. Use your one on ones to get your technique brushed or taken to the next level. Thanks Jess.
The spa and wellness centre has a great range of treatments. Andy the Chinese medic will perform acupuncture which I found as a standout.
Depending on the traveller, Desa Seni can become a cycle of yoga, spa and the pool. I threw in meditation on the porch of my Balinese thatched but. What an environment for this.
If you wish, for 2.5 USD you can jump a cab into Seminyak to hunt for cocktails and restaurant Try Mamasan, Saigon Street, Sardine or Tiger Palm.
The food is stellar and commensurate with the values of Desa Seni. Organic, fresh, vegetable based. Mainly fish and chicken. In seven days I only had one dish twice, the scrummy Fonseca eggs, for breakfast. Food can be served in the restaurant, pool-side, or in-room. No kids this time but I always take a look at the kids menu and that looked perfect for picky 8 year old! Throw in a fruit refresher, smoothie or a cold Bintang with lime. Water, always a worry for travellers is not a problem here. Unlimited drinking water available in-room or around the hotel is a feature so no worries there.
And on top of all this are the people. Naturally you have most touch with the yoga teachers, the restaurant and bar-side team, people on reception etc but every single person is wonderful and catches your eye for a greeting. So many of them know your name which is quite wonderful.
I first came here three years ago for a birthday spa and yoga treat. I always wanted to come back and my memories were exceeded. I'll try and come back as on often as I can for a re-centering, just relax and immerse in all the things that make Desa Seni great.
I couldn't have asked for a more peaceful, beautiful, friendly place that makes you feel like they are helping make the world a better place. I had 2 great yoga classes, an awesome spa treatment, hours at the pool, borrowed a bike to get to the beach, and had 4 pretty good meals here- I felt healthier just being there!
a traveler Australia
Desa Seni is my spiritual home. I have stayed there so many times, first on my own, then with a friend, on a romantic trip away and as part of a goddess retreat that I organized for my birthday.
It's a haven from the hustle and bustle of Bali life. The setting is rustic and magical. The accommodation is all separate style houses that are old artist community spaces given the luxury touch with style and charm. All the mod cons but it feels like you've stepped into a different era. The salt water pool is the focal point to the resort. The food is all organic and often self grown. Healthy but so tasty. The spa is tucked away and offer great massages and facials to help you really soak up the zen vibe. The yoga schedule in the open air studio is free to residents or you can pay to attend. It is so close to great shops and restaurants of canggu and seminyak, and a short walk to the beach ( be warned they don't really have footpaths) but when you enter the tranquility of desa Seni and they clear away your outside energy with a bang of the ancient gong, all your worries are washed away! A must stay venue! (Tyra banks was a fellow guest on one of my stays)
I first came to Desa Seni back in Dec 2015. From the moment I walked through the traditional vintage Balinese wooden doors, I felt as though I was taking a step deeper into my own soul. The calming energy gently takes hold of your mind, body & soul.
Walking around the grounds, that are impeccably kept with reminders that love is the key & full of beautiful local Balinese flowers and gardens (where in fact, they grow all their own produce)
Before coming here I had only ever tried yoga once or twice and to be honest it wasn't really my thing. But after a few different people telling me that I must try kundalini yoga I took it onboard and decided to jump in the deep end and see where it took me.
Kundalini yoga has since not only changed my life in many ways but allows me to not only be connected with my divine heart, but this great universe I so gratefully live in. It's deep breathing(breath of fire), rhythmic movement and chanting all appeal to me my heart.
The benefits of doing kundalini Yoga are so empowering and spiritually up-lifting. All the teachers I have had the grace of being a student of @ Desa Seni have been so incredibly knowledgeable and very humble. They "care" truly care about teaching and being a part of this amazing community.
I cannot recommend the kundalini yoga classes at Desa Seni enough for any one who is looking to go deeper & further their spiritual connection with them selfs.
In finishing I have had the great opportunity of traveling this amazing world and attend some incredible retreats and healing circles at various well known and international centers and communities , the thing about Desa Seni is it's like no other. It's like coming home time and time again. A place to "let go" and completely be you!
a traveler United States
Lovely and serene vibe for a relaxing day to enjoy yoga, hangout, eat quality food. You get to feel the magic Bali has to offer at an establishment such as this. Great for family and pleasant environment.
This is a tranquil and gorgeous setting, with wonderful wooden huts that make you feel as though you are in a home. The food was fresh, healthy and so good. The staff all knew our names and seemed to remember them daily. The staff are attentive, friendly, and happy. Suada, Gede, Yules, Widi, Yoga, Daisy and so many more. The yoga was wonderful: Hatha, Aerial, morning and sunset flow. All fantastic. This is our second time at this village and will not be our last.
I had four great days in Desa Seni. I had every day a yoga class or a meditation class and it was so wonderful to practice that every day because I've never tried it before.
if you want to relax and just getting to know yourself better you should go to this hotel. Try also the aura Chakra therapy, you will feel great after.
a traveler United States
I cannot say enough about the staff - their kindness, attentiveness and friendliness. The grounds are exquisitely maintained making one feel at once surrounded by nature and a part of it. It is a perfect environment for peaceful reflection and truly appreciating the moment and all the beauty in the natural world. The architectural accents reflect creativity and a focus on preserving the Balinese feel and spirit of the island. Practicing yoga in the outdoor center added a depth to the practice and promoted grounding. Excellent, fresh, flavorful food, every dietary presence was graciously accommodated and often anticipated once the staff knew you. The hotel team takes great pride in knowing each guest by name. My entire stay was exceptional!
a traveler Australia
How blissful to wake to the birds in the organic vege garden outside our door, wander up for a sunrise yoga class, a swim before amazingly delicious organic breakfast served to you wherever you like by caring and attentive staff, Suada and the others have service perfected. I'm going to miss this beautiful oasis but I'll be back!
a traveler Nicaragua
Desa Seni is paradise. I stayed there for four nights in February and I wish I had stayed longer. The staff are very welcoming and always used my name to greet me. The rooms are beautifully put together and I loved my big bathroom with an open shower. I spent a lot of time by the pool, in the wellness centre, doing yoga and eating at the restaurant. To be honest, it was difficult to leave Desa Seni while I was there. You have everything in the one spot and the yoga on offer is pretty incredible. Excellent teachers and a great variety of yoga styles. I can't recommend this piece of paradise enough.
Paulanow United States
I attended a Yoga teacher training for a month in December at Desa Seni, and was there daily, but staying at another place as the rooms were sadly booked up. The staff, food, grounds and facility are amazing! I was finally able to stay at Desa Seni two different times no less, after my teach training.
The pool is fantastic, I miss it everyday and dream of returning to it next winter. I fell in love with one of the resident dogs Desa. I enjoy the company of animals, they make me feel at home. I could wax on endlessly about the things I love about this place. The Spa with the very talented masseuse and healer Nyoman. The beautifully curated gift shop, where I purchased several gifts for friends and family. The gardens tended so lovingly by the staff who grow the delicious vegetables that are served in the restaurant.
There are great on going daily yoga classes and lots of great workshops to attend so you can check in and chill out and never leave if you don't want to. But if you do, you are near so many restaurant options and great little shops. The beach is a 10 minute walk away, but do be careful as Bali has limited sidewalks.
a traveler United States
The owners of this property have paid so much attention to detai, down to the stepping stones on the lawn being placed in such a way that you're forced to slow down to walk across them. the yoga and mediation classes are taught by excellent, thoughtful, unique teachers. the food actually feels nourishing - it's delicious, fresh from the garden on property, healthy and generously portioned. the accommodations have been sweetly designed and constructed to incorporate the Balinese culture - they even deliver you a basket every morning to make your daily offering to the Hindu Gods as the Balinese people do as part of their daily routine. It's a peaceful refuge in the center of what has become a very busy Bali. if you'd like to go deeper into Bali than a stay at an international hotel chain, you'll be happy here - and feel just as happy with the accommodations.
a traveler Canada
The over 400 reviews pretty much cover everything about this amazing place. It is indeed a serene oasis of greenery & calm. As such I've decided to concentrate on the outstanding support & service from the staff. Before departing from my 1 week yoga retreat at Desa Seni, I found out they employ over 80 people with 2 managers in charge. Saying they take super good care of their customer is an understatement. From the minute you arrive at the front desk you are treated like royalty. They seem to remember everyone's name which is amazing to me. The royal treatment applies to the people cleaning your room, the gardeners and kitchen staff. They are always extremely polite will do everything possible to help with anything and as a bonus never ever stop smiling. The people I had the most interaction were the guys in charge of the kitchen and restaurant. I would like to give extra kudos to our amazing waiter Suada. I've now been in Bali 2 out of 5 weeks and have come to fall in love with the Balinese people. I must say my new friend Suada is a cut above them all. He is one of the most gentle souls I've encountered while in Bali. Kudos also go to Andry Agustafian one of the kitchen staff. I found his enthusiasm and constant big huge smile absolutely infectious. I would recommend this retreat to anyone looking for the full yoga experience!
I came to Desa Seni for the yoga classes. Staying as a single traveler and booking on short notice, i received the Single Village House, just across from the pool, which is a traditional Balinese house with a small terrace and an en - suite bathroom. It reminded me a bit of small cottages i rented on Thai beaches. But what made a difference are the details. Desa Seni Staff are authentically friendly and professional. The little cottage provided air conditioning which was a relief sometimes. The details in and outside of the cottage made it more than that, i felt like at home after a while. The peacefulness and quietness at Desa Seni truly re freshens your senses. Join the complimentary yoga classes in their open shall - and you re set and centered.
a traveler Switzerland
I had 4 great days in Desa Seni. I had every day a yoga class or a meditation class and it was so wonderful to practice that every day because I've never tried it before.
if you want to relax and just getting to know yourself better you should go to this hotel. Try also the aura chakra therapy - you will feel great after :)
This is a tranquil and gorgeous setting, with wonderful wooden huts that make you feel as though you are in a home. The food was fresh, healthy and so good. The staff all knew our names and seemed to remember them daily. The staff are attentive, friendly and happy; Suada, Gede, Yules, Widi, Yoga, Daisy and so many more. The yoga was wonderful: hatha, aerial, morning and sunset flow....all fantastic.
This is our 2nd time at this village and will not be our last.
a traveler Maryland
Lovely and serene vibe for a relaxing day to enjoy yoga, hangout, eat quality food. You get to feel the magic Bali has to offer at an establishment such as this. Great for family and pleasant environment
Desa Seni has the sweetest people in all of Bali. They'll bring you flowers for your ear and coconuts with hearts carved in them for your bamboo straw. The food at the restaurant is delicious and the servers are all friendly, especially Sauda! The accomodations are unique, culturally historic, and have luxurious outdoor showers. The grounds are magnificent: you have never seen so many beautiful offerings, enchanting decor, and magnificent displays of colorful, fragrant flowers of all kinds. The vegetable gardens make the place paradise. The spa, the grounds, the pool, and yoga studios are the best in all of Bali. The people make Desa Seni a place you never want to leave and you always want to come back to. I really recommend Desa Seni over any beach village you may find in Bali. Check it out!
I recently stayed at Desa Seni for 7 nights on a private therapeutic yoga retreat. From the moment I was greeting at the front desk, to when I regretfully had to leave, I was treated with kindness and friendly smiles by all the staff. The 1:1 yoga and meditation sessions with Bernd opened my eyes to the infinite possibility of experience through both practices. He was a wonderful and gentle teacher. I walked away with not only an incredible experience in Bali, but with a program I have brought back to Sydney with me. The food was amazing and had such an extensive menu. The room was spacious and well looked after, I loved how every piece of furniture told a historic story. I would recommend Desa Seni to anyone and very much look forward to visiting again!
We felt pampered from beginning to end. Every detail is considered visually, spiritually, and decadently. Simple and rich, beautiful, down to earth and elegant. We stayed for one week and wished we could have stayed longer. The yoga classes were amazing, the staff attentive and the room comfortable. We loved walking through the gardens and hearing the birds chirping each morning. We recommend highly!
a traveler Australia
This is simple still one of the best if not the best for yoga in Bali. The holistic living approach, the gardens, healthy menu restaurants and the teachers of the yoga make this resort a stand out in Bali. If you are abel to ensure you book in for the yoga course retreats they hold!
a traveler Australia
My 7 night stay at Desa Seni on a private Kundalini retreat was magical and amazing and the best thing I have done in years. The staff are all extremely friendly, accommodating and helpful. Nothing was ever too much trouble. Being a solo female traveller, first time in Bali I was a bit apprehensive but I felt at ease straight away and extremely safe. The traditional Indonesian bungalow I stayed in was incredible. So spacious, a large bathroom, huge bed, a day bed inside and also on my private balcony. The air con worked beautifully and the huge mozzie net ensured I was protected when I slept. There were so many small but meaningful touches such as the lovely natural home made mozzie repellent (which did work!) and bath/shower products, fresh flowers, incense and other little lovely surprises which I won't list here so they are special for you too. The pool was awesome - salt water and large enough to do laps if you wanted, with a smaller and shallower one perfect for little kids. The pool lounges are huge, wooden day beds almost where you can lounge for hours under palm trees, umbrellas or in the sun if you like. And then there are the lovely 'bales' if you want a little more privacy tucked away around the gardens. It was like staying in a beautiful tropical jungle - at Desa Seni nature is loved and cared for and this is evident wherever you look. The spa is fantastic - I had 4 massages, a pedicure and an aura chakra therapy - all of which I would recommend to everyone. The massage therapists were all incredible. Extremely professional but also genuinely caring in the treatments they provided. The food was beautiful - organic and mostly from the Desa Seni gardens with a large choice and plenty of vegetarian options. The yoga was incredible. I was there to do a yoga retreat so I did as many classes as I could and they were all fantastic. I love how Desa Seni provide a number of classes each day of different types of yoga and meditation. It was great being able to experience the different styles and do as much as you wanted. All of the teachers are so skilled and passionate about what they do, encouraging you to integrate the mind, body and spirit in a beautiful flow of breath and movement. They are the best yoga classes I've ever done. A special mention to my Kundlini teacher Daphna who is a beautiful teacher and person. I would recommend Desa Seni to anyone. A true paradise on earth, perfect for a relaxing holiday especially if you like yoga or just need a place away from the hustle and bustle of life for a few days.
Mirella S Peru
No words could possibly express how impressed I was with my stay at Desa Seni! From the moment we walked in, to the moment of check out, everything was excellent! The staff was very courteous and always smiling, the location was superb, the rooms offering all the comforts of a 5 star resort, the food very delicious, but most of all, it was the overall atmosphere of serenity! We were there as a group from Turkey on a yoga retreat and I don't think we could have chosen a better place for the purpose. Desa Seni made all the difference. I took advantage of the spa and had a hot stone therapy massage, which was fantastic and my roommate had a facial, which she also loved. We loved our villa overlooking the pool, for which they use the sea water, by the way! Being a hotelier myself, I highly recommend this piece of paradise to anyone visiting Bali!
a traveler United Kingdom
This resort is heavenly! It feels like you've stepped into Wonderland. The gardens are lush with paths lit by colourful lanterns. The pool is gorgeous and the food is heavenly! Everything on menu is fresh, flavoursome and delicious. A lot of the food comes from the herb and veggie patches dotted around the resort.The yoga classes included with the stay were of a very high quality. I even tried a few classes that I wouldn't have gone for normally!Lastly, the staff make the place. They are friendly, fun and helpful. Thank you for an amazing stay, I will be back!
Sophie S Australia
I stayed at Desa Seni about three weeks ago on a Yoga Retreat. I loved it everything was just beautiful the grounds, pool, beautiful tasty food, friendly staff and great service.The accommodation is unique, mine was very small, but comfortable and clean, mine was I thought a bit too pricey compared to the other accommodation. The day Spa was amazing I had one of the best massages! I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for peaceful relaxation.
I spent one week in Desa Seni for a yoga retreat. Couldn't have asked for a better resort. Everything was perfect. I felt so comfortable and blissful at the resort that there was no need to leave the resort at all. It is such a green, peaceful and idyllic location away from the hustle and bustle of Seminyak. I was so relaxed that I slept so well each night. I had all my meals at the resort and the food was simply superb! The staffs were ever so helpful and friendly and are always there to make your stay even better.
a traveler Australia
I came to Desa Seni on a retreat and I was so sad to leave. A week is not long enough in this secluded, peaceful and stunning village resort. Our room was gorgeous, with an outside shower and an air-conditioned living room upstairs. The staffs are absolutely wonderful. Ayu was just fabulously helpful and always smiling and Christian was the perfect host. Everyone we encountered, from the restaurant staff to the front desk attendants and the grounds keepers were lovely.
We stayed for 3 nights and what an amazing place! We had 2 private sessions with Angela and she was amazing! The yoga classes and teachers were great. Such a beautiful and peaceful setting. It was like a little village with everything you could possible need! I love the free water stations in the room and by the pool so you could just fill up your drink bottle. The food was amazing! So healthy and delicious, we didnt want to eat anywhere else!Only issues we had were that the staff at the front desk where very slow and didnt really seem to know what they were doing. And nearly every time we left and came back or signed in for a yoga class they would ask if we were staying here or asking for payment for the yoga class, no big deal but when you pay a lot of money to stay somewhere you kind of expect that welcome home treatment. The restaurant and maintenance staff where really good with this we knew each other by name which was nice. Also the spa was really hard to get into so I would recommend booking before you arrive or just head into body works in seminyak to get your pamper on!
Jeremy M China
Just stayed 4 nights at Desa Seni and it was exactly what I had hoped for: a beautiful resort, with friendly staff, lovely balinese villas and tasty local organic food. On top of this, the yoga classes were varied and all super interesting. I highly recommend this to couples, families and people looking for a quiet retreat to realign, relax and rejoyce.
Kirsten B Morington
My husband and I stayed here for a week, and it was the most perfect place for us. We left feeling refreshed and relaxed which is what we were hoping for. The yoga classes were all really well led, by exceptional yoga instructors. I really enjoyed being able to try different styles of yoga in the one week, along with meditation and pranyama. The staff are so thoughtful and are so happy to accommodate. A special mention must go out to Suada who is a great personality, his service uncompromising, he has a great way with people. The accommodation is incredibly relaxing, it's great having filtered water on tap, organic food, and the most divine massages. We plan to go back together again, and with friends.
Quaint and tranquil, the classes were conducted in a shala that faced an open field, so you truly feel the serenity in your bones with every sun salutation. The resort has some dogs that seem to live there, and it was a pleasure hanging out with them poolside after classes. They are so sweet natured and are happy just to sit by your legs or share your sunbed for the afternoon. Gorgeous pool that is open for use by yoga visitors and resort dwellers, and the food menu is extensive. we love the blueberry lassi and the lemongrass chicken salad. Bernd's Hatha class is tough but highly rewarding, and Jess' Embodied flow class is a good test of physical stamina. The classes are held in good humour and everyone, albeit having a certain level of yoga experience, took the classes in a relaxed manner and we had such good fun. Recommended!
Laura A Spain
I did yoga once long time ago but didn't really enjoyed it, I tried again in Desa Seni and it absolutely changed my life. My back and me have so much to be thankful for to this magic place full of amazing teachers and wonderful professionals. I keep dreaming about this place, can't wait to go back.
My favorite place in Bali. An eco chic resort with yoga, pool, organic food and amazing bungalows made of old traditionnal Indonesian wood houses. A little paradise in Canggu next to Seminyak. Avoid the bungalow in front of the pool, there are tons with more privacy.
Genevieve G Philippines
This is a really peaceful and exquisite place that one must visit when in Bali! The sign boards, villas, restaurant, pool, social area and yoga all go together well. Plus the service and staff were all accommodating and helpful.
I have been recommended from a friend to stay overnight at Desa Seni, we tried to book but was already full, hosting a Yoga training (small capacity of rooms). We decided anyway to try to spend some time there and we decided to reserve a table for lunch and to spend the afternoon there ending the day with a sunset yoga class. The full experience was amazing, we arrived and the friendly staff brought us to the pool where we decided to have lunch, surrounded by yogis and in a incredible land scape we had a great healthy meal. At 6pm we join the class, 1 hour of vinyasa flow very gentle and perfect for the moment. I highly recommend this paradise!
Julia J Austria
We just went there for two yoga classes with Bernd and if we had had the time we definitely would have done more! Its an beautiful and lovely arranged area with a nice place for doing yoga. Bernd set up well balanced classes and does great hands on adjustment, which gave us some Aha- experiences. Thank you!
Desa Seni is exquisite. Very inviting. It's a world on its own, tucked quietly into a busy, densely populated area of Bali, and directly behind a rice paddy. A somewhat hedonistic yoga retreat but I deserved it. Perfect outdoor roofed yoga studios, where you may wish the yoga class was longer than the appointed hour. If I returned to Bali, I would stay here for several days and absorb more yoga classes, massage and food. I was lucky to attend special healing and dance evening events. The pool is wonderful. Of course, it helps to have little expectations, so I was susceptible to its seductions. I almost didn't want to review Desa Seni since too much popularity could spoil its intimacy and ambience.
Revi K Australia
Stayed at the Desa Seni for a week and attended over 14 yoga classes . All were delivered with expertise. I learnt in one week what I haven't learnt in years of practice. Thank you! Angela is a true teacher.
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