Desa Seni – A Bali dream
Sometimes we just all need to have a day of zen. Back to basics, no rushing, no phone calls, no work, just you, yourself and a yoga mat. The perfect place to enjoy a perfect day like this is at the yoga resort in Bali named Desa Seni.
Desa Seni is an art village that offers daily yoga classes, personal yoga retreats and wellness packages filled with amazing treatments. They also offer a holistic spa and an organic restaurant in which they serve all kind of green goodness. In their artistic shop you can buy clothing, jewellery, yoga matts and many more things such as their own branded beauty products and oils. You could easily spend your whole day here if you feel like you need to detoxify your mind and body.
The moment you walk into the resort you get overwhelmed by the calmness. The environment and the greenness that surrounds you creates a peaceful effect.
The extremely friendly staff escort you inside but then stop to strike the gong creating a healing sound to welcome you into the resort. This already makes you feel welcome and the sound of the gong creates subtle vibrations, which have a magical effect.
In a garden full of tropical flowers and palm trees you follow the path of the oddly satisfying circled rocks and skip from one rock to the other. You just end up following the path which tends to lead you, instead of you having to decide which way to go. It feels like everything in this resort has been carefully thought of. From evenly set out stones (which unknowingly satisfies and calms any person) to buddhas and namaste signs and symbols that are hidden everywhere. They tend to remind you to feel zen.
All you hear are birds singing and palms rustling. You can really feel that everyone that walks around really is there to enjoy nature and peace and quiet. Its almost as if everyone has just finished an amazing yoga lesson and still have their head in the clouds. Its creates an amazing vibe making you want to take a big breath and let all your stress fall of your shoulders.
When spending an amazing day at this dreamy place I joined a yoga class first thing in the morning – the perfect way to start your day!
The yoga lesson was held in a beautiful open space in the middle of green nature. Due to it being in the shadow there is a slight breeze creating a cooling effect – which is very pleasant during practise. They also offer Fly High Yoga which is definitely a must try! My yoga teacher was named Bernd and he had a very soothing voice creating a calming effect. He helped when was needed but was not at all pushy. Perfect for beginners but also for experienced yogis.
Also, all the yoga equipment is taken care of so no need to bring your own yoga mat if you don’t own one!
After yoga you are offered fresh ginger tea. Its deliciously fresh, giving you a little kick to wake up your body! You can enjoy this tea in the ‘tea area’, which is a beautiful space accompanied by artistic pieces and has a lovely view over the green garden.
After an amazing yoga lesson you might get hungry, luckily they offer the most delicious organic food in their beautiful restaurant. If you follow the path through the green grass you will find a cute restaurant hidden within the palm trees. On your way there you walk past a little garden in which they grow fresh crops and vegetables. This just adds to the amazing experience creating an organic and natural atmosphere. Who knows that that crop of salad might be laying on your plate 10 minutes later.
When you arrive at the entrance of the restaurant you will find several shoes that have been taken off before entering alongside a basket filled with coconuts and another filled with gorgeous avocados.
When sitting down you notice a fresh breeze flowing through the restaurant, which help create the calming sounds made by the colourful wind chime. It all creates an amazing and relaxing scene.
As soon as you open the menu you get overwhelmed by the delicious options. It consists of vibrant flavours and surprising combinations, all made with organic products.
As I was feeling amazing from the yoga session I attended I decided to order a fresh ‘green juice’. This freshly made juice tasted very green but it still had a sweet aftertaste. Great for after yoga to feel clean and energised!
I then ordered the ‘Sawi Spring Roll’ (85k Idr/ 4.80Gbp) which is definitely the perfect snack or appetiser. These vegan rolls consist of garden vegetables with a tofu and almond spread to then be perfectly rolled in sawi leaves. They were deliciously light and crispy and tasted raw and full of green goodness!
Another delicious meal I highly recommend is the ‘Desa Seni Salad’ (75k Idr/ 4.20Gbp). This salad consists of fresh greens with tempe manis, corn, tomatoes, sunflower seeds and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette – all in all a delicious bowl of green goodness! The crunchy tempe adds texture and the fresh dressing is an amazing touch!
You will find that this menu is full of delicious and healthy options sourced organically. And for the sweet lovers, they also offer healthy, vegan and raw desserts! You will leave the restaurant satisfied and feeling amazing!
A spa treatment is of course a must when staying in this beautiful resort. They offer all kind of treatments such as Hot Stone Therapy (90 min – 600k Idr/34 Gbp) or a Aromatherapy Massage (75 min – 500k Idr/28 Gbp). The massages are almost a ritual in itself and you leave the room even more relaxed then before. To enjoy the calmness and amazing feeling after your massage you sink into a comfortable chair and enjoy the view over the garden while sipping on your hot tea.
I honestly believe that this is one of the most amazing and beautiful places I have ever stayed at. If you decide that you need to spend more then just one day in this paradise then spend the night (or week) in one of their gorgeous rooms or houses!