Antique wooden homes, decorated with bright cushions and religious artifacts, cluster around gardens and a saltwater pool like a tiny Hindu village. It’s hard to believe Desa Seni is only a short drive from the crowded beaches and shopping strips of North Kuta and Seminyak. Traditional structures from different Indonesian islands were imported, restored, and placed into a landscape of native plants and waterways. Each contains unique embellishments and stories. Much of the land was dedicated to an organic farm, which today is responsible for almost 80 percent of Desa Seni’s produce. Sustainability standards seep into the recycling and composting programs, too, and eco-friendly glass straws and biodegradable cleaning products are used in place of harmful alternatives. Desa Seni also raises money for a local orphanage for which it runs yoga and dance classes as well as English lessons.
In addition to the environmental and cultural experiences provided at Desa Seni, wellness is also a focus. A number of complimentary yoga and meditation classes are held every day; the restaurant offers extensive options for healthy meals; and regular yoga and spirituality workshops are held throughout the year.