So my first solo travel adventure began here at Desa Seni where I was welcomed as a guest for 2 perfect nights. Arriving in the dark means you can never appreciate the full beauty until the morning but in a way it made the 'unveil' even more dramatic. I was shown to my private bungalow, Erlangga, and served a 3 course meal on my porch, incense burning, gentle Balinese music (provided!) playing on the CD player (also provided!) before collapsing onto my huge four poster bed. No detail has been overlooked in the bungalows. From a torch in case you need to venture out after dark to a complimentary sarong, you literally don't have to think of anything while you are here!
The spa at Desa Seni has a huge menu of therapies from massages to blessing ceremonies and everything in-between. I booked an Aura Chakra Therapy for my first morning and after a breakfast of the most amazing fresh fruit and smoothie bowl I headed over to the spa for my treatment. I've always been intrigued by chakras and auras but never really delved into it fully so I couldn't wait for my treatment. It started with a consultation and an aura cleansing which involved Balinese holy water, a traditional offering and drinking from a young coconut then moved onto balancing my chakras using the Balinese art of Prana. After my treatment I felt really energised and light, it was a beautiful experience and I left with some information to read to help me understand further the treatment and how I can help myself and others in the future.
The whole vibe at Desa Seni is one of tranquility and relaxation and I felt at home here from the second I arrived. Everywhere you look there is beauty. The grounds are abundant with flowers and plants. Nearly 80% of the menu is grown on site, and as you walk around the resort and read the little labels on the plants you can almost plan your next meal based on what you see!
I ventured out to Old Man's Beach at Canguu for the morning and returned to a lazy afternoon at the pool. Although there was intermittent rain I still managed to get a few hours of sun relaxing on the daybeds exclusively reserved for guests of the resort. The spa, restaurant and yoga classes are open to the public but there was never a problem with crowding or busyness and at times I felt like I was in my own private bubble.
And about the yoga! Of course that's what I came for right! Desa Seni runs teacher training, private retreats and also daily yoga classes open to guests and the public. I chose a sunset flow to finish my day. We started in the light and flowed our way to darkness. During the hour long flow there was a storm and it just added to the ambience. Inset repellant was provided and very necessary as the mozzies were also in full flow as dusk set in but it didn't detract at all from the class or the surroundings. My porch was also roomy enough for me to do a lovely self practice as the sun rose the next morning overlooking my private garden area and coconut trees.
I honestly didn't want to leave Desa Seni but after my 2 nights it was time to move onto my next destination. I definitely have unfinished business at Desa Seni and a return is on the cards, watch this space!