If you're a regular reader of my blog or follow me on social media I'm sure you know how much I love Ubud. I've travelled and seen a bit of Bali now and beautiful as it is, my heart really does belong in Ubud so I couldn't not return this trip.
This time I escaped the hustle and bustle of the centre and stayed at Desa Visesa. I arrived to a grand entrance hall adorned with traditional Balinese decor and was seated on a throne and welcomed to the resort- a new one for me! After check in, I was chauffeured to my room and given a quick guided tour of the resort. Desa Visesa has over 2 hectares of land dedicated solely to organic culture that is grown with natural compost and guests can also experience the farmers at work aswell as visit the animals (think ducks, roosters, cows) and even help ploughing the rice fields! It really is a magical thing to watch and experience knowing how much is dedicated to the environment and permaculture in Bali.
My room was spacious and comfortable with a huge 4 poster bed and a stand alone bathtub complete with it's own bath menu for added luxury. The balcony overlooked the jungle, I finally felt like I was home.
Central Ubud is a short shuttle ride away and the hotel provides a free shuttle service to and from the centre which was invaluable to me as I used it many times a day during my stay! The shuttle was open sided and it was amazing to be able to see Ubud life happening right before my eyes. Something you don't really consider or take notice of when travelling by taxi so this was definitely my preferred method of transport!
After a blissful nights sleep in my huge bed I experienced the Visesa breakfast buffet. With an all you can eat offering catering for all the nationalities that the hotel hosts it certainly was a feast that I went back to a few times.
After breakfast I spent the morning exploring the grounds and took an amazing refreshing walk along the streams and rice fields and would never know for a moment I was only a mile away from the centre of Ubud. Desa Visesa proudly hosts an outdoor gym overlooking the rice paddies so when the rain cleared I headed for a blissful workout before heading to the caves for a yummy shoulder massage. As part of my stay Desa Visesa invited me to experience one of their wonderful massages beside the water. With the sound of running water and firm hands releasing my knots and tension it set me up for the afternoon.
If you want Ubud within touching distance but the space to explore and immerse yourself in nature and all the beauty that Bali has to offer then Desa Visesa is the perfect place to stay.