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Hotel Review: Desa Visesa Ubud Bali

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The Desa Visesa Ubud is unlike any hotel I've ever visited. The hotel is actually part of an authentic, functioning traditional village. The village is surrounded by lush green organic rice paddies, and staying in the village allows you to glimpse authentic Balinese life even as you enjoy all the comforts of a high end property.

The Desa Visesa Ubud is unlike any hotel I've ever visited. The hotel is actually part of an authentic, functioning traditional village. The village is surrounded by lush green organic rice paddies, and staying in the village allows you to glimpse authentic Balinese life even as you enjoy all the comforts of a high end property.

The Desa Visesa Ubud is unlike any hotel I've ever visited. The hotel is actually part of an authentic, functioning traditional village. The village is surrounded by lush green organic rice paddies, and staying in the village allows you to glimpse authentic Balinese life even as you enjoy all the comforts of a high end property.

The Desa Visesa Ubud is unlike any hotel I’ve ever visited. The hotel is actually part of an authentic, functioning traditional village. The village is surrounded by lush green organic rice paddies, and staying in the village allows you to glimpse authentic Balinese life even as you enjoy all the comforts of a high end property.

I was immediately impressed when I entered the property. The expansive lobby is designed in a traditional Balinese style and features local art throughout.

Hotel Review: Desa Visesa Ubud Bali

The staff greeted me with a welcome drink and welcomed me to the property with a traditional Balinese blessing. Next, they explained the layout of the property and provided me with a short tour on a chauffeured golf cart!

The grounds are beautiful — lush greenery throughout. As we cruised along checking out the grounds, I felt peaceful and serene, almost tranquil. There is a sense of calm and quiet throughout.

Hotel Review: Desa Visesa Ubud Bali

Being situated in the rice paddy adds to this peacefulness but also provides an incredible backdrop for some gorgeous photos.

The Desa Visesa Ubud is unlike any hotel I've ever visited. The hotel is actually part of an authentic, functioning traditional village. The village is surrounded by lush green organic rice paddies, and staying in the village allows you to glimpse authentic Balinese life even as you enjoy all the comforts of a high end property.

Hotel Review: Desa Visesa Ubud Bali

The Desa Visesa has several room types, and management was nice enough to upgrade my room to a suite with a private attached pool.

Hotel Review: Desa Visesa Ubud Bali

Having my own pool was an immense luxury, and I’m afraid it will be difficult to ever stay in a room without a private pool again.

Hotel Review: Desa Visesa Ubud Bali

Besides the pool, my other favorite part of my suite was the indoor/outdoor bathroom. I love this concept and wish that it was more common at home. While the air conditioned room was inside, much of the bathroom was outside, including a huge soaking tub you could relax in while listening to the rain.

Hotel Review: Desa Visesa Ubud Bali

Other room types available at the hotel are larger units, allowing families to share multiple villas with a communal pool.

Hotel Review: Desa Visesa Ubud Bali

The Desa Visesa is the type of property that’s difficult to leave once you arrive. I strolled around checking out the grounds and learned about the permaculture program. The initiative pursues complete sustainability and self-sufficiency on their organic farm. Workers tend to the farm, which also provides jobs for the community.

Hotel Review: Desa Visesa Ubud Bali

You’re even able to pick your own vegetables and have them prepared in a traditional Balinese cooking method that uses charcoal as the heat source.

Hotel Review: Desa Visesa Ubud Bali

Other projects offered by the Desa Visesa allow you to experience local life with the villagers. Throughout the day, you can participate in multiple programs that teach you how locals care for animals and work the land.

Hotel Review: Desa Visesa Ubud Bali

Dining Options at the Desa Visesa Ubud

The hotel offers a daily breakfast buffet for guests. Made to order choices such as omelets and waffles are served alongside ready to eat international options with a variety wide enough to please everyone.

The breakfast was good — standard fare, but very good. I most enjoyed the lunch I had during my stay. The menu had many choices, but that day we were in the mood for seafood. The seared tuna appetizer was the perfect light but flavorful start to the meal.

Hotel Review: Desa Visesa Ubud Bali

The roasted salmon and vegetables were perfectly cooked, and I loved that the chef seared the fish before finishing it in the oven.

Hotel Review: Desa Visesa Ubud Bali

We finished with the mixed seafood noodles. The large portion was delicious and full of seafood — a great shareable dish.

Hotel Review: Desa Visesa Ubud Bali

The one area I unfortunately didn’t have time to visit was the spa. There, a natural healer will consult with you to determine which treatment is best for you.

Hotel Review: Desa Visesa Ubud Bali

Many of the spa treatments take place inside a man-made cave and incorporate medicinal herbs, plants, and spices. The treatments center around the five elements, with different cave rooms focusing on each element. This is definitely one reason I might return.

I can’t finish the article without mentioning the staff. The staff are truly incredible — some of the best I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. The staff at high-end properties are nearly always phenomenal, but the employees of the Desa Visesa go above and beyond. So much of what made the experience amazing had to do with the staff.

What looked best to you? Let me know in the comments section below!


Practical Information:

To book your own stay at the Desa Visesa visit their website by clicking here or through Booking.com.

Disclaimer: I would like to thank the hotel for having me as their guest during my stay. All opinions remain my own, as always. This post includes affiliate links. Using these links helps support the blog at no additional cost to you. 

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Agness of eTramping

Friday 2nd of June 2017

Stunning place, Nathan! I would love to stay there at least one night! :)

Jetsetter Jenn

Wednesday 8th of March 2017

Okay, this place is beyond beautiful. Those dining options look pretty epic too. I'm a chef so I appreciate GOOD FOOD when I travel :) Thanks for putting this hotel on my radar!

Carmen's Luxury Travel

Wednesday 8th of March 2017

I love how it's so luxurious (totally my style) but you're in an authentic village. You get the best of both worlds it sounds like! The indoor/outdoor bathroom is so nice! This is truly paradise. Omg, and the food. Wow, I'm definitely bookmarking this for the future.

Anita Hendrieka

Tuesday 7th of March 2017

This place looks magical, love your pictures. Anywhere with it's own private pool, good food and a beautiful view is a win for me!

Nathan

Tuesday 7th of March 2017

This place was a winner for sure. I cannot wait to go back. As amazing as this place is the staff takes it to the next level. The service is incredible.

Indrani

Monday 6th of March 2017

So much of luxury and the local life around seems so interesting. Definitely a wonderful photo opportunity! A rare combination I will say. :)

Nathan

Monday 6th of March 2017

I agree! It was a great mix of both worlds. I hope to go back soon.

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