Here’s our take on how Desa Visesa Ubud can mend one’s body and soul after finishing such an exhausting race.
The bedroom is fitted with a canopy covered king-size bed or twins, with fine linen, elegant furnishings and the latest range of room appliances. There is also complementary Wi-Fi access, a 40’’ LED flat-screen Smart TV with interactive entertainment platform, in-room safe, a smartphone docking station, and capsule coffee machine.
On the first morning, we get snap-happy, posting pics of our floating breakfast experience in the pool.
Broadway quality performance on the rice fields
The production tells the story of the fabled Goddess of Fertility, Dewi Sri. The Goddess’ omnipresent influence over Balinese culture is considered essential for the prevention of famine, poverty, and disease. Dewi Sri’s reign over the rice terraces of Bali ensures security, balance, and prosperity for the Balinese way of life.
It conveys Tri Hita Karana; the harmony between man and nature, man and God, and man and his fellow men. With enchanting music, nature as a visual backdrop, and children performing their hearts out as if they were on Broadway, “The Quest for Balance” did much more than make the audience teary-eyed. It also reminded us to be grateful for what we have in our lives.
Permaculture and Warung Tani
Evy, one of the kitchen staff, guided us to pick our vegetables and chillis before handing it over to the kitchen team for cooking.
Aside from our very own handpicked mixed veggie dish, we also enjoyed a selection of traditional Balinese cuisine at Warung Tani. The bamboo restaurant in the middle of the paddy fields is all about authenticity of good recipes and quality home cooking for everyone can enjoy. Do not skip their Balinese dessert!
Padi Fine Dining
We tried the three-course Chef degustation menu with cocktail and wine pairings. Our favourite is the Butter Poached Bay Rock Lobster that melts in your mouth and blends perfectly with the selected Chardonnay. The vegetarian selection came with Smoked Aubergine that tasted exotic, delicious and a little bit smoky, especially when washed down with a glass of cocktail.
The service is second to none with the maître d’s attentive courtesy and impressive product knowledge, perfectly complementing the bartender’s skill and enthusiasm.
Padi Fine Dining is the most recent work of celebrity Indonesian chef and restaurateur Mandif Warokka, who has worked extensively in Europe and the Middle East (including the Michelin-starred Eisvogel in Germany), and has accumulated awards, including the Best Restaurateur of the Year 2013, Best Chef of the Year 2013, and Best New Restaurant in Bali in 2014.
A Holistic Healing Experience
The healing philosophy is based on authentic Bali Usada principles, a traditional knowledge for curing ailments with the use of Taru Pramana medicinal plants, herbs and spices.