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Desa Potato Head: Bali’s First Creative Village by Potato Head Family Unveiling Soon

The Travel Issue | 13 November 2019
Room view of Desa Potato Head
Desa Potato Head focuses on inclusivity and provides a space for contemporary culture in Bali. Photo Courtesy of Desa Potato Head/NOWJAKARTA

Potato Head Family will soon be unveiling its latest project Desa Potato Head, the first creative village in Bali, as it nears its final phase of completion come December 2019.

Presenting a multidimensional experience to its guests and visitors, Desa Potato Head will transform hospitality, music, art, design and culture with sustainability as its anchor. A decade-long revolutionary project of CEO Ronald Akili, the final component completing Desa Potato Head is the Creative Centre, designed in partnership with Managing Partner – Architect David Gianotten at OMA, the Dutch practice founded by Rem Koolhaas.

Open for engagement as opposed to private consumption, Desa Potato Head focuses on inclusivity and provides a space for contemporary culture in Bali. Where visitors and the local public are welcomed, where the idea of exclusivity is disregarded and the resort is reconsidered as an extension of the local community.

The Creative Centre features both private guest rooms and facilities in addition to public spaces. A floating ring mounted by pillars will house the studios along with other functions such as an exhibition space and an expansive sunset bar. A variety of cultural and leisure programmes will take place at the ground level venue, accessible to both guests and visitors, and where the brand-new dome restaurant, Cupola, will be located at.

Guests hoping to stay within the village can leisure in Desa Potato Head’s 168 guest rooms, named Potato Head Studios. Conceptualised by notable British designers, Max Lamb and Faye Toogood, and executed with the help of local Balinese artisans using native materials and techniques, each studio room is equipped with furnishings and amenities crafted from recycled plastics and sustainable materials.

The Creative Centre comprises several experiential spaces that present guests and visitors with an immersive experience. These spaces include the Rooftop Art Park, a space which highlights both contemporary art and antique Indonesian installations located on the rooftop complete with an ocean view as its backdrop; and Klymax Discotheque, an underground nightclub featuring cutting-edge sound system that is developed for the creatures of the night in collaboration with music legend, DJ Harvey.

More facilities at the Creative Centre include a recording studio that will be accessible for guest recordings alongside a library which will house the Wild Life Archive, a marvellous collection of dance music artefacts outlining the culture and history of hedonism from Detroit to Bali and everything in between. The first of its kind in Indonesia, this exhibition will be curated by Wild Life Archive’s Steve Terry.

Completing Desa Potato Head are Cupola, the brand-new all-day dining venue that follows the brand’s zero-waste philosophy; a dedicated events space featuring an amphitheatre; a music academy; a spa sanctuary, an oceanfront pool; a beach bar; and a Sustainable Kids Academy, where kids will learn how to live sustainably through fun and educational programmes, a ground-breaking concept that will change the future of how a children’s club should be.

Designed to inspire creativity all the while championing positive change for a better tomorrow, Desa Potato Head (“desa” meaning village in Indonesian) stands by the motto of ‘Good Times, Do Good’, where Akili and his progressive team transcends the traditional concept of hospitality. Whether you’re a staying guest or a day visitor, the Circle space is a place to get your zero-waste kit as well as having access to all the facilities expected of an idyllic resort but in a holistic and circular environment.

The Desa wouldn’t be complete without the original Potato Head Beach Club, which features seven restaurants and bars, as well as the Katamama Suites, designed by celebrated Indonesian architect, Andra Matin.

Desa Potato Head

Jalan Petitenget No. 51B
T: +62 361 473 7979


This article is originally from paper. Read NOW!Jakarta Magazine November 2019 issue “The Travel Issue”. Available at selected bookstores or SUBSCRIBE here.