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potato head studios review : a luxury sustainable hotel in seminyak bali

potato head studios review : a luxury sustainable hotel in seminyak bali

Potato Head Studios Review : A Luxury Sustainable Hotel in Seminyak, Bali

Potato Head Suites and Studios Location and Why Is It Worth Visiting

The first thing that strikes me upon arriving at their vast open-air lobby was that I was fascinated with the young-at-heart design combined with distinctive quirky details. With their slogan of "Progressive Design. Future Living", Potato Head Studios Bali is taking the luxury hotel concept to a new height by combining contemporary design, a real sustainability approach, and an all-rounded experience of feast, wellness, and art. Both Potato Head Suites and Studios are part of the Desa Potato Head located at the heart of Seminyak, Bali. The hotel comprises 168 rooms with five different room types spanning three floors and two wings. It is recently launched last year and is co-designed with OMA architecture studio as an all-inclusive hip luxury beachfront hotel and playground for the guests who are mostly couples and friend groups in their late 20s to 40s and occasionally family.








The Room

My room type is the Desa Studio Room which is located on the 1st floor. The room overlooks the Potato Head Bali entrance and has a little balcony in front. The 36 square meters room has a king-size bed located in the middle of the room. The interior is adorned with light-coloured wooden furnishing from the entrance all the way to the bathroom, combined with raw brick walls. The floor is semi-carpeted with natural wicker carpet and the rest is a terrazzo style floor. Located behind the bed is a stretch of shelves with a minibar and a working desk. Its left side is connected to the wardrobe and the right side is heading towards the bathroom. 

I can say that the bathroom itself is another mini sanctuary with the sauna-style wood design and double shower features - a rain shower head and handheld shower. It is simple, functional, and clean. Upon walking in you can smell the unique scent from their reed diffuser which uses a Gaya Ceramic reed holder and which scent is custom-made by the Japanese brand reta. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand wash, and lotion are made by Bali-based Sensatia Botanicals and are stored in a ceramic container to reduce waste. Quick absorbent cotton bath towels, sleek-looking pink and white cotton robes, biodegradable woven slippers, and hairdryer are provided for extra comfort.

Among the earthy tone materials, there is a pop of colour in the mini living room area with the fabric sofa and matching cushion. I also love how the smart TV is placed in a minimalist floating style to save space. You can easily connect your mobile phone to Chrome Cast movies or Spotify and it is my favourite thing to do while winding down in the evening. Lighting in the room is strategically placed for a warm ambience and has a dimmer switch function. The top to bottom full-size window allows natural light to come in, which is something I really like. Rooms are cleaned every morning and they do turndown service in the evening.














 In Room Amenities

The upscale luxury hotel experience is shown through details like in-room amenities and little favours given upon checking like cookies, chocolates, and turmeric jamu shot. I really appreciate the kind of little gesture that they do to freshen up the guests upon arrival. They also provide refillable amenities like all-natural sunscreen, aloe vera after-sun lotion, insect repellent, and hand sanitiser. To complete your memorable experience out and about at the beach, they also provide bamboo cutleries, a cotton pouch, a handmade woven beach bag and hats. Furthermore, bookworms like me can rejoice because they provided several books related to design and sustainability in your room. Guess what, they also have my favourite book, Sapiens! is it a coincidence?







Potato Head Studios is most probably the first hotel I visited that has a complete bar set up in the room. They are paying homage to the Potato Head Beach Club Bali which wins Sustainable Bar Award for Asia's 50 Best Bars 2018. The mini bar is fully decked with different bottles of house-infused spirits namely Island Spiced Rum, Citrus Vodka, and Kecombrang Arak along with the Rested Old Fashion, Archipelago Bitter, citrus fruits, stainless steel shaker and jigger. On the left side of the desk is an ice cube storage which you can refill daily for your drinks creation. Inside the drawer are the tools needed like the strainer, muddler, and bottle opener. Don't know what kind of drink to make? Fret not, they also have the drink guide and recipe by award-winning mixologist Dre Masso readily available. Aside from the liquor drinks, they also provide tea and coffee-making facilities with a water kettle, a ceramic teapot and cups, and a french press.






The Food

One thing that I look forward to during travelling is breakfast time and this time is no different. Upon waking up and strolling across the sun-filled corridor and taking the lift down, I am greeted by one lively breakfast scene on the huge lawn overlooking the beach. There is no buffet, so you order from the menu and they will serve it to you. The breakfast menu features dishes you usually find in your favourite brunch places in Seminyak like the big breakfast consisting of sourdough, eggs, bacon, and vegetables, egg benedict, sandwiches, to Asian fare like rice or porridge. You can also pick your favourite coffee drinks, smoothies, or jamu, and for me, it is definitely an iced latte. They will also serve you a variety of pastries like butter croissants and raisin bread with jam. On top of that, a fruit platter and yoghurt are free to be enjoyed. 

Everything is delectable and well-made, food comes fast, and it comes in generous portions. It makes me rethink the general hotel-style buffet as it usually comes in a mass quantity, but taste wise, not everything is enjoyable. This kind of individual order is more heartily made and you will reduce food waste as well because you do not over-order. There is really nothing to complain about. I usually show up around 9.30 along the line of brunch and I really enjoyed the atmosphere, particularly if enjoyed on the restaurant’s daybed by the pool. The next thing to do after brunch is, of course, to take my time to swim in the pool and lounge around for some sun-tanning. For me, this routine is really a dream life at its best! The restaurant also serves food and drinks all day, so you can order more things after breakfast.









Sustainability Approach

As the world reopens, travel and sustainability become an important theme. It brings together the interlinking subject that travel is also about the livelihood of the people, the environment, and the culture. I am glad to find a luxury hotel in Indonesia that truly cares about sustainability and I think that is one of the main reasons I am staying at Potato Head Studios. Before checking into the room, guests are guided to their Sustainability Store to pick and choose a stainless steel tumbler and a reusable RPET bag as an effort of reducing waste. You can also purchase other items like bamboo cutleries, recycled coasters, food containers, bathroom amenities and so on. The furniture and room decorations in the room like the chair, desk accessories, and coasters are made by designer Max Lamb and are made of recycled plastics. The other items like pink coloured trays and dust bins are made by the in-house R&D at Sweet Potato Lab which is made of recycled plastic bottles and caps, styrofoam, and clam shells found from surplus materials from daily operations alongside other waste collected in Bali. Water in the room is refillable every day to reduce the guests buying bottled water.

Potato Head will also co-curated 'N*thing Is Possible’ with the award-winning firm OMA / David Gianotten, for the upcoming highly anticipated Singapore Design Week in September 16-25, 2022 at National Design Centre. This year's pillar focuses on design future, design marketplace, and design impact. The storytelling multimedia exhibit is being brought to life with the help of Singapore and International collaborators international including renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, American artist Futura, Spanish industrial designer Andreu Carulla, British furniture designer Max Lamb, Toogood design studio from London, French director and photographer Thibaut Grevet, Indonesian architect Andra Matin, BYO Living design studio from Jakarta, and Bali-based environmental engineers Eco Mantra. So if you're in the city, make sure to come down and visit!





Desa Potato Head Facilities and Experiences

In 2022 we also see there is a shift in travel behaviour with a focus on both physical and mental wellness. This can be seen in the overlap of wellness and luxury tourism with the growing demand for travel experiences that includes fitness activities like yoga retreat or detox program. In terms of wellness, like other luxury hotels, Potato Head Studios have its own gym and spa for guests to rejuvenate after a long day exploring Seminyak and about. Other than that, Guests also have access to morning yoga, desa work out, desa run club, and jamu bar. Another interesting facility you won't find elsewhere is their wellness experience called Sanctuary. Activities include breath work, sound healing, an ice bath, and the one-of-a-kind Light Sound Vibration journey that brings you to a relaxed meditative state to expand your consciousness and spirituality. 

For me personally, one thing that I love the most is the special daybed area which is reserved for the hotel guests only and has an excellent beach view and is equally excellent for people-watching. As you know the hotel is directly connected to the famous Potato Head Beach Club Bali but it can be quite crowded there. By staying at the hotel you don't have to fight for seats! Furthermore, The Sunset Bar on the third floor is also the place to be at sunset, preferably with a cocktail in hand. I will bring you to explore the entire Desa Potato Head in the next post, so stay tuned! If you fancy staying at Potato Head Suites for your next vacation, click here to book!









28 comments

  1. What a beautiful setting! And I have to say that the bed looks so beyond comfy!!

    Shauna

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  2. This hotel looks amazing. And I love the overall look of the shape. It has this calming feeling and makes for a perfect holiday spot. It makes me want to go for sure. I hope you are having an amazing week.
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  3. I would love to visit Bali one day! This hotel looks absolutely incredible!

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  4. This place looks and sounds amazing!
    xoxo
    Lovely
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  5. What a beautiful hotel! I love all the little touches, it makes the whole experience so luxurious. Wonderful review xx
    Janet
    www.rediscoveringmystyle.com

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  6. What a lovely place to stay! I love the minimal cozy vibes. Bali is on my bucket list!

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  7. Oh WOW I would LOVE to stay here. Soooo dreamy. Looks so calm. Loving the minimalist vibe and yes the earthy tones. The amenities and food looked divine what a great trip, so jelly!

    Allie of
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  8. I left a comment I hope it posted.

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  9. Wow... what a gorgeous hotel! The bathroom looks like a luxurious spa getaway!

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  10. Looks incredible. I'd love to visit Bali again. xx

    Zoey | www.zoeyolivia.com

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  11. Looks so cozy, perfect for holiday! Definitely love the sustainable approach <3

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  12. Hey there, I hope you are having a lovely summer so far!

    I love when you bring places like this to Style Frontier, you have such a good eye to collaborate with people/projects that match the personality of your blog.

    The Potato Head Studios (love the name) really feel like the perfect place for a cozy / creative stay! This is definitely the kind of place that would be perfect for a calm getaway. I love the decoration, the food, the furniture and the way it connects with nature through many architectural details, feels like an open space with a lot of possibilities! The palette in earthy tones with pop of colors is also divine *_* Oooh and can we talk about the food? Looks perfect!

    Pablo
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  13. What a beautiful hotel! The room looks so inviting and cozy. And I really love their sustainable approach! That is so cool!

    Shelbee

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  14. Very nice -Christine cmlk79.blogspot.com

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  15. This looks so relaxing and serene! I love the name of it too! What a great place to stay!

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  16. This hotel looks perfect for a low-key yet luxurious getaway. And it's great that they're eco-friendly as well.

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  17. That sure does look like a wonderful place and everything looks most impressive. The food looks good too and oh my, the beautiful scenery. I'd love to visit Bali.

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  18. Amazing experience! How cool that there is a bar in the room with a mixology guide. Sustainability is always a fantastic thing to see in a hotel. So important!

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  19. Wow! It looks incredible! So beautiful. And the food looks amazing.

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  20. Such a fun name! It looks like a lovely place to stay! xx
    Danielle's Beauty Blog 

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  21. These suites look very nice. Clean and comfortable. You take the loveliest photos. The breakfast looks Yummy also. There's nothing like a cup of hot coffee and a cinnamon roll. The ocean photos look so calming. So glad you enjoyed yourself. I also stayed at a hotel suite recently that was pretty nice. But not that much of an elaborate breakfast as you had.

    ~Sheri

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  22. Amazing pics and review, darling!
    Thx for stopping by, lovely to hear from you!!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  23. This place got me at turmeric jamu and snacks. Hehe. I love your photography style. It's such a mood!

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  24. This hotel looks incredible! I would love to travel to Bali one day!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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