Bali’s Potato Head Studios Reopens This Week

Long-stay domestic travelers will be offered a special monthly rate of IDR 35,000,000.

Left to right: Beachside seating at Potato Head Studios; zero-waste glassware and filtered drinking water in the rooms. (Photos: AllIsAmazing)

More than a year after closing its doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 168-room Potato Head Studios in Bali’s Seminyak area will once again welcome guests from July 15, 2021. Part hotel, part cultural center, the property was designed by David Gianotten of acclaimed Dutch studio OMA, and made its debut shortly before the international travel shutdown began last March.

The Studios is the culmination of the Potato Head brand’s decade-long vision to turn its seaside playground into Desa Potato Head, a zero-waste “creative village” where visitors and local creatives can interact and learn from each other. Visitors will also be inspired by the various art pieces, ceramics, textiles, and basketry created by small-scale makers from Bali; these grace the rooms and public areas such as the Studios’ central courtyard and beachside amphitheater.

There are two ways Indonesian travelers to stay at Potato Head Studios; guests can either book a room as a short-time visitor (from IDR 2,500,000 per night) or check in for longer-term stays (from IDR 35,000,000 per month). Breakfast is included, as is access to Studio Eksotika — an on-site coworking space with a private library and music lounge — as well as the gym and beachfront infinity pool.

A 36-square-meter Desa Studio at Potato Head Studios. (Photo: Martin Westlake)

A corridor inside Potato Head Studios. (Photo: Kevin Mak/OMA)

Overlooking the central courtyard at Potato Head Studios. (Photo: Tommaso Riva)

Individual travelers seeking to work remotely from Bali can choose between more compact quarters, larger ocean-view accommodation, or even rooms with personal direct-connecting offices. A private conference room for calls and meetings will also be available for those staying an extended period of time.

Traveling families can expect a mix of work and play; activities here range from sustainability workshops for all ages to morning yoga, beach cleanups, and visits to the Sweet Potato Project, a farming workshop formed by the Desa’s staff during the pandemic. Other pursuits include Balinese prayers or in-room IV treatments courtesy of The Dose. Guests can also tune into Headstream, Potato Head’s own streaming station, to listen to talks and music programs from local artists and rising stars from around the world.

Starting in September, spa treatments will be offered at the Studios, and travelers will once again enjoy meals at plant-based restaurant Tanaman, alongside the trio of dining venues at the neighboring Potato Head Beach Club: Pizza Garden, pan-Indonesian restaurant Kaum, and open-air sustainable seafood outlet Ijen.

As health and safety is a top priority, staff at the Desa will practice enhanced hygiene protocols in line with WHO standards. PCR tests can be conducted in-house, while a doctor will be on call for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to ensure guests remain well-looked after throughout their stay.

Learn more about Potato Head Studios here.

The farm run by Sweet Potato Project. (Photo courtesy of Potato Head)

Enjoying a treatment at Potato Head Studios’ on-site spa. (Photo: Tommaso Riva)

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