Bali Creative Centre a Cultural Destination for Everyone

By Paul Joseph

Bali has been a hub of culture and creativity for decades and now the idyllic Indonesian island is to become home to its own unique creative centre complete with 168 guest rooms.

Conceived as a “multidimensional experience which transcends hospitality”, the quirkily named Desa Potato Head will combine music, art, design, food, wellness and sustainability to deliver a holistic experience for both the local community and guests alike.

As well as its guest rooms, the centre will also feature a farm-to-table restaurant, numerous bars, a multifunctional gallery, an environmentally driven kids club, several rooftop activation areas, an amphitheatre, a beachfront pool with daybeds, a music recording studio, and a subterranean disco.

Potato Head will unveil each of these spaces throughout early 2020 while continuing to roll out and add to their already extensive programming, including beach workouts, various forms of sound healing, long-table dinners, sustainability workshops, sunset performances and acoustically focused music events.

“At Desa Potato Head we’re not trying to change the industry, we want to create an entirely new model for it. If we bring people together for good times, but offer them the unexpected, it will open their minds in new ways,” says Potato Head founder Ronald Akili.

David Gianotten of OMA architects, who helped design the centre, added: “The essence of Bali lies in the interaction between different cultures. Dedicated to both guests and the community, our design for the Creative Centre encourages exchange between different kinds of users and challenges the typical Balinese resort typology that highlights exclusivity.”

Each area will also feature furniture and amenities made from recycled plastics and planet-friendly materials conceptualised by celebrated British designers Max Lamb and Faye Toogood, whose work is brought to life by Balinese artisans using indigenous materials and techniques as well as Potato Head’s own Sustainism Lab.

Guests can stay at Potato Head Studios from 24 January.

By Paul Joseph