Desa Potato Head Ranks 40th Place in the Iconic ‘The World’s 50 Best Hotels’ Awards

Nov 22, 2023
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Desa Potato Head Ranks 40th Place in the Iconic ‘The World’s 50 Best Hotels’ Awards

Set along Petitenget’s iconic stretch of sand – just a stone's throw away from the area's hottest attractions, Desa Potato Head is pretty much everything you could ask for and then some. A trailblazing creative village and beach club thought up by Jakarta-born hotelier and art collector Ronald Akili, this carbon-neutral campus is where you can eat, sleep, create – and of course, party – all in one unique space where sustainability and design lead the way. 

So, it’s no surprise that this iconic Balinese institution has found its way into the inaugural ‘The World’s 50 Best Hotels’ awards. Founded in 2020 and striking the perfect balance between contemporary design and centuries-old Indonesian traditions, this extensive creative village is home to two stay options – Potato Head Suites and Studios, multiple bars and restaurants – Kaum, Tanaman, Ijen, Sunset Park and Potato Head Beach Club, plus co-working spaces, a physical and digital recording studio and plenty of art and music spaces. 

And that’s not all. A world leader in regenerative tourism, we’re firm believers that actions speak louder than words – and at Potato Head, it’s what they do to create a beautiful, sustainable existence that counts. Their unwavering commitment to sustainability is clear from the get-go: from the materials that form the hotel structure and furniture, the art installations they curate, the programming that involves and supports the community, and their food choices – all of which are closely tied to an aspect of social responsibility. Waste Lab is an on-site recycling facility that uses waste materials from the hotel to create tangible products used throughout the Desa – while the Sweet Potato Project provides food to the local community, making it a thriving source of sustenance and employment.  

The World's 50 Best Hotels 2023 awards, organised by 50 Best, is an internationally recognised platform that celebrates excellence in the hospitality industry. The awards showcase the world's most exceptional hotels, highlighting their commitment to unparalleled service, exceptional design, and remarkable guest experiences. With its stunning beachfront location, innovative design and commitment to regenerative tourism, Desa Potato Head continues to stand out as a global leader in luxury hospitality – with this accolade further cementing its reputation as a must-visit destination for anyone seeking an unbeatable blend of responsible luxury, culture, and relaxation in paradise.

"We are honoured to have been recognised by The World's 50 Best Hotels 2023 awards. We believe with the right intention; tourism could be a force of good change instead of destruction. We don’t have all the answers, but it feels good to be working together to find solutions.”

Their ethos is simple: Good Times, Do Good.

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Written by Rae-Anne Gouyette