Stylish designer chic and yoga
Samadi describe themselves as a “centre for radical wellbeing and self-empowerment” and translated from New(age)speak we believe that means they do yoga, practice alternative therapies, serve healthy food and search for the meaning of life and happiness—they also offer some rather delightful accommodation.
This popular centre has expanded to Samaditoo up the road, with more rooms and a hot-yoga studio. We prefer the rooms at the original, but they are both as comfortable and stylish as each other (although Samaditoo’s were a little warmer without the air-con on) so if you are planning to spend time on your holiday doing yoga, it’s only a matter of aesthetics which you choose.
Samadi’s spacious air-con rooms are set behind their popular organic restaurant, yoga shop and one of the yoga studios, three poolside and one with more privacy facing the ricefields at the back of a large Joglo (traditional Javanese house) which incorporates a second yoga studio. Two “pool rooms” face the salt-water swimming pool and Jacuzzi, and the third poolside room is part of the Joglo structure.
Spacious light-flooded air-con interiors are design-magazine-ready and embrace a contemporary Brutalist style with high ceilings, glass frontage and polished cement floors, softened by flowing mosquito net canopies over the comfortable beds. An eclectic mix of furniture adds comfort and interest, but still keeps it minimal and Joglo rooms include additional lounge seating. Chic ensuite bathrooms offer hot-water rain showers, and in the pool rooms you’ll have to share with a billboard-sized image of a showering woman (note to the modest: head and shoulders only).
The ricefield-view Joglo room doesn’t have an ensuite as such, rather a section of the large open-plan room. Although indoors it offers the ambience of bathing outside—we love it, but perhaps it’s not for the overly coy. A relaxing tropical garden, spa treatment rooms and sauna are all at your fingertips in this luxurious serene space.
When we dropped by, a class was taking place in the Joglo studio, and the area was filled with chanting. We found it rather soothing, but may be distracting for the excessively stressed. The best way to take advantage of a stay at Samadi is to sign up for a retreat package which includes unlimited yoga classes, breakfast and lunch in their restaurant, spa treatments and other extras, however all are also available a-la-carte.
We like the refreshing contemporary approach at Samadi, but if your taste is more organic, a yoga retreat at (flashpacker-style) Serenity or (top-range) Desa Seni may be more your style. Or for something in-between, The Chillhouse and Solid Surf House offer yoga and surf packages. For a bed only nearby Samadi, Villa Living Yoga is 100 metres away and offers simple stylish midrange rooms or for a flashpacker price tag, friendly Sleepy Gecko Guesthouse is 400 metres away.
If you are not staying at Samadi, or course you can still take a class or treatments, and don’t miss the Sunday market 09:00 until 14:00 or on Wednesdays, free yoga (17:30) and a movie (19:30).
Address: 39 Jalan Padang Linjong
T: (0812) 3831 2505;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º8'13.78" E, 8º38'38.81" S
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Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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