When you walk on to the property, you’re instantly wowed by the location of Village Above the Clouds! The cottages are build on the top of a hill and the view is absolutely stunning.
What makes this eco-boutique hotel so special, is the work of the owner Joseph. He runs a Freedom School for children of the village right across the street from the hotel. He gives them English & music lessons and teaches them how to recycle. Hotel guests are welcome to visit the school.
The staff at Desa Atas Awan (Village Above the Clouds) consists of people from the village that Joseph is training. This way he provides them a better future. Communication can be difficult, but be patient, they will help you any way they can. It’s all done with love.
Don’t expect luxury here. The cottages are basic, with no air conditioning or fan. You don’t need these though, because it cools down at night. Everything looks great! We slept in the Sunrise Suite, with our own “plunge pool”, good for the blood flow!
Breakfast & lunch are delicious and fresh. There are a lot of great options on the menu, like superfood smoothies, lovely veggie burgers and the amazing Kopi Luwak coffee! This was my favorite start of the day ever! It’s wise to buy some snacks, for when you get hungry at night. They don’t serve anything after 8.30 pm. But there’s always some tea and coffee available.
Joseph is really involved with all his guests and askes around in the morning if everyone is happy. He invited us to join him to go to the birthday of a temple nearby and visit a Barong. So special! All of a sudden we were part of the local festivities, joined the walk to another village, ate at the market and were blessed in the temple. I’ll never forget this day.
In the store at the hotel they sell clothing and jewelry. The profits go to charity & the Freedom School. Desa Atas Awan is perfect for whoever wants to visit the real Bali. Rent a scooter and visit the beautiful lakes in the area. Stop for a swim at your private waterfall and eat at a local restaurant.