Krishna, Daniel, Yatna, and Nadhira - Family and owners of Serenity Eco Guesthouse
Serenity Eco Guesthouse & Yoga is a family-owned business located in Canggu, Bali. Since its conception in 2000, Serenity has pioneered sustainable growth, where permaculture, yoga, eating healthy and eco-friendly accommodation play a key role in the everyday business. The founders are French-born entrepreneur Daniel Chieppa and his Balinese wife Yatna whom he met on the island. Their son, Krishna, was brought into the family business years later.
Together they have expanded the guesthouse into an all-in-one eco-friendly budget yoga resort to nourish the mind and body. Today they are currently ranked #3 best valued accommodation for specialty lodging in Canggu on TripAdvisor and is mentioned in international news outlets such as The Guardian and The Lonely Planet, and is the most booked yoga package in Indonesia on Book Yoga Retreats.
How it first started
Two decades ago, being eco-friendly was not well known in the world. Furthermore, Canggu was a faraway place from Seminyak and Kuta which were more widely known to tourists in the early 2000s. Very few people would venture out. Daniel was very keen on changing the mindset of unhealthy eating habits and introduce permaculture in Canggu. Although Serenity had humble beginnings when it first opened, the family was dedicated to follow their principles and make Serenity a place where travellers can enjoy yoga, nature, and healthy eating all in one place.
The expansion of Serenity and what makes it unique
What was once a family house is now one of the most sought out yoga retreats in the area. Over the years, the family expanded their business to meet the growing demand of yoga travellers and health-conscious people. At present, Serenity houses over 80 beds, 5 yoga studios and has opened new branches on the same street (Jalan Nelayan). It is known as one of Bali's most eco-friendly guesthouses; for example, Serenity only uses natural insecticides and pesticides, and use soapnut to wash their dishes. Customers can even take a tour around their permaculture garden and learn about the grey water waste system as well as composting.
The eco-guesthouse also offers daily yoga classes, affordable yoga retreat packages and Yoga Teacher Trainings throughout the year. Serenity is a smoke and alcohol-free guesthouse, and an official Vipassana meditation group sitting center that’s held every Wednesday at 6.30 pm (for old students only). Alkaline restaurant, located inside Serenity, is 100% vegan with optional raw dishes. The philosophy is “may our food be your medicine” and features a broad variety of healthy homemade meals, with no MSG or chemical enhancements used. Guests can also enjoy a deep relaxation moment at their in-house spa, which offers different massage styles, various treatments and consultations. Their simple motto is “grow mind and body, go green, all with Serenity”.