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 our 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 have currently ranked #3 best-valued accommodation for specialty lodging in Canggu on TripAdvisor. Serenity is also mentioned in international news outlets such as The Guardian and Lonely Planet, and is the most booked yoga package in Indonesia on Book Yoga Retreats.
How it all 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 started small 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 food. All in one place.
The expansion of Serenity and what makes it unique
After decades of chemical spraying the rice fields, farmers sold the land cheaply as nothing would grow. We built our family home on low quality soil.
Afterwards, what was once a family house is now one of the most sought yoga retreats in the area. Over the years, the family extended 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. Serenity only uses natural insecticides and pesticides and uses soap nuts to wash their dishes. Customers can even take a tour around our 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 multiple 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 a broad variety of raw dishes. Our philosophy is “may our food be your medicine” and we have many diverse homemade meals, with no MSG or chemical enhancements added. Guests can also enjoy a deep relaxation moment at our in-house spa, which offers different massage styles, various treatments and consultations. Our simple motto is “grow your mind and body, go green, all with Serenity”.