The Story Of Tamu Seseh
In the mid 1990s two expatriates who shared a great love for Indonesia, Guy Morgan and Daniel Meury, had been living in Java and become close friends. Both had a dream to build a holiday compound in Bali, after falling in love with the island, its people, and especially the Balinese traditional family compounds seen in villages that they visited together. A place for friends, family, and others to gather and appreciate the beauty of Balinese culture in a traditional village setting, yet close to the best that Bali had to offer.
In their professional roles as Architect and Hotel GM, they were able to apply years of shared knowledge, as well as an abundance of ideas and wishes from other family members about what this place should be. In the end they realized the masterplan would need to include several interconnecting, but self contained spaces, that could be joined or separated according to the needs or particular influx of family and friends who would be staying at any one time.
After more than a year they found the perfect piece of land in the stunning fishing village of Seseh – just a taxi ride from Seminyak, or a stroll along the beach to Echo Beach – but a world away in terms of tranquility, authenticity and serenity. Facing protected rice fields, the ocean and the sunset to the west, containing sacred rainforest trees and swaying coconut palms, and capturing soft coastal breezes throughout the year – it was truly Paradise found! They started with a 3 bedroom Bali style villa (The Main House), and ‘Tamu Seseh’ (Guests in Seseh Village) was born. However, soon overwhelmed with enthusiastic visitors from near and far, a 2 bedroom cottage (The Guest House) was added to the site, totally self contained with its own swimming pool, kitchen, living spaces and wonderful rice field views. The two homes could be connected by opening a gate in the shared courtyard wall – or entirely separated by locking said gate. Years of holiday bliss ensued.
A few years later, it was decided more space was required – and some retreat and sanctuary for the original creators should be in the mix. For this final gesture, and surgically placing buildings around and amongst the existing trees – The two Owners’ Pavilions were conceived and built . Each a more intimately scaled, but no less well facilitated version of the existing villas – these one bedroom villas for one or two are both quite different in character (like the owners!), but perfectly complemented to each other (like the owners- most days!), each with all the facilities of the main villa and guest house, including their own refreshing plunge pools – they allowed as much interaction or as much retreat as the pampered occupants desired. Romantic as anything on the island!
Fully supported by now by an incredible team managing the property, cooking fabulous meals, housekeeping, gardening, watching over things at night, driving the families around on excursions to other parts of the island – the dream was complete. So many gatherings, parties, retreats, reunions and yes – even a wedding or three instilled so many happy memories in this place – the happiness seemed to be a part of the buildings, the gardens, even the air, and washed over the lucky visitors every time they returned.
Some years ago, it was agreed by the families that this place of joy they had founded and enjoyed for so many years, should be shared. It was decided to open the compound to discerning visitors seeking a more authentic Bali experience – in pristine surroundings, with the traditions and the essence of the beautiful Balinese people all around, but also within easy reach of the best that the Island Of The Gods has to offer.
With the Main House, the Guest House and the two Owners Pavilions able to be occupied separately or in any combination between 1 and 7 suites, there is flexibility to suit the needs of nearly every type of traveler – from individuals and couples, through to holidaying families, groups of friends, as well as special interest group retreats, larger reunions, and wedding and other functions.
The Morgans and The Meurys still escape to their tropical sanctuary whenever they can.
Now you can too.