From day one of operating Escape Haven, when we could count our staff member on one hand, we have always been a family.

We have been so lucky to have such a long-standing team at our Bali retreat: Manik has been with us for 8 years, Anatari has been with us for 6 years, Wati, Devi and Lisa for 4 years, Gede our Chef and Ketut both for 7 years, and Kadek for 3 years. Running our luxury women’s wellness retreats in Bali simply wouldn’t happen without the dedication and care that our Balinese staff diligently offer. Every day our team appear on time, full of smiles, and ready to spend their day ensuring that each guest’s needs are met and taken care of. Not only are our Balinese team conscientious, attentive and resourceful, they perform every task with positivity and a genuine eagerness to please. Whether pampering Bali retreat guests with a massage, whipping up a delectable meal in the kitchen, tending to our abundant lush gardens, chauffeuring our guests around the island, or ensuring the rooms and villas are in tip-top condition, each staff member is highly trained, qualified and sincerely passionate about what they do.

We not only hand pick every single person on our team, we invest in them, we train them and we inspire them to keep learning, growing, and following their own goals and dreams. One of the highlights for us of running a Bali yoga retreat is that we have the pleasure of working with the local people, who could not be more friendly, giving and eager to please. Our guests always offer glowing feedback when it comes to our team and we are so proud of the way they deliver seamless service with a smile time after time, always striving to improve anywhere they can. If you have joined us on a Bali retreat, you may remember some of these shining faces below! We are honoured to introduce you to our Balinese staff who are pivotal in making Escape Haven the most-awarded luxury women’s wellness retreat in Bali.

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Meet our Escape Haven Balinese Family:

Butlers

Lisa

Lisa

Lisa was born and raised here in Bali, and her beautiful warm smile is the first you see when you arrive on retreat at Escape Haven. Lisa joined our team three years ago after working for a number of different villas in Bali. Lisa is a self-confessed lover of spaghetti and in her free time, you will often see her enjoying the ocean air at Kuta Beach. She also loves visiting the Holy Water Temple on her days off where she finds peace, balance and inspiration. Lisa loves keeping active with hobbies including badminton, hiking and TRX. Knowing the importance of both action and relaxation, she looks forward to her favourite Balinese holiday each year, NYEPI, which is a silent day of reflection that is part of the Hindu new year celebrations.

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Kadek Butler

Kadek

Kadek is one of our wonderful butlers who welcomes our guests to Escape Haven and ensures their stay is perfect in every way. Kadek has many years of experience and his background in customer service spans from resorts to hotels to restaurants. Kadek also found love at Escape Haven! Meeting and marrying his beautiful wife Suzanne. His wide array of skills and efficient service always make him a favourite amongst our guests! Outside of work, Kadek loves playing soccer, strumming his guitar with friends, and getting out into nature and exploring in the nearby mountains. Originally from Nusa Penida, a stunning island just off the coast of mainland Bali, Kadek is the best person to chat to if you’re looking for a little extra taste of island paradise after your retreat!

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Devi

Devi

Devi is one of our youngest butlers who joined our Escape Haven family three years ago. Devi is a Balinese native whose keen sense of ambition and drive inspired her to return to school last year to undertake a Management Degree. She has great plans to open her own business one day and become her own Girlboss! A lover of animals, Devi has an exceptionally cute Peking dog who she loves devoting her free time to. Her gentle kind nature and affection is what guests love the most about her, and Devi will always go above and beyond to ensure every guest has the most magical stay at Escape Haven possible. Be sure to spend a moment swapping pet stories and cute snaps with Devi during your retreat.

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Manik

Manik, our operations manager, has been with our founder Janine since the very beginning. Of course, that makes her everybody’s go-to person because she has the answers for everything! Manik is Balinese born and raised, however she also spent time in the United States, which she looks back on lovingly as a transformative and inspiring time in her life. She is now married with two beautiful children, one of them named Keanu after her Hollywood ideal Keanu Reeves! Manik adores entertaining people with her jokes and laughter and is best known for her bright lipsticks, beautiful dresses, high energy and unwavering smile. A lover of garlic bread and Beyonce, Manik still calls Ubud her favourite place to be where she can immerse herself in the peace and tranquility of her home village.

Marlina

Marlina

Marlina is our accountant originally from the capital city of Jakarta. Having a love and fascination with numbers from a young age, Marlina always dreamed of becoming an accountant and her skill and passion make her ideal for this busy role. Each year Marlina returns to her family in Jakarta to celebrate Eid, which is similar to Christmas in the Western world. During this time she loves joining her family to make homemade Ketupat for the holiday, which are beautiful square rice cakes wrapped in woven banana leaves. Marlina’s secret talent is her ability to speak Indonesian, Javanese, Pagang and French!

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Therapist

Antari

Antari

Antari was born and raised in Bali and has enjoyed being a talented spa therapist for two decades, working in multiple 5 star resorts and hotels all over Bali. Antari is not only our head of Spa Department at Escape Haven, she is also our very special (and very popular!) Ayurvedic therapist. When she is not pampering our beautiful guests on retreat, Antari loves to take her children for a family picnic up in the Bedugul Botanical Garden. This is their favourite place to unwind during the holidays.

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Juni

Juni

Juni has a genuine love for pampering people and guest reviews will attest to both her skill and caring nature. Juni is a Balinese native who has been a spa therapist for over ten years. She loves treating our guests to sessions that will immediately release stress and tension in the body. As a mother of two beautiful young children and a one year old Bali puppy, she loves spending her days off with her family, going on nature walks or taking trips on the special Balinese holidays. You are always in good hands with Juni!

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Wati

Wati always dreamed of becoming a spa therapist. As soon as she had her first child 16 years ago, she started her training, and over those 16 years she has become a highly qualified and naturally gifted therapist, specialising in strong, deep massage styles. Our guests looking for a little extra pressure in their sessions love Wati and get amazing results from her treatments. Wati also has another 6 year old daughter and she loves spending time with her girls in her time off. We have been lucky to have Wati with us for three years and look forward to many more years with her on the team.

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Driver

Erik

Erik

Erik was born and raised in Jakarta and moved to Bali in 2006 looking for a more laid back island lifestyle. Erik loves his home in Canggu and his passion for this area is appreciated by

our guests as he takes them between the villa and the surrounding shops, beaches, and further afar on weekly excursions. Erik began working as a bartender upon arrival in Canggu, but once he was offered a position as a private driver for a family, he knew he had found his passion. Always with a smile, Erik enjoys introducing our guests to the Island of the Gods that he so dearly loves.

Kitchen

Gede Head Chef

Gede

Gede is our head chef at Escape Haven and he has been working with us since the very beginning. As you can imagine, he has perfected the art of spa cuisine and the food is always a highlight for all of our guests. Gede is a Balinese native and when he originally joined culinary school, he was a little unsure of what a chef’s role actually entailed! Luckily, over his years of training, he fell in love even more with cooking and gained skills that have delights our guests for a decade. Gede lives on a beautiful farm with his wife and two sons, and their precious farm animals. We feel so lucky to have Gede as an integral part of our Escape Haven team.

Ketut Chef

Ketut

Born and raised in Bali, it was always a dream for Ketut to become a chef. As soon as he graduated from culinary school he launched into the profession with enthusiasm, originally working in restaurants in the Nusa Dua area. His favourite cuisine to cook is European food, but when at home, he loves cooking up his children’s favourite specials of pizza and pasta! Ketut is also a bird lover and he has four birds at home that he takes care of as he would his own children. Alongside Gede, Ketut loves delighting our guests every day with fresh, abundant meals that showcase Bali’s local flavours, as well as Western favourites.

The team

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