10 Best Eco Resorts in Bali
13th March 2019, Nadia Wiharja & Wise Steps Travel.
Let’s start with you! What can you do to contribute to a better world?
Well, if you are reading this article chances are good that you are on the right track! So maybe share it with people who still need ‘inspiration’.
To be honest, it isn’t that hard to be a good traveler, it is mainly about choices, responsible choices. Especially when you are traveling to paradisaic destinations like Bali, enjoying nature, waterfalls, beaches, and culture, your responsible choices are key to preserve this destination. Why? Well maybe your kids would like to have a similar experience when traveling to Bali or you feel it is important for the people who call Bali their home and who can’t escape easily if it is not livable anymore.
Despite the foreign investment, economic development, and the fame of Bali as a travel hub and place to settle for digital nomads it is time for all of us to acknowledge that (mass) tourism has its downsides or better, it has huge negative impacts on environment and local communities if it is not managed responsibly.
In order for travelers to make educated decisions, we would need some information as groundwork, agreed? Good, here are some facts you should consider when choosing your accommodation in Bali.
It already came to the attention of not few travelers that especially during the rainy season, there is an incredible amount of litter being flushed out from the rivers into the oceans and washed up on the shores again. That’s the visible and aesthetically disturbing part, the invisible part, however, is the waste or grey water of hotels and restaurants leading unfiltered into rivers or the ocean. Damaging impacts that might be supported if we choose (not knowingly) to stay at such places.
Also invisible to many, is the threatening water scarcity of Bali. There is a constant overuse of water over the past few years, hence the groundwater level is sinking which again causes the salt water to intrude the island starting from the shores. IDEP Foundation is currently one of the only organizations fighting this problem with its Bali Water Project. However, it is rather challenging to find holistically supported solutions in a battle for water between the agricultural sector and the tourism sector. Read more about this topic here.
So, here is a realistic and educated choice you can make considering the facts in Bali:
Do you feel like staying in a nice 4-5 star resort on the beach with more than 2000 liters water use on average per person per night? With unclear waste management and grey water treatment?
Or are you actually looking for a unique place surrounded by the beauty of Bali, where the owners are known and put significant efforts into explaining how they work to support communities and be responsible towards their environment?
As mentioned in the beginning, it isn’t that hard to make responsible choices, so as a responsible tour operator we want to present you a selection of some outstanding eco resorts in Bali. Having said that, there are plenty of nice eco resorts in Bali hence you have plenty of good choices to make and we can surely long argue about the best ones, but this can already serve as inspiration for your next trip.
Here are the top 10 Eco Resorts in Bali that can be easily integrated into any itinerary:
Set only 200m from the famous Monkey Forest in Ubud, Swasti Cottage will offer you authentic and tranquility retreats for your stay. What so “Eco” about this amazing cottage?
- They only use recycled wood for their houses while actively supporting an association that fights deforestation.
- Giving back to local communities and their local staffs by sharing a fair amount of profit
- Waste recycled through composting or their worm factory.
- Have their own organic farm to grow fresh vegetables
- Provide triple-filtered, pure alkaline water free of charge to all our guests.
This gem is located in a secluded area of Tabanan, a western side of Bali. When you reach Bali Eco Stay, you’ll notice a lush setting with cool temperatures surrounding the bungalows that immediately make you feel the appreciation for nature. What do they do to protect the environment?
- 75% of the food is coming from their own permaculture gardens.
- There are funded programs to educate local communities about waste management.
- Bali Eco Stay offers unlimited filtered spring water by providing water dispenser in each bungalow, so no plastic bottle needed during your stay.
- They use low water pressure shower and dual flush toilets
- Change bathroom towels every 3 days or on request.
- The water is recycled through wastewater garden
- Only provide natural hand-made soaps and shampoos.
Omunity was founded in 2013 with the mission to provide a sustainable future for posterity, for example, the world without plastic. So, what are their efforts?
- Advocate in a cultural exchange between locals and visitors by present the food, culture, language, and way of living of the local community.
- Giving back to the local community through educational and sustainable Sudaji Community involvement.
- Accommodations in Omunity are eco-friendly by using high standard but locally organic handmade materials.
- They don’t provide a telephone or TV in the accommodation so that guests can enjoy the natural surroundings to the fullest.
Set in the middle of tropical landscape, Sanak Retreat offers you a high-quality relaxing getaway in the north side of Bali called Munduk. They also implemented sustainable best practices throughout the resort:
- About 98% of their staff is from the local community that lives nearby in the Buleleng Region
- They support educational programs for local youth on the importance of maintaining the natural environment, as well as support schools with supplies
- 90% of their foods are locally produced to support local farmers
- Sanak Retreat is a free plastic environment (a part of RefillMyBottle). They have their own waste management system, through reducing, reusing, sorting, and recycling
- They educate employees, families, and school children about eco-bricks, how to recycle plastic into a brick that can be used as a building material
Bambu Indah is a boutique hotel located in Ubud. The founder believes that nature is the greatest assets, that is why they are very serious with implementing eco-friendly solutions:
- Supporting bamboo structures on the building.
- Handmade and organic bath products
- Only using minimal lighting by using LED and oil lamps
- For the food scraps, they will use it to feed the pigs and fuel their compost heap.
- Using banana leaves as your dining plates and papaya stem as straws.
- Invented air-conditioned bed, where mosquito net surrounding you capture the cool air.
If you are really looking for the five-star experience but still want to go eco, Bloo Lagoon is your choice. A luxury resort in Candidasa that is eco-friendly. How they are doing it?
- Bridge the exchange learning process between guests and local community
- Keeping the resort consistently simple and small
- The lighting in the resort only use LED that consume only 3 watts each
- The pool is using ionization for water purification and minimizes the use of chemical products.
- Conserve water by channeling rain and water from showers and sinks to an artificial lake and ponds.
- Farming with only organic practices.
Located in a hilly area of Bali, Munduk, a sublime green landscape surrounding the resort, will pamper your mind and soul. Here are their responsible efforts:
- Recycle water through wastewater gardens
- Organic waste is composed in their composting center and used on their land.
- Munduk Plantation Hotel collaborates with local coffee farmers as well as grow their own organic coffee farming
- Munduk Plantation has “no hunting” policy and as a result, there is a remarkable increase in the variety of bird life.
- They gradually returned part of their plantation to its state of the original rainforest
- Maintain access to a traditional water source for the local community
Settled in the bank of Ayung River in Ubud, Five Elements Bali is a great Balinese sanctuary for those of you who seek a relaxed yet interesting stay. Their sustainable measures include:
- Putting its resources into 2 ongoing social projects per year working with partner communities in Bali
- The buildings are dominated by wood and bamboo
- Prioritize locally made materials in all design efforts.
- Offer naturally ventilated indoor spaces planted with appropriate air cleaning plants.
- Offer locally sourced drinking water
- Using collected rainwater or recycled wastewater for their garden
The ocean paradise eco-resort, located on the shores of the west side of Bali, has a great selection of rooms with comfort, interesting architecture, and ocean views. What are they doing to be more sustainable?
- Using bamboo straws throughout the resort
- Recycle their waste into organic compost and a non-organic waste process by partnered recycle company
- Using only locally produced food ingredients
- 90% of their staff is from the local community near the resort with accessible education and training opportunity
- Providing mineral water station for everyone to refill
- Rainwater collection to reduce water consumption
Built in a secluded tropical jungle in the north side of Bali, away from the touristic places, this resort is definitely worth a visit. Join their vision of environmental consciousness, by supporting these efforts:
- Provide employment opportunities for local communities.
- Provide locally sourced water for drinking and bathing.
- Grow an organic farm where most of the food is originally sourced.
- Work with Eco Bali to collect and recycle their waste.
- Only using renewable bamboo and recycled timber in their construction.
- All cleaning products are natural bio-degradable and produced locally in Bali.
These choices should also showcase that the perceived gap between luxury and eco can be closed as well so no excuses. Environmentally conscious and socially responsible options are available in all price categories but the final decisions lie in your hands. You choose the way you travel, you choose the impacts you might have, so choose wisely! 😊Tags: 10 best eco resorts, Accommodation, Bali, Eco, Eco Hotels Bali, eco resort, eco-friendly hotels, Indonesia