I had the pleasure of staying at this paradise on the mountain in May 2013. I was there a total of 11 days. This place encompassed all my interests and loves; natural surroundings, great food, culture, good ethics and sustainability.
The food is exceptional, I think due to the fact that it is so fresh and healthy... and still unbelievably yummy! The service is lovely. Best of all is hearing the lovely staff enjoying them-selves too. You can always hear them laughing in the kitchen as they prepare meal and all throughout the day.
I love that in this hidden location you are still exposed to many of the cultural traditions and customs of Bali. I really enjoyed doing many of the workshops. I took a cooking class where we made our dinner meals from scratch (ingredients from the garden mostly). Everything was explained really well and any questions answered. I learnt the art of making offerings and decorations out of coconut leaves, it was lovely to see how they were handmade. I did a long walk to the temple on the mountain. It was challenging at times but I very much enjoyed it as I felt amerced in the culture and nature on the mountain as I learned lots as we passed rice fields and rainforest. Wood carving was also so amazing, and a lot easier than I thought (does take a bit of patients though!). I even got to see kids from the village doing dance lessons and I volunteered and did an interactive English lesson with them afterwards... It was very special!
The surroundings at the eco lodge are enchanting. You aren't able to see another place at the lodge from your own place/room (except monkey bungalow). Which makes it so special and lovely.The Bamboo Balae was my favourite place to watch nature at any time of the day. You are one with nature there, and it is beautiful and exciting. Sometimes nature even comes in to meet you which is fun but totally harmless.
The whole atmosphere that the owners of the lodge have created is amazing. A holiday here is even more enjoyable when you know that what you are paying for will see funds go straight back to the local village where it is located, and also to preserving the beauty of the place. I can't wait to return to this place for years to come, as I know it will be around for a long time due the infrastructure and processes that have made it hugely sustainable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sarinbuana Eco lodge is the pioneer of Eco Tourism in Bali. This internationally Award winning Eco Lodge, offers you a retreat into nature. With 5 uniquely hand crafted bungalows set in tropical organic gardens, amazing mountain & forested valley views. Surrounded by fruit, trees coffee, cocoa, vanilla & rice paddy's. Delicious Organic local Balinese, Raw food & Western dishes sourced from our gardens, workshops with our local villagers, Mountain, Rainforest, Temple, Rice paddy and "food forest" walks, fresh mountain water pools. Enjoy a massage or take a cooking class. Perfect for Nature loving: Couples, Families, Solo travelers, Honeymooners, group retreats & for all those who would like to be a part of this vibrant traditional culture, while treading lightly on the earth. Winner of the Wildforest award 2013, 2007 & 2010 Wild Asia Eco Lodge of the year Award, and 2 time nominee for the Virgin Sustainable Tourism Award - Best accommodation for a community category. Sarinbuana Eco Lodge has lead the way in developing Sustainable Eco Tourism in Bali, pioneering social and environmental programs that have set new standards for viable, responsible & hotel management in Bali. Our recent consultancy projects are: Bali Eco beach house, Loola Bintan Island, Fresh Bali, Sumber Sari Eco Villas & Bali Eco Stay. New Retreat Bamboo bale for workshops, groups and yoga space. Daily Yoga classes at 7am & 5pm ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sarinbuana Eco Hotel Tabanan
- Sarinbuana Eco Lodge Bali/Tabanan