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Sarinbuana Eco Lodge
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

We had the pleasure to stay at the Sarinbuana Eco Lodge this summer and what a wonderful experience! The place is designed in such a manner that it blends in with the surrounding nature, which gives a relaxing vibe to the place. The fresh food they serve at the restaurant is locally grown and delicious. Very interesting to see the vegetables growing around the lodge and later that day on your plate.

The way in which the Eco Lodge operates should be a blueprint for more lodges and hotels in Bali; creating interaction between locals and tourists ,learn about the nearby environment through guides, and being sustainable and thus avoiding a negative impact on the earth.

Highly recommendable!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Linda v, Owner at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2013

Thank you so much, its for guest such as you, that we continue to be inspired...
x Linda

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Reviewed 4 August 2013

The lodge is really peaceful, it is a cool place to walk around on the area of the lodge. Their is a lot to see, such as a fishpond and a bamboo relax house. There is also a lot to see in the surrounding area, such as a rice paddy walk and a walk to the temple on the mountain. The rooms are good, there is a good bed and a nice shower. The staff who are working on the lodge are really nice. The food in the restaurant is really good. The view from the restaurant is really good.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank NickVoets
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Linda v, Owner at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2013

Thank you so much.
All the best x Linda

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Reviewed 4 August 2013

Definitely one of my favourite place in Bali. Clean air, magnificent nature, tasty organic food and many more reasons for me to go back there every now and then. Staying at Ecolodge made me realise being in the nature is way more relaxing than any luxurious bed that 5 star hotels in the city could offer. My rainforest walk was stunning experience, I was quite tired at the end but being surrounded in nature can't be explained in words.
Great service, cozy rooms and kind owners make me go back there for absolutely relaxing holiday.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

This place is situated about 1.5 hour drive from Kuta. It is located in a lush forested area, it's isolation means that the only noise is that which the forest naturally provides. With the exception of one bungalow the other 5 are relatively isolated, and the only time you will see or hear from your neighbors is when you go for a meal. They will service your room when you are at breakfast so you are free for the entire day, if you feel like it, to relax at the lodge and enjoy the scenery. I recommend you take the short free one hour tour of the property where you get to find out about the work that has gone into making this an eco friendly lodge. At times I felt like I was 12 years old again, exploring all the tracks laid out to the waterfall, fishpond and other areas at the lodge. There are paid treks you can take, but there is also a map in your rooms that provide self guided tours. As everyone as mentioned the food is exceptional. It's been two months and I still remember the Jungle Special.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

Fabulous. Best placed we stayed across our time on the island - an opportunity to see the real Bali. Staff are excellent and go above and beyond to make you comfortable, walks and classes are all fantastic. The restaurant and food were exceptional, as was the coffee!! Great place for anyone with dietary requirements too - we particularly loved the vegan chocolate mousse and dairy-free coconut ice cream.

Come prepared for rustic luxury, amazing scenery, hiking, humidity and one of the most incredible stays of your life.

Also - highly recommend the one-on-one classes in Silat, the Indonesian martial art, if you have any interest in it.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Linda v, Owner at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2013

Thank you!, We have others now wanting to do the Silat private classes, so thank you for helping to make this happen.
All the best
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

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.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

The Sarinbuana Eco Lodge is a stunning eco-friendly and environmentally conscious lodge located in the mountains of Bali... The beautiful and tastefully decorated bungalows were spacious and private, with many windows to view the jungle canopy from. We spent some of the time sitting and staring out the bay windows while it rained, reading books on the balcony as butterflies flitted by, marveling at the private outdoor showers and garden space, and visiting the resident rabbits and monkeys. The restaurant served fresh delicious food and the hosts were warm, charming and welcoming.

I would have to say it was one of the most unique places I've ever stayed -- in the middle of the dense jungle, with no sounds other than the morning birds, the wind rustling in the leaves and the night filled with frogs, with an occasional distant voice from a neighboring bungalow. Sarinbuana is extremely placid, and extremely peaceful. There's really nothing like opening your bungalow windows and doors in the morning to a cool mountain breeze with the sun rising up over the mountains, birds dotting the sky.

Norm and Linda were terrific hosts, both highly intelligent and engaging in conversation, as were all of the staff. The food was delectable -- as we are both vegetarian (one being more of a gluttonous vegan, heh) my fiance found tremendous enjoyment in their raw gastronomic delights! Make sure to make space for dessert, as their signature desserts are not to be missed! There's a lot to see and do in the area, and a lot to learn which makes it also an ideal place for children who enjoy the outdoors.

I found the Lodge's commitment to being eco-friendly and sustainable quite amazing, applying their knowledge of permaculture and nutrition in a way that is far beyond any other "eco" place out there. The entire property has been set up with permaculture in mind, water runoffs means your shower can later water parts of the garden (which is why you should only bring non-toxic biodegradable bath products), compost is used for planting, and so on. Both Norm and Linda have extensive experience and knowledge in this area, and are always happy to lend some thoughts on the subject and also can provide training if desired. It's also inspiring to see a place "walk the talk" in this regard.

One thing to note -- if you are looking for a climate-controlled, Westernized, carpeted Ritz Carlton in the jungle, this will not be it. While the service is very attentive, you will still be at a nature lodge amongst the trees, so you will find a stray insect or two on occasion, or a gecko on your ceiling, and of course there is no air conditioning (nor none really needed up while in these mountains). For us, this was all part of the enjoyment and experience, but if you need that level of creature comforts then you should probably look elsewhere.

There are also a wide range of experiences to choose from -- we went on a rainforest hike to learn more about the vegetation, learned wood carving, got a massage and otherwise had the time to unwind and learn more about the environment and people there. There's also a great short hike on the property down to a series of natural clear pools and small waterfalls you can go bathing in. Although we stayed only for a short time, we look forward to coming back to do their Orangutan Trek with our nephews, nieces and when the time comes, our children - bringing awareness to the great diversity of life in the jungle.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Sarinbuana so much that we most definitely intend to return in the future. We'd highly recommend Sarinbuana to anyone looking for a peaceful getaway in nature, a safe haven in the jungle, an inspiring eco-oriented stay or just something different, and think it is actually one of the best places we've been to in Asia. Many thanks to Norm and Linda and the hospitable staff and we hope to see you again soon!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Jl. Arjuna Br. Biyahan | Desa Wanagiri, Tabanan 82162, Indonesia
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Region: Indonesia > Bali > Tabanan
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Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 59 Speciality Lodging in Tabanan
Price Range: £38 - £69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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. Practice yoga in our "treetop" yoga shala, mountain bike to the beach. Enjoy a massage or take a cooking class. Perfect for Nature loving: Couples, Families, Solo travellers, 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 Wild forest award & Wild Asia Eco Lodge of the year Award, and 2 time nominee for the Virgin Sustainable Tourism Award. ... more   less 
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