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Sarinbuana Eco Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Warrnambool, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“Heaven on earth.”
Reviewed 3 December 2013

My sister & I have just spent the last few days @ the lodge, having the most wonderful time. Linda & all her amazing staff, work tirelessly ensuring each guest gets something out of their stay. The lodge is truly a beautiful place & if there is a heaven on earth, this may just be it! I highly recommend taking the temple walk, it's not for the faint hearted, was hot, sweaty, and muddy @ times, however we laughed al the way with our guide, who was amazing!!! You truly get to see (village) Bali in all it's untouched glory. The food was amazing, and portion sizes where bang on, enough to fill you up, without over indulging. The 1hr Bali massage was by far, in the top 5 of the best I've ever had, it left you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated & not nearly as bloated. It's wonderful to see everyone working effortlessly to ensure this beautiful Eco system of the mountain stays pristine.

I will be definitely returning again. And will be recommending the lodge to anyone going to Bali.

Room Tip: Any room is a winner, each offering something different, ours was @ the bottom, away from everyone...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Linda v, Owner at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, responded to this review, 6 December 2013
You girls are amazing! Thank you so much for emptying your childhood toy chest (the night before your visit to the lodge) and bringing all your toys here, they are already being snuggled by many happy kids in our village. it was very thoughtful, so thank you again, and also for your review, one thing I know from 10 years of receiving guests to our lodge - Aussies know & are connected with nature, I don't think theres an insect here that has ever fazed an Aussy, Im so grateful that there is still a sound ecological system where you live - look after that girls : ) hope to see you again sometime x Linda
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Singapore, null, Singapore
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

Date of Stay : 28-30 Nov 2013

I have to say.. this hidden gen simply grows on you.

We arrived in the evening and it was raining. As usual, the insects (those flying ants) come out at night.. even more so since it was raining. Our kids (age 7, 6 and 1.5) were horrified and I have to admit, as they finally fell asleep, I began to wonder if we could survive the 2 nights we have planned to stay there. For me and wifey, having grown up in the kampong when we were young, this place brings back fond memories. But for our city-kids, this is a culture shock!

The next day, it was raining. Wife and I woke up in the morning hoping to catch the sunrise but we found hundreds (if not thousands) of the dead flying ants on the floor and on the toilet seat. I quickly swept the insects away before the kids wake up. But the minute we set foot in the restaurant for bfast, we (the kids) totally forgot abt the insects, etc. Breakfast was simple but tasty. The food (for bfast, lunch and dinner) was prepared fresh. The veges were freshly plucked and cooked. Veges never taste this great in my whole life.. and I'm not saying this as an exaggerated tourist. By the 2nd day, the kids are getting used to the place. Those with stronger legs can try the hiking. As for me, we decided to venture ourselves to the waterhole.. about a 15min walk down.. with deep and slippery steps all the pay. 15mins walk up the steps back to our lodge and I have legs that are still aching even after 1 week.
The 3rd day, we managed to do what we had planned when we were here - to pass donations of soccer boots, balls, board games, etc to the nearby village school. The look we saw on the kids' faces when we opened up the luggage full of gifts.. was priceless. It was also durin gthis 3rd day here that the kids felt that they did not want to go home. That was why I say that this place grows on you. The longer you stay here.. the more you will love this place.
To be surrounded by nature.. and to give back to the village.. is definitely an emotional and unforgettable experience. I want my kids to learn and appreciate life.. and I'm confident that after this trip.. they have taken a lot more that what they have given. The best way to appreciate life.. is to live it!!!!

Room Tip: The road up is super bumpy. Those with motion sickness, be prepared.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Linda v, Owner at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, responded to this review, 4 December 2013
Firstly thank you so much for your generous gifts to our local children, also thank you for your feedback. A note for potential future guests - the flying termites mentioned here, occur in Bali when the first rains of the wet season arrive, it's usually just 1 night, so it was an unfortunate experience or maybe fascinating (depending on how you see nature) to see this natural cycle which provides a feast for frogs & geckos.
Thanks again for choosing a nature based experience to share with your children
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

We recently spent a few nights in this place. Our transfers were included in the special deal we had with the Lodge and after a 2 hour drive arrived at this remote but lovely place. I see previous reviewers complained about the roads but only 15 mins was on bumpy roads and this is just the way things are when you get out of the city on the island.

We were given the Rumah manis bungalow, a 1 double bed bungalow with a small living area, bathroom and lovely terrace with stunning views. Whilst we certainly appreciate that his was nature at its best, if you are not prepared to share your time with an abundance of creatures, this place is probably not for you. I suppose if you come mentally prepared in advance about this it would be fine but it can be a shock if you're city folk, especially from non-exotic locations. Gigantic spiders, moths, frogs, crickets, cockroaches and other unidentifiable critters would often pay a visit and scare you when they suddenly appear out of nowhere and in your face. Thankfully the mosquito net on the bed gives you this nice sense of security at night. To be honest we started getting used to it by the end but it did make for a couple of nervous nights, at least for the lady in the group. I suppose the way the bungalow is constructed, with gaps between the ceiling and the walls, anything is free to come in and share the night with you...

Our meals were also included so we cannot really comment on the prices but the quality of the food is really where this place excels. Everything tasted so fresh and the flavours were fantastic. Good choice of salads and every night is a different theme for dinner, sometimes you only get a couple of choices but that is good as it makes up your mind quickly. The creme caramel is indeed heavenly - a must try. The staff are also lovely and were always helpful

There are 4 monkeys that are looked after at the Lodge, we understand they were rescued from being pets and cannot be released but still sad to see them pacing all day in their cages.

Had a walk in the nearby jungle, a massage, visited the local village and just spent most of our time lazing about and this place is great to do just that.

Room Tip: Rumah Manis excellent for couples - very private and stunning views
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Linda v, Owner at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, responded to this review, 1 February 2014
Thank you so much, hope to see you again someday
x Linda
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

or maybe even more excellent ... i don't know if the menu has changed. but the food tasted more delicious than i could remember.
it took me 2 1/2 years to return to this wonderful place. and find it very satisfying that the quality level remains so high. for sure this isn't an easy thing considering the remote location and the climate.
so all my compliments for linda, norm and the sweet staff!

Room Tip: ask for rumah manis
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Linda v, Owner at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, responded to this review, 6 December 2013
hey, thank you - legendary review, we've still got it :) dont make it so long next time... XLinda
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

Firstly, I can't thank the staff and Linda for such a relaxing, peaceful time.
Sarinbuana is everything about Bali I love, it is very traditional, the local community are all involved. Linda and Norm have done an outstanding job to help the local people protect their island. If you are interested in protecting Bali Linda and Norm have many projects that you can help if you really love Bali.
If you want 5 five star this may not be for you. However this is 5 star because it respects the local culture, environment and if Bali loses this type of accommodation it would be a tragedy.
The food at Sarinbuana is prepared traditionally with so much thought. Also, it has a modern touch with lovely organic salads and yummy deserts.
The climate is a nice change from the humid lower areas. There are so many more things I could say about how great Sarinbuana is.
We can't wait to return.
Bronwyn, Brian and Joan October 2013

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Linda v, Owner at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, responded to this review, 9 January 2014
Thank you so much, we love & appreciate guests who get what we are doing here. Dont forget & help to protect the wonderful wildlife you have in Aussie, many European guests are frightened to see a frog, moth or harmless spider as they never see these anymore... x Linda
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

I was lucky to stay here a little while ago and can't rate it more highly.

Linda and Norm were the best hosts that you could ask for, you can tell immediately that they are absolutely passionate about this slice of paradise they have chosen to make their home and they transfer this deep love for the area onto their guests.

The lodges are all beautifully unique and blend perfectly into this peaceful environment, as soon as you walk through the front gate you feel immediately relaxed.

The grounds are immaculate and the water is managed to such a high standard that i didn't have any problems with insects. I didn't take part in any of the excursions but i did have a daily massage and it was wonderful.

I ate in the restaurant every day and ordered my food in the morning knowing that it would then picked straight from the garden. I'd go back again just for the food!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Linda v, Owner at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, responded to this review, 15 November 2013
Nice! Thank you, love to see you again xx Linda
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

We spent a week in the Orchid Bungalow which has amazing views over the jungle treetops and a beautiful outdoor shower. The room is perfectly laid out and cool all day. The staff are wonderful, friendly and speak very good English so communicating any of your desires is made easy. We had two massages each and ate in the restaurant every day, every night of the week they have a different 'special' so you get a wonderful choice of Balinese dishes as well as the usual European staples.

Being in the jungle means you may find the odd spider in your room but none are poisonous or biting spiders and the staff are happy to safely remove them if it concerns you. I will recommend this Eco Lodge to everybody I know.

Room Tip: The tree-house has two levels to fit larger groups or families but we stayed in the Orchid Bungalow...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Linda v, Owner at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, responded to this review, 15 November 2013
Thank you!, hope to see you again someday1 x Linda
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Property: Sarinbuana Eco Lodge
Address: Jl. Arjuna Br. Biyahan | Desa Wanagiri, Tabanan 82162, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Tabanan
Amenities:
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 55 Speciality Lodging in Tabanan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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. 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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