Sarinbuana Ecolodge in Bali, Indonesia: A 2010 Responsible Tourism Award Finalist

  • Melissa Cornejo
  • 4 October 2010

Less than one month remains before winners are announced for Wild Asia’s 2010 Responsible Tourism Awards, a competition that celebrates the noble efforts of small- and medium-sized hotels and tour operators in Asia for their focus upon responsible tourism practices.

The Wild Asia team recently paid a visit to Sarinbuana Ecolodge in Bali, Indonesia, one of six finalists selected who hail from countries as diverse as Cambodia, Malaysia, the Republic of Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

The Sarinbuana Ecolodge on Bali, Indonesia

The Sarinbuana Ecolodge is a quiet refuge away from the tourist hustle found elsewhere on Bali, Indonesia.

Nestled in the rainforest of Mount Batukaru, in the northwest region of Bali, Sarinbuana Ecolodge offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the tourist track, and a refreshing experience that many people do not feel when visiting this island. The lodge, which opened its doors 10 years ago, is run by Linda and Norm vant Hoff and their extended Balinese family.

Although only a small lodge, with just four villas, Sarinbuana Ecolodge has had an enormous positive impact on the local village. Since their arrival in Sarinbuana village, the vant Hoff family has been dedicated to improving local livelihoods, establishing strong relationships with the local people, and learning the local language and culture in order to truly integrate with the local community. The eco lodge has provided a surplus of extra income for many village members. All staff are local and live within 10 minutes of the eco lodge, including the lodge manager.

Whether it be from the jobs it generates on site or through employing local trekking guides, providing sports coaching to local teams and hiring people to manage of its tree-planting program, the Sarinbuana Ecolodge excels at generating income for the local community, while also promoting a sustainable development philosophy. The lodge also aims to unite other eco lodges in the Bali area and helps to provide consulting and courses for other developers.

Engaging in responsible practices towards the local environmental, the lodge has adopted a number of sustainable strategies ever since the formation of the business. All cleaning materials, as well as soaps, are all natural and 100 percent biodegradable. No plastic bottles are used on premises, and all waste is separated and recycled. Organic waste is composted on site and used as fertiliser for the extensive permaculture gardens which cover the property. All villas are constructed with local sustainable timber, including coconut and bamboo, and have a very low-impact design. Water is sourced from a natural spring and all wastewater is carefully treated and released into leach gardens, which, in turn, support the gardens and various fruit trees. The eco lodge has successfully established an eight-square-kilometre rainforest reserve and guests are offered the opportunity to offset their carbon emissions by physically planting trees in the neighbouring reserve.

At Sarinbuana Ecolodge, one can embrace the cool mountain breezes, lush tropical rainforests, rich Balinese culture and appreciate life at its purest. The eco lodge operates in a truly holistic manner, exemplifies sustainability environmentally, economically and socially, and provides comfortable and pristine surroundings for true peace of mind.

Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Award banner

Tune into The Travel Word in the coming weeks to read about the remaining two Responsible Tourism Award finalists from Sri Lanka and Thailand. Winners will be announced on 21 October 2010 during the Responsible Tourism Award ceremony at ITB Asia in Singapore (20–22 October 2010).

Together with the Awards will be a Responsible Tourism Forum and networking session jointly organised by Wild Asia, ITB Asia and The Blue Yonder. Themed ‘CSR in Travel,’ the forum will feature the Award finalists, winners, CSR leaders and green entrepreneurs among others. ‘CSR in Travel’ will cover topics such as tourism and sustainability, greening the supply chain and communicating Responsible Tourism, as well as share Responsible Tourism experiences by successful tourism operators, NGOs and social enterprises working in Asia.

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3 Responses to “Sarinbuana Ecolodge in Bali, Indonesia: A 2010 Responsible Tourism Award Finalist”

  1. Miss Ronnie says:

    Well done Norm and Linda for leading the way with eco lodges on what is fast becoming “Eco Mountain” on the southern slopes of Mount Batukaru, central Bali. It’s a magic part of the world I call “heaven on a hillside”.

  2. Ecotourism is something that is increasingly a concern of many travellers and places such as Sarinbuana Lodge are a shining example of how we can travel whilst minimising the impact on the local environment. Fantastic!

  3. johan says:

    I was staying in Sarinbuana Eco Lodge last year. We went on a few trek tours there. One of my best holidays so far.

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