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Eco-conscious travelling is the best way to holiday—there’s no doubt about that. Staying at a hotel which minimises waste and carbon footprint can make all the difference in the long-term. With many hotels across the globe playing their part in implementing environmental initiatives, it’s now easier than ever to plan a guilt-free holiday. This does not mean compromising luxury amenities and services, which play a big part in an enjoyable vacation—in fact, many luxury hoteliers have taken sustainability on board and are doing their part. Bali houses some of the most eco-friendly hotels, thanks to its commitment to the slow movement. Here are some of the island’s best sustainable hotels, which use all-natural, plastic-free policies to ensure a planet-friendly stay.
A boutique hotel founded by designers John and Cynthia Hardy, Bambu Indah is an eco-pioneer in Bali. The radically-unique hotel is located in Ubud and combines bamboo buildings with an antique Javanese teak wood bridal home. The green-driven venue is nestled in nature, allowing you to wake up to the sounds of waterfalls in the tropical jungle. The hotel combines modern living, with sustainable practices, which includes a natural pool and pond, filtered water, organic bath products, and waste and recycling initiatives.
Bambu Indah, Jl. Baung, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia | (+62) 361 977922
The globally-acclaimed Potato Head Studio is built with reclaimed and recycled materials to ensure a zero-waste space. Located in Desa Potato Head, the hotel promotes sustainable, progressive living, at every possible chance. From the biodegradable slippers to the reclaimed plastic chairs, the space truly commits to encouraging green living in its beachfront environment. Immerse yourself in the on-site art, and in its surroundings (being in the “creative village of the future”), to engage with local artists, whilst embracing the eco vibe, and hospitable service. Plus, the space is uber chic.
Potato Head Studios at Desa Potato Head, Jl. Petitenget No.51B, Seminyak, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia | (+62) 361 3029999
From one of the world’s best luxury hotelier, Aman, comes Amankila, one of the group’s three Balinese outposts. Known for its unparalleled service and five-star amenities, Amankila also commits to sustainability-driven initiatives. The secluded location boasts a peaceful, sweeping stretch of pristine beach, and free-standing suites with private pools. The thatched-roof private suites are nestled in nature, and its surrounding reefs are crystal clear—perfect for snorkelling. Sustainability comes first, and the resort commits to protecting the country’s national bird, the Bali starling, as well as utilising energy-saving and recycling programmes on-site.
Amankila, Jl. Raya Manggis, Manggis, Kec. Manggis, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80871, Indonesia | (+62) 363 41333
Situated in a traditional seaside village in Sukawati, Floating Leaf Eco-Luxury Retreat commits to sustainable living and giving back to the community. Rated as one of the best retreats in Bali, the secluded destination blends holistic wellness with eco-friendly initiatives. Some of the implementations at the retreat include a water purification plant, wastewater treatment facilities, solar and wind power projects, recycling and conservation, and water-efficient landscaping and gardens, to name a few.
Floating Leaf Eco-Luxury Retreat, Jl. Pantai Purnama No.42, Sukawati, Kec. Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80581, Indonesia | (+62) 811 380 202
Fivelements was founded in 2007, with a mission to provide sustainable wellness retreats in a holistic environment. The integrated wellness lifestyle company houses its flagship on the banks of Ayung River, where it focuses on high-impact sustainability-centric approaches. It’s built on three pillars—personal wellness, net-positive impact, and social harmony. From the sustainable design to the clean and conscious products, Fivelements is motivated by a vision for a better, healthier, and happier life for all its guests and the local community.
Fivelements Bali, Mambal, Abiansemal, Badung Regency, Bali 80352, Indonesia | (+62) 361 469206
Nestled in Green Village—a spot famed for its architecture, design, and sustainable living—Aura House is constructed entirely from locally-grown bamboo. The three-floor house is situated around 30 minutes away from Ubud, and is surrounded by lush jungle. It’s got a stunning lounge area, a forest-view plunge pool, and a bamboo kitchen. Defined by expert Balinese craftsmanship, the house welcomes guests to indulge in additional services during their stay, including massages, room service, and bamboo-related workshops and tours.
Aura House Bali, Sibang Gede, Abiansemal, Badung Regency, Bali 80352, Indonesia | (+62) 811 3922 254