Ubud is the heart of Bali, where traditional dances and temple ceremonies contrast with the tourist-crowded streets and the green terraced hill landscapes of the area. As the artistic centre of the island, you will find silversmiths, stone carvers, and painters in Ubud. Situated about an hour’s drive from the bustling southern portion of the island, Ubud offers visitors many cultural gems and close encounters with nature.
There is no shortage of sights to discover while visiting the area. Rich with history, Ubud is where the Royal Palace is located. Other sights also include The Sacred Monkey Forest and the famous Art Market along with its many temples and natural wonders. In keeping with the Balinese reverence for nature and trying to preserve it, here are some eco-friendly hotels in Ubud, Bali, for visitors to check out prior to booking a vacation to Ubud.
While you enjoy your beautiful surroundings in this serene retreat just steps from the Monkey Forest, the Swasti family is working hard to preserve the natural beauty of Ubud through various eco-friendly programs. Here are some of their contributions to that cause. They farm half of their land to grow organic food for their guests to enjoy at their cafe during their stay and for breakfast which is served in the room each morning. The staff also raises goats, ducks, sheep, and rabbits to keep the land fertile for the organic produce.
The beautiful cottages are built using 100% recycled Java wood to help preserve Indonesian forests. Organic waste is composted while other wastes that can’t be recycled, are forwarded to Eco Bali. While enjoying that nice cool glass of water in the humid climate, you can feel good that it has been triple-filtered to help out the environment. As you enjoy your retreat to the fullest, you can rest assured that Swasti is helping keep this beautiful part of the world like this for years to come by each eco-friendly step they take.
While waking up in your lovely accommodation, you can look out from your terrace onto the rice fields and see how Green Field Hotel and Restaurant is putting eco-friendliness into action, by using traditional Balinese irrigation techniques. Also, while you enjoy a dip after a long day out exploring the nearby Monkey Forest or other sights of Ubud, you can be at ease that one of the pools is a salt water pool. The restaurant at Green Field Hotel also contributes to saving the Indonesian environment by serving guests an array of tropical fruits, fresh juices, and homemade organic bread. You can now enjoy the rest of your painting lessons, spa treatments, cooking classes, and island excursions knowing that your dollars are going to help their efforts.
Green Field Resort is the newest addition to the Green Field chain in Ubud. This location, just like the Green Field Hotel and Restaurant, helps in trying to reduce the ecological impact through farming rice with traditional Balinese irrigation systems. The restaurant here also serves up fresh tropical fruit and juices at the restaurant to guests enjoying their serene property of beautiful gardens, an infinity pool, and lovely terraced buildings overlooking the rice fields.
Guests of Prashanti can enjoy a lush jungle setting beside the peacefulness of the Ayung River. The buildings are primarily constructed of wood and sustainable materials, such as bamboo and alang alang, to reduce the use of chemical products. Other eco-friendly measures include designing the rooms to allow the river and jungle breezes to cool down the room temperature. Rooms also have fans in case these steps are not enough for some visitors.
In order to cut down on unnecessary waste, the property tries not to use plastic bags, straws, or bottles. However, guests are free to refill their bottle at the lobby, if they need to. All these steps are to try to preserve the beautiful natural surroundings you will be enjoying inside and outside of the resort during your visit to Ubud.
Enjoy Ubud in one of these spacious villas overlooking lush gardens and rice fields farmed using traditional irrigation methods. These are attempts to help be more eco-friendly in the Green Field chain of hotels. The restaurant at Green Field Corner Gefecon Ubud also serves up fresh fruit juices and a great variety of tropical fruits to guests to enjoy during their stay at this lovely property in an effort to help preserve the beautiful Indonesian landscapes.
Ubud Green Resort is a complex of 16 villas set in the midst of a jungle-like garden from the lobby to each unit. One eco-friendly aspect of the resort is its rooftop gardens. Also, having tiles in the units is better on the environment for maintenance than a carpet. The property is close to the market where you can continue to help in environmental efforts by buying fresh organic produce or rice grown in the adjacent fields with traditional irrigation techniques.
Guests visiting Ubud have the privilege of staying in one of these extremely unique restored bridal houses in this resort overlooking the Ayung River. Each home is decorated with teak wood and bamboo and designs vary from rustic to chic. Some of the eco-friendly touches can be found in the spa where there are bamboo pods to relax in while experiencing rejuvenating treatments.
The restaurant serves fresh produce from the garden on site and what they can’t farm, they bring in from local farmers. They do their own composting to fertilize the garden. In the Elora house, there is an outdoor garden bathroom and other units have open-air bathrooms to cut down on the use of air conditioning. There is also a natural swimming pond for guests to use during their visit to Ubud, in keeping with the green theme of this resort.
Guests staying in Villa Awang Awang have the option of staying in a villa including the Eco-villa Pererepan which was built using bamboo clad with iron-wood shingles. The doors are constructed of glass and bamboo and pivot so that they catch the breezes providing a natural airflow into the villa instead of air conditioning. Guests who stay in this lovely villa must be in good physical health as there are a number of steps down to the villa as it is situated in the lush jungle.
The bathroom has a stone bathtub and a large rain shower which guests can enjoy while experiencing lovely breezes due to the open air design where there are no windows. The exotic, airy villa is furnished with natural materials including the king bed which has a natural latex mattress. The other villas, in keeping with the eco-friendly theme, have ceiling fans, semi-outdoor bathrooms, and balconies to enjoy the jungle breeze instead of using air conditioning to cool the units. The furnishings have been constructed using bamboo or reclaimed teak.
Villa Awang Awang
Address: Jl. Melayang, Ubud, Bali
Eco-friendly hotels in Ubud, Bali
These hotels are just a few of the many beautiful resorts located in the paradisaic area of Ubud for visitors to experience. To help keep the Ubud area green and thriving for years to come, each hotel has implemented eco-friendly measures. Don’t forget that, while enjoying these lovely locations, you can help keep these places beautiful by contributing to such programs and staying at such properties.
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