BEST ECO-FRIENDLY HOTELS IN BALI
1. Bambu Indah
An eco-pioneer in Bali, Bambu Indah is a radically different boutique hotel that was carefully curated by John and Cynthia Hardy – acclaimed designers and long-term Bali residents. They restored and decorated eleven antique Javanese bridal homes back in 2005, before creating an innovative and bespoke eco-village beside the Ubud riverside. Living almost entirely off the land (all with the luxury of professional hotel services) a stay here lets you wake up to the sound of fresh spring waterfalls and unadulterated nature, before spending the day adventuring through tropical jungle, lazing in hammocks suspended over the river, grazing through the permaculture farm and even washing local buffalo. A true natural wonderland, you’ll want to stay here indefinitely.
2. Potato Head Studios
Sleek, chic and globally-renowned – you’d never guess that almost everything within the Potato Head Studios is reclaimed, recycled and designed with zero-waste in mind. Situated within Desa Potato Head – Bali’s “creative village of the future” – these studios right on Seminyak Beach are all about progressive, planet-friendly living. Your in-suite slippers are fully biodegradable (made of coconut husks, fabric offcuts and palm leaves), the desk and chairs have been made from reclaimed plastic, and even the in-room cocktail bar uses local, all-natural elements. And with its very own R&D team working at the onsite Sustainism Lab, the eco-friendly options here are truly endless.
You’ve probably already spotted Camaya Bali on Instagram, famous for that iconic hammock shot with its bamboo backdrop overlooking endless jungle and lush rice terraces. Located well off-the-grid in Karangasem, this eco-friendly stay is home to five individual bamboo houses, each with their own unique, sustainable design. Our fave is the Suboya Bamboo House, with two floors of breathtaking bamboo architecture, open-air living all around, and suspended day beds that stretch out over the emerald green vista. Top tip: to nab a reservation here, you’ll want to book well in advance.
4. Suarga Padang Padang
Sitting dramatically on the cliff’s edge overlooking world-class surf and Bali’s most famous beach, Suarga Padang Padang is based around environmental, social, and economical sustainability. For starters, most of the resort is built on stilts to preserve the indigenous flora and fauna beneath, and to promote a cooling natural air flow. The resort is then made entirely from reclaimed local materials – think recuperated wood from abandoned ironwood pontoons in Borneo, broken down teak houses, bamboo, and locally sourced limestone. What’s more, the resort also encourages each guest to leave with an insatiable desire to be part of the solution, starting with the implementation of small lifestyle changes. The result? An ultra luxurious boutique resort experience that’s at once sustainable and architecturally spectacular.
5. Sumberkima Hill
Hidden high up in the hills of north-west Bali, Sumberkima Hill is a luxury private villa retreat with an entire collection of elevated abodes. Each one soaks up the area’s most beautiful natural assets: volcano views, a nearby ocean horizon and front-row seats to both sunrise and sunset. But beyond the fabulous villa experience, it’s the work that Sumberkima Hill is involved with behind-the-scenes that’s most impressive. Rather than simply claiming to be an eco-resort, Sumberkima Hill devotes itself to respecting and regenerating the surrounding environment. From reforestation in the mountains, to setting up a reef restoration project in the bay – their ecological impact extends far beyond the villa walls. They even teach English classes in the village, taking care of the people, as well as the land and sea.