Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge buil on Green Globe eco principles was designed by Meryl Wilson,, an internationally known eco designer in a conservation area (now also a bird sanctuary) on the campus of Udayana University. This lodge was a result of the friendship between Alan Wilson and The Rector, Nyoman Sutawan. Over the past 17 years, this lodge has become the nerve centre of Ecolodges Indonesia which now has six eco lodges spanning this vast country. The company now has it's own eco certification system based on six pillars of Eco Tourism established by The University of Western Sydney.
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This is the first small hotel to be eco certified by Green Globe in Indonesia.
We have developed environmentally friendly buildings with the use of solar power for hot water, an extensive rain water storage system, and the use of a biological sewage treatment plant where all waste water is returned to the gardens through irrigation, a recycling rubbish system and employ only local people.
One of the end results is the beautiful gardens (for example we have 22 types of bougainvillea in the gardens). The university has also granted us a protected area where an attempt is made to protect all birds, butterflies, wildlife and plants. There is a large and diverse number of birds and butterflies recorded in the grounds of The Lodge.
The lodge is considered an "eco hotel" because it fulfils the six main components of eco tourism, namely:
- depends on the natural environment
- is ecologically sustainable
- is proven to contribute to conservation
- features an environmental training program
- incorporates cultural considerations
- provides a net economic return to the local community.