Responsible tourism: Bali holiday, Ubud & Tandjung Sari
Responsible Travel doesn't mean having to compromise on the enjoyment of your trip or the quality of your accommodation. We feel strongly that we should directly benefit the communities we visit whenever possible through sustainable travel, environmental protection and social projects, without sacrificing comfort or character.
On this trip we include a cycling trip though Ubud, which is the best way to get to know the area, and not damage the environment. We also encourage additional bike rides, so that you can visit remote areas. Both hotels on this trip are chosen because of their luxury, environmental practices and their relatively small size. At 25 rooms and 27 bungalows respectively, the Tepi Sawah and the Tandjung Sari do not put huge strain on local resources, and were built to fit in with the local environment.
Ethical considerations are also part of our research and development process and we encourage feedback on our practices. Clients are asked to comment and make suggestions on our responsible practices when completing their post-trip questionnaire. In addition to this, as well as visiting destination-based initiatives whilst on their educational trips, our country specialists are encouraged to help continually improve our responsible travel initiatives.
We are committed to supporting a wide number of responsible and ethical initiatives, including environmental projects, community tourism projects and education programmes. We encourage our clients to visit many of these initiatives such as wildlife sanctuaries, local schools, orphanages and co-operatives.
Tandjung Sari hotel is family run, and most staff are local to the area, helping to add to the economy. During the trip you will be guided on a temple tour by a local guide, who benefits from the tourism, and is the best person to show fascinating areas. Additional guides can also be arranged if you would like additional tours of local areas.
Whilst on the tour through Ubud we point out the best places to buy gifts, and try local food if you would like to try, which can both make a large difference to local economies.
Ethical practice is not just limited to the destinations we operate in. Responsible practice is exercised in our office with various measures put in place aimed at reducing, re-using and recycling resources where possible. We offset the carbon emissions resulting from staff educational trips through the Friends of Conservation carbon-offsetting programme. We also offer the facility for clients to do the same for their own travels.