Tailor made holiday in Bali, Off the beaten track

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From £2095 (14 days) including UK flights
Price includes airport tax, private transfers, accommodation, tours and meals where indicated. Prices vary according to standard of accommodation & season & are per person based on 2 people sharing on bed & breakfast basis. This trip can be arranged without flights
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This trip can be tailor made year round at a time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
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Tailor made holiday in Bali, Off the beaten track

Responsible travel: Tailor made holiday in Bali, Off the beaten track

This tour concentrates on the less visited regions of Bali and stays entirely in properties run using responsible principles. The first lodge is the Jiwa Damai Eco Lodge which is an organic garden and retreat centre located on the edge of Ubud. Here, the lodge is run along environmentally sound principles, which guests can get involved with, all working towards the end of creating a self-sustaining centre. The Lodge practices the integration of biological perma-culture with water preservation, waste recycling and the use of solar energy panels. The Lodge operates a sewage and composting facility to help produce a natural fertilizer which is used in the on-site organic gardens. This organic garden is also being used to encourage the growing of rare plant varieties. The Lodge has also introduced bee hives high in the trees of their organic garden as they are trying to produce organic Balinese honey as a source of income. These are traditional Balinese bee hives made from coconut shells wrapped with palm tree fibre.

The Lodge also works in conjunction with local farmers to produce the organic Bali Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from their on-site coconut trees. The staff and farmers aim to produce a high quality product where all by-products can be recycled effectively. This project is an important source of income for the local farmers and plant workers needed to process the oil. Some of the profits are used to sponsor the children of the poorest local families to receive an education and to support other local community projects. The Lodge is also involved in an 8 year project in 4 youth detention centres in Java and Bali training youths and staff.

From here you transfer for 3 nights in the Sarinbuana Eco Lodge located on the slopes of Mount Batukaru. As well as offering a good standard of accommodation, the Lodge is managed along an extensive list of responsible principles. Environmentally, the Lodge employs a sustainable water management system, including water saving measures, avoids the use of chemicals in the food production system and plants native trees annually. All cleaning products are made from natural products and all guests are asked to only bring natural cosmetic products with them to avoid upsetting the natural balance of their water source. Building materials and staff are locally sourced and buildings are built in keeping with the natural surroundings.

Socially, the Lodge only employs local staff who are paid a fair wage and tries to educate them in sustainable practices. They also financially support local communities such as the local children’s football team, the ‘Sarinbuana Bali Tigers’, by providing boots and uniforms and the staff encourage the guests to take part in the team’s training games so they can interact with the children. They also help support numerous community social projects, including the “Half a Cow” program. This program was set up by Friends of the National Parks (FNPF) and each time a newly born calf is sold the FNPF receives a portion of the funds. The Lodge management have also been authorised, in conjunction with the Begawan Foundation, to set up a Bali Starling breeding program on-site to try and encourage the breeding of these massively endangered endemic birds.

From here, you will drive further north towards the town of Singaraja and the Puri Lumbung Cottages. The Cottages are actually converted 80 year old Balinese ‘lumbungs’, or rice granaries, adapted into simple accommodation so maintaining the original buildings and avoiding the use of new building materials. The Cottages employ the local villagers from Munduk village who have attended the self-help development programme. This programme allows the local Munduk villagers access to discounted or free courses at the well known Nusa Dua Hotel and Tourism Training Institute on the condition that they first commit to working for the Puri Lumbung Cottages for a fixed period of time afterwards. This is an attempt to halt the mass exodus of villagers from the rural community and with it, the loss of traditional skills. The Puri Lumbung Cottages is attempting to support tourism but only as far as it benefits the village and its inhabitants.

Finally, you will head to the beach and the Bali Barat National Park and the Menjangan Resort. This Resort is committed to ensuring the sustainability of the region. Buildings are constructed with environmentally friendly materials and they commit to not physically developing more than 10% of the area. They plant only native trees and provide watering holes and salt licks for the animals in the park. Water is recycled and waste broken down within the Resort and the manure from the Resort horses is given to the local farmers for their gardens. There is also a dedicated beach cleaning team to collect the rubbish carried from the major surrounding cities – guests are welcome to join in!

Our ground agents only employ local guides and drivers to accompany our clients, which we feel is an important way of keeping money in the country but also in offering our clients a ‘real’ experience of Bali. All food in the lodges and hotels is sourced locally, helping the local rural communities wherever possible.

The story of the provider of Tailor made holiday in Bali, Off the beaten track

When she was 23, Edinburgh-born Liz bought a £10 boat ticket to Africa; she wanted to see the world and has subsequently lived over half of her life overseas. When she returned from Arabia with her family in the 80s, Liz set up the first UK tour operator offering tailor made journeys to Oman. She has a strong sense of social responsibility and has seen first-hand how tourism can increase local people’s quality of life. The company is now a tailor made specialist to a number of worldwide destinations with a well travelled, knowledgeable, small team based in the Cotswolds.

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Tailor made holiday in Bali, Off the beaten track

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed 23 Apr 2014 by michele allix5 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Hi I am actually still in Bali. I have 4 more days left by the beach. The most memorable part was the herbal medicine and craft workshops in the mountains. Also the variety of colourful fish and coral at Mentangan Island. Better than the red sea! And of course all the handmade beautiful carvings.


2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Move around as I did to see the real Bali and its people. Go off the beaten track into the mountains and explore all the small villages.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes there were a lot of locals employed at the eco lodge where I stayed, and in the Puri Lumbung cottages.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


5 stars. The people are so nice, always happy and the island is like nowhere else.

Reviewed 28 Jun 2014 by Christina Lloyd4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The accommodation was absolutely amazing - really luxurious. It all went really smoothly as well thanks to our guide.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just decide what kind of holiday you want - I'd recommend a mixture of busy and remote to get a good idea of the culture.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, it was very Eco friendly and all our tour guides were local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Absolutely fantastic from start to finish. They put together the perfect pascal age for our honeymoon. We can't thank them enough.

Reviewed 07 Oct 2013 by Amanda Law4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Sailing down the river in our private boat in kalamantan looking at the orangutans swinging through the jungle and staying on a remote island near komodo snarkling and watching the birds.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Definitely book this, it was a well organised and extremeley enjoyable trip.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We stayed in hotels and lodges run by the local people so all the money went straight to the local people rather than large international organisations. The guides were also local and were very appreciative of our business. Not sure about the elephant safari, we did enjoy our stay but thought it was a bit expensive and it was run by a business man rather than the locals. Although I knew they were trying to save the sumatrian elephant I wasnt sure if those elephants were entirely happy about being chained up.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Everything about the trip was excellent

Reviewed 25 Aug 2013 by Dragana Josifova4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The opportunity to learn more about the culture, religion and customs from the
local guide, about the way of living.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


To spend more than two weeks

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I was delighted that care is being taken about these very important issues - the
sheer fact that this is being talked and addressed even on a small scale is
fantastic for a c country like Indonesia

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a fantastic holiday, the organisation was faultless, the guide excellent -
overall I am very pleased, especially because I hardly ever go on a package
holiday of any kind. Thank you

Reviewed 18 Sep 2013 by Frances Rock3 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The landscape and general visual treat of shrines, rice terraces, colours, people, offerings, fabrics, foods...

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Plan your route carefully around the island so that you know whether there are any must-do things that you'll wish you'd done at stop A when you get to stop B.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, in some places. One of the hotels (Amertha Villas, Pemuteran) had a love of air conditioning and came into our room each day to turn it on when we wouldn't have had it on at all - made the room freezing, apart from the environmental considerations! :-) There also seemed to be a lot of watering of unnecessary lawns there. An ABSOLUTELY beautiful spot though - maybe my favourite on the trip.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We had a relaxing and pleasant time. Some really special moments. On the whole, Bali was much more commercialised than I'd expected in a lot of ways but we had a good honeymoon.

The operator was extremely helpful and patient, making all of the possible travel options extremely clear.

Reviewed 17 Oct 2012 by Pauline Johansen4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The fact that Bali could be so much - we were in four totally different environments - including weather - in 15 days and each was wonderful. The snorkelling off Menjangang Island was world class - never seen better

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


You dont need to go to a big resort to go to Bali. We saw so much by staying off the beaten track

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Almost all the staff at the four hotels we stayed at were local and long term employees. We also bought local meals, coffees etc as it was much more fun

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Way up at the top of the list. Maybe the one in Borneo wins by a squeak as it was a life time ambition to go there. But I will go back to Bali - and with the same travel company too - they got us m just right and could not have picked a better selection of areas to visit or places to stay!
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