2 independent reviews for Bali eco lodge bungalows in Indonesia

Reviews for Bali eco lodge bungalows in Indonesia

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review 28 Sep 2011

I hesitate to write this review for selfish reasons. Why? Because this holiday is so wonderful I'd rather keep it a secret! Situated on the southern slopes of Mt Batakaru in remotest Bali, this place is a pocket of paradise, far removed from the ravages of the 21st century. Having spent a week there I did not want to leave. John and Cath have sensitively created a spectacular retreat. Bamboo and timber bungalows, unobtrusively nestle in the folds of rice fields. Each spacious lodge is individually designed to fit in with the contours of the valley, stylish and furnished with glorious Balinese furniture and huge canopied beds. The sound of trickling water, croaking frogs, twittering birds and the occasional chattering gecko are all that break the deafening silence. Thankfully there is no TV or radio, though internet access is available (if you must). The views down the remote valley are breathtaking, the shades of green ever changing as the clouds scud across the sky. This place gives you time to reflect, recharge your batteries, refresh your mind; time to read a book, sketch or paint; time to wander or rest and enjoy a sublime massage. If you want to be alone you can be, its very private. But if you fancy a trip out, John is more than happy to advise and arrange this. Ambling up to the restaurant three times a day is done with eager anticipation. Using locally sourced produce from the kitchen garden and surrounding jungle, Mini and her team prepare enticing dishes that will suit all tastes. By creating this retreat, John has provided job opportunities for the neighbouring villagers who are delighted to welcome their visitors. Everyone has a genuine smile and, if you wish, they will happily show and share with you their customs and way of life. This is responsible tourism at its best. It is satisfying to know that part of the cost of the holiday is ploughed back into local ventures. John is stocking the new school library and funding additional staff to teach Balinese dance and gamelan. The children embrace education with eager excitement, its very humbling. There is nothing negative I can say about the bungalows other than it is half the world away from the UK! It is a truly delightful place and a life changing experience. I wish John, Cath and their team every success in the future.

review 23 Aug 2011

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

Walking through the rice-fields.

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

Bring everything you need, cause you are miles away from any store.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes.

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

It was just great.

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