An Eco Resort in East Bali

BALI COUNTRYSIDE 'SPIRIT'BCS STORYOUR SUSTAINABLE ENGAGEMENT

 

Bali Countryside is a property owned by a Balinese family, created more than 20 years ago, to offer an alternative way to discover Bali and engage themselves towards sustainable tourism development.

 

From the beginning, it was a real commitment to the village of Sukahet Sari, where the owner Bapak Oka is originally from. The idea was to build up a property profitable for the community. Developing this place enabled to create job opportunities for inhabitants, enlightening their skills and increase their incomes, in this remote area of Bali, mostly relying on agriculture.

 

Our activities meet a willingness to allow exchanges and meetings with locals.


 

Few years ago, Bapak Okayan, business man from Sidemen Valley, decide to settle down in his birth village to develop a project he cherished for a long time. His wish to highlight his people’s values and culture give birth to Bali Countryside.

 

Balinese people are proud of their culture, always enthusiastic to share their knowledge and know-how. On the other hand, open their houses to a stranger is often uncomfortable for the Balinese whose houses are often very simple.

 

Based on this, Bapak Okayana decides to build a place where inhabitants from the village of Sukahet Sari and visitors, could share time together. This 3-hectares park, nestled in the nature is fully integrated in its environment.

 

Step by step, we develop the infrastructure of the property, relying on local resources in terms of ability and materials, particularly through bamboo constructions.

 

Besides, we offer to our local staff to learn a job through trainings, to make this place successful all together. Our aim is to make them understand the importance of their cultural wealth, valuing their traditions, cuisine and lifestyle. This is how the project evolved to offer visitors the opportunity to take part in traditional Balinese activities with the residents, allowing them to understand this culture and live a memorable human experience.


 

Human

 

The role of human resources is the heart of our project as we committed ourselves to the community in the village of Sukahet Sari, Sidemen. In here, we develop sustainable tourism to empower people, giving opportunity to the local people to exploit their cultural and natural resources. We aim to improve their living conditions through a fair redistribution of profits.

 

Within your organization, our multi-cultural involvement allows us to help each other and grow the project altogether. Thus we create an exciting working environment, with particular attention to the welfare of our employees, guarantee of the quality of our services.

 

 

 

Environment

 

We aim to awaken environmental awareness to respect the nature and keep this beautiful area. We try to reduce our impact and educate our staff to the best practices, on one hand for our guests, on the other hand to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants. It’s a very slow process as Indonesians had very low access to information and some behaviors are the results of decades of education, but we believe this will have an important impact for the future generations.

 

We recently built an organic garden after the concepts of Permaculture, as a good asset to train our staff to cultivate the lands in a sustainable dynamic, and to become more and more self-sufficient.

 

 

WHAT DO WE DO?

 

Buildings :

  • Our new infrastructures have been designed to integrate with the landscape and have a low environmental impact
  • We keep traditional Balinese architecture and renovate our buildings instead of starting from zero
  • We prefer local resources regarding the materials we use and know-how (bamboo, wood, stones, local artisans)
  • We prefer open-air building to enjoy the scenery and natural light

Cuisine :

  • We care to offer Balinese dishes to our guests
  • Most of our herbs and spices are harvested from our organic garden and we use it to make our own flavors
  • We also harvest our own fruits and vegetables to prepare fresh dishes
  • There is no MSG in our dishes
  • We buy our products locally as soon as it’s available
  • We use glass straw instead of plastic
  • We limit the use of imported products

 

Garden :

  • Our organic garden is designed according to the principles of permaculture, to create sustainable economic, energy and agricultural resources
    • We create our organic fertilizers
    • We use only natural pesticides
    • We compost our organic waste and food scraps
    • The surplus food is distributed to our team and animals
    • We train our team for gardening, permaculture and maintenance of the garden according to these principles

Employment :

  • We employ 17 people full-time, residents of the village
  • Being employed full-time enables them to have a fixed monthly income (wages are often uneven from one month to another for farmers)
  • We also employ other local people for specific projects (artists, women of the village …) or maintenance work
  • We train our employees (guide, waiter, housekeeper, cook, gardener, etc.) according to their wishes and capabilities.
  • We are flexible regarding the work schedule, according to community obligations (religious ceremonies, family obligations …)

 

Activities :

  • The focus is on enhancing the Balinese cultural heritage (demonstrations and explanations of local knowledge by the inhabitants, highlighting their practices and meanings)
  • We work in conjunction with the village’s weaving cooperative, to which we give a donation as a support when we take visitors
  • We encourage the sustainability of traditional village activities, including allowing residents to sell liquor in our property to give them a salary bonus
  • Our activities are designed to have a low impact on the environment: walks or bike in nature and in the village, attending workshops with natural materials (flowers, rice flour, natural ingredients, …)
  • We take part in the cleanliness and preservation of the environment as cleaning the paths and walks around

 

And….

  • We recycle glass bottles
  • We lower the use of plastic bottles
  • Our guides have refill bottles and pick up the trash they find on their way
  • We make an effort to raise awareness by making the purchase of its gourds available on site at a competitive price
  • We are concerned with the welfare of our team ensuring the relaxing atmosphere which prevails in Bali Countryside! We are in a constant training effort, promoting dialogue and communication
  • As per our quality control engagement, we encourage our visitors to fill our satisfaction inquiry and we take it into consideration to improve our services
  • We develop our project via the qualitative improvement of our offer, rather than increasing the number of visitors, to limit the social and environmental impacts and ensure a great customer experience while increasing revenue opportunities for locals
  • The Balinese owner of the property is also the head of the village, allowing us to be directly involved in local politics. We encourage better management of the environment and the community. Therefore, we are also working with the PKK (Local organization of social assistance to families) who regularly take part in our activities in Bali Countryside.
  • The property is also a meeting place for locals for special events or to relax when we don’t have visitors
  • We use cotton towels to dry hands and replace paper towel
  • Soaps for the guests staying in the cottage are refill
  • We’re changing clients towels every 3 days or on request
  • We wash the dishes by hand and pay attention to the amount of water used

 

Economic
Bali Countryside project was born from the urge to create jobs and wealth in areas ignored from tourism booming. Bali is a destination where tourism activity is mainly concentrated in the south of the island, creating disparities in economic matters and access to jobs. We observed a migration of people to the dense tourist centers at the detriment of community life, yet very important in Balinese culture.

 

The main goal was to be able to create jobs and allow the residents to stay sedentary in their village, close to their families.

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