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 Okayana, 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.
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.
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?
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.