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In the heart of Bali, on the southern slopes of Mount Batukaru, we found an amazing eco-treasure: Bali Eco Stay. Eight uniquely designed Balinese bungalows, a restaurant with fresh mountain grown food straight from the permaculture garden and a pure volcanic spring waterfall including a natural swimming pool on site. Do you want to experience REAL inspirational sustainable tourism? This is the place to be.
The owners John and Cath (from Tasmania and Australia, respectively) began building Bali Eco Stay seven years ago. All bungalows are of a high standard and blend seamlessly with their surroundings. They are open plan, yet still very private, with lovely outdoor bathrooms and each with its own outlook. We couldn’t get enough of our view through the stunning rice fields while listening to the sound of the running mountain water stream.
Bali Eco Stay is a permaculture heaven. We were very impressed by the beauty of the food forest, the well-maintained crop fields, and rich fishponds. They have their own hydropower system, and each bungalow has a natural wastewater system which produces the most beautiful flowers. The organic rice fields are perfectly sculptured. There is a well-equipped yoga bale in a stunning open-air garden setting where guests can practice. This would be a wonderful location for high-quality yoga/meditation retreats!
In Kupe Kupe restaurant they serve a wide variety of Western dishes, with a great selection of vegetarian, vegan, dairy, sugar and gluten-free meals. Here we tasted the best fruit of Bali: very sweet and soft pineapple and really tasty papaya. Together with the homemade coconut yogurt, this was a delicious breakfast! Another favorite dish were the fresh rice paper rolls with ginger dressing. And don’t forget the desserts! What do you think of chocolate gelato made out of banana and dates? Or sticky date pudding with cream? Mmmm…
It was obvious that the staff enjoyed working at Bali Eco Stay. They are incredibly professional and most of them have worked here since its inception. Mini guided the cooking class and taught us how to prepare the local dishes like Soto Ayam (chicken soup) and Pepes Ikan (fish steamed in banana leaves). Kadek is the most enthusiastic trekking guide who knows everything about the tropical food forest. He really cares about his environment, taking the time to collect rubbish as we walked. The skilled therapists nourished our bodies with lovely Balinese massages in the private open-air massage bale.
Bali Eco Stay, we were so taken by your amazing green surroundings. Forget the famous rice paddies near Ubud packed with tour cars and tourists taking pictures. Here you find rice fields even more beautiful and to enjoy just by yourself. We are so happy to have found this hidden gem.
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Photography by Anouk Garcia: www.anoukgarcia.com