Here in the remote mountains of northern Bali, you will be interacting with Balinese staff and local villagers who are a gentle people relatively untouched by tourism. Bali Eco Stay management ask that you observe and respect the social and cultural traditions and practices of the Balinese peoples and to recognize their worth. When talking to our Balinese staff in the resort, trekking through rice paddies or food forest, walking through local villages or attending ceremonies we ask you to observe the following:
Local School Dress Requirements
When visiting the local school, please refrain from wearing short shorts, and wear a sleeved shirt (no singlets).
Ceremony Dress & Behaviour Code
The local Balinese will welcome you to attend their Hindu ceremonies in nearby village temples.
Special Note for Women
You must never enter a temple if you are menstruating
It is foolish to think it doesn’t matter if no-one knows. We know of many cases where western women have had misadventures after entering a temple while menstruating so, apart from being offensive to the Balinese culture, you really don’t want to risk it.
We recommend you take a guide when trekking for a more informative experience, however many guests enjoy walking independently. Carry a stick if you are concerned about local dogs; alternatively if you feel threatened, STAY CALM, and pretend to bend down and pick up a stone. You won’t need to throw it, as Bali Dog’s are generally ‘all bark’, and will retreat at this suggestion, then slowly walk away. In the unlikely event that anyone is bitten or even receives a tiny scratch, please inform our staff immediately as rabies still occurs in Bali and immediate medical attention is required even for the smallest wound.
While this is rare and unexpected on our mountain, Bali Eco Stay has a strict policy of “Zero Tolerance” of sexual harassment towards staff or guests.
Sexual harassment behaviour by guests will lead to their prompt removal from our mountain. Serious cases will be reported to the police.
Sexual Harassment behaviour by staff or villagers will be dealt with by local Banjar. Serious cases will be reported to the police.
Guests should feel comfortable and safe knowing we have this policy in place.
Bali Eco Stay Environmental Management
Revised March 2013
Bali Eco Stay is a small Balinese eco resort built in 2010 on 2 hectare/5 acre/200 Are of leased land surrounded by rice paddies and food forest on the south western slopes of Mount Batukaru, in north central Bali, Indonesia.
The resort is in a remote location near Kanciana Village, Kemetug, north Tabanan approximately 2 hrs drive from Denpasar International airport.
Created using local renewable timbers and natural materials and employing traditional craftsmen, Bali Eco Stay aims to be an excellent model of sustainable tourism that will enhance the environment and show local villagers and guests a new way of moving towards a sustainable future.
An organic permaculture garden provides the resort restaurant with many fruits and vegetables. All water is sourced from a river and spring and recycled back to nature via waste water gardens. Waste is minimised and the aim is to re-use and recycle wherever possible. A successful hydro power system was constructed with a goal to be off the utility power grid in the foreseeable future.
A garbage collection program was implemented in three local villages which lead to Kanciana village being nomination in Bali’s “Lomba Desa Terpadu” tidy village awards.
While tourism has run rampant and largely uncontrolled in Bali in recent years, at Bali Eco Stay John and Cath Blundstone wanted to create something very different and unique to provide tourists with a real Balinese cultural experience while enjoying nature and nearby adventure activities and treading lightly on the earth..
There are very few administered environmental laws in Bali and most are not followed by the general population so Bali Eco Stay lead by example and voluntarily implement their own environmental policies and educate staff and local villages on best environmental practices.
Community and Staffing
Other Eco Community projects achieved since 2011
In the Kitchen
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