Bambu Indah, Ubud, Bali
In 2005, John and Cynthia Hardy brought eleven antique Javanese bridal homes to Bali and began decorating them with the intention of hosting their closest friends and family who had travelled around the world to visit them.
These houses and the land they live on have now been transformed into the beautiful and creative Bambu Indah eco boutique hotel that is both inspiring and sustainable.
For three nights we lived in the Kuning House. The exterior is painted in a cheerful yellow with colourful accents. The hand carved heart above the door is the centre piece of the Kuning House, lovingly made by a nobleman for his princess bride.
It dates back to 1829. Our view was of the emerald green rice paddies.
We loved that there are no locks on any doors, however, should you feel the need to lock up your passport and money, there is a safe inside each room.
The land that Bambu Indah sits on is loved and used responsibly. It is a truly green experience.
Bambu Indah does not serve commercially bottled mineral water so as not to contribute to the waste and devastation plastic causes. Instead, they use a hospital standard triple filter water system, making it perfectly safe to drink from the tap.
All bath products in the bathrooms are organic, as the water that drains from the shower drains into the soil and feeds the groundwater systems.
They also do their own composting and recycling, and have an organic vegetable and herb garden.
The architecture throughout Bambu Indah shows how much they love bamboo.
It is a wonderfully strong plant, and is one of the fastest growing on earth.
High quality bamboo is stronger than some steel, it is also light weight and renewable, and the fibre can be used to make clothing, sheets and towels, making it a very sustainable and eco friendly material. It is also very beautiful.
The natural swimming pool is a nice change from the chlorine laced pools in most hotels we visit. They use lava stones and a vegetation regeneration zone, which operates naturally to oxygenate, filter, and cleanse the water and feed beneficial bacteria.
The natural pond is created by the use of a water flow system, and a high-density polyethylene liner (which can be recycled after 60 years of life).
We swung into the pool from the long rope tied to the giant palm tree and shared the water with frogs, tad poles, and resident fishies.
Bambu Indah is truly a place for nature lovers, and responsible travellers. Some of our best times were our moments in bed listening to the sounds of geckos, crickets, and birds create a beautiful natural symphony.
When you move in, you won’t want to move out.
*Our stay was courtesy of Bambu Indah, but these opinions are our own.*
Banjar Baung, Desa Sayan, Ubud, Gianyar, Indonesia
Tel. +62 (0) 361 977 922