One thing I really like to do (and don’t get to do often enough) is connect with nature. And who wouldn’t want to get closer to nature in Bali? So when I found Bali Eco Stay, a beautiful nature-based resort situated in the hills of Tabanan, Bali, I nearly (ok, literally) squealed with delight. This place is right up my alley: eco-friendly, they grow their own food, cook from scratch, emphasize community involvement, have open-air rooms and tons of natural space to connect with Mother Earth. Basically a hippie’s dream (that’s me!).
After our arrival, we were promptly shuttled to our beautiful room. As we got closer and closer to the cabin, I could hear the babbling brook and knew we made a good decision. We were offered a refreshing welcome drink made from ginger, lime and mint and left to settle in. The drink was great, but check out that view!
The food was incredible, all very healthy, cooked without any additives and on high quality cooking equipment. The kitchen staff were also some of the nicest we came across, and that is saying A LOT in Bali, where everyone seems to be happy and friendly. Much of their food is produced on the property as well.
The view from the restaurant stretched across their own rice terraces all the way to the ocean. We spent a decent amount of time just taking in the views, in every direction we looked.
The grounds were stunning. Babbling brooks, waterfalls, rice terraces, and streams abound. We spent all of our time taking walks throughout the property and surrounding tiny villages.
There is a downside to the open air concept that initially attracted me to stay here. The thing is, I like to be close to nature, and the idea of sleeping outside really intrigues me. I camp. Sometimes. We were disappointed that they were doing construction while we were there. This meant employees walking next to our open air cabin (no doors or windows = me changing in the bathroom every time). And sounds of hammering rang throughout the day, even in the message parlor (I know, poor me, right?!). It changed my potential peaceful oasis into a slightly irritating experience.
On the plus side, the property has its own waterfall that we could escape to. I’ll call it even. We were able to slow down for a few days and relax in or around a waterfall.
There are several walks through local villages that you can do unguided, giving us a rare and welcome opportunity to get a true glimpse of local Balinese living.
And at the end of the day, you can wind down with a view like this and sleep out in the nature of Bali. How many people have done that?
Have you ever stayed in any accommodation like this? Would you want to be closer to nature?