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Sarinbuana Eco Lodge
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Paradise Island, New Providence Island
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30 reviews
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

I came here to find a remote, peaceful and relaxing place.. Wanting to shed the stress, recharge the battery, do some contemplating and reflecting and in general just be very lazy. I had absolutely no problem doing that here!

I wasn't familiar with the whole eco thing and was afraid it might be a bit over the top for me.. But I was wrong.. It's just a business like any other, with the difference that they operate more consciously and have more goals besides that of growing their own wallet (like growing their own foods ;-)

I love how the owners Norm & Linda managed to put up a comfortable place that's in complete harmony with it's surroundings, in terms of nature, design, environment, people, etc..Having stayed at many places around Bali before, hoping to find that 'Bali paradise' thing that's being advertised, this is the first time I've had the feeling of a true little paradise!

I could spend hours on the veranda, overlooking the treetops.. feeling a fresh mountain breeze, seeing the busy south in a far distance and only being surrounded by a tropical garden & forest, hearing the sounds of beetles, the pair of gecko's below the terrace, the distinct sound of a tockay in the distance and all the other life surrounding me..

If you want some action, there's plenty of things they can arrange for you..From tours, jungle treks to all kinds of workshops. Also for the kids there's a lot of cool things to do.
I got to brush up my cooking skills and learned about the Balinese language and alphabet. Oh, and the massages were heavenly :)

And yes, you are surrounded by nature, so there's a lot of bugs too.. I've seen creatures I never knew existed and is was fascinating to see them move around.. The big spiders in my bathroom were shocking, but were actually more afraid of me then I was of them.. And as long as you keep your windows closed at night, you won't have any problems with flying things.. Any creepers that do bother you will be quickly relocated by the staff.. Because of the high location there's a lot less mosquito's here then in other places on Bali..

The food is awesome.. Among the best indonesian food I've ever had.. All fresh and local ingredients, which you can taste with every bite you take.

The staff is warm and friendly and will go out of their way to make your stay pleasant.

I stayed at Rumah Manis which has a great view and a perfect bed (i slept nearly 10 hours every night). The minibar is stocked with goodies and if you need a different place to lie down there's a great daybed inside the house.

This place is not for everybody.. If you fancy nusa dua resorts or expect a cold towel upon arrival and flowers on your bed, better go somewhere else. If you want to experience authentic Bali you should definitely give this place a try!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Linda v, Owner at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Thank you,
Great review, much appreciated.

Tip for others; We and many guests sleep with windows open (when the weather permits). Its part of the experience to breathe in fresh air without AC or pollution. Its really quite special especially for our expat city guests, its often why they choose our lodge.
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Malmo, Sweden
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

The location is very beautiful, up at 800 on the mount Batukaru. The ecological and sustainable principles of the lodge are very well thouhgt throuhg and taken also well into nearby society, The co-workers of the lodge and the freelancers from the village were all very proud of their work and they felt very privilidged to be able to work for the Eco Lodge,
We had excellent massages there and the most interesting wood carving workshop. We did a guided tour to the nearby villages with a local guide, it was fascinating to come so close to the locals and learn about farming rice, coffee, cocoa, ..
The food is excellent, however - something happended in the middle of our stay and all the food turned to be very hot with chili. Perpaps the chef changed, or the the type of chili used. The food is ordered in advance and ingrediences come from the own garden, or nearby village - I felt it was very unique and fresh.
We were also able to watch a Balinese dance performance in the logde. The group was formed by girls from the local village and it was the most fascinating little performance.

Room Tip: For our family parents and three teens, the Tree house was perfect. Two bedrooms and two verandas ga...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Linda v, Owner at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write this review,
Im so sorry about the chilli!, I dont know what happened there... I hope you mentioned it at the time so we could fix this for you immediately.
All the best x Linda
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

Beautiful location with breathtaking views and very friendly local staff. The food was amazing and we thought reasonable value, and I would highly recommend taking a cooking class. Our 6 year old daughter loved playing and exploring in the garden. There were monkeys, a rabbit, 2 guinea pigs and some fish. There were small walks around the ecolodge. My partner and daughter went swimming in the waterhole, but I did not go in the water because of leeches. We took a 4hr guided walk which was truly amazing. If I had to be critical, the towels and linen did not smell clean (at home when I try to clean more naturally I use eucalyptus and tea tree oil with hot water so I may be biased). Also beware of Bali traffic, it took us 4 hrs to get back to the airport with the hotel van so we were cutting it a bit short. I would definitely go back, recommend it to friends, and check out the owners other ecolodge near the beach.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Ruma Manis lodge, great for a couple or family with 1 child. There was a double bed...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Linda v, Owner at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
Hi Tina,
Thank you for your very positive review, we are always happy to have families here.

1 Note: Regarding our laundry, we use only natural soap nut ( a local nut used traditionally by the Balinese before- Rinso became available here) there are no chemicals involved in any of the laundry for your bungalow. Our staff changed the sheets daily for you- at your request.

All the best and maybe we will see you in Bali again someday
x Linda
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Fresh air, breathtaking views, fantastic food, peace, love and jungle! We stayed in the Ruma Manis bungalow and had total privacy with breathtaking views. It's paradise. We could see half of Bali, all the way down to the ocean. Right next to it there's a natural postcard river waterfall down a steep path with three pools for swimming! Trek Batukaru, hike the jungle, walk to the sleepy village, or hang out in the lodge's amazing gardens. Have a chat with the four rescued monkeys, or get a massage (I had the best massage in my entire life here). There are also some excellent meditation spots on the property, and the energy is absolutely amazing. Much of the food is home grown and the meals are absolutely divine. Although we would like to keep this place to ourselves I say book now and never look back.

Room Tip: All rooms are great.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ecolodgebali, Owner at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Thank you, Thank you!
We hope to see you again someday
Kind Regards
Linda
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

The location is absolutely wonderful and the views breathtaking. All of the bungalows are beautiful and have all their own sweet character ( loved the outdoor showers with the ferns in the wall). But its the whole experience of the place; the ecological aspect and awareness of the whole project, the local community focus and involvement, the organic food grown on site, the quality and presentation of food, the friendliness snd laughter of the staff ... the love everyone puts into it... Overall a magical experience.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Ecolodgebali, Owner at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Thank you,
"Magic Happens" to magical people in magical places...
We hope to see you again someday
x Linda
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

After 3 days in Ubud and a comfortable transfer, we arrived at the Sarinbuana Eco Lodge. What a wonderfull place. We were in the Tree House (as we required twin beds) which was really a whole little house with three rooms and bathroom. Fabulous jungle rainforest garden with paths to follow. Super food at the restaurant. They arranged a motor cycle trip out for us and we were driven around paddy fields and to the butterly garden and temples etc and had enormous fun. Do take the offered look at the herb and vegetable gardens - very interesting -and tasty!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Ecolodgebali, Owner at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Thank you for your review,

Again the question arises about - What is cleanliness regarding a room.

Is the sign of an ant, a frog or a moth- a sign that the room is not clean?, Is the sign of no life around your bungalow a good thing?.

As an Eco Lodge it is our obligation to educate our guests on the importance of a diverse ecology and also how to reconnect with nature, easing irrational fears- turning fear to appreciation.

We understand none would like harmful spiders, mosquitoes or to see a cockroach in the room.These are not the insects we are talking about here.

All the best
x Linda
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Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

My stay at the Bali Eco Lodge was amazing, waking up to clean fresh mountain air, bathing myself with the cold natural fresh water from further up the mountain (if you like that type of thing, they have hot water as well). Its the perfect place to feel welcomed, comfortable and free to let your mind rest. They have a number of watering holes that make you feel completely immersed in nature. The property is large enough to always feel like your on an adventure exploring an unknown world. The rooms are always clean and designed for complete relaxation. The staff are an absolute joy to be around and make you feel welcomed. I am personally not a big fan of Indonesian food however the food at the Bali Eco Lodge was unbelievable, when you get there for either lunch or dinner order the beef rendang and you wil not be disappointed, the sauce was so good that it is mouthwatering just to think about it. Having had the pleasure of meeting the owners, Linda and Norm, it is clear that the work they do to sustain the environment and educate the local community is seriously making a difference. They are not just talking about it, when you get there, you can see real evidence that green thinking is possible and people are doing it. Overall this is just a divine place to spend your holiday or even visit to learn about Eco (green) thinking.

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Linda v, Owner at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Thank you!
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Property: Sarinbuana Eco Lodge
Address: Jl. Arjuna Br. Biyahan | Desa Wanagiri, Tabanan 82162, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Tabanan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 53 Specialty Lodging in Tabanan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sarinbuana Eco lodge is the pioneer of Eco Tourism in Bali. This internationally Award winning Eco Lodge, offers you a retreat into nature. With 5 uniquely hand crafted bungalows set in tropical organic gardens, amazing mountain & forested valley views. Surrounded by fruit, trees coffee, cocoa, vanilla & rice paddy's. Delicious Organic local Balinese, Raw food & Western dishes sourced from our gardens, workshops with our local villagers, Mountain, Rainforest, Temple, Rice paddy and "food forest" walks, fresh mountain water pools. Enjoy a massage or take a cooking class. Perfect for Nature loving: Couples, Families, Solo travelers, Honeymooners, group retreats & for all those who would like to be a part of this vibrant traditional culture, while treading lightly on the earth. Winner of the Wildforest award 2013, 2007 & 2010 Wild Asia Eco Lodge of the year Award, and 2 time nominee for the Virgin Sustainable Tourism Award - Best accommodation for a community category. Sarinbuana Eco Lodge has lead the way in developing Sustainable Eco Tourism in Bali, pioneering social and environmental programs that have set new standards for viable, responsible & hotel management in Bali. Our recent consultancy projects are: Bali Eco beach house, Loola Bintan Island, Fresh Bali, Sumber Sari Eco Villas & Bali Eco Stay. New Retreat Bamboo bale for workshops, groups and yoga space. Daily Yoga classes at 7am & 5pm ... more   less 
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