Traveling Sustainably and Luxuriously: Bali Eco Villas
While Bali has become an increasingly popular travel destination, traveling there may not always be so eco-friendly. Many resorts and hotels waste lots of electricity and water unnecessarily, overfish the area, or serve fruit an vegetables out of season, which can deplete natural resources. Furthermore, the construction of many of these tourist-only hotels is at the root of the sustainability issue: they are not crafted with a a sustainable design, and therefore expend much more energy than they are able to produce.
Still want to travel to Bali, but in a more sustainable way? Check out Alila Villas in Uluwatu, Bali. This resort has been Earthcheck Gold Certified since 2014, and was Earthcheck certified for their design upon construction. From their site: "We are proud that Alila Villas Uluwatu has embraced environmentally sustainable design (ESD) principles and is the first resort in Indonesia to receive the highest level of certification from EarthCheck as a Best Practice Building Planning and Design (BPDS) development. We utilise many ESD measures, including use of local materials, water conservation with soaks and rain gardens and a waste water management system, using local plants from the special Bali savannah ecosystem, the deliberate use of sustainable/recycled materials, protection of the natural environment, and measured work practices throughout construction."