Udayana Travel Guide
In our quest to discover and understand Eco-Hotels of the world, today we take a look at the Udayana Eco-Hotel in Bali. The hotel has aided us in further understanding the definition of their hotel genre.
The small and intimate inn is perched on a lush hill with a view overlooking Mt. Agung with the Jimbaran Bay below. But it isn't like staying in the jungle with just a mosquito net and bed mat. Oddly, air conditioning is in every room which doesn't seem too eco-friendly but perhaps it's just that hot? Rooms also feature a "Bali style bathroom" which also is nothing to worry as it only means the shower is half indoors and half in the garden (walled in, no streaking).
So what about the Udayana is earth friendly? They use solar power for the hot water, some lighting, and function with a biological sewage treatment plant. They explain that they fulfill the top six requirements necessary to be granted with the title of "Eco Hotel":
--depends on the natural environment
--is ecologically sustainable
--is proven to contribute to conservation
--features an environmental training program
--incorporates cultural considerations
--provides a net economic return to the local community
All this is and fine and dandy as long as there are no rooms with views of the on-site sewage plant.