Keep on the grass…
Bali’s global bamboo boom is, as far as I know it, thanks to Linda Garland, her Environmental Bamboo Foundation and the village of Bona – with a shot or two of David Bowie lounging on his bamboo sofa in Mustique…
As we now very well know, bamboo is a versatile and sustainable building material that has been used in construction for thousands of years. It is a type of grass that grows quickly and can reach maturity in just 3-5 years, making it a renewable resource. It is also strong and durable, able to withstand high winds and earthquakes.
Bamboo is often used in the construction of homes, buildings, bridges, and other structures. It can be used for both structural and decorative elements, such as flooring, walls, ceilings, and furniture. Bamboo is also often used in the construction of eco-friendly and sustainable buildings, as it is a natural and biodegradable material that does not necessarily require the use of harmful chemicals or pesticides.
In Asia as Westerners, we are pretty shocked to see that bamboo is also used as scaffolding, as it is lightweight and easy to work with, making it ideal for construction projects in remote or difficult-to-access areas.
Overall, bamboo is a cost-effective and sustainable building material that offers many benefits over traditional materials such as wood or concrete. Its fast growth rate and strength make it an excellent choice for construction projects of all types.
Here in Bali it is now the construction material ‘de jour’…. And below we have invited a few Bali Bamboo-ites to tell us more about their experience, and how their brand has included this increasingly popular grass into their lives!
Bamboo with a Spectacular View…Dharma Oasis
Dharma Oasis is a small boutique hideaway surrounded by traditional rice fields, forest and blessed with seriously breathtaking views.
Having kept as many of the trees on site as possible, they wanted to use a natural building material that blended well with the environment. Bamboo was the ecological building material of choice. It’s sustainable, sourced locally and reduces their carbon footprint.
Teaming up with bamboo specialists, Asali Bali proved to be their best move. Their vernacular concept perfectly fitted Dharma’s goals.
Their design, covering 50 square meters, with a distinctive 90 square meter cathedral-like roof structure, was built from scratch in just three weeks, by seven local craftsmen. Their skilful use of bamboo and roofing thatch created one of the most popular and sought-after suites at Dharma Oasis.
During the day, louvered, folding doors open up to reveal the stunning landscape, including majestic Mount Batukaru, Bali’s second-highest mountain just to the left of the wide, padi field vista. While at night, when closed, the comforting sense of a cocoon is achieved.
The bathroom at the rear of the suite is semi-open to nature and allows the gentle breezes coming off the surrounding countryside to cool your body.
In fact ‘Back to nature’ are the words most often used by guests that have stayed in this divine bamboo house, and thankfully many return.
Hideout – Retreat to the Hills and Put Some Serous Distance Between You and the Daily Grind…
Hideout is a hidden gem, a place to retreat to when you want to escape the hustle of bustling island energy or crazy city vibrations. Tucked away in the magnificent mountains of our beloved Gunung Agung volcano, Hideout comprises of seven stunning designer bamboo houses, each with its own unique design, amenities, setting and view.
For adventurous travelers seeking an escape, Hideout is the ultimate getaway destination. Its idyllic location in the mountains provides the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable Bali experience, making it an ideal choice for long-term travelers, nature lovers, spiritual seekers, trekking enthusiasts, backpackers, artists, musicians, and eco-enthusiasts.
Whether you’re looking for a peaceful sanctuary to unwind, explore the natural beauty of Bali, or simply take a break from the stresses of modern life, Hideout offers an array of activities to suit every interest. From trekking through the mountains, to indulging in artistic pursuits, to practicing yoga, there’s something for everyone at Hideout.
So, if you’re seeking a unique and authentic Bali experience, escape to Hideout – THE place to go when you want to disappear, and discover a world of natural beauty, tranquility, and adventure.
Keliki Luxury Lodge
Discover the Heritage of Perfection at Keliki Luxury Lodge in Tranquil Ubud.
Keliki Luxury Lodge invites you to immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring natural scenery, Balinese heritage, and unparalleled hospitality. This newly opened hotel is a sanctuary where exquisite design blends harmoniously with lush nature, waiting to be explored. Combining the beauty and authenticity of French and Indonesian cultures, Keliki Luxury Lodge expertly pairs sophisticated details with exceptional Balinese hospitality at every turn.
Nestled amidst tropical jungle and rice fields, Keliki Luxury Lodge takes an eco-friendly approach to embrace green architecture and design. From locally sourced bamboo materials in the construction to energy-efficient technologies to conserve water, this hotel is committed to sustainability.
Unleash your wanderlust and embark on a journey of self-discovery at Keliki Luxury Lodge. Explore the mystical wonder of ancient temples, the soothing sounds of flowing holy water, and the sacred ceremonies that beckon to be discovered. Just a short drive away from Ubud City Centre and the famous Sacred Monkey Forest, you can experience pure bliss, exceptional dining, and top-notch comfort in a unique setting surrounded by lush rice fields and jungle at this newest gem in Ubud, Keliki Luxury Lodge.