An eco-friendly place to stay is not just a matter of building with bamboo, not having air conditioning or being hidden away.
There’s a lot more commitment involved than that.
Eco-friendly is the belief that even the smallest things can have an effect.
From minor things like not drinking bottled water or using a plastic straw, to bigger impacts like where the food comes from and how water is used.
Eco-lodges are popping up more and more around the island. Promising a rural and comfortable stay, with minimal impact on the environment, what could be better?!
Check out some of these amazing Bali eco-lodges for an unforgettable time.
What is an Eco-Lodge?
An eco-lodge is defined as ‘a type of accommodation designed to have the minimum possible impact on the natural environment in which it is located’.
They are perfect for tourists who want to experience nature, while supporting ecotourism.
Eco-lodges are almost always located in remote locations, usually in the heart of an unspoiled natural environment, offering travelers the opportunity to truly connect with the surrounding wilderness.
There are three basic things that can make a place to stay an eco-lodge:
- Based in natural environment
- Supporting the locals
- Providing awareness and education programs about the environment
Bali eco-lodges are dotted all over the island, located in popular areas for tourists such as Ubud, Uluwatu and Kintamani.
Best Eco-Lodges in Bali
These eco-lodges are amazing all-rounders.
They offer a comfortable stay as well as an eco-warrior ethos and consistently support the nearby locals.
Check out these beautiful spots for a unique and memorable Bali getaway.
In a slightly hidden location among trees, rice fields, rivers and waterfalls in Tabanan, Ulaman Eco Resort reconnects you with the earth, without hurting it – all while offering luxury and comfort.
Along with the eco-friendly bamboo design and construction, the food served in the restaurant is farm to table, the water used throughout is taken from a filtered well, and they have a customized turbine system.
There is a collection of different types of rooms including private villas and pools.
Saving the environment doesn’t mean giving up comfort.
Eco-tourism is often focused on the best way to save the green, but forgets about saving the blue.
Bloo Lagoon Eco Village is an ocean front haven that focuses its conservation efforts on the ocean.
Filled with 25 private villas, an onsite cafe and restaurant, as well as spa, it adds a touch of luxury to the beauty of saving the earth.
They have thought of everything, from the light bulbs they use, to the staff they hire and the way they collect rain water.
Located just a short drive from Padangbai, it is a great place to stay when you are heading off, or returning from, the Gilis, a Nusa Penida adventure or Lombok.
In luxurious Uluwatu, there are three things that Suarga Padang-Padang pay attention to – environmental, social, and economical sustainability.
They do everything with the consideration of the expense it will have on the surrounding environment.
The resort was built using wood recovered from an abandoned ironwood pontoon in Borneo, ruins of teak houses, old factories, other certified materials, and bamboo. Ensuring nothing went to waste.
Powered by solar panels that cover the roof of the resort, you don’t need to worry about the guilt that comes with using electricity.
Each of the rooms are perfectly designed to ensure they stay cool without the need of traditional air-con units. Suarga is one of the most amazing places to stay in Uluwatu.
A luxurious, eco-friendly stay with rolling hill views of the surrounding countryside, Camaya Bali is a stunning setting for a relaxing stay or Insta photoshoot.
Beautifully designed with natural bamboo and encompassed by vast tropical nature, not only is the eco-lodge MAGNIFICENT, it gets you out on the hustle and bustle into serenity.
Camaya Bali is located in the rural area of Selat, away from the hectic crowds of the south.
With a range of activities available including canang making, waterfall adventures and yoga classes, it is a great place to get to know all of Bali.
Floating Leaf Eco-Luxury Retreat is an award winning eco-lodge in Bali.
Situated in the rural area of Keramas, close to the beach, it is away from the usual tourist haunts for a more peaceful escape.
The land was always used to help the community, starting out as a place where they were able to farm and cultivate their own produce, before being prepared and permitted for a full eco-resort.
Full of luxuries, yet maintaining an eco-friendly, Balinese feel, your stay will be filled with wellness activities like yoga classes and healing sessions.
They use environmentally friendly reuse programs, have a rainwater harvesting system, solar charging stations for electronics, an organic permaculture garden, a compost systems and hotel recycling bins.
Who said helping the environment couldn’t be LUXE?!
Bali Eco Stay is a green nature sanctuary nestled among the rich, lush landscape of Kanciana Village, Tabanan.
No noise, just serenity.
Everything you eat in the resort is grown and harvested on site, and the water comes from the natural spring, additionally filtered for ultimate purity.
Each of the private bungalows in the resort are unique and beautiful, encompassed by the stunning nature. Rustic and of differing sizes, there is a magnificent natural retreat for everyone.
Enjoy the trickling sounds of the spring just outside, cuddle up in the mosquito-net covered beds, and immerse in the incredible setting.
Bali Eco Stay has a lot of extra activities including cooking classes, yoga sessions, wellness activities, waterfall tours, even waterfall picnics!
Located in the peaceful mountainous area of Belok/Sidan, on the western slopes of Kintamani, Bali Eco Village is an amazing Bali eco-lodge.
Filled with a range of different accommodations – from family bungalows to standard rooms – Bali Eco Village is a sprawling and natural space, away from the regular island tourists.
Perfect for yoga retreats, you can rent out the whole village, and enjoy the luxury of having an onsite yoga shala and spa.
It is a dreamy wellness escape!
Sun Sang Eco Village is a traditional bamboo home, encircled by tropical, luscious greenery.
By using renewable resources, Sun Sang was able to reduce the carbon footprint typically associated with property development.
There is a learning center open to the public, a space for a permaculture garden, and they use solar energy for electricity – ensuring that everything stays as eco-friendly as possible.
A stay at Sun Sang is not only comfortable, but a way to get closer to nature.
With a variety of accommodations available, all looking out over the sprawling lush jungles, Sun Sang promises a once-in-a-lifetime stay.
Every part of Sarinbuana has been well thought out to consider the environment.
The swimming pool is all natural with no need for chemicals, the cleaning products, soaps, and laundry soaps are locally and naturally produced, you won’t find a single plastic water bottles on the property, and all the vegetables, spices, fruits ad herbs are sourced from the organic gardens!
The Bali eco-lodge has 6 traditional, rustic bungalows at the height of the treetops.
As well as a range of activities, Sarinbuana can be exclusively booked out for retreats, events and celebrations.
Buana Eco-farm is a more local and traditional Bali experience in North Bali.
Built from old teak wood, with a green and environmentally friendly ethos, it is a quaint and relaxing place to enjoy a peaceful escape.
All the food available at the Buana Cafe comes directly from the farm. You can pick and eat tropical fruits and vegetables from the organic eco-farm.
Off the beaten track with magnificent natural surroundings, Buana Eco-farm is a beautiful setting for a Bali escape.
Hideout is a collection of iconic bamboo houses in Bali.
For hiding away from the real world and spending time in nature, you won’t find a more incredible spot.
The home is made entirely of bamboo, harvested in the local forest and built by a group of local craftsmen. Beside a trickling river with luscious, jungle surroundings, it is a true hide away.
Hideout is able to arrange in-room massages, cooking classes, visits to local shamans and hikes. Make your stay in nature lavish!
With sixteen signature bales made of local materials, Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape is nestled in the jungles of central Bali.
Encompassed by sprawling nature, the tropical heaven is a magnificent Bali eco-lodge that is both luxurious and eco-concious. As you lounge and pamper in luxury, you can rest assured that the resort uses all the best methods and processes to ensure they are causing as little harm to the environment as possible.
Immerse in the outstanding setting, with your own magical views of the vast jungles.
Magic Hills Bali is a beautiful eco-lodge with stunning 360° views, and an artistic bamboo design.
The boho home is in the midst of Bali’s lush rice terraces. You can wake up each morning to the birds chirping and a cool breeze flowing through the home.
Featuring its own private, lush gardens, a refreshing plunge pool and access to all types of classes and local experiences, it is a luxurious space to call your island home.
Bali Lush is committed to sustainability, and sourcing food from local farmers and independent producers.
On the slopes of Mount Batukaru, it is a rural dream with vast views out over the surrounding rice paddies, a refreshing pool and traditional Javanese bungalows.
Serving Mediterranean and Thai cuisine in the breezy, scenic restaurant, you don’t need to leave the lodge to find a satisfying meal.
With beautiful vegetable gardens and tropical greenery, Bali Lush lives up to its name.
Swasti means ‘healing’ in Sanskrit, and is the essence on which Swasti Eco-cottage is built.
Healing the guests, the island and the earth, everything they do considers the environment.
The location is so quiet, you will forget that Bali is a buzzing tourist destination.
The ingredients served at the onsite restaurant are handpicked from the property, or purchased from local organic growers. No chemicals or pesticides to be worried about.
All of the accommodations are beautifully decorated with a classic Balinese style and comfortable, homey furnishings.
Mass tourism is a big problem in Bali, with a lot of the rural land being built up into hotels, villas and resorts.
Luckily, independent locals and the local government has started to do something about it by implementing ecotourism.
With eco-lodges dotted across the island, there are many spots where you can escape the crowds, reconnect with nature and do no harm to the environment as you do it.
As magnificent as many of the luxurious villas in Bali are, consider an eco-lodge in Bali for your next holiday and give a little back to the island we all love so much.
Featured image: Sun Sang Eco Village