A permaculture acreage located within minutes of arguably 'the most' breathtaking surf breaks in Bali; this eco-conscious living property would be best enjoyed by travellers with the environment, nature and the culture of Bali at the forefront of their interests.
There’s a certain ideal ‘fit’ for this accommodation community. And we are primarily interested in hosting guests who want to learn and share their knowledge in care giving to the future of our natural and cultural environment - sometimes that's as simple a thing as being mindful.
30 minutes south of the Kuta & Seminyak tourist traps is the real Bali; 'The Bukit' Peninsula's secret wonderland Pandawa beach and bushlands. Secret surf breaks, empty golden sandy beaches, and laid back villagers of yesteryear still exist here. You'll unlikely see another westerner in this entire neighbourhood; yet it's not far to all of their haunts should you wish to get amongst that too.
Pandawa beach is on Bali's most magical southern tip, 'The Bukit Peninsula', and it contains hands down, Bali's best swimming, snorkelling and surfing beaches. The crystal azure waters that wet the sand here are Pandawa Beach, Green Bowl, Bali Cliff, Uluwatu, Padang Padang, Bingin, Dreamland & Balangan.
Green Tara permaculture acreage is tickled by the cool sea breezes. It is located at the end of one of Pandawa Beach's long hilly roads leading into farmlands. When night falls, the only noises you can hear surrounding the property will be geckos laughing and cicadas singing. It is a completely private eco permaculture acreage in the making. Everyday we're setting up new composting, edible gardens, and a vista of tropical flowering plants.
When we took over this property in March 2013, we did it with the vision of providing an inspiring environment in order to offer our gratitude to all Bali has given and continues to give us, and everyone who comes here.
The Entire Bukit Peninsula is only 10 x 15 klms in radius and encased in a coral reef. So depending on the tides, winds and swell it will produce completely different surfing conditions all over The Bukit at different times of the year. We are in the prime location to access all of these places. If yoga is your thing, there are plenty of places to practise in the yoga bales at my local beach, at my property or in a daily class down the road in Uluwatu or Jimbaran.
This property is newly built, clean and in immaculate condition. It has edible gardens to enjoy, an outdoor communal kitchen and lounge / library area equipped with DVD, TV, HDMI cables and loads of awesome books.
This is nature reserve; a permaculture farm set alongside eco-friendly accommodation. It’s for those of you who like getting as close as it gets to nature and Bali's culture without forsaking the majority of your western comforts. It’s a chilled out place ideally suited to single travellers. You'll also get to know other chill expats and travellers as I have many wonderful friends and long term guests.
Our focus on all guestrooms is quality and eco sustainability. The fan-cooled rooms are furnished with new high quality mattresses, custom made coconut wood slat bases, and hypo-allergenic pillows and bedding. Rooms are serviced for cleanliness Monday – Saturday by our lovely housekeeper Ketut.
Eco House Room Rates:
1 week: USD 140 + cleaning & airbnb fees
1 month: USD 300 + cleaning & airbnb fees
Cleaning fees are USD 20 per week. All rooms, all common areas and bathrooms are serviced every day except Sunday.
There is no public transport in Bali. You will need to hire a scooter or hire a car if you stay here. I organise transfers to the property and can have scooters delivered from a trusted local outlet.
Lessons in riding a scooter are available for USD 40 (3 lessons). If you’ve never ridden before, you'll need at least three days to practise before you hit the busier roads.
Internet data for your device (Ipad, tablet or smart phone) is available for USD 10 per 5 gig.
Please note: as this is a conscious living community property - we request that your usage of internet in the common areas of the property is limited. It's not a strict rule, it's a reminder to be mindful that this is a community set up to facilitate down time with yourself, connections with other humans and nature instead of constant contact with technology.
If you would like to stay with us, when you apply, ensure you have a complete profile (photo, and uploaded offline Passport ID). Because this is a home – not a hotel we are looking for the right fit of people to stay here, and unfortunately we can’t say yes to everyone.
Before we can offer you a space, please help us figure out if you’d be a good match for Green Tara by sending us a message letting us know a little about yourself and your plans in Bali.
Warm wishes, Raquel, Tommy & Ketut.
|Room type:||Private room|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$10 / night after the first guest|
|Weekly Price:||$140 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$300 /month|
|City:||Desa Kutuh, Pandawa Beach|
|Neighborhood:||South Kuta/Bukit Peninsula|
|Pet Owner:||Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)|
My stay at Green Tara began by attending an event run by Raquel at the farm for some local artists to get there work up on a wall at the property. It was an amazing event and the night was the perfect introduction to see the passion behind the project and to get to know the community. I was planning on staying for just one night…but after being immersed in it all for only 24 hours, I completely fell in love with everything this whole concept was about. And so I ended up there for 2 months!
I don't have enough words in the English language to describe the value of having stayed in this incredible place. It is difficult to express something to be read, which can only really be felt to be understood. I had the most richly engaging interactions every single day, with guests, friends of Green Tara, village locals and tourists alike. What I learnt there I will carry with me for the rest of my life, from the environment, permaculture, Bahasa Indonesia, motorbike riding, eco-tourism, surfing, the culture of Bali… and most of all about myself.
I truly feel that Raquel, Tommy, Ketut, Ika, Made and Kadek are some of the most genuine and kind hearted human beings I have ever met. And that is the thing you get when you stay here. It is human, it is connection, it is joy, it is family and above all else it is fun. All of the guests I met will be in my heart forever and I feel that I have formed some valuable and lifelong friendships.
If you are looking to escape on a journey of truth; to see the island of Bali in all of its many facets and to delve into the culture in an authentic and mindful way. I couldn't recommend a stay at Green Tara more highly. Not to mention that the local beaches are the absolute best on the island, the beauty of The Bukit is unparalleled for somewhere so liveable and with such an awesome vibe throughout the whole area. The things you will come away with from this magical pocket of peace, away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, will not only stay with you forever in the memories created but in the practical application in your daily life upon coming home.
I truly look forward to going back to Bali, to see my beautiful friend Raquel, and to the home away from home that I have found in this amazing place. With all the love and thank you's in the whole universe!! xxx
Excellent Place. I loved the more authentic atmosphere of the village, the beaches and the town around. Some facilities are a bit basic, but it is all with heart. Beds were new and great.
The Host Raquel is excellent and will help create an awesome experience for you. Our motorbikes where ready when we arrived, we could get into action immediately.
Also, the Warung Nur Jaya across the street is honestly the best value I found in Bali. The owners, Made and Kadek are the sweetest ever. And if you want to know a bit more about the real Bali, they are excellent in telling you about it, while you enjoy a great soup, noodles, fried chicken with a TehBotol.
We stayed here a month,
PS: If you want a more Western Breakfast sometimes, I recommened Cafe Moka. Just ask Raquel how to get there.
***Dear readers, this review relates to the beachside property I live at in Pandawa Beach village - The Bukit - Bali. You can find it through this link. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/859333***
Dear Jeroen, I've appreciated the company of all my long stay guests, but sometimes you just meet a person, and you know somehow that you're already spirit siblings. That's how it was for me when I got to know you, brother. Thanks for being you.
My time at the Raquel’s and Tommy Eco farm was beyond magical. I simply don’t know where to start. Raquel was very helpful, in every way, from giving me tips on Bali life, introducing me to the community, teaching me how to ride the scooter and if you are lucky she may take you to the secret beach. I have many precious memories with that beautiful, big hearted woman who made me feel like home from day one. Tommy was also a person I truly feel blessed for getting to know. He had such a good presence, such a beautiful soul, and his work on the farm was interesting to watch. Like, the things he can make! Made and Kedek who run the warung across the street are also people worth getting to know, you will understand why if you ever meet them.
The farm blossomed while I was there and it was great to witness everything grow, both when it came to the farm and also the people who stayed there. I met s(phone number hidden)many interesting people while staying there.. Gathering around in the living area and having chit-chats was always very pleasant, full of laughter and wonders about life. I was also very lucky to get involved on the Live Art party where many artists came to paint the big wall in front of the house. Experience I will never forget.
The house had a great vibe. I loved waking up every morning by birdssongs and the roosters cock-a-doodle-doo and fall asleep to the gecko’s gecko. I was in love with the out-indoor shower and even more in love with the swings. The place is just so peaceful, like living on a cloud. So close to nature. The location was perfect for me, only a 10-15 min drive on the scooter to all the best surfing beaches and to some great warungs and restaurants. But please note that renting a scooter really is a must while living there.
If I had to say something bad about the place there are two things : 1. Raquel’s freezer is stuffed with THE BEST CHOCOLATE IN THE WORLD. Makes you very addicted. I miss it already. Damn that chocolate.
2. The other bad thing is that you really never wanna leave.
Villa Tara Gadang – where cruisy vibes meet conscious living :)
I arrived in Bali - a single female traveller experiencing Asia for the first time – and had NO idea what to expect! I came here to do an environmental internship, yet still my gut wrenched at the thought of learning to ride a scooter, and I was uncertain of how and where I would make friends. After meeting Raquel at an organic gardening workshop, she invited me to come check out her villa and all these fears evaporated. There are only so many words which should be spoken about a well kept secret like Villa Tara Gadang. I will say that the past two months of my life have been truly transformational and I attribute much of this transformation to my long-term stay in the unique and charming environment of Raquel's home. Whether it is the tranquility of being in the main vien of the bukit – a gateway to many amazing beaches, scenic sites, and amenities, enjoying a fresh coconut in the morning, the convenience of having a delicious Warung right across the street with the best Cap Cay in town, or watching the stars twinkle in the serenity of night, Raquel's space offers time to connect with one's self. On the flipside, also sharing a house with so many wonderful flatmates from all over the world can often provide awesome opportunities for fun and travel. I think the most important aspect that I respect about Raquel's business is the way she honours the Balinese culture and aims to give back to her community. She has great local connections and can easily hook you up with a motorbike, driver, and even teach you a few words in Bahasa Indonesia! If you are in Bali long-term and looking for a Sweet AS home base, one which propagates mindfulness and comfortability, Villa Tara Gadang is a choice move!
I don't have enough words of praise in my vocabulary to express how incredible my experience at Raquel's villa was. It is an amazing permaculture project with greenery and flowers everywhere! (Raquel gave me some lessons and I got to plant some little seed babies with Tommy!!) The villa was was perfectly comfortable and met all my expectations. I miss our nightly ritual of a chat and chamomile tea under the stars!
Raquel was such an incredible host, and made me feel at home straight away - she brought me along to her good friend Ribung's Hindu ceremony; an event I feel so blessed to have experienced. We partied at Padang Padang beach for my birthday and I was even lucky enough to double on Raquel's bike beauty Phyllis.
I ate at the warung across the road from the villa at least once a day, but there are supermarkets, restaurants and beaches all very close by. If you are a (fit) avid walker, you can reach plenty by foot as I did, however it does get quite hot and the Bukit is full of hills. I was new to riding a scooter so avoided it when I could, but you will reach your destinations in a quarter of the time if you ride. I can't wait to get back to Raquel and Tommy and the villa, I'm counting down the days until my return xxx
**Note to readers: I have a 3 properties listed on air bnb, this review relates to the proprty where I live with my Balinese partner Tommy by Pandawa Beach in Bali's southern peninsula. The exact listing this review is listed on can be found here: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/859333** Dear Miss Bianca, I've got nothing but love, laughter and respect for you, my dear. You arrived as a guest and you left as a sister. Thanks so much for being you.
I stayed at the Bukit place (permaculture farm) for a month and had a great time while staying there. I personally liked the location as it's not in a crowded area. You will have to rent a motorbike though as it would probably take too long to try to walk or bike to any of the beaches or surrounding area, but to each their own. Raquel or her partner will show you how to ride one if you don't know how. The place has 3 villa style rooms and 5 rooms in the front. The first couple of nights I stayed in the Villa room, but moved over to one of the rooms in the front as i preferred the style. All the beds are super comfy queen size beds. Their is a lounge area with TV, books and videos (no DVD player so you'll have to have a laptop). Across the street from the place is nice restaurant where you can get really cheap and good Indonesian food. Raquel is a crazy and fun host and it was a lot of fun hanging out with her and the other guests when time permitted.
**Note to readers: I have a 3 properties listed on air bnb, this review relates to my property by Pandawa Beach in Bali's peninsula. the listing can be found here: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/859333 **Darling, Thomas. You're so retro! They're DVDs sweetie, DVDs. I don't even know what a video is! And also, weren't you bawling your eyes out watching Notting Hill on the movie channel with me?! Tommy and I miss your midnight investigations, and heroic escapades. Come back soon, Ol'mate!
Oh wow, where do I start?! I stayed with Raquel in August 2013 for nearly 13 days. From the moment I booked the stay to the second I left, I wasn't a mere customer, she treated me like a friend. She (along with her AMAZING staff) made me feel right at home. Every part of my stay was a pleasure down to the laundry service (I didn't want to wear my clean close because they smelled so good that I didn't want to dirty them!). The property is very clean and the beds are new and comfortable. Across the street is the best little Balinese warung (restaurant) on the island and you can't beat the prices!! She will give you directions to where ever you want to go, set you up on a tour with a driver should you need and sometimes even take you there herself! And if you are lucky enough (as I was) you might even get to hang out with her wonderful family if they are in town! (Sorry for all the exclamation marks....but it was THAT goodI WILL be back and most definitely recommend this place!!!
Note to readers: I have a few properties listed here, this is the one I live at in Pandawa Beach village. The listing is here:
Oh Elizabeth, you were such a delight to host. Thank you for your kind words. It means a lot. Please come back soon! xo
My stay at Balangan Beach area was great! For reasons not worth mentioning Raquel was on a short notice not able to host me on her place. But she undertook all the necessary to connect me to the right people and to organize an accommodation that suited me. Raquel is a wonderful host and I wish her much luck and happiness in her new home.
i stayed at Raquel place after staying in busy Semyniak and then Ubud, i (website hidden)d best beach in Bali and here there were on that spot Raquel's house. so i booked it immediately turn out that was the best thing i did! her place is just s short walk from the (best) beach Balangan. Beautiful beach with good wave for surfing. nice beach houses where you can grab nice food, ice tea when the sun is hot, and beer in the evening looking out to the sunset...Paradise!! Raquel knows and is good friend with all the locals. she organized for me a scooter which was ready on my arrival, and showed me around the neighborhood. all the good spot, which Warung to go to etc. the highlight of the satay was her English class she does for the local kids for free. I was lucky enough to be her assistant teacher : ) the kids were so sweet, had such fun time. Hope to go back to Bali, and to Raquel's house.
as her listing already mention, it is for nature lovers, and for the ones that seek experience that is different from their normal life. if you're looking for Bali villa la laa la experience it might not be for you. but you'd be missing out on all the beauty nature can show you..
At first we stayed at Raquel’s beach property in Balangan which was beyond beautiful and felt like home. After traveling around Bali for a couple weeks we could not help but head back toward Raquel and her amazingly warm energy.
Surprisingly in that short time, she’d already moved to another property, and we discovered an even better location, close to private beaches, and next door to a wonderful family who included us in their hindu ceremonies and offered us a hands on experience with their culture.
Raquel is an amazing host. Actually that’s an understatement! She is such a good natured, brilliant, funny, warm hearted person, that my partner and I are honoured to call our friend now. She didn’t just show us around she incorporated us into her world. She has scooters on site and a driver who is absolutely amazing, all of which made our trip stress free.
Raquel has built up a lovely community here in the Bukit with the local Balinese. She has earned respect especially through her free English class she holds every Sunday for the local children. The rooms are clean and comfortable with air coolers, and have a homey feel. Natalia and I had the pleasure to watch the transformation Raquel made to her new location in less than a week, and I can tell you this, Raquel works magic.
If you want a real Bali experience, clear blue water, cliff side beaches, culture, scooter rides, a Hosts who speak Balinese, Indonesian, Italiano or English, and a warung with the best glass noodles I have ever tasted literally across the street, then her eco retreat is the perfect place to spend your trip.
Raquel plain out just radiates pure love for her guests, the land, culture and her life. We feel truly blessed we found her on Air BnB. Cheers, Raquel thank you so much for making our first trip to Bali such an epic experience!!
Much love from your Americanos,
Austen & Natalia
Dear Austin and Natalia. Thank you so much for being a part of a truly pivotal time in my Bali existence. I feel truly blessed to have met you. You guys were just such a pleasure to know, the kind of pleasure that inspires and comforts me knowing that young, bright intrepid travellers such as yourselves are still being bred. I hope you make it back to Bali very soon - Phylis has been pining for you, Austen! Warmest of wishes, love and laughter, Raquel. xoxo