A peaceful 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.
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, snorkeling and surfing beaches. The crystal azure waters that wet the sand here are Pandawa Beach, Green Bowl, Bali Cliff, Uluwatu, Nusa Dua, 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 began this Eco project 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. Many guests have come here and begun truly transformational experience.
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 Pecatu, Bingin 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 relaxed space particularly suited to single travellers. You'll also get to know other chill expats and travellers as we have many wonderful friends and long term guests.
Our focus on all guest rooms 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.
Eco House Room Rates:
1 week: USD 150 + cleaning & airbnb fees
1 month: USD 350 per month + cleaning & airbnb fees
3 month: USD 280 per month + cleaning & airbnb fees
It is very important to us that Green Tara remains a relaxed, caring, safe and peaceful environment for all who live here. What you do or who you do it with outside of the property is entirely up to you. However, should you wish to bring anyone outside of our original agreement onsite, you will need to ask permission first. The rates for the rooms are for one person only. Additional persons are charged USD 5 per night per room and should be applied for at the time of booking.
Cleaning & admin fees are USD 25 per week. All rooms, 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.
A course of 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 for lessons and 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 rather than constant contact with technology.
There is plenty of opportunity to be social and meet wonderful new friends while staying at Green Tara. Sometimes there's chilled music with a beer in the garden at sunset - but please bear in mind it is not a party space.
Noble silence is observed on the Green Tara nature reserve between the hours of midnight and 9 am every day of the week without exception. Absolutely no talking, laptop, phone noise, or music between the hours of midnight and nine am. This allows everyone to go about their personal business (rest, meditation, morning cuppa, yoga etc) without the obligation of mindless chatter. It gives us all the opportunity to start each day in a calm and mindful way.
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, your plans and your interest is staying with our unique community set up. If you are a couple or two friends wanting to share, please write to us individually.
Raquel, Tommy, & Made
*Green Tara is an eco acreage. We're mindful of mother nature here. In practical terms, your responsibility as a guest is below.
*This is Bali, and it still has its share of developing community issues: there are regular electricity, water and internet outages. We have set up water catchment devices to ensure there is always access to bathing but please be mindful of the amount you use.
*We recycle and compost everything possible. So please be mindful of the quantity toilet paper you use and refrain from throwing it down the toilet - the bathrooms throughout the property have a 'delicates' hose (a miniature shower for personal hygiene), and biodegradable soap.
*You are welcome to you the kitchen as long as you are prepared to clean up after yourself including separating your rubbish between the compost, recycling and general waste. All this will be explained in person - it's quite straight forward.
*This is a non smoking property. There is a small smoking area by the entrance gate.
*By early evening Green Tara is an extremely quiet nature reserve. Guests are asked to respect the peace and tranquillity by being a part of it. Between the hours of Midnight and 9am all guests on the property are asked to observe noble silence. No talking, music, or TV. This allows everyone to sleep, have their own private space, without the obligation of mindless chatter, or noise pollution in order to sleep and go about their personal morning activities with a quieter mind.
*Internet. If you wish to purchase internet data for your phone, ipad, tablet or internet usb from a local provider, we're happy to help you set that up. Internet is available for USD 10 for 5 gig of data.
With all due respect to the wonder that is the world wide web - Tommy and I feel that social networking has become an exaggerated priority across the world creating a breakdown in human connections. One of the great things about this place is the possibility to meet, hang out, and live with many awesome humans. So to continue to enjoy natural tranquil, mindful and social environment that has been created here to its full potential, and to facilitate an easy connection with other guests and nature, we ask that guests avoid using smartphones or laptops for internet usage in the common areas of the property (gardens, kitchen, bathrooms, lounge and relaxation areas, the permaculture farm).
Alternatively, you can access a speedy internet cafe only minutes down the road from the property between 6am - 11pm. They have power points in an outdoor sheltered garden set up. It only costs 4 cents an hour and it's a great place to go surfing ; ).
*Partying. I've been lucky that I only seem to attract friendly and interesting guests. So the opportunity to be social comes naturally here. Just understand, that while sunset beers and an acoustic guitar jam session in the garden are often the norm at dusk, it's 'not' a party place. Uluwatu bars are only 15 minutes away & Krazy Kuta is a mere 30 minutes by taxi (around $20) if you need that fix while you're here.
*All guests are expected to respect the local culture of this property and the village. This allows everyone who stays the opportunity to learn from and enjoy the utter beauty this gem location has on offer, while respecting the culture of the local community.
*The Balinese cafe across the road is super friendly and serves great, low cost local food all day, most days of the week. They will often deliver your food to the house. If they do this, show the respect they deserve and clean up the utensils and return them as soon as possible.
My stay at Green Tara was an amazing experience. It is only about 10 minutes by scooter to three beaches. The host was amazing and made me feel like I was right at home. I was always invited to any of the outings the residents or tourists went on. The Aloe Vera outside my room also helped with the wicked sunburn I earned at the beaches.
Raquel made me feel welcome and I would highly recommend anyone to stay and experience the true nature of Bali. It is about 30 minutes from the noise and hubbub that is Kuta and situated in a village that is nestled in the quietness of "true Bali"
The room was very simple. A bed with a fan which if you are looking to get away from it all, this is the place you should stay. It is also great to have a Balinese restaurant across the road that you can order food from and they will bring it to you.
I can not sing the praises highly enough for the host, the accommodation, the people, or the location.
I really enjoyed my stay at Green Tara. The setting is tranquil and such a contrast to much of the rest of Bali (yes, even 'relaxed' Ubud) in that it is peaceful and quiet, with only the occasional scooter noise, barking dog or crowing rooster to be heard during the evening. And yes, the kooky gecko noises!
Green Tara's staff made me feel very welcome during my stay. Made was always on hand to answer a question about the farm or Bali generally. The garden itself is wonderful and quite bountiful, you may well be lucky enough to cook your own meal from home-grown ingredients, or otherwise there's always the warung just over the road, which has cheap yet delicious and sustaining meals. Other guests were also lovely and respectful of the space.
As a non-scooter rider I arranged a driver for most of my stay through Raquel. Manta was friendly and laid-back, and had great suggestions of what to see and where to eat.
I don't think I've had a more relaxing holiday in my life than my stay at Green Tara.
This is a very special place to stay if you want to experience something different. It is clean and comfortable with basic but perfectly acceptable amenities. The thing that really makes this place is Racel and the other guests, all of whom are interesting and diverse. As the description says to really make the most of this place you definitely need to feel comfortable riding a scooter or you would need a driver. The village is small and friendly and you are made to feel very welcome here. The beautiful beach is a good 40 min walk away which we enjoyed doing despite the heat and hills! On a scooter it would be easy.
I arrived really late and Raquel organized me easy access to my room via her preferred taxi driver. Everything was neat and clean complete with a bottle of water and Frangipani flowers which made me feel real welcome. The next day I found out a scooter was already rented for me, as you WILL NEED ONE to get anywhere. Night time is peaceful and pretty quiet and daytime I found noisy, with scooters and motorbikes going past the Villa. There is a small kitchen where you can prepare your own food. You can get some basics up the road at a little shop, like eggs and some veg, and there is little local Restaurant across the road where you can get basic traditional Balinese dishes at a good price. For anything more fancy you will have to take a scooter ride. Raquel's crew were busy preparing beds & seedlings for planting and there were some young plants already in some of the beds, so there should be fresh produce from the garden before the end of the year. There is no internet available for guests, but you can get a local mobile SIM card with 3G loaded for not too expensive. Raquel was kind enough to take me to a local mobile merchant who sorted out my internet needs. You are not very close to any of the surfing and popular beaches (Uluwathu, Bingin, Padang, Dreamland) so expect to spend round about 30 minutes by scooter getting to them. Prices I was charged at the time of writing organised through Raquel (Jul 2014):
Taxi ride from airport IDR 200,000
Room per night IDR 250,000
Scooter rental IDR 900,000 per month,
Visa extension IDR 750,000.
All in all, I had a very pleasant stay and found Raquel and her staff to be great hosts.
Where to start?! Great place to stay if your looking for some long term cheap accom. Super friendly host and room mates make settling in to local scene a breeze. Amazing restaurant literally 5 metres away, you can actually just yell out your order and they will deliver it! Maybe if you are lucky Raquel will tell you about the secret items not included on the menu...
As for location, look no further. Situated in the centre of the Bukit gives you access to amazing beaches on both coasts and some lesser known ones if you are the adventurous type. All necessary comforts are close by like internet, super market and sushi. Also if you get a local SIM card (Sim Pati) reception is really good.
Basic rooms are comfortable with a bunch of different bathrooms to choose from. You can go for the authentic Balinese squatter or the good old European throne! Great staff ensure facilities are always clean and even make your bed for you on a daily basis!
If your looking for a chilled crew to hang with and get a bit of local knowledge, Raquel will hook you up because she is the BOSS of the Bukit!
Great place, good times, bloody bagus!
Local expat beach culture meets Eco-conscious living. Seems to attract friendly young travelers of a hippyish nature without being too dippy. I'm curious to see how the Eco-ness of it evolves? Raquel, the host was very helpful. She should charge for her concierge services. Nice little doggie around that likes to play. Very close to east side surf breaks. Simple accommodation and communal kitchen and bathroom.
The time when I stayed at Raquel’s permaculture farm was just fantastic. It’s not only a beautiful complex with many green places, plants and comfortable rooms; it’s a place with a friendly, community atmosphere and a strong sense of ecological living. If you stay at Raquel’s eco place it's not just a normal holiday, it's much more. You totally can dive into the cultural surrounding, you can enjoy going with her to hindu ceremonies or being part of her English class for the local Balinese kids. Simply you can have a chilled out, fun or exciting time by staying at her Eco property - it has a special vibe. As well she gave me a lot of information: where I should go for lunch or dinner, organizes transport or your own scooter ( she will teach you how to ride if you need that), where to shop for traditional Balinese souvenirs, which attractions to visit and where to find the most beautiful and quiet beaches in Bali - one is only 5 minutes from her house! For me as a spirited surfer, the backyard of her property has many of the best surf spots in Bali. If you're lucky she will show you secret spots where you will sit in an almost empty line-up and surf clean and nice waves. You may even get to surf with her awesome local friends. I have been to Bali's bukit peninsula many times & the very best time to be all by yourself to surf these fantastic waves is when the trade winds switch them on from October to April, but don’t worry also in the high season there are some really nice spots where you won’t always have to sit with hundreds in the line-up - you need to be more patient though. I really was impressed with what she’s doing for the Balinese people and how she teaches all guests and visitors the mindfulness of living in an ecologically friendly way. The house has sustainable gardens, always planting fruits and vegetables, a compost to reduce waste and a fully functional system to give back to Bali. Even the rooms have eco friendly equipment and super comfortable locally built beds. Right at the other side there is a warung (Balinese for restaurant) where you can order all the traditional and yummy Balinese dishes, and they even will come to the place to serve it. Raquel's focus is to maximize the ecological standard and to minimize the carbon footprint we leave on earth. That means Raquel is investing all the money she earns from people staying at this awesome place goes toward a better and cleaner Bali. I liked that just by staying here, I was investing in positive change for Bali's future. Anyone who wants to stay with good people & cares about Bali's culture, surfing, eco tourism, eco architecture & permaculture will enjoy staying here as much as I did. I'll be back!
**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/941474** Dear Lisa, you are simply one of the most wonderful humans I have had the fortune met in Bali. Thank you for taking so much time and effort to write this. I'm humbled by your beautiful words.
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Writer, nature loving, people ponderer. I live on an amazing eco property in Bali's far south with my Balinese family. We're creating a tropical permaculture farm here. These days I spend most of my spare time planting seeds - both literally and metaphorically - with my Balinese partner Tommy, who grew up in nearby Uluwatu. I bought a motorcycle and named her Phylis. She gets a lot of attention around The Bukit. And rightly so - she's pretty hot.
I have listed three properties on Air BnB.
1. The place where I live - Beachside Permaculture farm & villa
2. My friend Pakir's family compound of 5 self contained studios in Ubud.
3. My Balinese family's beach shack - a guest house directly on the beach.