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:||$360 /month|
|Neighborhood:||South Kuta/Bukit Peninsula|
|Pet Owner:||Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)|
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.
WOW!! You get so much more for your money than just accommodation. We loved staying with Raquel, she was a great host. She gave us the benefit of her experience in Bali pointing out to us all the best places to visit and eat. We are so glad we stayed here. It really made our trip. As we had limited time it made a big difference to have someone who knows the place helping us out. She organised scooter hire, board hire, taxis etc. which saved us any hassle. She also introduced us to locals who allowed us into their home and we attended the kids English lessons that she runs which was a great to interact with the people of this beautiful country. There is a café across from her place which is run by the nicest guy in the world and his wife, which serves awesome cheap food and they’ll even bring it over to you. The location of Raquel’s place is perfect, easy to get to everywhere but not touristy at all. I came to Bali 10 years ago and stayed near Kuta and in Ubud and was a bit turned off by my experience. This time around was exactly what we were looking for; A true experience of this country, its people and culture. Can’t thank you enough Raquel and highly recommend this place to others who are looking to avoid the tourist traps that dominate Bali. You can really experience the Bali way of life through Raquel and her friends.
**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. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/941474** "Thanks for your kind
words, Ben. It was a pleasure to spend time with you - thanks for sharing
so much of your valuable knowledge."
Let me just start by saying that my stars are mostly for the host of this accommodation. Raquel is a super lovely and very dedicated to her vision for the place. however, the place is not quite what it is described as being. When I arrived, half of the plot was under construction, and although there was a wall seperating us from the action, there was no mistaking the sounds of building, sometimes till 10pm. I was assured that it was not normally like this. so maybe confirm that prior to booking.
I was enticed by the idea of a permaculture setup (again still only a plan at this stage) the quiet , and the idea of space to have some alone time (during construction there is only really your room). I went down with my daughter who was 3. We were excited about doing some gardening, having space and doing some work with the local kids. However it was not at all like that. There was no garden yet. It was totally inappropriate for a 3 year old, there was nowhere for her to play, and it was noisy till all hours. Again, I would have just appreciated a bit of communication about this prior to my arrival.
ANyway rant over!!
Even though I really didnt have a great time, i chalk it up to bad timing. I think that by the end of the year or just after that, the place will be great. The vision is there, and Raquel tries her best to be a great host, and make you feel welcome. She did go out of her way to show us a few places which I was grateful for, and she showed us the greatest bali/mexican warung down the road. Yum.
All in all I would say, the place is clean, and comfortable enough (if not travelling with a small child). The other travellers there were lovely also.
Maybe in a year I will duck my head in and check on the progress. Its also good to note that if you are not happy there, her friend manages a property on the beach on the sand in Balanga beach, and its a very straight forward transfer across if its more your thing.
Being an English teacher here in Bali, I’ve had quite a lot of small children visit the eco lodge, and they were all content to be there. But it turned out that Kahra’s child Auburi needed constant stimulation. Something neither myself or my guests had actually signed up to provide.
To clarify, there were tiles being put in at the villa on one end of my property. So, yes, there was a lot of noise for three days because while they were cutting the tiles on-site (to limit wastage) next door to the eco lodge, but the noise from the site was not the eco lodge, it was the villa next door. Unfortunate, but neither incident had been advised to me until it occurred – so there was little I could communicate before Kahra’s arrival.
I didn’t take Kahra’s money until she arrived, so she had plenty of time to change her mind before sleeping here. I also offered an alternative accommodation to Kahra, ( I escorted her there to inspect it), one possibly more appropriate for small kids at my Bali Family’s homestay at Balangan Beach. However she chose to continue staying at my place.
All my guests have recognised that the rate I am charging for the room is below the rate of other places of the same or even a lower standard in The Bukit, places without an ecological dedication, or permaculture landscape design principles in place. I offer daily servicing of all the rooms, kitchen facilities and the chance to integrate the guest's stay with a true Bali beach village experience with locals and expats. So if there has been a little building noise until now – I guess my guests have been too busy been out enjoying all the surfing, diving, exploring, swimming and snorkelling to care.
The noise, and 'construction' (somewhat of an exaggeration to be honest) is over now.
What I wanted was to have a quiet break, something out of the ordinary.. It was indeed out of the ordinary...something funtastic! Raquel's place has the vibe of warmth and welcoming therefore it attracts only that sorts! Not only I was greeted warmly by the other guests, who later became my "angels", Raquel's Balinese family and her enthusiastic young learners took me in without hesitation... That's how wonderful she is and her surroundings. I think wonderful is an understatement since she really took good care of me, mentally (climbing up a steep hill after a heavenly time at the secluded beach is not something for a city girl) and physically (took me back in on short notice).
The house has 6 rooms, all very airy and with natural light but an air cooler is provided in each room, 1 western style shower where you can see the stars if you're showering at night and 2 Indonesian style shower (warning: squat toilets are not for every one). One fridge where you can store your supply (mindful others might too so space might be tight) and Raquel being an Italian makes one hell of a cuppa! Food is cheap (under USD 1) but very tasty, coming from the local cafe right across the street (the chef used to be Executive Chef and if you are nice, he will deliver to your room:).
It's a very relax and laid back atmosphere where you can hang with other guests or hop on your motorbike (it's a must in Bali to have one) and head down to one of the best 3 beaches (Uluwatu for sunset and surfers watching; Pandawa for surfing and swimming; Balangan for both and more:shell hunting, suntanning, paddleboarding).
It was pretty hard for me to leave the house simply because of the personal connections I made with her, her Balinese family..but I will be coming back for sure :) Perhaps with a scooter....
Eco Surf Villa est l'une de mes meilleures expériences sur airbnb !! Construite récemment dans un style traditionnel balinais, la guest-house respecte également les principes du logement écologique. L'emplacement est idéal: la guest-house est à 5 mns à peine de plages superbes, dans le village de Pandawa. C'est très calme, mais pas du tout isolé: il y a à 50 ms une petite boutique où on trouve tout le nécessaire qui peut manquer (de l'anti-moustique ou des snacks) et juste en face, un petit restaurant tenu apr des gens charmants, qui font des plats délicieux à des prix ridiculement bas. Raquel, la propriétaire, est une personne chaleureuse avec une forte personnalité, très intégrée dans la communauté balinaise. Elle a passé beaucoup de temps avec moi pour me montrer les plages les plus belles et m'a même appris à conduire un scooter ! Bref, une expérience que je recommande à tout le monde, et un endroit où j'espère retourner un jour.