Bali Bukit Permaculture Retreat

Villa - Private room · Pandawa Beach, Bukit Peninsula, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Your host, Raquel
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The Space

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 & (website hidden) 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 160 + cleaning & airbnb fees
1 month: USD 380 + 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 10 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.

Warm wishes,

Raquel, Tommy, Vanda, Ronald and Kadek

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 5
Beds: 1
Extra people: $5 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $160 /week
Monthly Price: $380 /month
Cleaning Fee: $25
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • I'm really happy that I ended up staying in Green Tara for the whole month that I spent in Bali. Being there was just really comfortable and relaxed and I felt like home. The room was clean and the bed big and comfortable, and the common areas were good for my general chilling and hanging out, reading and doing exercise. There were enough bathrooms and I especially liked the one with an open roof and having showers under the sun/stars. The kitchen had everything essential for cooking, and the blender and the coffee grinder & cafetiere made me especially happy. Getting Aloe Vera straight from the garden was also great.

    Raquel is a great person to live with, she's so warm, fun and compassionate. I'm really grateful to her for her compassion and advice when I had some difficult feelings come up during my (website hidden) Tara was a perfect place for me to recognize and deal with those feelings, the atmosphere was so understanding and peaceful so that I had a lot of time to think and reflect on myself. I only heard about Green Tara because a friend of mine randomly met Raquel on the beach, but I really feel like I was meant to stay there.

    May 2014
  • Stayed my last month in indo here and it was great. The host is lovley and is doing here permaculture thing and have here wierd rules that totaly make sence. For me it was an earthbounding experience and the best place i've found in bali. I didn't do anything else but surf during my stay and this place is close to all the best and most uncrowded waves in bukit. Cheap food across the street and a kitchen to cook your own stuff.

    Bad: it is a fucking hassle to open the kompost "jar" everytime you have eaten a banana or pealed a peanut.. But hey, life's a beach right?

    May 2014
  • This was my second trip to Bali and I didn’t have to think twice where I wanted to spend my two months again. This time I stayed in the villa, a spacious, beautiful room with really comfy bed and a nice extra area in the back where I could do yoga and store my mountains of books. There is no internet but buying a 3g is both cheap and way better connection anyway, so that didn’t bother me. As a Uni student who had to use the internet ALOT there was a really friendly internet café 2 minutes away ( on the scooter) with propably the fastest internet you’ll find in Bali. Again! I can’t stress this enough but you do have to have a scooter ( or a car) if you want to live here. The next beach is very close but its pretty far if you wanna walk it. This is not the beachfront property ( but Raquel does have a beachfront property too, be sure to book the right place!) so you do have to be comfortable with scootering if you want to live here. Raquel gave me a course in scooter lessons the first time I came to Bali. Take that package if you don't know how to ride, she is an excellent teacher with a 100% success rate.
    The place is VERY clean, with friendly Ketut coming by everyday to clean and make your bed. I LOVE how close to the nature the place is and the atmhosphere is (website hidden) eco Tara attracts so many special people and it was lovely to meet all of them. Oh and the organic permaculture farm is amazing - Tomy and raquel let me pick spinach, rocket, basil, tomatoes, chilli, and carrots to cook! Yum! And Aloe vera is growing so I could pick that fresh when I had sunburn. And there are a whole bunch of Balinese traditional medicine plants growing which Tomy will tell you all about if you ask him. The swings in the garden are so nice and also the little chill out area in the front where people chat, work , watch TV or chill. The hammock is a gorgeous piece of god’s creation but once I broke it but Tomy fixed it right away. That’s another great thing about this place, if there is anything that has to be fixed or done or helped with then Tomy and Raquel will do their best to sort it out. So in conclution, the place is very accurate to its description, clean, the hosts are witty and helpful, Warung across the street is tasty and the location PERFECT, as its isolated enough to soak in the REAL Bali charm but close enough to surf the best waves and eat the best food! I cant WAIT to stay there again for my second year of Uni. Ten stars!

    May 2014
  • I had a great time at the permaculture farm.
    Raquel is so nice and generous. She showed me around, arranged a scooter rental for me and even taught me how to ride it (very practical and cheap if you think about traveling a little bit in the Bukit peninsula or simply go to one of the beautiful beaches nearby).
    The room was very nice and clean and all of the people working or staying at the farm were very kind and respectful. It was a pleasure to share time and space with (website hidden) Tara a place where you want to go back :).

    May 2014
  • Staying at Green Tara Eco was an amazing delight. It differs greatly from other places I have stayed at in Bali. What I like and would recommend about this site is the touch of awareness inherent throughout the property and the people it attracts.

    There are no hard rules, however guidelines and directions that make one think little more. How to treat nature, be of as little harm as possible to her, learn more about growing vegetables - this was truly assume! My mornings started with going into the garden, picking tomatoes, chilli, spinach, and get some eggs from the local shop next door and make a nice omelette, doesn't get much fresher than that. Or the pasta with freshly picked rocket salad, tomatoes and basil, yum! When lazy, across the road is a great warung run by Made and his wife Kadek. Sweetest people serving great local food.

    It was also pretty cool that no one used internet in the lounge areas; definitely created more interactions and interesting conversations. Big plus to that! The location I really liked, in the middle of a Balinese village, away from noise, rather it gave a more authentic experience, being surrounded by locals, getting to practise some Bahasa Indonesian and to see their life close up. If you are lucky, and there is a "bigger" Balinese ceremony, participate in that. Beautiful!

    As a surfer, the location was perfect, 10-25 min to all the beaches and surf breaks in the Bukit (both west- and east coast). And also as a big fan of eating – perfect location - both local and western restaurant close by. The roads here in Bali are not very suited for walking. Tommy and Raquel help with both scooter and car hire, also scooter lessons.

    There is much I could say about this site! I will end with how much I like Tommy and Raquel and of how much help they have been. The conversations with Tommy are always interesting, getting an insight of the culture and island, this guy has heaps of knowledge. And whenever help was needed, it was delivered with a gentle smile. The smiles in Indonesia are truly amazing. Kids and grown-ups never seem to stop smiling here. Beautiful!

    I got to know Raquel well as she is living and working full time on the farm, and on other projects within the village, alongside her Balinese partner Tommy. She is very approachable, knowledgeable, and connected to the local community. She gives a lot of herself, and I hope that future guests appreciate that as much as I did - and not expect her time, or take advantage of it. Given the low cost to stay here, I truly felt she should be charging for some of the services and time she seems to offer simply as part of her helpful, caring nature. She has now become my closest friend here, and I have great respect and love for her and the work she does.

    January 2014
  • I stayed in Green Tara resort in Bukit peninsula for a week and had such an amazing time there! Didn't have to worry about renting a scooter or how to get there from the airport, because they will organize it all for you if necessary :) The room and the resort itself was great, there is a kitchen if you want to cook your own meal or a local food place just across the road, with the cheapest prices and the loveliest people. Most of the beaches are just an 5-10 min drive from the resort. The main beach I was at was Bingin, where i also surfed. The scooters that they rent for you have also these big hooks on the sides where you can put your surfboard, if you want to rent it for longer and go to different beaches to have a surf. Also after cutting my foot with the reef, i could take some aloe vera from the garden. The garden is amazing, there is a big variety of veggies and plants growing there and the walls are covered with big paintings done by the locals. In the evenings the air is so still and you can see at least a billion stars in the sky, so relaxing. Also my host Georgia was so lovely and friendly, which all just made my experience there just perfect. If you are looking for something different to a busy touristy and crazy nightlife, this would be definitely the place to go, and even when getting into a party mood Kuta is just 30 min drive away. I will definitely be back, I l(phone number hidden)ed evry second of it! :) <3

    December 2013
  • Raquel and Tommy's Eco village is a great stepping stone to experiencing Balinese life while still maintaining a Western atmosphere and amenities. It's about a 15 minute drive to Pandang Pandang, Balangan, and Dreamland beaches. Sure you could stay closer to the beach, but you'd be surrounded by expats and surfers, in your own comfortable Western bubble. The Eco village is in a typical Balinese community and all the neighbors and locals are wonderfully friendly. The couple that run the Warung across the street, Made and Kedat, make the most amazing food and they are the sweetest people on the planet. Take the time to get to know them and ask them about their culture.
    The Eco village itself is quiet and peaceful. The rooms are new and clean. You don't need A/C or a fan here. There's an outdoor shower and several other bathrooms. There's plenty of space to do yoga or meditate. I met some great people here as well. Most of the other guests are long term renters so it has a homey communal feel to it. Raquel and Tommy are usually around and are happy to give you insight about the island and the culture. Raquel's a warm and hilarious creature and you'll have loads of fun at the house with her and the other renters.
    You definitely need a scooter and you need to know how to ride one. Raquel taught me how to ride one and I picked it up relatively easily but if you can, learn before you get here. Balinese drivers are pretty patient and there's a drivers etiquette here so that makes it easier.
    Keep in mind that Bali is still an underdeveloped region so there are water shortages and sluggish Internet no matter where you go. There's an Internet cafe, grocery store, laundry, and warungs 5 minutes away.
    I had a great time there, met some cool people, and enjoyed life often doing not much at all. You can't ask for much more than that now, can you?

    September 2013
  • I've stayed at Raquel's place for almost a month and it was great! You have a nice private room with a reeeealy big comfy bed. Room cleaning happens every day which is great, the house keeper is a very nice young woman. You will have everything you need for your stay. Raquel is really nice and she cares a lot about nature, you'll see that;) and the villa is constantly getting upgraded, I was lucky to see the process of palms appearing from nowhere in the garden. So you may be a witness of some other improvements or even take part in them:)
    Guys will provide you with a scooter and give you few lessons if you are new in that. Under-the-moon talks&drinks, going out together with great people - you'll have that all.
    This place is not directly on the beach, but the beach is really 10min away by scooter. Anyway you won't manage to discover Bali without scooter, so the Pandawa beach is really close, Padang-Padang and Balangan are about 25 min drive. Kuta is close as well (not more then 30 min with traffic).
    Supermarket is about 10 min drive.
    The great thing about the place is the local "restaurant" just across the road. Oh, you'll love the owners, their food, prices and delivery service:))
    Also Raquel may help you with whatever kind of stuff, kindly answer all your questions, help to organize smth. Btw if you are up to going to Ubud she has a great contact there (really nice Guest house with big rooms, bathtubs with hot water (!!!), swimming pool and great owner).
    I think it was the perfect place to start with. You can discover Bali and get a bit of rest from all these western stuff having everything you need though. I never felt like staying in a guest house, I had a feeling of visiting a good friend. Thanks babe, hope to see you soon! xoxo

    September 2013
    Response from Raquel:

    **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 peninsula. the listing can be found here:
    Dear Liza, thanks for sharing your lovely warmth and smile. You're adorable and it was a pleasure to have you here.

    September 2013
  • I spent the best part of my recent trip to Bali at Raquel's Eco Lodge and I can highly recommend it to anyone wishing to have a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. I spent my days swimming at the gorgeous nearby secluded beaches, wandering the lush gardens, taking scenic scooter rides and chatting to all the friendly guests. Raquel is a wonderful host & really made me feel at home, going above and beyond to ensure all the guests were happy. Raquel has an intimate knowledge of the local culture & took us on several trips such as to a nearby village to attend a traditional ceremony & the famous Jimbaran markets. She even accomplished the impossible & taught me how to ride a scooter!

    My bed was incredibly comfortable and a welcome change from some of the board like beds I'd been sleeping on throughout my travels in Bali!

    I met people from all walks of life and made great friends whilst staying at the lodge. This is a fantastic place for solo travellers as you will instantly feel like you're amongst friends.

    If you want to stay somewhere that's not your typical tourist destination away from all the hustle and bustle then this is the place for you. I'll definitely be back!

    August 2013
    Response from Raquel:

    **Note to readers: I have a few properties listed here, this review relates to the beachside property I live at in Pandawa Beach village - The Bukit - Bali. *** Dear Jo! What lovely words. You were so missed when you left. I loved every minute of having you stay with us. Thanks for being you. See you back here soon.

    August 2013
  • Raquel was a an amazing host! She was super helpful and helpful in all matters, answering emails, questions and fun to just plain old hang out with. On arrival she gave me a quick scooter lesson and then I followed her onto Balangan beach where I caught my best wave of the whole trip! The accommodation is very clean and nice. No need for air con as the cool trade winds made it nice and relaxing. A nice home base to come and go from. The beautiful sweeping beach of Pandawa is the closest and a nice ride on scooter and all of the big surfing beaches on the Bukit are a ride away. It depends on what your looking for but the place is a nice refuge from Kuta and the busy environs elsewhere on the island. Great Balinese warung next door run by a sweet couple next door...home cooked and really cheap. Again, it was great hanging out with the friendly guest that were staying, as well as Raquel and the some of the locals dropping by.

    August 2013
    Response from Raquel:

    **Note to readers: I have a few properties listed here, this review relates to the beachside property I live at in Pandawa Beach village - The Bukit - Bali.** Thanks for your kind words, Steve. We loved hosting your stay.

    August 2013
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Bahasa Indonesia, English, Italiano
University of New England
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.
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