Planning a holiday? In light of International Earth Day this month (22nd April), forgo the fancy hotels and kick back at these nature-friendly eco homestays in Southeast Asia!
Price: RM1,485 per night
This abode located in Abiansemal (above Denpasar, beside Ubud) is the perfect retreat for family trips or for larger groups of friends. Overlooking the Ayung River Valley, it’s one of several villas constructed entirely of bamboo. With its ‘open wall’ concept, nothing will get in between you and nature! There are four floors, comprising three bedrooms each with double beds and en-suite bathrooms, a media room with a TV and DVD player and two extra sofa beds! It’s situated away from common noisy tourist locations, but be aware that there is construction going on around the area at the moment. Don’t worry if it’s all booked up–Airbnb has listed some of the other villas as well, like this one and this one!
Price: RM165 per night
This treasure trove, situated amongst Ubud’s rice paddies, also has an open space concept and is built out of a hodgepodge of recycled materials. For example, the spiral staircase is handcrafted from the steel hull of an old boat, the chandelier from wine bottles and the ceiling posts have been re-purposed from ship masts! Guests are very well taken care of and lunch and dinner is lovingly prepared using ethically-sourced local ingredients (vegetarian and vegan food is available upon request). Take a short walk into Ubud’s town centre, or relax in the villa’s pool.
Price: RM580 per night
The Hideout is a unique homestay experience, which we’d recommend this place to anyone who is particularly adventurous. Situated in West Bali (near the Gunung Agung volcano), it is far from the populated hubbubs of the island. This rustic home was built in 2015 with the support of local workers, using bamboo sourced from the small village of Iseh. You can expect the company of kittens, puppies and other critters in place of people! We think it’s perfect for meditating, exploring wildlife, stargazing or just taking time to be by yourself or with close loved ones.