From the very moment of its inception, Alila Villas Uluwatu was destined to be a model of sustainable design and responsible tourism. Over the years, the EarthCheck Platinum-certified resort’s commitment to sustainability has only strengthened as it inspires a new generation of conscious travellers to not only stay but also grow their awareness and make a positive impact.
“Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do and for us it is the new luxury,” says General Manager Hemal Jain. “We feel that the modern-day luxury traveller is looking for sustainability in travel and to contribute in some form or the other to the environment and the community.”
Sustainability is all around for guests to appreciate in the resort’s stunning design, which blends naturally with Uluwatu’s dry savannah environment. Interiors seamlessly flow from inside to outside, maximising natural ventilation and views of the Indian Ocean. Lava rocks, which occur naturally in Uluwatu, serve as natural insulation for the buildings and, by absorbing the Bali heat, keep air-conditioning energy consumption to a minimum. The area’s natural ecosystem has also been preserved by incorporating local plants raised in an on- site nursery, encouraging local bird and animal life.
Alila Villas Uluwatu is constantly looking at ways in which to minimise its environmental footprint and believes that small steps can have a big impact. Here, guests quench their thirst with drinking water that is purified and stored in reusable glass bottles at an on-site water bottling plant – an initiative that has helped significantly reduce plastic waste.
Alila Villas Uluwatu is also Bali’s pioneer in substituting plastic-based amenities with biodegradable and compostable options, such as bamboo straws and dental kits – small changes that embrace sustainability without compromising luxury or quality.
Guests can also learn about the resort’s Sustainability Lab, the heart of its zero-waste policy, which enables it to make zero contribution to the waste situation on the island. At this on-site laboratory, all waste streams are transformed into higher value products and services through a series of simple yet proven mechanical and biological engineering systems.
For instance, glass is recycled and organic waste is turned into compost for use in the organic garden, where it enriches the soil and helps to produce fresh ingredients for the resort’s kitchens. In the garden, guests can join the in-house chefs to experience the garden-to-table journey while learning traditional recipes.
Beyond its green initiatives, Alila Villas Uluwatu is invested in the development of the local community, supporting worthy foundations and encouraging travel with purpose through its Gift to Empower offer.
Gift to Empower
Conscious travellers are invited to discover the beauty of Bali while enjoying a meaningful and memorable opportunity to connect with and support the local community.
In the spirit of giving back, 5% of guests’ villa rate per night will be gifted to R.O.L.E. Foundation, the resort’s non-profit partner working to break the poverty cycle by empowering women with skills training and business education. This special Gift to Empower offer includes daily breakfast and one three-course dinner for two persons, and a visit to the foundation on a heartwarming journey into the community.
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