Kali Manik Eco Resort, Seririt in North Bali
This beach eco resort was opened in June 2011 and it offers a pleasant environment for families who want to chill by the beach, eat delicious organic food and explore the North coast. With only three bungalows to date, it is an intimate resort committed to sound eco principles. The original and attractive bungalows are built with natural materials and two of them are particularly suited for families: the Seashell bungalow with one bedroom downstairs and another upstairs and the Teepee bungalow, where one bed can be added to the parents’ bedroom.
The resort is built by a riverside, facing the sea and the black sand beach. It has several areas for kids to explore and the newly acquired three little piglets at the back are a real attraction for kids. Activities such as offering making, cooking, offered by the local community in the villagers’ houses. There are options for trekking and cycling in the area too. Kali Mani offers by far the best kids menu in Bali. Kids can choose from their special kid men booklet and combine classic favourites with attractive organic foods. There is a cosy area in the restaurant where kids can play board games, relax or read.
Learning about up-to-date environmental practices such as wastewater gardens, garbage recycling, Vetiver plantings are an essential part of Kali Manik concept and is an excellent educational opportunity. The extensive organic fruit, flower and vegetable garden and many undisturbed places guarantee to hold many surprises for visitors of all ages. Staying at Kali Manik will recharge your batteries and kids will absorb the peace of this natural environment. www.bali-eco-resort.com
We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this eco resort located on the outskirts of Ubud, near the Monkey Forest. It is popular with families because of the spacious secure and well-maintained garden and its refreshing swimming pool. The resort offers accommodation in 14 comfortable independent traditional joglos, Javanese wooden bungalows.
No chemicals are used in the entire resort or in the slightly salted swimming pool. They implement a no plastic policy and offer their guests a 100% cotton bag. The menu offers many options of organic Indonesian, French and Asian specialties. The vegetables mainly come from the resort’s organic garden. Deserts to be recommended are the delicious homemade ice creams, the chocolate fondant and the crêpes.
At the end of the garden, there is a dedicated open-air pavilion where activities take place, run by local experts: carving, kite making, puppet making, painting or yoga. Swasti Cottages is committed to helping the local community preserve its culture and every week they offer a special Balinese dinner and traditional dance show that is delightful to watch. Dancers of all ages come from the neighbouring village and the profits go back to their community. Families on holidays join the dancers to try the intricate moves of Balinese dance, sing along the newly learnt Balinese words or try the catching rhythms of the gamelan. Ecotourism is also about tasting new food, trying out a new language and being exposed to cultural experiences and traditions.
Bop the manager has a warm and friendly personality and he can speak English, Indonesian, French and Japanese. Baby sitting and Wifi are other services offered at Swasti Cottages. www.baliswasti.com
Munduk Moding Coffee Plantation Nature Resort and Spa is a kid friendly luxury nature resort, spa and boutique hotel in North Bali. It is close to Bali’s central lakes and Munduk hill station. Families can enjoy staying in a comfortable suite or a spacious and well-appointed bedroom and be surrounded by jungle, coffee trees and rice fields. The location is spectacular and the panorama stunning with a view of the northern coast and the Java volcanoes if the weather is clear. The resort is 1250m high and the climate is much cooler, especially in the evening and you will need a couple of long sleeve tops and pants. The facilities and activities for children include swimming in the 18m infinity pool, horse riding, trekking around the plantation and learning about coffee. The resort has its own tennis and badmington court for families to use. They can also arrange a tailored programme in the region for your family. Munduk Moding Plantation is also a fantastic place to engage in bird watching.
The management of MMP is eco conscious and they involve the local communities of Munduk and Gobleg by employing them and helping them to maintain the rainforest, preserve water and keep their culture alive. They also provide local traditional dancing and English lessons for the local community as well as information sessions about protecting the environment with an emphasis on sustainable farming. Munduk Moding Plantation works with local coffee farmers to pool resources, upgrade the quality through organic farming and sell to wholesalers directly.
Munduk Moding Plantation will offer special rates for families and complimentary activities during the low season, contact the manager Pak Gede for more information. www.mundukmodingplantation.com