GOING LOCAL ON CONSERVATION AND COMMUNITY:
New Sustainability Initiatives From Alila Hotels & Resorts
04 January 2015
Alila Hotels & Resorts, renowned for its on-going commitment to sustainability, has announced a string of new eco-friendly initiatives and guest experiences at its resorts and hotels across Bali and India.
ALILA MANGGIS TEAMS UP WITH ZEN BALI TO DIVE AGAINST DEBRIS
As part of its continued commitment to protect, restore and preserve indigenous coral reefs, Alila Manggis, has team up with Zen Dive Bali to clean up and protect artificial reefs in the Candidasa area of East Bali. To prevent debris, such as plastic bags and bottles, from polluting the ocean, a team of expert scuba divers from Zen Bali and Alila Manggis will conduct monthly dives to remove harmful substances, as well as identifying and documenting any changes in the reefs. The hotel’s on-going ‘Coral Conservation’ programme sees the hotel and the local community working together to place artificial structures, known as fish domes and roti buaya, into the waters, designed to restore the existing coral reefs, and to encourage new coral to settle and grow. Alila Manggis offers guests a rare opportunity to get involved in the Coral Conservation Project by planting their own coral as well as visiting a local village to gain a greater understanding of how the project impacts on the community.
How: The ‘Gift-to-Share’ package starts from USD 240++ based on two sharing for two nights and also includes a half-day snorkelling with a chance to plant coral.
For more information visit: www.alilahotels.com/manggis
HOME-GROWN ‘ALILA MINERAL WATER’ LAUNCHES AT ALILA VILLAS ULUWATU
In a move to reduce its reliance on plastic water bottles, Alila Villas Uluwatu has unveiled a new water purfication system, designed by Eco Pure Waters, to produce its own bottled water. Guests can quench their thirst for free with fresh drinking water that has been filtered and bottled in reusable glass bottles on the resort’s premises. The implementation of this initiative not only significantly reduces plastic bottle consumption and pollution from disposal, but also reduces the costs and carbon emissions generated by transporting bottled mineral water to the resort. How: Prices start from: USD 680++ per night for a one-bedroom pool villa. For more information visit: www.alilahotels.com/uluwatu
ALILA VILLAS ULUWATU INTRODUCES INDONESIAN STREET FOOD NIGHTS
Alila Villas Uluwatu is recreating the Indonesian street food experience by collaborating with five local kaki lima (street food cart) owners. Once a week the street food chefs will set up and cook in the beautiful outdoor setting of the Sculpture Garden, allowing travellers to enjoy authentic Indonesian delicacies and learn the secrets behind truly authentic Indonesian favourites. All dishes are made as sustainably as possible using 100% locally sourced produce and ingredients, thereby up holding Alila’s eco-conscious values whilst also bringing together the local community.
How: Prices start from: USD 680++ per night for a one-bedroom pool villa. For more information visit : www.alilahotels.com/uluwatu
ALILA UBUD INTRODUCES SLOW FOOD COOKING CLASS & ORGANIC GARDEN
Bali’s Alila Ubud will launch its own organic garden in December 2014 to supply the resort with its own array of home-grown produce and further strengthen its commitment to the Slow Food approach (food that is produced or prepared in accordance with local culinary traditions, typically using high-quality locally sourced ingredients). The organic garden will be tended by a local gardener and comes complete with organic worm farm, composting and seedling cultivation. To celebrate the launch, Alila Ubud will introduce a ‘Slow Food’ cooking class with Head Chef Erwan in the organic garden, giving guests the chance to learn more about the concept and enjoy an al-fresco cooking experience. Recently awarded a ‘Snail of Approval’ by Slow Food Bali, Alila Ubud follows a philosophy of ‘Good, Clean and Fair’, providing guests with tasty, fresh, sustainably-produced food, whilst contributing to the local communities.
How: Prices start from: USD 220++ for a superior room, including breakfast. Introduction to Balinese Cuisine cooking class USD 90++ per person.