LOCAL TRADITION MEETS MODERN SUSTAINABILITY AT SUARGA PADANG PADANG, BALI

by
Christian Stan, at 28 Mar. 18, in Designer Hotels, Hotels

Perched atop a cliff and offering panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, Suarga Padang Padang is the proverbial jewel in the crown of Bali’s rustic Bukit Peninsula. Designed to provide modern luxury and respite with minimal impact on the environment, the sustainable boutique resort features a mix of 36 rooms, pavilions, and villas, all powered by energy-efficient technology.

Sustainable Architecture
At the heart of the resort stands a towering and multi-layered roof that demonstrates true Balinese architectural craftsmanship. Alang alang and bamboo, the two naturally cooling materials utilised in Suarga Padang Padang’s construction, are used throughout the entire resort, ensuring rooms maintain a comfortable temperature despite the island’s tropical climate.

With sustainability at its core, Suarga Padang Padang was predominantly built with recuperated wood, local Javanese bamboo, and locally made limestone bricks, while villagers on the island of Sumba were employed to collect the natural stone used in the resort’s construction. For ongoing water usage, Suarga harvests and recycles approximately one million litres of rainwater via flat rooftops, and the resort also produces more energy than its total consumption per day from solar panels. Suarga Padang Padang’s dedication to sustainability lead it to be a registered Forest Stewardship Council™ applicant for FSC™ Chain of Custody Full Project Certification.

Accommodation
Outstretched across one and a half hectares, the hotel’s 36 rooms, pavilions, and villas combine contemporary architecture, modern technology, and Balinese craftsmanship for a series of spaces rich in comfort. Each accommodation features stunning views of the ocean, resort, or gardens, generously offering travelers an oasis of serenity.

 

Local design elements are visible in every room, and include Indonesian collectibles, floor mats featuring traditional batik motifs, ornamental accessories made from seashells, and locally made rattan chests. Staying true to the resort’s sustainable practices, each dwelling is naturally cooled by the ocean breeze, facilitated by traditionally crafted vaulted ceilings and open-air structures. Selected rooms offer an air-conditioned bed system, which are more energy efficient than traditional air conditioning and provide fresher air for rejuvenating sleep.

Dining
Dugong Restaurant provides a fusion experience and presents locally grown ingredients that would be found in a traditional kitchen, restyled for a modern menu. Inspired by the natural surroundings of the resort, local ingredients, typically sourced within a 50-kilometre radius, allow for flexibility and innovation. The name Dugong is derived from the word ‘duyung’ or seacow, and represents a connection to the local area, which is a natural habitat for the endangered marine mammal. At the Lounge & Bar, a social dining experience is fostered with Southeast Asian dishes served as sharing plates from an all-day menu, including signature dishes such as crispy mango chicken and vegetarian brocolli edamame.

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