AlamKulKul Boutique Resort Bali - Indonesia
An Evolving Journey of Environmental Commitment Submission for PATA Gold Awards 2010 (Environment Awards - Ecotourism Category)
Contents Introducing AlamKulKul Fact Sheet Criteria Environmental Questionnaire Conception The Beginning The Beginning Cont... Press Release (2002) "Passionate Involvement with Nature" Commitment Jantung Hijau/Green Heart Environmental Responsibility Tree Planting Tree Planting Timeline Map of Planted Areas in Bali Before & After Documentation Photos Certification Press Release (2005) Environmental Initiatives Press Release (2008) Climate Change Press Release (2010) ASEAN Green Hotel Award Sharing the Awareness Tri Hita Karana Awards & Accreditations Tri Hita Karana Certification Tri Hita Karana Press Release Guest Feedback Continuity Conclusion
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AlamKulKul Boutique Resort, an award winning four-star property facing the beach, is a fully integrated retreat that has been designed to recapture the tranquil spirit of a traditional Balinese village.
Passionate about nature and environmental integrity, AlamKulKul Boutique Resort adheres to the Balinese Hindu concept of Tri Hita Karana, which seeks equilibrium in life between God Almighty, man and his immediate surroundings.
Accommodation extends to a refined collection of artistically appointed suites and villas with all necessary home comforts and modern conveniences.
Alam Villa (23 units) with outdoor bathroom intricate thatched roofing and individual pieces of wood work crafted by local artisans.
Alam Lanai (11 units) a newly launched category is a ground floor room facing the pool, which personifies contemporary Balinese elegance.
Alam Room (28 units) carefully balances traditional and modern styles for a restful stay.
Family Room (18 units) explores the delights of contemporary Balinese living. A choice of spacious family rooms focus on comfort without compromising privacy.
Environmental Questionnaire A) Has your organization/destination increased its tourism business as a result of environmental initiatives?
The property was taken over in 1988 and began operating under the name of KULKUL Resort. It was located in the middle of Legian/Kuta, which was notoriously known for its chaotic traffic, chronic pollution and poor sanitation. Due to these negative attributes, Legian/Kuta was dramatically overlooked by the European, Japanese and the USA travel markets.
In 1999 the resort underwent a complete renovation and the word ‘ALAM’ (which means nature/environment in the Indonesian language) was added to the name thus marking the birth of the new AlamKulKul. The renovation entailed the installation of a fully integrated hitech sewage treatment plant that used only eco friendly chemicals. Energy and water saving mechanisms along with many other eco practices were incorporated into the building thus making AlamKulKul what is now referred to as a ‘Green Building’.
The overall result of the renovation was an obvious incremental high yield business from the abovementioned markets that had previously overlooked Legian/Kuta as a holiday destination.
B) Have environmental issues been the focus of your organization/destination’s advertising and or public relation campaign within the past year? If so please give details.
Environmental issues have always been at the forefront of our public relations campaign not only over the past year but for the last decade. Although we don’t have a large advertising budget, we do produce a quarterly newsletter entitled KulKul Beat that is issued online and in a printed version during peak season. It is distributed to a wide audience of travel associates and guests. KulKul Beat features regular news about our environmental endeavours and handy hints about how to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle. Example is shown on page 26.
During our most recent tree planting initiative we invited several in-house guests to participate in the event as a trial. This proved to be such a highly successful public relations exercise that we are considering making it a regular guest activity on our calendar of events.
Similar to any other hotel around the world, we have instigated a campaign that encourages guests to re-use towels and bed linen. We are also in the early stages of producing bleached cotton shopping bags for guests to use when they are out and about. This is our own small effort to reduce the amount of plastic bags that end up clogging Bali’s rivers and irrigation canals.
C) Is there a senior person responsible for environmental concerns in your organization/destination?
AlamKulKul’s environmental initiatives are driven by the President Director, Mr. Feisol Haji Hashim, headed by Mr. Hery Andisar as the Chairman of the Green Team and audited by General Manager, Aru Santhiran. This group alone represents a wealth of knowledge with over 35 years of professional experience in the hospitality industry.
Future plans include establishing carbon footprint for employees, stakeholders, hotel guest etc in order to mitigate green house gas emission. Therefore, our journey will continue by planting thousands of trees around the island of the Gods, Bali in an effort to offset our carbon footprint.
D) Does your organization/destination have a system in place for employees/ stakeholders to make suggestion to help improve environmental standards?
The AlamKulKul Green Team meets on a quarterly basis to review and implement our annual objectives and action plans. Most of our eco friendly initiatives are designed to include the participation of employees, guests (particularly long stay and return guests) as well as support service providers such as local travel agents and transport companies.
E) Does your organization/destination participate in or actively encourage community environmental programmes?
AlamKulKul under AlamResorts actively participates in mass beach cleaning activities in conjunction with the ‘Desa Adat’ or local village community together with stakeholders such as tourism business operators on the beach and village areas.
The resort has also been actively involved in an ‘adoption greening programme’ whereby the Balinese government allocated cultural sites of interest and zones to be cleaned up and planted. AlamKulKul effectively adopted Sangeh Monkey Forest and together with members of the local community and primary school children we established an agenda to care for this area.
Realising that AlamKulKul was committed to environmental endeavours; the local government then asked us to re-green an empty parcel of land along the banks of the Tukad Mati River in Legian. A series of ‘before & after’ photos are available on page 16.
The benefits of these initiatives can only be measured if our programmes and activities are adopted and practiced by the local community in a sustainable manner without any further direct involvement by our Green Team. Our aim is to have a positive impact within the local Balinese society particularly by educating children on the core values of protecting the environment be it water, energy and sewage management or simply by planting more trees.
Striving to ‘be green’ in this era of modernisation comes with its own set of unique challenges. However, here in Bali it is fortunate that society adheres to an age-old cultural code known as Tri Hita Karana where the balance or harmony between God, Man and the Environment must be sustained. The Balinese believe that every tree has a spirit and permission must be sought along with special prayers and offerenings before a tree can be cut down. Hopefully, this cycle of environmental respect will continue for many generations to come.
“Preservation of our environment gives birth to sustainable tourism and healthy human beings.” Feisol Haji Hashim Owner of AlamKulKul Boutique Resort
The story of AlamKulKul Boutique Resort began in 1988 when President Director, Mr. Feisol Haji Hashim, took over the ownership of a mismanaged hotel overlooking Legian Beach. Over the next couple of months the property was transformed using Feisol’s vision and design specifications. It re-opened in 1989 as an elegant Balinese styled retreat under the name of Hotel KulKul Beach Resort. To harmonise the property with the surrounding environment, Feisol also established a tropical garden that introduced guests to the bounty of nature. It was filled with indigenous flora and seasonal fruit to attract different species of wildlife. This garden has often been referred to as ‘Ubud in Legian’. However, Feisol ensured that the garden was functional as well as aesthetically appealing. He would walk around plucking ripe mangoes off the trees and share them with in-house guests. This proved to be an enriching experience for many international travellers who had been raised on a diet of supermarket bought fruit.
The Beginning Cont... Mr. Feisol Haji Hashim has always been a leader in Bali’s hospitality industry. He has served as a long term board member for PATA, the world’s foremost travel association, and shared its vision of leaving the planet in sound condition for other travellers to enjoy.
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Feisol was also instrumental for laying the first foundations for eco-friendly directives on the island. By late 1999 the hotel found its true identity as an environmentally responsible property and was re-branded AlamKulKul Boutique Resort under the corporate banner AlamResorts. The tagline ‘passionate involvement with nature’ was adopted to suggest that the Resort was fully invested in this concept.
Excerpt from Press Release: AlamResorts Indonesia Launches AlamKulKul Bali December 2001 “The AlamResorts concept is a unique combination of upmarket hospitality and a commitment to the environment,” said Feisol. “We are dedicated to protecting the world as created and preserving for future generations. We do not bequeath, but return this beautiful planet to the children of our children,” he added. The hotel launch is a departure from the traditional grand opening fanfare. The event focuses on the future generation and the environment. The hotel’s opening speech will be delivered by the school child who has written the best essay selected through a contest about environmental preservation. The top 10 essay winners will also be awarded bank savings accounts that have been generously sponsored by Bank Central Asia Kuta. On the environmental side, the Tourism Environmental Fund will be launched at the opening to raise funds for environmental protection projects. Feisol kicks off the fund with an individual contribution and miniature kulkul shaped banks will be distributed to tourism association representatives at the event to solicit donations for the fund.
Over the ensuring years AlamKulKul Boutique Resort has always remained consciously aware of its impact on the local environment and has strived to implement sustainable tourism practices wherever possible.
Press Release Issued to Media & Travel Agents 2002
AlamKulKul Boutique Resort ‘a passionate involvement with nature’ For Immediate Release Legian, June 2002… Legian has grown from a fishing village to a favourite holiday location in Bali. Apace the changes, KulKul Resort has undergone its own metamorphosis, incorporating the word ‘Alam’ (environment), giving birth to our commitment to protect and nurture the ecological integrity in our daily business life, thus AlamKulKul Boutique Resort, recently rebuilt into an Eco-friendly Resort providing up-market hospitality. Discover AlamKulKul Boutique Resort’s ‘passionate involvement with nature’, the wonder of the sea, surf and the tropical fruit gardens. The AlamKulKul Green Team is dedicated to making the entire staff socially and morally responsible towards the reservation of our environment, hence, giving birth to sustainable tourism and healthy beings. The accreditation of the ‘Tri Hita Karana’ Tourism Award and the certification by Bapedel for environmentally friendly business is only a small step in establishing AlamKulKul Boutique Resort as a front runner with a vision and mission not to bequeath but return this beautiful planet to the children of our children.
Jantung Hijau/Green Heart
JANTUNG HIJAU Jantung Hijau or Green Heart is an environmental awareness programme first introduced to all employees in early 2000. It was implemented when the resort became AlamKulKul and every staff member was asked to bring a tree along to our Family Day. Prizes were awarded for most exotic species of native greenery and every tree was later planted in the hotel grounds with each staff membersâ€™ name attached to it. Jantung Hijau was later adopted for our current greening programme, which is our guiding light or principal for all our environmental activities. The logo is a straight forward simple message where the green leaves of a frangipani tree, synonymous to the daily spiritual lives of the Balinese, wraps around the planet earth as an indication of continued photosynthesis or oxygenation to complete the cycle of LIFE!
AlamKulKul Boutique Resort has repeatedly been involved in ‘green’ projects including beach clean-ups and working with the Balinese community to adopt local sites of cultural interest. Additionally, we are proud to announce that the entire property no longer uses precious ground water reserves. We have also taken steps to implement an innovative in-house water treatment system to effectively deal with the waste water that is generated from guest rooms and villas. This system removes harmful toxins and contaminants from the water by making it safe for reuse on the gardens around the resort. It is an eco-friendly system that has greatly reduced our impact on the local environment. However, our greatest achievement to date is our continued effort to re-green the island of Bali through mass plantings. We began this endeavour almost 10 years ago before any other hotel on the island started to even think about environmental awareness. When the Indonesian President, Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhono, launched his ‘One Man, One Tree’ campaign, AlamKulKul’s team of 150 dedicated employees had already planted 177 trees each.
Tree Planting Initiatives
The Resort has planted more than 25,000 trees around Bali over the past 10 years. This endeavour in fact preceded Indonesia’s commitment during the Copenhagen Environmental Summit to plant a billion trees in an effort to counteract the effects of global warming. A conscious effort has been made over the years to choose and plant trees that have a positive effect on the immediate environment. These trees have included: • Neem – this species of tree is native to South East Asia and is often referred to as the evergreen of the tropics. Revered in India as a traditional source of medicine, the Neem Tree has amazing anti-bacterial properties and insect repellent traits. Neem wood is also termite resistant and makes an ideal renewable building material. • Trembesi – native to Latin America, this tree can absorb 28 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. It is the tree chosen by Indonesian President, Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhono, to be planted across the country in bulk to combat the effects of rapid global warming.
dominate the stretch of coastline that runs from Sanur down towards Tanjung Benoa on Bali’s southern shores. Apart from protecting coastal areas from erosion, storm surges and tsunamis, mangroves offer a safe eco-system for oysters, barnacles, sponges and other organisms. • Acacia – is a genus of flowering shrubs and trees characterised by sharp thorns that prevent them from unnecessarily being cut down. In some cultures acacia has certain medicinal qualities and is used as a rabies cure in Africa. Some acacia varieties have organic compounds that defend them from pests and grazing animals.
• Mangroves – refers to trees and shrubs that grow in saline coastal habitats. Mangroves
Tree Planting Timeline
2002, Lempuyang Temple, Karangasem
2002 A total of 3,500 trees planted in the vicinity of Lempuyang Temple, Karangasem 2003 A total of 2,000 trees planted on the slopes of Mt. Kintamani, Bangli 2004 A total of 1,000 trees planted at Sangeh Monkey Forest, Badung
2005, Sangeh Monkey Forest, Badung
2005 A total of 2,500 trees planted alongside the Tukad Mati River Legian, Badung 2006 A total of 100 trees planted in Tenganan Village, Karangasem
2005, Tukad Mati River Legian, Badung
2006 A total of 2,500 trees planted in the vicinity of Gelgel Temple, Badung 2007 A total of 5,000 trees planted in the mangrove of Kedonganan Village, Badung 2008 A total of 2,000 trees planted along Sunset and Dewi Sri Roads, Badung
2007, Kedonganan VIllage, Badung
2009 A total of 1,000 trees planted along the Tukad Mati River Legian, Badung 2010 A total of 2,000 trees planted along Sunset and Dewi Sri Roads, Badung 2010 A total of 5,000 trees planted in the mangrove By Pass Mumbul, Nusa Dua
Total number of trees planted = 26,600
2007, Kedonganan VIllage, Badung
2008, Sunset Road, Badung
2010, Taman Mumbul, Nusa Dua
Map of Planted Areas in Bali
2003, A total of 2,000 trees planted on the slopes of Mt. Kintamani, Bangli
2004, A total of 1,000 trees planted at Sangeh Monkey Forest, Badung
2002, A total of 3,500 trees planted in the vicinity of Lempuyang Temple, Karangasem
Menjangan Island Lovina Beach
Bali National Park
Bedugul Mt. Agung Negara
Rambut Siwi Sangeh Tabanan Tanah Lot 2006, A total of 2,500 trees planted in the vicinity of Gelgel Temple, Badung
DENPASAR Sanur Kuta Airport
Goa Lawah Nusa Lembongan Island Nusa Penida Island
Uluwatu Nusa Dua 2005, A total of 2,500 trees planted alongside the Tukad Mati River Legian, Badung
2006, A total of 100 trees planted in Tenganan Village, Karangasem
2009, A total of 1,000 trees planted along the Tukad Mati River Legian, Badung 2007, A total of 5,000 trees planted in Kedonganan Village, Badung
2010, A total of 5,000 trees planted in the By pass Mumbul, Nusa Dua
Capital Area Population Density
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2008, A total of 2,000 trees planted along Sunset and Dewi Sri Roads, Badung 2010, A total of 2,000 trees planted along Sunset and Dewi Sri Roads, Badung
Denpasar 5,632.86 km2 (2,175 sq mi) 3,551,000 (2009) 630.4 /km2 (1,633 /sq mi)
Before & After Documentations Documenting growth in planted areas Tukad Mati River Legian, Badung
Certification from Local Government Acknowledging AlamKulKul's participation in tree planting initiatives
Acknowledging ten years environmental guardianship of the Tukad Mati River - Legian
Certification Acknowledging AlamKulKul's environmental initiatives
Certification Acknowledging AlamKulKul's participation in the national government's 'One Man One Tree' campaign by planting 7,500 trees in three locations.
Certification Acknowledgment from the Intaran Indonesia Foundation stating that AlamKulKul has planted 5,500 intaran (neem) trees in various locations around the island of Bali.
Regional Certification Asean Green Hotel Award Certification
Press Release Issued to Media & Travel Agents 2005
AlamKulKul Boutique Resort Reveals Four-Star Status & Other Achievements For Immediate Release Bali, February 2005… AlamKulKul Boutique Resort is proud to announce that following an extensive refurbishment program that was phased over most of last year it has just acquired a four-star rating. The classification was recently finalized by PHRI (the Indonesian Hotel & Restaurant Association) and adheres to international standards. In addition to the rating, AlamKulKul was also presented with a Silver Award Boutique Category in the prestigious Tri Hita Karana Tourism Awards. This annual event recognizes hotels throughout Bali that respect the Hindu belief of maintaining a harmonious relationship between man with his fellow man, with the surrounding environment and with God Almighty. The driving force behind AlamKulKul’s ongoing chain of success is owner, Mr. Feisol Haji Hashim. From the very beginning, Mr. Hashim set clear conceptual objectives for the property to achieve including a defined philosophy on environment, interaction with the local community and of course high service standards. Other awards of significance for the 2004 period include regional police recognition for Safety & Security within the workplace, 1st place for Zero Accidents, Safety & Security from Badung Regency, and national recognition for Zero Accidents for 2002 -2004 from the Indonesian Republic Department of Works. This immaculate safety record enabled AlamKulKul to represent Bali when national awards were presented in a ceremony by Indonesian Vice President, Mr. Jusuf Kalla. However, the award that came as an unexpected surprise for AlamKulKul was the gold award for the Best Hotel/Resort South East Asia category in the inaugural ‘Holidays For Couples’ Readers’ Choice Awards 2004. ‘Holidays For Couples’ is a widely read Australian publication with distribution to New Zealand and selected outlets in Singapore and Malaysia. Additionally, the magazine has extensive on-line website readership and polling gave readers’ the opportunity to expose their favourite places within Australia and other parts of the world. This esteemed award shows that the Australian public has great confidence in Bali as a holiday destination.
Press Release Issued to Media & Travel Agents 2008
AlamKulKul Boutique Resort Fights Against Climate Change For Immediate Release Kuta - Bali, February 2008… AlamKulKul Boutique Resort has always been conscious of the physical and social impact that it has on the local environment. For many years the property has embraced sustainable tourism principles and received significant recognition for its concerted efforts. The recent United Nations Conference on Climate Change hosted in Bali reconfirmed many of the resort’s concerns about the effects of ‘Global Warming’. This two week event was responsible for re-igniting the seeds of awareness as to how we treat our planet and the condition it will be left in for future generations. Despite past efforts that have included community clean-ups and a programme to save energy, the staff at AlamKulKul decided to form a committee and take a more pro-active approach to the problem. On Friday 22nd February 2008, the AlamKulKul team will take a break from all regular work duties to re-plant 5,000 trees along a barren strip of landscape in that separates south Bali with Serangan Island. This area was once a thriving mangrove plantation that protected the fragile coastline of both islands, but the effects of urbanization has seen it slowly diminish. By encouraging the reforestation of this stretch, it is anticipated that various species of wildlife that are a valuable part of the ecosystem will return to the area. The resort hopes that this new green belt will also counteract the harm caused by the rapid development that has eaten up a large percentage of what was once rural landscape. This small initiative is just the first of many scheduled for the remainder of this year. It is also in line with Tri Hita Karana, which is the Balinese Hindu philosophy of striving to maintain a harmonious relationship between man, the environment and God Almighty. AlamKulKul has received numerous tourism awards for its implementation of Tri Hita Karana values. AlamKulKul prides itself on its business integrity and dedication towards eco-friendly concepts. The property will always continue to implement and foster commendable projects that will benefit the Bali and the future of its people.
Press Release Issued to Media & Travel Agents 2010
AlamKulKul Boutique Resort Accepts A Prestigious ASEAN Green Hotel Award AlamKulKul Boutique Resort takes great pleasure to announce that it was presented with an ASEAN Green Hotel Award on 25th January 2010. The award was received on behalf of AlamKulKul by Indonesia’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Jero Wacik, at an official ceremony in conjunction with the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) hosted in Brunei. The Resort was one of just ten properties from across the Indonesian archipelago to be honoured with this prestigious award. The ASEAN Green Hotel Recognition Award was created to acknowledge hotels and resorts that have demonstrated outstanding commitment towards environmental protection. It is an annual undertaking as part of ATF, the most respected trade event for the region’s travel industry, which identifies the top ten ‘green’ hotels in each ASEAN country. For AlamKulKul, being a recipient of this esteemed award is the culmination of more than ten years hard work. AlamKulKul’s President Director, Mr. Feisol Haji Hashim, has been a leader in Bali’s hospitality industry since the mid 1980’s. In fact, he first laid the foundations for eco-friendly directives on the island by turning AlamKulKul into an environmentally responsible property and chose to adopt the tagline ‘a passionate involvement with nature’. Over the ensuring years AlamKulKul has always remained consciously aware of its impact on the local environment and has strived to implement sustainable tourism practices wherever possible. This has evolved into the completion of various internal audits related to energy, water and waste consumption and enabled us to determine our ‘Carbon Footprint’. But most importantly, it has led to a number of in-house innovations such as a water treatment system to effectively remove harmful toxins for safe use on the garden. The entire team at AlamKulKul has repeatedly been involved in ‘green’ projects including beach clean-ups and working with the Balinese community to preserve local sites of cultural interest. To date, the Resort has planted more than 20,000 trees around Bali over the past 10 years. This in fact preceded Indonesia’s commitment during the recent Copenhagen Environmental Summit to plant 25 million trees to counteract the effects of global warming. Continue...
General Manager of AlamKulKul, Mr. Aru Santhiran, comments, “It is indeed a great privilege to be recognised as being ‘green’ along side some of Bali’s most celebrated properties. It has taken us many years to rise above the stigmatism of being located in Kuta/Legian, a district that was once synonymous only with surfers and backpackers. However, I am certain that AlamKulKul, its ecological integrity and sense of community have had a positive impact on the area.” Aru goes on to add, “Essentially, Bali has reached a stage where hospitality providers must responsibly incorporate ‘green’ initiatives into all aspects their business operations. The time has come for change and together we can all make a significant difference.” Lastly Aru explains, “This award is dedicated to the entire team at AlamKulKul who have always embraced our ‘green’ initiatives with enthusiasm. We have planted the seed of environmental awareness into the mind of every employee and this is now filtering down to their immediate family members. Our ultimate aim is to create a cradle to grave approach towards the ‘green movement’ that will leave the island of Bali in reasonable condition for future generations to come.”
Sharing the Awareness At every given opportunity AlamKulKul Boutique Resort is keen to share information with its employees, guests and travel associates about how to lead an environmentally conscious lifestyle. The Resort distributes a quarterly online newsletter entitled KulKul Beat designed to keep a wide network of readers abreast with all its latest news and events. There is also a special emphasis placed on every environmental initiative carried out at the property to show the depth of our commitment. Excerpt from AlamKulKulâ€™s Quarterly Newsletter KulKul Beat / Edition 16 16th edition
Environmental Care The recent United Nation Conference on Climate Change most certainly regenerated awareness about global warming and the impact that it is having on planet earth. However, the severity of this issue is not just a cause of concern for governments and large corporations. It is a problem that we must all address and it is time to evaluate what can be done on a personal level. There are many areas where change can be made without disturbing the quality of life that we lead. This includes small household initiatives such as changing light bulbs
to low energy bulbs, unplugging electrical appliances when they are not in use and separating garbage for recycling. Grocery shopping is another aspect of daily life where we can assert environmentally friendly practices. Choose goods that are not overly packaged and larger sized products such as a two kilo bag of washing powder instead of individual sachets. Re-usable cloth bags are a sensible way to bring shopping home and avoid the plastic bags that have become an ecohazard. Trees and plants are necessary to process the
large amounts of carbon dioxide that infiltrates the air that we breathe. Make an effort to surround your home with greenery wherever possible and choose plants that require small amounts of water. Try to source natural ways to eliminate insects and mosquitoes rather than use harmful pesticides. As world citizens it is extremely important that we start to care about the environment and the condition in which we leave it for future generations. Every small effort contributes to making a difference.
Tri Hita Karana - A Balinese Hindu Lifestyle Concept
AlamKulKul Boutique Resort proudly adheres to the Balinese Hindu concept of Tri Hita Karana, which is based on seeking equilibrium in life between God Almighty, man and his immediate environment. While this philosophy is essentially a religious teaching, it can be considered one of the oldest forms of conservation on the island of Bali. The Tri Hita Karana Awards is a local initiative that was established in 2000 by the Bali Travel News, a leading tourism publication under the banner of the Bali Post. The awards identify and acknowledge local hotels, resorts and villas on an annual basis that have adhered to the social and spiritual principles of Tri Hita Karana.
List of Tri Hita Karana Awards & Accreditations: 2003 – Accreditation Certificate A+ Excellent 2004 – Accreditation Certificate A+ Excellent 2005 – Silver Medal (Boutique Hotel Category)
Certification Tri Hita Karana Accreditation Certificate (2003)
Certification Tri Hita Karana Accreditation Certificate (2004)
Tri Hita Karana Silver Award
Tri Hita Karana Press Release
AlamKulKul Boutique Resort accepts Tri Hita Karana Tourism Awards & Accreditation 2004-2005 Legian, 15 Desember 2004 Tri Hita Karana is a three-goal Balinese Hindu lifestyle concept based on achieving prosperity. It refers to a balanced relationship between mankind, God Almighty and the environment. AlamKulKul Boutique Resort takes great pleasure to announce that it was presented with a Tri Hita Karana Silver Award & Accreditation in the Boutique Hotel category on 9th December 2004. The award was officially presented by Mr. Ida Bagus Putu Wesnawa, BA, Chairman of the Bali Board of Regional Representation. The initiatives carried out by AlamKuKul that come directly under the Tri Hita Karana banner include maintaining a green environment for guests and employers to enjoy. The garden is not only filled with different species of native plants but also sacred Hindu stone sculptures. The resort has also provided social assistance to a local orphanage and donated generously to various village causes. AlamKulkul was also appointed the guardian of Sangeh Monkey Forest. Over the past year, employees have spent many hours working in conjunction with community school children to enhance the area. This has extended to the general improvement of public toilet facilities and re-greening the immediate environment with the planting over 1000 trees.
Guest Feedback Guests choosing to stay at AlamKulKul Boutique Resort are always impressed with the nurturing environment that we have managed to create. Even though the landscape is relatively small, there are many examples of indigenous flora to be experienced and appreciated. Below is just one of the favourable comments that have been made by in-house guests:
Mr. Allan Duncan & Ms. Sandra Lovell from England (currently residing in Australia) "We love this hotel as the garden is beautiful and very restful. There are so many different types of tropical plants to see. It feels like a real Balinese village and is a complete contrast from the busy streets of Kuta.â€?
Conclusion There is no ending to AlamKulKul Boutique Resort’s environmental journey. We not only involve our staff members in our initiatives but also their extended families. We host a regular ‘Family Day’, which incorporates environmental awareness activities including Beach Clean-Ups and Painting Competitions. We are slowly implementing a ‘cradle to grave’ policy that encompasses every child born into our team that now numbers 150 employees. It is our vision to continue planting trees around Bali in an effort to neutralise our carbon footprint. We are now encouraging in-house guests to participate in this programme and hope that we will soon be able to get our suppliers on board as well. In January 2010, AlamKulKul Boutique Resort was amongst just ten properties from across the Indonesian archipelago to be presented with an ASEAN Green Hotel Award. This prestigious award was created to acknowledge hotels and resorts that have demonstrated outstanding commitment towards environmental protection. It is an annual undertaking as part of ATF, the most respected trade event for the region’s travel industry, which identifies the top ten ‘green’ hotels in each ASEAN country. As we were compiling information for this submission, we had the pleasure to be advised that we have been nominated for the the Kalpataru Environmental Awards 2011. This is Indonesia’s most prestigious award presented to a person or organization that has made a significant contribution to the preservation of the environment. While AlamKulKul’s ‘Jantung Hijau’ (Green Heart) movement is considerably small compared to other internationally strong corporations, we are extremely proud of our efforts. Together we can all make a difference!
“We do not bequeath but return this beautiful planet to the children of our children.”