Suarga Padang Padang: A Sustainable Boutique Resort
Situated on the Bukit Peninsula, the boutique resort known as Suarga Padang Padang overlooks Padang Padang Beach. While the location itself is perfect, with the infinity pool at the centre of the resort meeting panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, it is Suarga's commitment to design and sustainability that really sets it apart.
Suarga Padang Padang is the worlds largest wood recycling project, with it's towering bamboo structures, wooden floors and even bathroom sinks predominantly built using wood recycled from abandoned houses and factories, pontoons and other sources certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The hotels’ structures themselves have been built to fit harmoniously around the existing landscape, which was once a coral formation. This has involved building on stilts in order to protect the flora and fauna, with the gardens impeccably maintained and providing cooling circulation. Solar panels and energy efficient technology are also used, as well as a number of other smaller sustainable initiatives that should not be discounted, which seek to encourage wider individual change amongst guests. Some of these include the fact that the suites strive to be plastic free, which means no plastic complimentary bathroom products and no plastic water bottles, with glass bottles provided instead. Even the bedroom light switch was made from parts from an old radio and the excess shower water fed the outdoor plants.
Although I am not one who usually eats at hotels, preferring rather to venture out, the restaurant at the Suarga Padang Padang, known as the Dugong Restaurant, is an exception with delicious meals made from locally sourced ingredients and inspired by traditional Indonesian cooking. Alternatively, the adjacent lounge and bar is also a great spot to hang out and offers meals from the all day menu if you prefer a relaxed meal a little earlier- if you are lucky may even catch one of Ulutwatu’s magical sunsets.