Rooted in our corporate ethos of “Embracing the Environment, Empowering People’, Banyan Tree’s sustainability approach emphasises on building in harmony with nature and contributing to the growth and development of the community where each of our hotels are planted. To learn more about the comprehensive and encompassing initiatives of Banyan Tree Global Foundation, please click here.
EarthCheck Gold Certification
EarthCheck, the world's leading scientific benchmarking and certification group for sustainable tourism, awarded our resort Gold Certification as recognition for continuous certification since 2013 which incorporates annual measurement of operational indicators such as energy; emissions; water, waste and paper use; chemical and pesticide use; and community involvement.
National Green Hotel Award
The Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia and Creative Economy of Indonesia awarded Banyan Tree Ungasan with this prestigious award for our sustainable practices between 2011 and 2013. Our resort underwent a stringent review by an independent and prolific committee, including the Green Building Council of Indonesia, the Hotels & Restaurants Association of Indonesia and various media outlets specialising in green issues. We were inspected on key indicators such as land use, electric and water utility, material usage, environment management and corporate social responsibility practices.
Platinum Tri Hita Karana Award
Bali’s Tri Hita Karana body awarded our resort for consistently demonstrating and implementing the inherited Balinese traditional philosophy in running our hotel operations. The concept of life balance in spiritual, social and environmental aspects, is annually measured on several indicators such as religious and cultural activities within and surrounding the resort, local employment and suppliers, and minimising impacts to the environment.
Plastic-Free Banyan Tree
Our resort is committed to our brand-wide pledge to reduce and ultimately eliminate single-use plastics from our operations, as part of our continued effort to directly address the detrimental effect that plastic is having on the environment and marine life. In our first year, we as a Group managed to eliminate over 25% of targeted single-use plastic, meaning 1 in 4 of these items used will no longer be sent to landfill or end up polluting our environment. Since Banyan Tree Ungasan’s commitment on Earth Day 2018 to reduce single plastic use across our resort, we have so far successfully reduced 35% of targeted single-use items, which includes straws and plastic cutleries.
Banyan Tree’s efforts connect with the issue of global climate action by conserving resources through efficient operations, with external assurance by EarthCheck, the leading benchmarking certification within the travel and tourism industry.
Since 2017, we open an organic garden to support our kitchen also every quarter we do have a 50 Miles Dinner which some of the ingredients comes from our own home garden and the rest comes not far than 50 miles away to reduce the gas emission on the delivery process from the farmer to the resort.
Greening Communities Together
Our aim is to restore the natural environment, whilst raising awareness of climate change through tree-planting events, around the area in which we operate, with a current target of 2,000 trees per year. In the first ten years we planted almost half a million trees, and we aim to plant 25,000 during our 25th anniversary year.
Banyan Tree Ungasan has planted over 9,000 trees around Ungasan area and other parts of the island. Our Greening Communities programme often receives great interest and participation from local government, communities and guests
Supporting Local Communities
Supporting long-term societal prosperity is central to Banyan Tree’s ability to create value for local communities and this is achieved by empowering them through job creation, education, supporting artisanal cooperatives, community impact initiatives, humanitarian relief and connecting travelers to local culture and heritage.
Our associates can bring our guests to see how the local people live daily, from shopping in the nearest local market to experience Balinese blessing ceremony in Pura Batu Pageh temple.
We aim to organise a minimum of four cleaning activities each year, to engage members of the local community, our guests and our associates with the need for effective waste management and to promote responsible consumption of resources and maintaining a healthy environment.
Being part of the community, Banyan Tree Ungasan is working closely with village officials and local youth organisations in many of our cleaning projects around the resort.
Embracing the Balinese culture and life
During their stay, the guests can experience the cultural activities from exploring the local area on a bike tour, enjoying the limestone cliff view around Ungasan area on foot, or trying on the Balinese traditional female attire kebaya and male kamben with udeng covering the head. Our guests can have a hands-on experience in preparing Balinese offerings in the form of canang or gebogan.
Every year, we invite our guests to join our sustainability initiatives during Earth Day. One of these initiatives is the release of “tukik” or baby sea turtles at Pantai Melasti, one of Bali’s beaches. We collaborate with our local community to retrieve the eggs and ensure they are carefully incubated in a secured environment before they hatch and are ready to release back into the ocean. Sea turtles are endangered and this activity helps us to raise awareness about the need to conserve and protect them.
Balinese Cooking Class
Our guests can choose to experience the time-honoured process of preparing delicious Balinese dishes. To start, our Chef will take you to the local market to source for herbs and other fresh ingredients. The dishes you prepare will then be served as your lunch or dinner at Tamarind Restaurant. Our Chef will be with you every step of the way, demonstrating how to prepare and cook iconic dishes such as sambal matah, sate lilit, garang asem, cramcam udang (prawns), and klepon (a traditional dessert).