Thursday, 17 March 2011

Waka Nusa Resort :: Nusa Lembongan, Bali

Another interesting place I have stayed in Bali is the Waka Nusa Resort on the Island of Nusa Lembongan, situated 12 kilometers East of Bali.

The resort faces Sanur and the impressive Gunung Agung volcano (at 3100m) and because of its isolated location and limited infrastructure, the Island has been preserved from the growth and progress that has evolved in Bali over the last ten years.
The resort has 10 thatched huts based on a palm tree plantation with a white sandy beach, a beautiful turquoise lagoon and coral reef. Diner is alfresco style and literally on the beach edge with your own bamboo lantern.
images via Waka Nusa Resort
The hut construction materials used are in keeping with the natural landscape, local available materials and local tradition; traditional 'alang-alang' thatched roofs, coral and earth pigmented wall rendering (no VOC's here), local wood joinery and traditional decoration.

As Nusa Lembongan has an ancient and fragile ecosystem the island's power and water supply is limited. The huts do not have air conditioning (only overhead fans), intercom, TV's or telephone in the rooms. Instead of air-conditioning, there is natural ventilation which is forced by the lower wall inlets bringing the cool air in from the outside garden. The hot air is let out through the Terra-cotta outlets at the top of the roof.

It was nice not to have to rely on power and the creature comforts of air-condionting. We found the fans and the natural ventilation enough comfort... and embraced the calm and quite atmosphere without phones and the TV in the back ground.

If you are likely to miss your sports channel then this is not the place for you but if you fancy a peaceful and beautiful island getaway then look no further.

Have a great weekend.

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