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BLOO IS THE NEW GREEN - BLOO LAGOON
 
Padang Bai may seem like an unlikely location for an eco-resort. It is, after all, the largest sea-port on Bali’s east coast, with ferries from Lombok continuously docking and departing. However, to get to Bloo Lagoon you pass straight through the hubbub of the ferry terminal and the burgeoning seaside township of Padang Bai with a smattering of decent restaurants (the bagels at Topi Café were surprisingly good!) and up a steep hill where you will find Bloo Lagoon perched atop a soaring ridgeline. Straddling both sides of the ridge, the rooms at Bloo Lagoon offer stunning views to both the north to Candi Dasa and majestic Gunung Agung and to the south and the hamlet of Padang Bai and the rugged eastern coastline beyond.

  Spectacular views from Bloo Lagoon, Padang Bai, south to the harbour and north to Candi Dasa and Gunung Agung.
However, the incredible views are just one of the things that make Bloo Lagoon special. The American owners and architects Tony and Marita, working closely with their local staff (80 % of whom are from the immediate surrounding areas) have done an impressive job of creating a resort that is, in the words of Balinese General Manager Gus Trisna “ecologically conscious”. As Gus pointed out, water is a scarce resource in their location, so while they use a town water supply, they try to “hold the water in the area for as long as possible”. This is achieved by creating a network of lotus and lily ponds which rainwater and shower water are chanelled into. It’s a natural healthy biosystem with fish, frogs and plants. The black water from the toilets goes to regular septic tanks, then the effluent goes to biological waste water gardens where plants feed off the nutrients.


The “homes” have been designed to try and maximise light and air flow and minimise electricity consumption. Most of the stone walls use the excavated site stone.  Open-plan natural cooling reduces the need for airconditioning (however A/C is available in some bedrooms). All the lights are LEDs and the average energy load per house for lighting is under 100 watts. For some of the pumping electricity from photovoltaic cells is used and it is hoped that this will be extended when the cost of the cells comes down.

The natural coconut oil soap used in the rooms, are made by “Surfer Charly” just down the road in Jasri. The swimming pool uses ionization with a minimum of chemicals, and the resort is developing its own vegetable and herb garden so as much food as possible can be grown on site. The pesto fettucine and generous organic salad were simply delicious and healthy.


Bloo Lagoon doesn’t have the polished, laseredge precision of some of Bali’s more glitzy luxury resorts or villas, but that’s not the point. It is natural, and friendly, and it merges with its surroundings in an easy, enviable way. And the end result is refreshing, energizing and supremely relaxing. All the more for knowing that it treads just that bit more lightly on the earth.

 
 
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