Our permanent employees receive fair payments plus an additional 5% of the total revenues. Furthermore, common legal regulations apply to working hours, working days and public holidays. All our employees are permanently employed and comprehensively covered by accident, health and pension insurance.
We take social responsibility for our employees and their families, trying to support them as much as we can. In that manner we have helped to expand or rebuild their homes. As some of our staff used to live in very small and poorly equipped housings such help was very welcomed and appreciated.
Besides the workforce, who is paid by our contracted construction company, we additionally employed people from the local village, who work on smaller projects. Those projects involved the construction of the stone staircase from the cliff down to the beach, the property walls and the extensive terracing and other landscaping work. In order to create jobs, we consciously avoided the use of large construction machinery, such as excavators, bulldozer and large trucks.
Besides the public energy supply, we have installed our own back-up generator, operating with biodiesel. This makes us less dependent on the state owned electrical power supply, which currently is still quite unreliable. The generator room is located at the back of our complex and it is sunk into the ground. Therefore the vibration and noise is not noticeable to our neighbours and guests.
While we already generate our hot water with solar energy, one of our next investments will enable the installation of sufficient photovoltaic, which will generate our needed energy.
As much as possible we are using LED light bulbs and if this is not possible energy-efficient bulbs help to significantly reduce our electricity consumption for lighting by 80%.
While the tumble dryer of our in-house laundry uses natural gas, other electric devices such as refrigerators, freezers and the air conditioning system embrace the latest market standards regarding energy-efficiency. We believe its extremely important to work towards a eco friendly Bali.
We make use of natural building materials wherever it is possible and wherever it makes sense. In that manner we purely use colours that are on water basis and thus free of any harmful solvents.
With the help of a dowser, we discovered an underground stream, which flows into the ocean through the 1,000 meter deep rock. By building a 50 meter deep water supply well we are able to connect to this water source, making us less dependent of the state-owned water supply.
In order to produce our own quality drinking water we will install a modern filter system and bottling plant in the basement of our restaurant. While this provides our complex with water of finest quality, it also avoids unnecessary transportation.
The wastewater of the toilets, bathrooms and kitchen flows all together into septic tanks. By permanently feeding oxygen, those tanks reprocess the water so that it leaves the tanks free of smell. After that, the water flows into a collection tank, where it is mixed up with rain and well water. Using pressure pumps the water can then be used to water the greenery or it can be used for the “waste water gardens”, which are watered and fertilized under the surface.
While our in-house laundry, kitchen and cleaning personnel use biodegradable products, we also equipped all the apartment’s bathrooms with biodegradable soaps and shampoos.
The pools are filled with well water, which is then treated with salt crystals. Keeping the pool-water free of bacteria a saltwater chlorinator splits up the salt (sodium chloride) into sodium and chloride. Additionally the waterfalls permanently feed oxygen to the pool-water, which has an antibacterial effect. Having a sand-filter system keeps away contamination and algae, and avoids adding any further chlorine. In that way the pool-water is friendly and delightful to your skin with a sparkling fresh feeling.
We care and enhance our fruit and vegetable garden, as well as the park grounds with compost and mulch, which we source from an alternative Temesi Recycling Center This region reprocesses organic waste to compost and mulch using modern techniques, while general waste plants produce environmentally harmful gasses (methane).
Besides fruits, vegetable and herbs from our own garden, our in-house kitchen primarily uses products from our direct surroundings. We buy fresh fish, chicken, eggs, fruits and vegetables from our neighbours, fishermen and from small farmers, who also sell their products on the local market in Seraya. Additionally the weekly market in Amplapura offers products that are only available in the wider environment such as the mountain ranges.