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Maya Ubud, a Five-Leaf System member in Bali, nestled between the Petanu River valley and the verdant rice fields of Peliatan, has used landscaping as an award winning trampoline to fame.

The Five-Leaf System award was the 44th award this resort and spa has collected in the last decade, and much of its charm and success come from the way its management has cared for the environment – and this has best been reflected in their grounds.

Maya Ubud has managed to protect and further enhance the locale’s natural beauty by modelling the existing land lines to take in their single cabins housing over 100 rooms and still make guests feel that privacy and seclusion are paramount.

Only 20% of the resort’s 10 hectares of land area were built on for accommodation.

Changes in level were turned into great theatrical effect and three essential landscaping elements – water, plants and movement – were brought together in novel ways, allying beauty, safety and comfort to the enjoyment of its guests.

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Within a period of three years, over three hectares of land in the river valley were planted with 140 indigenous trees and shrubs, furthering the environmental protection of Bali.

Their management use recycling of waste water from the sewage treatment plant for irrigation water; bio-degradable products and cleaning supplies in laundry, stewarding and housekeeping; and they dispose of all corrosive materials through authorized collection agencies.

They also use energy efficient bulbs, including LED; separate rubbish into food waste, paper, plastic and tin foil; encourage email to distribute memos and other information for internal distribution thus reducing paper usage; and select environmentally friendly suppliers and products.

Photos in this article are from Maya Ubud’s official site and for more information on their environmental policy, see  “Sustainability Management Plan” at  http://www.mayaubud.com/sites/default/files/Sustainability.pdf

By Silvia Pelham
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