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Munduk Moding Plantation (MMP) is located in a hamlet called Asah Gobleg on a ridge close by the three crater lakes in North Bali, near Munduk hill station. It is surrounded by rainforest and the views are of endless rolling hills down to the Bali sea with the vulcanoes in Java in the background.
MMP was founded by a Dutch family who visited the Munduk region in 2007 and fell head over heels for this wonderful area and the people who live here. They met Gede Uliadnyana – now the General Manager of the resort - with whom they decided to create a nature resort dedicated to protecting the area’s natural beauty and environmental as well as cultural heritage. They bought an abandoned five hectares coffee plantation with some of the best views on the Island and wild open nature all around.The basic idea was to contribute to the development in the North, which is far less economically advanced than the South and create a genuinely sustainable hotel munduk bali property run by a 100% Balinese team. While they felt that the resort’s staff should be coached by international experts, they elected to develop the resort sensitively in unison with the local villages. MMP set out to demonstrate to the people of the area that sustainable hotel munduk balitourism is in their interest, creates employment and prosperity, respects the local culture and helps promote a better environment. In doing so, they were helped by the local villages and Bali’s own star architect Popo Danes who designed the resort.
Many guests have stepped forward over the years and helped MMP to implement this vision– some advised on sustainable hotel munduk bali agriculture, others produced maps and nearly all our guests have given honest feedback, which we try to take into account as much as possible. Largely built with local workers, MMP opened in 2009 with just a handful of villas as foreseen by the original master plan, which projected a very low density of construction to protect the environment and maximize privacy. We have stuck to this vision and gradually completed and improved the master plan as the team gained experience and the plantation prospered. With just 18 rooms, MMP reached its final size in July 2016.
The owners and the Indonesian team meet up at least twice a year at the plantation to strengthen their bonds and review progress; they are in touch every week and often every day. They have seen their children grow up, families being formed and people spreading their wings as they take on new responsibilities – this has been a tremendously enriching experience for all those involved.
Our vision is, therefore, to please our guests in a way that makes economic, environmental and social sense for all those involved. This vision is very close to the Balinese concept of Tri Hita Karana, which underpins the life of the Balinese, and holds that man should find a balance between nature, his relation to the gods and to society.
Our sustainable hotel munduk bali development plan provides more detail on how we intend to achieve our vision – you can consult it here. Our waste water is treated in two waste water gardens where it is gradually broken down and cleansed; you can obviously visit this on site. All our organic waste is composted in our composting centre and used on our land whilst the rest is recycled. We do not use plastic water bottles and have generally reduced the use of plastic as much as possible. MMP’s Green Team works with the local community to assist them to reduce environmental stresses. MMP has joined the Green Globe community – the world's premier certification programme for sustainable hotel munduk bali tourism - and we are very proud to have been certified in September 2014 as one of only eight hotels in Indonesia and the only hotel in North Bali.
Munduk Moding Plantation Bali Sustainability Hotel works with local coffee farmers to pool resources, upgrade the quality through organic farming and sell to wholesalers directly. Please see Organic Coffee Plantation Bali for more detail.
Part of our plantation is gradually being returned to its state of original rainforest – we only ensure that there are some paths, but leave nature to itself so that it can fully regenerate.
Our organic coffee growing requires shadow trees, which, in turn, attracts a large variety of birds and stimulates the growth of many indigenous plants and flowers. As a result of this and our strict “no hunting” policy, we have noticed a remarkable increase in the variety of bird life. Birds that we regularly observe include: Long-tailed Shrike, Tailorbird, Prinia, Magpie-Robin, Starling, Woodpecker, Oriole, YellowBulbul, Warbler, Swallows, Singing Bush Larks, Kingfisher, Red Jungle Fowl, Pink Necked Pigeons, Plaintive Cuckoos and Spider Hunters. Our guests can observe this on our bird watching hikes at the crack dawn – included as part of the MMP experience programme.
We pursue our social aims in different ways: all of our staff is Indonesian – no Western expats here – and the construction work was largely undertaken by local teams, supervised by our internationally experienced MundukModing Plantation crew. We take in many trainees from schools in the regions and invest considerably in training, schooling and development. In fact, developing young people from the village has become one of the most interesting parts of the project. We provide local traditional dancing courses for the girls from the primary school situated not far from our gates – which you can observe if you so wish (please enquire at the reception). We similarly provide English lessons to our neighbours and information sessions about protecting the environment (with an emphasis on sustainable hotel munduk bali farming).
Part of our revenues are donated to the Munduk Foundation (a formal Indonesian Yayasan – headed up by staff from MMP and Munduk Coffee) which co-ordinates our local community work through a variety of projects, including our fellowship programme for talented but poor students. In addition to supporting our local schools in many ways, we especially try to help girls to make their way to College.
You can get involved in these activities if you so wish by working with our Green Team, or donating clothes, books, pens and pencils to the local school and community. You can also help with our English language classes or support other activities of the Munduk Foundation. Should you wish to pursue this further, please contact Pak Gede on firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of our approach to sustainable hotel munduk bali tourism we give “right of way” to locals on the Eastern side of the plantation (near the staff quarters) where there are century old paths leading down to the valley. This does not concern the area near our villas, but when you set about exploring MMP you might bump into the odd local who will invariably be friendly and supportive of our endeavour.
We have also maintained access for locals to a traditional water source and its shrine situated on the plantation so that they can continue to fetch water here and bath. We would ask our guests to respect their privacy. There is a lotus pond situated near the jungle area on the plantation which locals do not use and where a simple bench has been placed for our guests.