RESPONSIBLE TOURISM TIPS
Travel better in Bali
- Although Bali is slightly less conservative when compared to the rest of Indonesia it's still important to respect local traditions and err on the side of caution in the way you dress, particularly if you're visiting a Hindu temple or religious ceremony. Avoid wearing vest tops or shorts when visiting a temple and although you can sometimes rent or buy a quick cover up before entering a temple it's much better to come prepared with your own traditional Balinese sarong or scarf or you may ask your butler or host desk staff.
- When taking photographs always ask permission first, and respect notices asking you not to photograph in temples, museums or art galleries.
- If you want to bring someone's attention to something then use your whole hand, palm side up, rather than pointing with your index finger. This is considered polite in Bali and a less aggressive form of indicating what you'd like without speaking. Use your right hand to shake hands and to eat, and use both hands when offering a gift as this is considered a compliment.
- Avoid placing your hands on someone's head, including children, as Balinese consider the head as a sacred place containing the soul, not to be touched by other people.
- When meeting local people they may come across as quite direct in terms of what they ask you. Questions about your marital status, your work and where you're staying or going on the island will all be deemed as perfectly normal questions so don't feel too affronted, just go with the flow.
- Public displays of affection are not the done thing in Bali, including holding hands, hugging and kissing. However, it's perfectly normal for same sex friends to be quite tactile and you might find local Balinese are comfortable touching you as they speak; it's just their way of being friendly.
- Even in the most demanding of situations Balinese will smile to avoid escalating confrontation. This is yet another example of the peaceful nature of life on the island where people would much prefer to nod, smile and welcome you into their home rather than be gloomy and guarded.
- When at the beach make sure you take all your rubbish away and use any recycling facilities available or ask your accommodation or tour guide where you can find a bin.
- Few animals consider as sacred and protected by the government i.e turtle, bali starling and dolphin also please be careful when you receipt purchase offer of archeological items at it’s again Indonesian rule and regulation. Please check the protected animal and plantation list by Indonesian government also IUCN red list for your references.
- For those who bring own water bottle, please approach to restaurant staff for free refill
- It’s a strictly not allowed to take photo of the priest from straight up front, and walking in front of prayer while the procession of the ceremony.
- Avoid to purchase archeological stuff as again Indonesian government law
- For those who concern in sustainability, you may use the energy and water in appropriate way. If you would like to involve in this program you may consider hotels towel and linen use best pratice, turning your AC when leaving your Villas and be wise on water usage. To whom that concern with green house guest production you may approach your hotel concierge to assist in calculating your travelling Green House Gas emission.
- Lot’s of local business product and service available around, please ask good advice from your hotel staff.
Simple Phrase Sentence :
Good Morning – Selamat Pagi
Good Afternoon – Selamat Siang
Good Evening – Selamat Malam
How are you? – Apa kabar?
Thank you – Terima Kasih – Matur Suksma
THE SAMAYA SEMINYAK EARTH DAY
The Samaya Seminyak proudly take participation Earth Day by each commitment to this waste minimization to land field..
THE SAMAYA SEMINYAK SUPPORTS EARTH HOUR 2017
Earth Hour is the world's largest grass-roots environmental movement towards action on climate change organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). This “safe the earth” event is celebrated every year in March and involves simple action by encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour.
This year, the Earth Hour fell on March 25th and we; The Samaya Seminyak; were more than happy in taking a part in this worldwide movement. We turned off all pool lamps and pumps from 8pm for 1 hour. We also encouraged our in house guests to participate by turning off all unnecessary electricity in their villa. These action successfully saved 226.29 Kwh energy.
This is our small effort to preserve and protect our precious environment.
THE SAMAYA SEMINYAK SUPPORTS EARTH DAY
To honour the earth day as well as doing the Corporate Social Responsibility program, on April 22th 2016 The Samaya Seminyak held a program called “Little Things to Support The Earth” which was participated by management and staff of representatives from all departments.
The program was begun at 07.00 am with an interesting short training of making compost from gardener team. The process of composting started with chopping the dried leaves into smaller pieces then they were put into a container. A liquid which has active organism was added to speed up the composting process. After 2 or 3 weeks, the compost will have dark brown colour and smell nice and earthy. It means it is ready to use. Press Release
The Samaya Sustainability Management Plan
The Samaya Vision & Mission
"At the Samaya Bali located on the beach and within the fashionable area of Seminyak, we promise to preserve a safe and healthy environment for the island of Bali, its people and visiting guests".
Through teamwork, commitment and enthusiasm management &staff of the Samaya Bali:
- Abides by the Green Globe standards, laws, regulations and standards of the island of Bali, and the Country of Indonesia
- Annually reviews its performance and improves year by year towards industry best practice levels
- Gives preference to employing local people wherever possible
- Wherever possible, purchases local products and services with minimal negative environmental impact
- Takes on our social responsibility by educating its staff, guests, suppliers and community to build environmental awareness and action
- Reduces, Reuses, & Recycles throughout the property to prevent and control pollution while supporting the local merchants
- Conducts continues research in renewable and sustainable energy sources
- Reduces environmental impacts including energy and water-saving practices
- Records and tracks operational performance, an essential element of Samaya's effective Environmental Sustainability Plan
3rd YEAR GREEN GLOBE CERTIFIED
Green Globe is the premier worldwide certification program developed specifically for the travel and tourism industry. The Green Globe Certification Standard provides Hotel and Resort organizations with a framework to conduct a comprehensive assessment of their environmental sustainability performance, through which they can monitor improvements and achieve certification. This year there are 320 compliance indicators and we, The Samaya Seminyak, has successfully achieved a compliance score of 84% for the related indicators. This made The Samaya Seminyak awarded for its Green Globe re-certification for the 3rd year respectively.