The Villagers of Subak Bakung Transform the Future of Tourism with Kaura, Bali
Cross Hotels & Resorts, in collaboration with Discova, are proud to announce the launch of new brand “Kaura”, and the first of its kind “Kaura Bali”. This immersive village experience is located in the lush hills of Karangasem, East Bali and developed in harmony with the environment, in direct partnership with the villagers of Subak Bakung. Kaura is the sixth brand from Cross Hotels & Resorts and is poised to transform the hospitality landscape.
Transforming Hospitality for All
Kaura Bali started as a community project with Discova with the reparation of a damaged irrigation pipe that threatened the survival of the entire community who were heavily dependent on rice farming. Today, the villagers of Subak Bakung are transforming tourism with experiences that are both created and guided by the community. Each moment connects adventurous travelers closer to village culture.
Steeped in Paradise
Subak Bakung is appointed on the sweeping terraces of eastern Bali, with the fertile volcanic hillside as a stunning backdrop to the vibrant colour of village life. The crystal waters of the Java Sea are just a short cycle away; it is the perfect base to explore the region.
Life Changing Experiences
“I’m so proud to be working hand-in-hand with Discova and the people of Subak Bakung to bring Kaura to life.” said CEO of Cross Hotels & Resorts, Harry Thaliwal. “Our goal of self-sustaining retreats, created in partnership with local communities, is at the core of Cross’s vision for an evolving industry. Through education, and sustainable development with the villagers, Kaura will deliver life changing experiences for travelers.”
Immersed in Nature
Kaura Bali is an escape to the indulgence of nature. Guests can experience sunrises over the yoga Sala each morning, enjoy breathtaking views from the infinity pool, and step into a timeless world of Balinese treatments in our Spa. The retreat has been hand-crafted with the environment and sustainability first. There is no better way to reconnect with our planet or experience a new culture.
Relax in Balinese Hospitality
Our large, comfortable Balinese styled tents are instinctively positioned on the rolling curve of the steeps overlooking the rice paddies, rows of scented herbs, organic vegetables, and tropical fruit orchards. Hammocks surround our fire pits for guests to connect with, and hear stories from the village elders, while cold beers and tropical cocktails help everyone unwind from city life.
Suyin Lee, Managing Director of Discova says, “Kaura is a true collaboration between the villagers of Subak Bakung, Discova and Cross Hotels & Resorts. It is part of our longstanding commitment to sustainable tourism, which directly benefits local communities. The villagers wanted to adopt organic farming, to improve farming practices and to bring prosperity back to their village. Now they are welcoming everyone to experience the real Bali and in doing so, creating an alternate source of livelihood.”
Don’t Just See it, Live It
The villagers are working with Discova to offer a range of experiences, from touring and working in the newly converted organic farms and rice paddies, to guided treks and cycling through the emerald Balinese steeps, or traditional cooking classes and holistic wellness workshops with the villagers, preparing for an evening meal together under a blanket of stars.
About Cross Hotels & Resorts
Cross Hotels & Resorts is an international hotel management company wholly owned by the ASX listed Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG). FCTG is one of the world’s largest and progressive travel companies, incorporating diverse worldwide distribution, in destination travel experiences such as transport and touring as well as hotel management solutions. Cross Hotels & Resorts also delivers owner services all the way from the very early sourcing and planning stages of a development, through technical services during build, to pre-opening services and finally professional ongoing hotel management. For more detailed information, visit crosshotelsandresorts.com.
Discova is a global destination management specialist operating in 15 markets in Asia and the Americas. We offer tailored B2B in-destination services for tour operators and travel agents. With 95% of our people being locals and having grown up in the communities we operate in, we are motivated by a deep commitment to sustainable livelihoods while preserving the beauty of these places we call home. For more information, please visit discova.com.