Interviewed by Herost
Talking to Mr. Louis Balme – a French host, the founder and director of Puri Dajuma Beach Eco-resort – we were impressed by his enthusiasm and the huge passion for the nature and local communities of Bali. Back to 1998, after Mr. Balme retired as a university professor, he moved to Indonesia with his wife, and found out an abandoned land on a beach in the West of Bali Island. They therefore decided to establish a family business there. At the beginning, the beach eco-resort included a small hotel, a restaurant, a spa and a large swimming pool. Although they opened in July, 2002, few months before the Bali bombing, they managed to go through this crisis and made their business grow year after year. In 2010, the couple added two suites and one wooden villa on the beach. 2016 was a milestone when they opened another resort located on a 3,000 square meters land including four villas for a total of 12 new rooms around a 60-meter swimming pool leading to a bigger pool looking like a rice field with a waterfall. Today, Puri Dajuma offers a total of 35 rooms, 18 cottages, 2 suites, 5 villas built in Balinese style, 2 big swimming pools and 3 restaurants.
Passionate about protecting the environment, Mr. Balme has put huge efforts into making his accommodation become an eco-resort such as treating waste onsite to avoid marine pollution, composting 80% of the kitchen waste and using it in the garden, saving energy by using LED lamps. Puri Dajuma also recycles plastic and glasses by using an equipment from New Zealand to transform glass into sand and put it directly into the beach. With many others environmental protection policies, Puri Dajuma proudly stands as an outstanding an eco-resort certified by BGreener and others prestigous certification bodies. Not only in love with the nature of Bali Island but also with the local community, Mr. Balme has supported various local initiatives such as orphanages, sea turtle conservation, poverty relief, etc. A drawing contest to raise awareness about environmental issues every year with several local schools.
Because of its high quality hospitality, Puri Dajuma has gained many loyal customers. One of the most memorable stories that Mr. Balme remembers was a lady from Australia visiting Puri Dajuma every year and before she passed away, her last wish was to have her ashes spread from the beach of Dajuma by all the family. Therefore, all of her family came to Puri Dajuma and made her wish come true with a ceremony led by a local priest. It was very touching for Mr. Balme and his wife.
Located in an authentic area of the Bali Island – the West – and also at the entrance of Bali National Park which is very close to nature, Puri Dajuma is an ideal place for couples and families who are willing to have a wonderful vacation with their kids on Bali Island.