It recreates the essential elements of an Asian resort - right here in Victoria exclusively for just one couple per night.
From the time of its inception, Balinese Retreat recognised and planned for the need to become an environmentally sustainable retreat to this end the following measures have been implemented:
Balinese Retreat is situated on a 1.2hectare site in Montrose Victoria. Much of the original vegetation has been maintained to create a habitat for wildlife and plant species. In addition, more than 200 native and indigenous plants have been planted in areas devoid of flora to re-vegetate the site. Thirty native Lilly Pilly plants were planted on the northern boundary in February 2008 and eighteen in September 2008. Over 600 trees, plant and shrubs have been planted since November 2005.
Mulching of the garden and borders occurs every four months to reduce evaporation and to provide plants with nitrogen and conserve water.
Over 282 bamboo plants have been planted over the last five years. Recent research shows that one mature bamboo plant has the ability to absorb 0.5 tons of Co2 annually. On current energy consumption this means that our business may be carbon neutral.
Water Bore was established in December 2007. Sunk to a depth of 100 meters, the bore provides for present and hopefully future water requirements for the garden and ponds.
In December 2008 construction was completed of a state of the art waste water treatment plant designed to treat the entire waste water output from existing buildings. As part of our strategy to put all available waste water to good use we have built a 'Constructed Wetland'. This wetland has been designed to accommodate the waste water generated by the existing buildings as well as that of the proposed wellness retreat.
Highly effective at waste water treatment Achieve stringent water quality stands with BOD removal of 85% and coli form removal of 95% Effective removal of nitrogen and phosphorous Used world wide to protect ground water and surface water resources Simplicity of design results in low operation and maintenance requirements Wetland vegetation used in the system give them the appearance of a flower garden The flowering areas of the wetlands provide a natural habitat for birds and other forms of wildlife
Additional sustainable practices initiated within the last 18 months