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This is Indonesia’s First GSTC-Certified Hotel

The Apurva Kempinski Bali has been acknowledged by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council for its unwavering commitment to practices that benefit the environment and local communities.

One of the finest five-star resorts in southern Bali’s prestigious Nusa Dua enclave, and conceived as an open-air theater descending down a cliff to beachfront grounds by the Indian Ocean, The Apurva Kempinski Bali embodies modern Indonesian elegance. The 475-room retreat celebrates local culture not only through its show-stopping art and architecture, but also via an annual campaign offering unique guest experiences that spotlight Indonesia’s rich heritage through cross-disciplinary collaborations.

The Apurva Kempinski Bali’s efforts to uphold and preserve local culture is one reason why it was recently recognized as the first-ever hotel in Indonesia to attain the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Certification, for following international benchmarks set out by the nonprofit organization.

The result follows a rigorous audit by Control Union, the GSTC’s appointed certification body, and is a testament to The Apurva’s dedication to making a positive impact in society. Indeed, sustainability lies at the core of the resort’s brand strategy roadmap, which is closely aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Ethical business practices at the property are carried out with environmental, social, and governance considerations in mind. Supported by an ESG team that continuously monitors and improves ongoing initiatives, the resort integrates sustainable principles into every level of operations.

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Hotel staffers at The Apurva Kempinski Bali gathered for a photo op to mark the occasion.
Intricate Javanese woodcarvings adorn the Pendopo Lobby at The Apurva Kempinski Bali.
Intricate Javanese woodcarvings adorn the Pendopo Lobby at The Apurva Kempinski Bali.
A Cliff Private Pool Ocean Junior suite at The Apurva Kempinski Bali.
A Cliff Private Pool Ocean Junior suite at The Apurva Kempinski Bali.

By December 2023, The Apurva Kempinski Bali had achieved a significant milestone, with 21.7 percent of its hires coming from surrounding local communities. In addition, the property is committed to building up the next generation in the world of hospitality: ongoing collaborations with educational institutions such as Bali Culinary Pastry School and Politeknik Negeri Bali provide training opportunities and help drive economic growth.

Community outreach extends to locations elsewhere on the island. Run in partnership with the Samsara Living Museum, the resort’s Sustainable Agriculture program educates local farmers in eco-farming techniques so they can grow high-quality ingredients that fulfill the standards of five-star hotel kitchens. The initiative also gives Bali-based farmers the opportunity to sell their produce directly to The Apurva, cutting out the need for middlemen.

The ultra-luxe resort employs a science-based approach to reducing its environmental footprint. Aside from running a comprehensive waste management system, The Apurva operates a hydroponic rooftop garden and has rolled out sustainable weddings as well as guest experiences that use electric vehicles. In partnership with local NGO Eco Tourism Bali, the resort recently launched a mangrove planting program with the planting of 1,000 seedlings in its initial phase.

Travelers who choose to bed down at The Apurva Kempinski Bali won’t just savor locally inspired luxury at its finest, but they can also rest in the knowledge that this stunning property has a vision for a greener, more responsible tourism industry.

For more information, visit kempinski.com.

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The GSTC Certification was awarded at a recent ceremony on site.
The Apurva Kempinski Bali - Pendopo Lobby
The exterior of the Pendopo Lobby at The Apurva Kempinski Bali.
The resort’s Koral Restaurant offers guests the first aquarium dining experience in Bali.
The resort’s Koral Restaurant offers guests the first aquarium dining experience in Bali.

This article was brought to you by The Apurva Kempinski Bali.