Plataran L'Harmonie - West Bali National Park, 28 September 2017

A Month of Achievement for Plataran L'Harmonie - West Bali National Park

2017 Top Sustainable Destinations 100 by Green Destinations and “Green Silver“ from Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Award 2017
September was a month of achievement for Plataran L’Harmonie – West Bali National Park, being recognized by highly reputable and respected awards, both internationally and nationally. These awards reflect the commitment of Plataran L’Harmonie - West Bali National park to setting a world-class ecotourism destination.
For the second consecutive year, Plataran L’Harmonie has been awarded with the 2017 Top Sustainable Destinations 100 by Green Destinations, having previously awarded as 2016 Top Sustainable Destination 100 in consideration of the uniqueness and comprehensive sustainability of nature, international tourism, education, and culture of Plataran L’Harmonie – West Bali National Park. Being the only awarded Indonesian world-class tourism destination, Plataran Indonesia is proud to represent and showcase the true beauty of Indonesia to the world with strong sustainable tourism initiatives. The award considers destinations’ excellence in the primary aspects connected to area’s quality offer to travellers including: Destination Management, Nature, Animals & Scenery, Environment & Climate, Culture & Tradition, Social Well-Being, Business & Hospitality. The selection process involves evaluation by a panel of 100 international experts in cooperation with 20 other international organizations for sustainable tourism.
In a national scale, Plataran L’Harmonie – West Bali National Park was recognized by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism with a “Green Silver“ award in the Good Governance Category at the Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Award 2017, after only marking its third year of operation. This prestigious award is annually held to appreciate tourism destinations in Indonesia that applies the principles of sustainable tourism that is in line with the national and international tourism development direction. It is a requirement for all nominees to fulfil the international standards recognized by World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and GTSC. This year’s award was the first Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Award that has been given by the Minister of Tourism.
In the year of 2017, Plataran L’Harmonie - West Bali National Park has taken additional actions to enhance destination experiences, to promote the destination through showcasing its natural environment, local culture and traditions, and to stay at the forefront of sustainability tourism initiatives in Bali. The first edition of Plataran X Trail – BNI Plataran X Trail 2107 marked a successful end with 504 runners from 18 countries, six (6) Jalak Bali were adopted from the National Conservation Center and released to the wild of Plataran L’Harmonie, and 1,100 mangrove trees were planted at the West Bali National Park. Plataran L’Harmonie – West Bali National Park will also host the first Menjangan Fisherman Boat Carnival 2017 to displays the traditional philosophy of “Tri Hita Karana“, a concept that evolves around three main factors: harmony among people, nature, and God, by hosting Tirta Yatra celebration for the locals and organizing additional activities to bring family and friends together. Furthermore, Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa opened eight (8) additional Forest Villas and four (4) Ocean Mangrove Villas to accommodate visitors’ closer to the exquisite and unspoiled nature of West Bali National Park.
The comprehensive natural ecosystems, unique local cultures, and sustainable ecotourism facilities, have brought Plataran L'Harmonie - West Bali National Park as a national ecotourism pilot project, as appointed by the Ministry of Tourism. Moreover, Plataran L’Harmonie – West Bali National Park was honoured with the awards and accolades received from all the international and national organizations over the years including: 2003 Best Practice for Sustainable Development from World Tourism Organization, 2011 Best National Park Operator from Ministry of Forestry, 2015 Best National Park Operator from Ministry of Forestry, 2016 Top 100 Sustainable Destinations in the World.
ABOUT PLATARAN L’HARMONIE – WEST BALI NATIONAL PARK
Plataran L'Harmonie encompasses the ecotourism forest area of West Bali National Park, covering an area of 382 hectares with a coastline of more than 7 km facing Menjangan Island, an island well-known as a divers’ paradise for its exotic beauty of the underwater world. Its dense biodiversity encompasses many distinct ecosystems – from primary monsoon, mangrove and lowland rain forests, to savanna and seagrass landscapes, as well as shallow and deep-sea waters with sandy beaches and coral reefs. The area of Plataran L'Harmonie is also the primary habitat of the Jalak Bali or Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi), an endangered and protected rare exotic bird. In addition to Jalak Bali, Plataran L'Harmonie is home to various flora and fauna species, including the Java Sparrow, Menjangan Wild Deer, and Giant Sea Fan.
Plataran L’Harmonie’s integrated master plan, planned by a world-class American master planner - Hitesh Mehta, encompasses a variety of accommodation; dining, wellness and leisure facilities; and programmes dedicated to the conservation of the parks natural ecosystems and indigenous wildlife species. Plataran L'Harmonie currently features two resorts, Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa and The Menjangan, and two restaurants, The Octagon Ocean Club at Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa and The Bali Tower at The Menjangan. Furthermore, there is no shortage of activities to entertain visitors with Plataran Encounters, from mountain biking, jungle trekking, kayaking and snorkelling, to birdwatching, horse-riding and more. Plataran Private Cruises allow guests to explore and enjoy Bali’s most spectacular diving and snorkelling locations around Menjangan.
Visitors are also welcome to learn about and participate in Plataran L'Harmonie’s conservation efforts: the Scientific Education and Research Centre (SERC), a unique learning environment with access to the park’s amazing range of habitats; Plataran Bali Starling Sanctuary, a safe breeding ground for the critically endangered Bali Starling; and an Endemic Tree Planting Programme that nurtures biodiversity that is fast disappearing in other parts of the island.
ABOUT PLATARAN INDONESIA
Plataran is a homegrown Indonesian hospitality group whose vision is to contribute to Indonesia and Indonesians by showcasing to the world the rich and diverse natural and cultural heritage of this remarkable archipelago. Plataran means ‘God's most favourite courtyard’, a reflection of our connection to and celebration of all the beauty and richness of culture that Indonesia has been blessed with. Plataran invites discovery and appreciation of Indonesia’s many treasures through its luxury brand of boutique hotels and resorts, private cruises, dining and event venues, developed in Indonesia’s most iconic and exotic destinations.
For more information on this press release and high-resolution photographs, please contact:
Rindy Hapsari Putri
Corp. Marketing Communications Manager
Plataran Indonesia
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