The Group founded by Australian tourism entrepreneur Tony Smith which launched boutique properties at Seminyak and Uluwatu in 2011, is proud to be giving back to Bali with a number of environmental, educational and health initiatives.
CEO Ros Hemley said that in the past few months alone, Semara had conducted three beach clean-ups, Red Cross blood donations, supported local disadvantaged families, helped a local school and provided ongoing education of its staff on the importance of keeping Bali and its waterways clean.
“We are committed to forging close connections with the communities in which we operate and leading by example with sustainable practices,’’ she said.
Reducing waste is a key focus for Semara Resorts. Semara has a policy to keep paper usage to a minimum, recycles paper and rubbish, uses recycled glass water bottles in rooms, re-fills soap and shampoo bottles and uses grey water for gardening where possible.
Another environmental initiative of Semara Resorts is the selling of re-usable, bio-degradable jute shopping bags produced by We Love Bali. Semara makes no profit from the bag program which contributes to a plastic-free Bali and directs funds NGOs.
Meanwhile, Semara Resorts Group was delighted to support Bali’s recent Coral Triangle Day activities, aimed at raising awareness for marine conservation. More than 80 Semara staff organised and participated in a beach cleanup. Finn’s Beach Club at Semara Luxury Villa Resort Uluwatu hosted the closing party featuring a delicious barbecue of sustainable seafood and an appearance by celebrity chef Bobby Chinn.