Umajati is set in half a hectare (1 acre) of rice field, coconut grove, and woodland bordering the Tawar River. Lines of white herons fly over the property each morning and evening on their way from and to the traditional heron reserve in the neighboring village of Petulu Gunung.
The approach to the houses is by a path that winds gently through a majestic coconut grove with views across neighboring rice fields. With its lush grass and deep shade, the grove offers a sumptuous space for relaxing in either hammocks or deck chairs.
The center of the property hosts a 15-meter lap pool, with a shallow corner for relaxing. The pool is nestled within the gardens, and surrounded by a shade deck and sunny patio area, with chairs for lounging.
The gardens around the houses have been sensitively landscaped to bring the colors and fragrance of the tropics into all internal and external living spaces. Beds of red gingers, ivory lilies, and yellow iris set off borders of orange heliconia, white gardenia and jasmine. Orchids and epiphytes drape the limbs of a dozen frangipani trees and, in its season, the scarlet flame tree is a vision.
The woodland area down to the Tawar River, formerly an agroforestry garden, is now being managed for the benefit of local wildlife. Squirrels and civet cats can be seen and a range of birds, while more often heard than seen, make their home here.
Umajati is about cultural integrity, care for the environment, and sustainable livelihoods. A percentage of sales are committed to conservation and livelihood development across Indonesia, giving targeted, long-term mentoring to community groups for sustainable change. This work is done through the Bebali Foundation and the network of communities with which it works.Read More