Episode 3. Island of the gods

Basecamp is expanding to new territories! In the coming years, Basecamp will develop and regenerate new resorts in Tanzania, Sardinia, Bali, and Vietnam. The end goal is to develop 20 completely self-sufficient and regenerative eco-resorts at the most beautiful locations in the world; A global challenge, in a rapidly changing world. 

How will we reach this goal? And what positive impact will we make along the way? Find out and follow our weekly blog/vlog series ‘Building Basecamp’

Two and half years ago, the Basecamp team set out to develop a self-sufficient resort in the Dutch beach city of IJmuiden. What seemed impossible at first, soon became reality, as a desolate parking lot was transformed into a popular resort. Not long after the first year of operations, plans were drafted to expand globally and develop 20 Eco-Resorts. A mission that requires us to search and scout continuously for the most beautiful locations in the world.

In our search, guests and investors mentioned the Indonesian island of Bali frequently. And as chance would have it, we were offered a 10-hectare site on the outskirts of the town of Ubud. Situated amongst the many rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency, Ubud is well-known as the islands arts and culture center and is home to many digital nomads, yogis, and creative artisans.

Bali has been described throughout the ages as The island of the gods’, whose energy (or so it is claimed) can be felt throughout the islands many spiritual sites. The countless Hindu temples and Balinese palaces pay testimony to this claim, which stands in sharp contrast to the lush green paddy fields that often stretch as far as the eye can see.

The potential Basecamp site, under the watchful gaze of Mt. Ganung Agung was brought to our attention by development partner Studio Sluijzer. Finding a location that meets Basecamps requirements is quite rare, so the decision was made to visit Ubud and present Basecamps vision to the landowners; the Ubud royal family. Going into detail would be a bit presumptuous, but their reaction to our plans was very positive and forthcoming. A good start to what hopefully will become a joint venture soon.

If you have ever visited Ubud, you will know that walking through its streets is quite the experience. Wherever you might wander, the sweet smell of incense wafts through the air, filling the streets with the scent of sandalwood and jasmine blossoms. Chirping birds fill the air with melodic tunes while bustling markets boast endless rows of flavourful dishes and unique crafts. Everywhere you look there is something to marvel at, from ornate architecture to the many boutique jewellery shops and vibrant art pieces on display. Ubuds streets are a magical place full of life that will leave you in awe. It has something for everyone, and its unique combination of culture, adventure, and relaxation will leave every visitor with lasting memories. In short: The perfect town to visit (from a nearby Basecamp).

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Sustainable resort

Episode 2. Preparing for winter

Basecamp is expanding to new territories! In the coming years, Basecamp will develop and regenerate new resorts in Tanzania, Sardinia, Bali, and Vietnam. The end goal is to develop 20 completely self-sufficient and regenerative eco-resorts at the most beautiful locations in the world; A global challenge, in a rapidly changing world. 

How will reach this goal? And what positive impact will we make along the way? 
Find out and follow our weekly blog/vlog series ‘Building Basecamp’

Winter is coming at Basecamp IJmuiden, and the last days of Autumn were put to good use. Just before the freezing cold set in, the permaculture team was able to plant nearly a hundred apple trees, and we were able to replace two of our Tiny Suites with new Tiny Lofts. These newer models also include a private sauna, making them the perfect winter getaway for a short stay. Book here!

Another highlight of the past week was a surprise visit from the unofficial Basecamp Mascotte’ Mr. Fox’ (or misses?) Mr. Fox is a frequent visitor during the winter days, seen wandering about and scavenging for snacks. A friendly reminder though is to not feed our furry friend and to keep food inside. We know he looks cute, but it’s best if he maintains his distance from humans and hunts for food at ‘Kennemer’-lake.

Speaking of which, If you love making hikes you will have noticed the placement of our second Lakeview ‘ÖÖD House’ next to the lakeside hiking trail. The ÖÖD is one of Basecamp’s highest-rated accommodations and provides its guests with spectacular panoramic views of the nature reserve. The one-way mirrored glass fully immerses the ÖÖD into the environment and prevents passers-by from looking inside. Isn’t she a beauty?

What remains to be done is to connect the ÖÖD and Tiny Lofts to Basecamp’s water-, sanitation- and energy grids. Unfortunately, a lot of things can go wrong when a new Tiny House arrives moments before winter, so it’s a ‘heads-up’ moment for both the construction team and the operations team.

Frozen water pipes, cracked windows, failing heaters, defective boilers… we’ve seen it all. (But luckily it’s nothing we can’t fix). The challenge, however, is to improve continuously and to make our Tiny Houses more sustainable and self-regulating along the way. This mission will be expressed more visibly in the near future, as our technical team is currently researching how to best implement ‘Domotica’ at Basecamp.

For those of you unfamiliar with this (relatively new) technology, domotica can best be described as a home-automation system that is able to monitor and control home attributes such as lighting, climate, and appliances. Implementing domotica in our Tiny Houses will enable us to better monitor energy usage, and to automate processes such as temperature regulation. In the long run, this could potentially save a lot of energy (and money) whilst simultaneously reducing dependency on a fossil-fuelled energy grid.

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Episode 1. Ready, steady, launch!

Basecamp is expanding to new territories! In the coming years, Basecamp will develop and regenerate two new resorts in Tanzania, two more in Sardinia, and an additional three more in Bonaire, Bali, and Vietnam. The end goal is to develop 20 completely self-sufficient and regenerative eco-resorts at some of the most beautiful locations in the world; A global challenge, in a rapidly changing world. 

Will we reach this goal? And what positive impact will we make along the way? 
Find out and follow our weekly blog/vlog series ‘Building Basecamp’.

After many, many months of intense preparation, dozens of site visits across the globe, tough negotiations, flight delays, long walks through dense jungle, climbing mountains, leeches, a flood, pitches, a flat tire during a nighttime safari, innumerable laughs, the occasional tears, a crashed drone, countless cups of (fairtrade) coffee and more than 33.000 happy Basecamp guests, it’s finally here. The start of our global adventure.

With more than two years leading up to this point, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that our team is very excited (and truthfully, a bit anxious also) to receive the reactions of our guests, followers and investors. And rightfully so, because it is not quite your everyday decision to launch a global eco-resort group. A leap of faith? You bet.. But with a great team (and a little bit of extra capital) we are convinced that this dream will become reality.

This brings us to right now. Step one of our journey. The hardest one. Will this be an easy journey? Absolutely not. Will we be able to realize all of our ambitions? Most unlikely. But as the world is rapidly changing, we need new ways of moving forward. Sustainably, and in a way that tourism can help people, develop local economies, and restore ecosystems. A journey worthy to undertake.

This week was all about presenting our plans to the world and getting the funding required to start development. Kind of like making sure your friends and family know where you’ll be heading before a long trip (and making sure your backpack has all the essentials needed for the journey ahead.)

New to Basecamp, or interested in buying a Tiny house? Click here to find out more about our first site in IJmuiden, the Netherlands.

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