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As silence descend upon the island, Bali’s inhabitants – be it residents or visitors – are compelled to spend the day immersed in the sort of peace and tranquility that makes this holiday a truly one-of-a-kind ceremony to welcome the new year. While one can easily recall Bali as a spot bustling with tourists from all over the world, it might be a challenge to think of it as something else entirely – but Nyepi provides new perspectives in how long-standing traditions can call upon the thrill of the unfamiliar.

As Nyepi calls for something anew, and for individuals to ponder upon the self and his or her surroundings, hotels and resorts in Bali have prepared special packages to accompany guests looking for a mix of the Nyepi experience and the wonders of a quick getaway during the holiday. Eat Vacation has selected some of the best places to stay during the Balinese Day of Silence this year:

 

The ANVAYA Beach Resort 

On March 7th, the day before Nyepi, The ANVAYA Beach Resort invites you enjoy Kuta’s Ogoh-Ogoh parade that symbolises the exile of evil spirits and demons from the island. At the resort’s Kunyit Restaurant, a Nyepi Eve Dinner buffet is served for a dinner of champions! For those who want to luxuriate for an extended period of time at the resort, a Nyepi stay package is available for two nights. With a reservation at the elegant Deluxe room is a complimentary upgrade to the luxurious Premiere room.

Enjoy word carving as one of The ANVAYA Beach Resort’s special Nyepi activities. Photo courtesy of The ANVAYA Beach Resort.

The Nyepi eve buffet at Kunyit Restaurant is priced at IDR 350,000++ per person, while the Nyepi stay package starts at IDR 3,540,000++. For more information and reservations, email at info@theanvayabali.com or call +623612090477.

 

Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay

If you ever wonder what meals are served in Balinese households during Nyepi, then you are in for a treat with this special cooking class prepared especially to “spice up” the Day of Silence celebrations, only at Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay. As cooking is not allowed on Nyepi day itself, most Balinese eat home-cooked food they have prepared the day before. To get a taste of Nyepi favourites, guests can learn from Head Chef Kristya Yudha at Jala Cooking Academy, which is located inside the traditional village ambience within Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay. As Balinese will need dishes that lasts longer, Chef Kris will be sharing recipes like tum be siap, minced chicken with local spices wrapped in banana leaf, and botok nangka, chopped young jackfruit with wild ginger sauce.

Take a special cooking class at Jala Cooking Academy in Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay, and learn how to cook Balinese dishes as a way to spend this year’s Nyepi holiday. Photo courtesy of Four Seasons.

The half-day Nyepi-themed cooking will begin with a tour of Jimbaran Markets before returning to the state-of-the-art cooking school, as part of the journey to learn the rituals and flavours associated with the local cuisine. Sign up for these special cooking classes, which runs daily from 9am to 1pm between March 1 and 6, 2019. To make your bookings, email concierge.balijimbaran@fourseasons.com or call +62361701010.

 

AYANA

Spending the whole 24-hour period in a halt may sound alien to those who don’t observe Nyepi, but visitors can choose to stay at AYANA or RIMBA, one of the only resorts that offer a mix of traditional cultural activities and operate many of the resort’s facilities. Guests staying at either AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali, The Villas at AYANA Resort, Bali or RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by Ayana are set to enjoy the best of both worlds. Despite the lighting, power and noise minimisation throughout the property, the resort will still open a number of their many restaurants and bars, pools as well as spa.

On March 7, guests can settle at RIMBA Lawn for their “Star Gazing & Grazing” dessert-style picnic, served beneath the illuminated night sky above Bali. Photo courtesy of AYANA

AYANA is inviting guests to observe and celebrate the ‘Day of Silence’ through their special two-night Nyepi Package, which is set to combine the relaxing holiday with a distinct cultural experience. Give yourself a break from your hectic day to day life and immerse  in peace and harmony in Bali during Nyepi with a stay at AYANA or RIMBA. For more information and to make your reservations, visit https://ayana.com/bali.

 

Aryaduta Bali

Aryaduta Bali boasts one of the most superb locations on the island, in close proximity to the most recognisable attractions comprising of cultural and leisure pursuits. When the island goes silent for Nyepi, the hotel provides a sanctuary throughout the day to allow a tranquil and peaceful experience for guests, adequately rejuvenating visitors before the real life switches back on the island the next day.

Aryaduta Bali’s Nyepi Tranquility Package offers a tranquil experience during the Balinese Day of Silence. Photo courtesy of Aryaduta Bali.

Find your inner peace in paradise with Aryaduta Bali’s Nyepi Tranquility Package this year, which includes complimentary room upgrade, a Nyepi buffet dinner for two adults, cocktail-making class for two, all part of your stay between March 6 and 8, 2019. For more information, email reservation.bali@aryaduta.com or visit http://www.aryaduta.com/aryaduta-bali-in-kuta.

 

InterContinental Bali Resort

Immerse yourself in the blissful tranquility of InterContinental Bali Resort and rejuvenate yourself in this Balinese New Year, with a special pampering from InterContinental Bali Resort’s luscious Silent day treats, including specially prepared Balinese Picnic Lunch and luxurious dining with Cucina Silent Zioza Lume Di Candela package.

The InterContinental Bali Resort is a beachfront resort, with pristine views, offering a picturesque perspective of the sunset. Photo Courtesy of InterContinental Bali Resort.

A complementary Ogoh-ogoh Jimbaran village tour is available for a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity that is surely not to be missed. For more information or reservation, please contact +62361701888 or email icbali.reservation@ihg.com.

 

Double-Six Luxury Hotel, Seminyak

At Double-Six Luxury Hotel, Seminyak, guests are treated to the true meaning of Balinese hospitality, combined with exceptional ocean panoramas and a sharp eye for detail. The features of this hotel is an alluring invitation to experience luxury, while also offering services found nowhere else. For this year’s Nyepi, the special “Peaceful Package” has been prepared to make guests’ stay more meaningful with the 3-days and 2-nights stay offer.

Double-Six Luxury Hotel, Seminyak has 146 units and the island’s best amenities, offering unique services that sets the hotel apart from its competitors. It’s a holiday from the moment you step into the establishment. Photo courtesy of Double-Six Luxury Hotel, Seminyak.

Experience Nyepi with spacious suites, various culinary experiences from Double-Six Luxury Hotel, Seminyak’s unique culinary experiences, as well as a treatment at their Acqua Perla Spa. The special starts at IDR 5,100,000 nett, to make your reservation or for more information, please visit http://double-six.com.

 

Hotel Tugu Bali

To experience the true thrill of Nyepi, it is recommended to arrive a few days in advance to join the traditional Melasti cleansing ceremony at the Batu Bolong temple in from of the resort and the famous Ogoh-Ogoh parade that takes place all over Bali. If you find yourself visiting Bali during Nyepi, it is a perfect time to experience the Day of Silence but also the festive evening on Nyepi Eve. At Hotel Tugu Bali, you can join their Nyepi Retreat. Watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean from your bedroom window and experience the serene silence. You can also swim in your own private pool or rejuvenate in your outdoor bath.

At Hotel Tugu Bali, you can join their Nyepi Retreat. Watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean from your bedroom window and experience the serene silence. Photo courtesy of Tugu Group.

Wake up every day with a lavish breakfast and end your day with a sunset high tea, both included in the package. This Nyepi Retreat starts at IDR 3,300,000++ per night for a minimum of two nights. For more information and reservations, email bali@tuguhotels.com or call +62 361 4731 701.

 

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

Three days prior to the silence highlight the rituals of colourful processions known as the Melasti pilgrimages, when long walks on the coastline and where elaborate purification ceremonies take place. On the evening before Nyepi is when the festivities commence with blessings at the family temple and participate in the ritual of chasing away ‘evil forces’ – hitting pots and pans or loud instruments along with a fiery bamboo torch. These ‘demons’ are manifested as the said ogoh-ogoh that are paraded in the streets. The Nyepi Eve parade usually starts at around 19:00 local time.

The Indian Ocean is your view when you stay at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort’s Deluxe Ocean Front Room. Photo courtesy of Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort.

This special and relaxing break will start at IDR 4,800,000 nett per room for a stay on 6-8 March 2019. For more information or bookings, call +62 361 846 5555 or email to Reservations.Balikuta@sheraton.com or visit www.sheratonbalikuta.com.


Sudamala Suites & Villas, Sanur

With the Nyepi Staycation package at Sudamala Suites & Villas, Sanur, you are offered a daily a la carte breakfast for two, a welcome drink and a chilled face towel upon arrival. Netflix lovers need not fret, because there is complimentary Wi-Fi all around the resort. For your convenience, provided is also coffee and tea services and daily turndown service. You can also experience the beautiful nature and scenery at Komodo National park, the pristine tropical paradise of the Sudamala Resort, Seraya, Flores, and even discover the mesmerising underwater world.

Sudamala Suites & Villas, Sanur offers a serene experience engulfed in luxury, perhaps the sort of getaway you need to refresh and rejuvenate. Photo courtesy of Sudamala Suites & Villas.


A serene experience at Sudamala Suites & Villas, Sanur starts at IDR 1,338,000++  per person per night. For a more luxurious experience, you can take a short trip east and experience Nyepi at Amed Lodge by Sudamala Resorts, Karangasem, Bali starts from IDR 500,000++ per night including daily a la carte breakfast, welcome drink and chilled face towel upon arrival.

 

C151 Smart Villas Seminyak 

In the modern minimalist comfort of C151 Smart Villas, guests are treated to a kind of luxury and unequaled services only a few steps away from the sandy beaches of Bali. Situated amid the heart and soul of the island’s vibrant scene in Seminyak, the C151 Smart Villas Seminyak makes for an ideal spot to bask in the peaceful ambience that makes Nyepi one of the most unique cultural traditions across the globe.

C151 Smart Villas mixes the paramount aspects of service standards, unique design and exclusive luxury living, inviting guests to experience modern minimalist comfort in the vibrant heart of Bali. Photo courtesy of C151 Smart Villas.

Their Nyepi Weekend Getaway package comprises of 2-nights stay, a one-hour Balinese massage as well as daily set menu of ala carte breakfast. Bookings must be made between now and March 6, 2019, for stays between March 6 and 8, 2019. For more information and to book your villas, call +62361760300 or email reservations@c151.net.

 

Komaneka at Keramas Beach

Spend your day of silence lounging in a luxurious hideaways nestled on the tranquil forest by the ocean in the center of Ubud that is Komaneka Resort at Keramas Beach. Gaze over the lush green valley, tropical rainforest, rice fields, the Indian Ocean and the beloved Ubud city while enjoying daily breakfast or afternoon tea during your peaceful 3 nights stay.

Komaneka at Keramas beach offers not only Balinese atmosphere and intimacy, the sort of quality that reminds you to a moment of self reflection during this upcoming Balinese New Year. Photo courtesy of Komaneka.

Invigorate your soul and stimulate your five senses by relaxing with Komaneka’s inclusive one-time 60 minutes massage at Segara Wangi Spa. End the treatment with consuming a delicious one-time 3-course lunch and dinner provided by the resort. A one-time pick up or drop off from or to the airport is complementary. For more information, please kindly visit https://keramas.komaneka.com/.

 

Soak in the island’s peace and calm during the Balinese New Year, and treat yourself to the kind of luxury you deserve to start off the new year in a spirited mood. Pick one of these top choices to meet your best idea on how to spend the upcoming holiday!

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