Christian Stan, at 20 Feb. 20, in News

Surrounded by a meandering river forming part of the subak rice field irrigation system and neighbouring a local community that has preserved its authentic Balinese charm, Nirjhara Resort drew inspiration from traditional local villages reminiscent of the landscapes that the owners first encountered when traveling to Bali in 1996.

In order to showcase the island’s unique natural features, 85% of Nirjhara’s 25 suites face distinctive views of waterfalls, terraced rice paddies and a gentle river. The resort’s lush garden, planted with species endemic to Indonesia, immerses guests in nature while preserving a sense of intimacy. Its unique location, set amidst verdant landscapes evocative of Ubud, contrasts with its close proximity to Pantai Kedungu, a scenic beach known for its beginner and intermediate surf breaks.

Wellness is a key pillar of the guest experience at Nirjhara. The Retreat, a spa which was designed as a haven of relaxation at the heart of the property, draws inspiration from Bali’s rich tradition of village healers to offer a menu of unique Blessings. Influenced by spiritual traditions such as Melasti, a purification ceremony celebrated in Hindu culture, and Nyepi, the silent day honored each year by the Balinese, The Retreat’s Blessings seek to address present-day ailments through ancestral practices.

The spiritual essence of the resort can be found at The Shala, a riverside yoga pavilion overlooking Nirjhara’s stunning waterfall. The sustainable structure, designed by award-winning green architects Ibuku, was built entirely in bamboo to create organic curves that complement its immediate surroundings. From sunrise yoga to sunset meditation sessions, guests are encouraged to engage in true relaxation through a schedule of complimentary classes guided by local experts.

At its core, Nirjhara seeks to redefine sustainable luxury by catering to a new breed of discerning yet environmentally conscious travelers who believe that high end hospitality can tread lightly on the planet without compromising on quality and service.

As part of its slow food approach to dining, Ambu, the hotel’s main restaurant, aims to source most of its ingredients from the property’s own vegetable and herb garden as well as local farms from the neighbouring villages. Working towards its goal of eliminating single use plastic from the entire property, the resort bottles its own drinking water in recycled glass bottles and made the deliberate choice to remove single-use bathroom amenities in each of its suites.


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