The Jakarta Post
During Nyepi, the Island of the Gods shuts down all activities for 24 hours. (Shutterstock/File)
Nyepi (Hindu Day of Silence) is among the most important events in Bali.
During Nyepi, the Island of the Gods shuts down all activities for 24 hours. Balinese people are prohibited from working, travel and even using electricity or lighting a fire, which results in cleaner air and a rare sky full of sparkling stars.
This year, Nyepi falls on March 17. Those wanting to enjoy the peaceful ambiance and catch a glimpse of the rituals may want to book a room at these six hotels.
Belmond Jimbaran Puri
This year, Belmond Jimbaran Puri in Jimbaran is offering a two-night package for Nyepi.
With a starting price of Rp 8,270,350 (US$601.26) net, the promotion includes a three-course lunch, three-course dinner and a daily buffet breakfast.
As for those staying in the villa, the package also includes daily afternoon tea and a butler service.
Contact: 0361 701605.
Amankila in Karangasem has prepared a Nyepi Weekend Getaway package for those wanting to catch a glimpse of the sacred day.
On March 16, the hotel will host a Mecaru ceremony, a ritual of cleaning the home and village to appease evil spirits that may disturb the harmony of the universe.
At 6 p.m., guests will be able to enjoy an ogoh-ogoh (menacing-looking giant statues) parade, which will be followed by dinner.
On Nyepi day, Amankila has prepared two yoga sessions. At night, guests can enjoy a mindful dining experience under dimly lit candles.
Contact: [email protected]
The Laguna Resort & Spa
Those eyeing an escape to Nusa Dua may want to consider The Laguna Resort & Spa.
For Nyepi, the resort offers a special promotion called the Blissful Nyepi Escape, which includes a daily breakfast, one-time lunch buffet and one-time dinner buffet for two as well as in-resort activities.
The package is applicable for a minimum two-night stay with rates starting from Rp 3,500,000 per night.
Contact: 0361 771 327
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The Westin Resort Nusa Dua
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua is offering an exclusive Nyepi package with prices starting from Rp 1,800,000 per night.
This special offer includes a daily SuperFoodsRx breakfast, a buffet dinner on Nyepi day for two adults and two children as well as fun activities at The Westin Family Kids Club.
On the eve of Nyepi, the resort will be hosting a beachfront traditional dinner, featuring local cuisine and cultural entertainment. The dinner is priced at Rp 450,000++ per person.
Contact: 0361 771 906
Bisma Eight Ubud
Luxury boutique hotel Bisma Eight in Ubud is offering a special two-night package for Nyepi.
Priced at US$345, the promotion includes a daily breakfast, daily afternoon tea and one Balinese dinner set for two and an hour session of the Cocktail Masterclass for two.
Contact: 0361 479 2888
Harper Kuta Bali is offering a two-night Nyepi package.
Priced at Rp 1,488,000++, the package features a daily buffet breakfast, a one-time buffet lunch and a one-time buffet dinner for two people on Nyepi day.
For Nyepi day, the hotel will also feature in-house activities and a selection of box office movies for guests.
Contact: 0361 846 9869