A Quick Escape to Nirjhara for the Ultimate Bali Getaway

Island in the sun.

Bali, the Island of the Gods, is a tropical paradise that offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It’s no wonder that Bali is a popular destination for island holidays, with its stunning beaches, picturesque landscapes, rich culture, and warm hospitality. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or a little bit of both, Bali has something for everyone. Our destination of choice? Nirjhara.

Nirjhara, the epitome of luxury, is a resort nestled in the stunning region of Tanah Lot, where Bali’s most iconic temple stands tall. The Sanskrit word for waterfall, Nirjhara, is a fitting name for this luxurious haven that offers tailored comfort amidst a lush jungle.

Overlooking the picturesque rice fields and surrounded by a river and cascades, Nirjhara is a sanctuary of peace and relaxation. Surrounded by lush greeneries, the idyllic escape is also only a stone’s throw away from the magnificent Tanah Lot temple, one of Bali’s most revered Hindu sanctuaries.

Located just 20 minutes from the vibrant Canggu and about an hour’s drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport, Nirjhara is the perfect getaway.

 

Our adventure in Nirjhara, Bali (Editor’s version):

Day 1:

As soon as we arrived at the stunning resort, we were instantly transported to a moment of pure serenity. The lush greenery and the gentle sounds of the nearby waterfall immediately had a calming effect on us, and entering Nirjhara was the perfect antidote to our busy lives. It was exactly what we needed to unwind and recharge after a hectic year. The resort truly was a hidden gem, and we felt lucky to have discovered it.

What sets this resort apart is the exceptional level of service provided by the staff. They went above and beyond to make sure every aspect of our stay was perfect, from explaining the daily activities to making sure we had everything we needed.

Yoga Shala

Speaking of activities, there was no shortage of things to do during our stay. We were thrilled to discover a myriad of options, from guided bike rides around the paddy fields to sunrise yoga, and even movie nights in the cinema. It was the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure.

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As for accommodations, we highly recommend the Canopy Suite for couples looking for a truly indulgent experience.

About the Canopy Suites:

A hidden gem located amidst a picturesque jungle, the Canopy Suites offered a unique and luxurious experience. This one-of-a-kind tree house featured a private rooftop deck that provided an exquisite form of privacy, giving us the perfect getaway. The breathtaking view from the rooftop deck was simply stunning, and the outdoor tub, adorned with soothing bath salts, was simply irreplaceable.

For a refreshing break from the heat, we decided to hit the pool, which was situated between the AMBU restaurant and the Canopy Suites. The view from the pool was simply breathtaking, offering us a chance to tan in the sun and take a dip while admiring the stunning jungle and waterfall.

Later, we made our way to the AMBU restaurant, which offered a carefully crafted menu featuring local dishes with a unique twist. The restaurant’s focus on farm-to-table ingredients sourced from the region, alongside Nirjhara’s organic vegetables, picked fresh from the herb garden, ensured a gastronomic adventure for foodies like us.

We indulged in three dishes: Octopus Carpaccio as appetisers and the Grain-fed Beef Tenderloin and Fish en Papillote as our mains.

AMBU

Infused with flavours and rich in spices, the dishes were a perfect welcoming meal on our first night on the island. If you’re a seafood lover, the Fish en Papillote was our absolute favourite as their ‘catch of the day’ was cooked to perfection with tomatoes, lemongrass, turmeric, and Chinese okra. This dish also comes with Manado dabu dabu sambal, which adds an extra kick of flavour.

At the end of our first day, we sat on our rooftop deck, enjoying a cup of tea while basking in the tranquillity of the night.

Day two:

We woke up bright and early to enjoy the stunning views of Nirjhara and kickstarted our morning ritual with a refreshing dip in the saltwater pool.

After our swim, we went to AMBU for breakfast. We highly recommend trying the Nusantara Breakfast Board, Nirjhara Wellness Board, or AMBU Signature Breakfast, as they offer a variety of delicious options.

One of the best things about the breakfast spread is the feeling of having a curated yet wholesome meal to prepare us for any adventures. We had the pleasure of trying both the Nusantara Breakfast Board and the AMBU Signature Breakfast.

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The Nusantara Breakfast Board includes a choice between coffee or tea, juice or kombucha, and a hearty plate of nasi goreng (fried rice) with egg balado, corn fritters, pecel (Javanese salad with peanut sauce), bubur ketan hitam, and seasonal fruits.

As for the AMBU Signature Breakfast, we could choose between coffee or tea, juice or kombucha, and two breakfast specialities from their sweet and savoury section. We opted for a breakfast burrito and coconut chia pudding.

The Retreat

After our meals and a quick stroll around the resort, it was finally time to explore The Retreat. The Retreat at Nirjhara is a serene spa offering traditional Balinese treatments. It features four private treatment rooms, two Finnish saunas, a yoga shala, and a fully equipped fitness centre, making it perfect for guests (and us) to seek relaxation and rejuvenation.

Catered to your needs, the spa menu includes everything and more. For the full Balinese experience, the Retreat consists of a few treatments/journeys that take inspiration from the island of the Gods. For example, there’s the Temple Blessing Ceremony and Rama and Sita (inspired by the Hindu love story of Rama and Sita).

We aimed for total relaxation and rejuvenation – Nyepi. Named after the ‘Day of Silence’, Nyepi is a sacred day of fasting and meditation. For one day, the whole island stands still where there will be no lights, electricity or entertainment for a moment of self-reflection and relaxation.

The treatment we received at the Retreat was a combination of several relaxing techniques that left us feeling light, rejuvenated and refreshed. It started with a foot reflexology session that included a warm compress and sound healing to balance our chakras. Afterwards, we had a warm stone massage on our body that was accompanied by a ginger remedy pack to relieve any soreness in our lower legs. To complete the experience, the therapist conducted a face massage using Ayurveda marma points and Reiki healing techniques.

All in all, it was the perfect send-off to our adventure in Nirjhara.

The Cinema

After a day of ultimate relaxation, we decided to catch a movie in The Cinema. Every day, the resort hosts a movie night featuring the latest blockbuster films to end your evening. However, it’s important to book your spot in advance since the room can only accommodate up to nine people.

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We believe that Nirjhara is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle. It provides an idyllic sanctuary where guests can enjoy a luxurious experience, whether they seek adventure, relaxation, or a blend of both. Nirjhara has something to offer for everyone.

From the gorgeous Canopy Suites and idyllic pool to the mouthwatering dishes at the AMBU restaurant and rejuvenating spa treatments, Nirjhara is a true paradise that promises guests a moment of pure bliss.

Which suite or villa should I book for my stay in Nirjhara?

Are you ready to indulge in a luxurious retreat? Look no further as we present to you the six types of exquisite suites/villas that are sure to cater to your every whim and fancy.

First up is the Canopy Suite, a one-bedroom tree house that boasts a private rooftop deck, offering breathtaking views of the rice paddies. If you’re seeking a villa, the one-bedroom River Pavilion is a top-notch option, featuring a spacious deck and stunning river views.

For those who crave the ultimate privacy with their loved ones, the one-bedroom River Pool Pavilion villa is an excellent choice as it comes with a private plunge pool. Families can also opt for the two-bedroom pool villa that provides a private swimming pool and a cosy garden space for recreational activities.

Another remarkable option is the two-bedroom jungle pool villa, which is perfect for a family or group of friends. This stunning villa features an infinity pool that overlooks the luscious tropical views.

Last but certainly not least, we present to you the Residence, a spacious and luxurious duplex villa that boasts a living and dining area. The two-bedroom suite also comes with a private landscaped deck and an infinity lap pool for you and your loved ones to unwind.

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and embark on a journey of luxury and relaxation in Nirjhara.

Make a reservation now on Nirjhara.com

 

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All images courtesy of Nirjhara.

 

 

Amalina Anuar is the Digital Director of Harper's Bazaar Malaysia. From covering the latest runway trends to the hottest happenings in Kuala Lumpur, she also delves deep into all things lifestyle and beauty.