A cascade of serenity: luxury Nirjhara resort opens in Bali [Infographic]
The stunning Nirjhara resort has opened its doors in Bali. (Photo: Nirjhara)
This gorgeous luxury resort in Bali is a dazzling retreat combining modern design with local traditions and materials.
The new Balinese Nirjhara resort exudes all the tropical luxury you would expect from a secluded complex of private villas.
Arranged like the traditional local villages and named after the Sanskrit word for “waterfall”, Nirjhara is everything you’ve dreamed of and more.
We take a look inside.
Inspired by nature
Nirjhara is a luxurious new resort on the idyllic Indonesian island of Bali. Taking the organisation of its private villas from the layout of traditional Balinese villages and responding to the natural contours of the landscape it finds itself in, the resort occupies a privileged position cocooned in a private enclave which is surrounded by native rice terraces.
Nirjhara means “waterfall” in Sanskrit, and the property benefits from a softly flowing river which carves a path through the site, around which the hotel’s 25 private villas have been laid out.
The complex is conveniently located just an hour from the airport and a stone’s throw away from the local highlight of the Tanah Lot temple.
Relaxation by design
Some of the resort’s highlights are created to allow guests to fully relax and indulge in the tropical oasis of Bali.
While the entire resort is designed to feel like a calming retreat, perhaps the most idyllic part is the Retreat Spa.
It is centred around a tranquil reflection pool to create a haven where natural, locally sourced products are used to perform traditional therapies that have been passed down through generations of native peoples.
This idea of using materials that can be found throughout the island of the Gods is pervasive through the Nirjhara resort, as it also has sustainability as its core. Their approach to sustainability can be felt everywhere, but not necessarily seen, as it has been discreetly incorporated into every aspect of the property.
The resort’s offerings, operations and services rest on three core principles of sustainability, namely climate, land and community.
For example, they endeavour to offset their offering, which obviously contributes to the negative effects of Bali’s growing tourism industry, by using the architecture of the villas and village to make the best use of the sun and shade to cut down on AC use. They are also working towards eliminating single-use plastic.
Private villas fit for royalty
The resort’s villas are truly something else and boast the most luxurious design that is fit for the most special occasion.
Many suites, including the River Pavilions, Canopy Suites and The Residence, are all conceived of as tree houses and use reclaimed and recycled wood in their construction.
The woven wallpaper used is made of natural fibres and solar heaters warm the water for showers and baths.
Each of the tree houses takes full advantage of the stunning views over the rice fields and towards the ocean. The bathroom fittings have also been designed by wunderkind Phillippe Starck to add a little extra pizzazz to the bathing experience.