Nyepi 2017 Guide: Why Bali Celebrates the New Year With Silence Instead of Fireworks

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Fireworks, food, friends – most new year celebrations around the world involve the above trifecta of good, delicious things but in Bali, things are celebrated in quite the different order.

In place of festivities, a shrouded silence falls over the entire island of Bali in Indonesia for 24 hours. Instead of singing and dancing, airports shut down; instead of merry-making, shops draw their shutters and all forms of vehicles from cars to bicycles clear the roads; instead of wining and dining with friends, locals stay in, pull shut their windows and draw close their curtains.

People refrain from talking or engaging in any activity that will make noise and revel in the silence. There is to be no working, no entertainment or pleasure, no travelling and, for some, no talking or eating at all.

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This one day of the year is called Nyepi and it begins at 6 am. The Balinese observe this to practise inward reflection for one day of the year in order to move into the new year refreshed and pure.

It is a festival well worth a trip to Bali if only to experience company with no one but one’s mind. Sure, there won’t be much to do when you’re there since you cannot leave your villa or resort on the day of silence, but many stays offer perks and discounts to make the day even more special.

TheLuxeNomad.com has listed out resorts offering special perks for Nyepi, so we can be in the heart of the peace and serenity of the celebration falling this year on 28 March.

Read also: Guy’s Guide: Nyepi 101

#1 Maharaja Villas, Seminyak

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The villa: Nestled in the heart of Seminyak, Maharaja offers 1 to 2-bedroom villas designed by a renowned architect with a Balinese touch. Each villa comes with a private pool and royal garden, perfect for families or couples.

The deal: Book a 3 day / 2 night package during Nyepi (27 – 29 March) for the following inclusions:

Welcome drink and cool towel on arrival
Welcome tropical fruit basket
Daily breakfast
Daily Balinese afternoon tea
Shuttle to see the “Ogoh-ogoh Parade” in Kuta or Seminyak
10% discount at Kayumanis restaurant
20% discount at spa
Free 1x set lunch during Nyepi
Free 1x afternoon light meal during Nyepi
Return airport transfers

 Book it:
1-bedroom pool villa: IDR 3,500,000 nett / package (around USD 262)
2-bedroom pool villa: IDR 5,000,000 nett / package (around USD 375)

#2 Bisma Eight, Ubud

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The villa: Experience Nyepi in spiritual Ubud at Bisma Eight, a boutique getaway offering intimate 1-bedroom suites with artisan interiors. The resort features a sleek infinity pool surrounded by jungle views, as well as a rooftop herb garden where ingredients for the restaurant are grown.

The deal: Book “The Silent Escape”, a 3 day / 2 night package during Nyepi (27 – 29 March) for the following inclusions:

Daily breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children under 12
1x refined Balinese dinner at Copper Kitchen and bar for 2 adults and 2 children under 12
Daily in-house activities during The Silent Day include: Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga Class, Canang Sari (Balinese Offerings) Class, Traditional Balinese Dancing Class, Balinese Traditional Cooking Class, and Crafty Master Mocktail Class

Book it: 1-bedroom Garden Suite: IDR 4,950,000 nett / package (around USD3 371)

#3 The Purist Villas and Spa, Ubud

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The villa: A tranquil retreat set among an expanse of rice fields and natural forest, The Purist Villas Resort was designed with the concept of privacy, comfort, and modern architecture combined with traditional charm, giving you a truly Balinese atmosphere with all the luxuries of a 5-star resort.

The deal: Book a 3 day / 2 night package during Nyepi (27 – 30 March) for the following inclusions:

1 x 3 courses lunch for 2 persons (exclude alcoholic)
1 x 3 courses dinner for 2 persons (exclude alcoholic)
Cool towel &  passion fruit cooler welcome drink upon arrival, Afternoon tea
Free wi-fi
Free bicycle usage
Shuttle bus to Ubud city base on hotel schedule
Coffee – tea & mineral water in the room
Daily fresh fruit in the villa
Free sarong usage for the Ogoh – Ogoh parade
Daily turn down homemade cookies

Book it:
1-bedroom Garden Suite: USD 462 nett / 2 nights
1-bedroom River Villa: USD 506 nett / 2 nights
1-bedroom Jungle Pool Villa: USD 600 nett / 2 nights
1-bedroom Bamboo Pool Villa: USD 730 nett / 2 nights
2-bedroom Hill Pool Villa: USD 919 nett / 2 nights
2-bedroom Residence: USD 1,221 nett / 2 nights

#4 Soori Bali, Tabanan

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The villa: Escape the crowds for Nyepi when you stay at Soori Bali, a villa resort nestled between lush rice fields in peaceful Tabanan, near the island’s famed Tanah Lot temple. The resort offers spacious pool villas, 24-hour butler service, and has won numerous awards for its eco-friendly design.

The deal: Book a minimum of 2 nights during Nyepi for the following inclusions:

Roundtrip airport transfers with meet & greet
Daily ‘tasting-style’ daily rotating breakfast for two at Cotta
One 3-course-set Lunch
One Nasi Kuning Set dinner served Rijstaffel Style at Ombak Restaurant
Daily afternoon tea at The Reading Room for two from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Soori Spa credit up to $100 per person per stay (not inclusive of Spa Retail)
Observance of Ogoh-Ogoh Parade on the beach  (Parade will be held on Ngerupuk Day – eve of Nyepi – on 27th March)
Dedicated villa host
Sunrise and sunset gentle yoga and meditation classes
Traditional kite making

Book it: Mountain Pool View / Beach Pool Villa: USD 655++ / night with minimum 2-night stay

#5 Villa Tjitrap, Seminyak

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The villa: Created as an ode to the old plantation house, Villa Tjitrap is a sprawling 6-bedroom villa with impeccable design, offering lots of space and light for you to zen out during Nyepi. The fully-staffed villa features a beautiful infinity pool and can comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests.

The deal: Book anytime around Nyepi (28 March) and receive 30% off your entire booking.

Book it:
4-bedroom Villa: USD 725 / night with discount
5-bedroom Villa: USD 850 / night with discount
6-bedroom Villa: USD 1010 / night with discount

#6 Katamama, Seminyak

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The villa: A tropical hideaway with modern luxuries, Katamama blends a minimalist contemporary design with refined craftsmanship. Each of the spacious suites boasts a fully-equipped bar with custom-made cocktail equipment, plus organic, locally-sourced amenities inspired by the Balinese culture.

The deal: Book a 3 day / 2 night package for 2 people during Nyepi (27 – 29 March) for the following inclusions:

Daily Cultural programs
A welcome cocktail on arrival
Daily Breakfast at MoVida
1x Lunch at MoVida set menu for 2 people
1x Dinner at MoVida set menu for 2 people
IDR 500,000 resort credit valid at Akademi and Pool Bar per suite
Airport transfers

Book it: 1-bedroom Garden Suite: IDR 10,200,000 nett / package (around USD 765)

Why stay home this weekend

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