When the one sacred day, Nyepi, is coming, for some it is the holy day of silence. For others, it is the day where you can learn Bali’s deepest and most mystical culture.
AYANA Hotels in Bali have come up with an array of unique cultural activities for Nyepi being the most important day in the Balinese Hindu calendar, and one of the world’s most unique cultural events. You will have access to 90-hectares of five-star dining and recreational facilities including 19 unique restaurants, bars and entertainment venues; an award-winning AYANA Spa; the secluded white sand Kubu Beach, 12 magnificent swimming pools, 18-hole golf putting course, two kids clubs and a Balinese Cultural Center – Kampoeng Bali.
If you didn’t know already, Nyepi will start from 06:00 on 25th March until 06:00 on 26th March, lights are forbidden, the airport comes to a standstill with no flights allowed in or out, shops close, machinery and vehicle usage is on pause, no work is allowed, and people across the island are asked to stay in their homes and hotels. This one-of-a-kind ceremony follows an age-old tradition whereby the island’s inhabitants go into a complete silence.
Staying in Bali during Nyepi is a real once-in-a-lifetime experience. The energy radiating over the island is almost hard to describe. There is a great sense of peace everywhere, a notable calmness throughout the day, while come nightfall the stars light up the entire sky. It is truly the best time to be in Bali, especially when staying at AYANA or RIMBA being one of the few resorts in Bali that offer traditionally cultural activities while still operating many of our facilities on this special day. Although the hotel minimizes lighting and power, and keeps noise to a minimum, the resort still opens many of its 19 restaurants and bars, pools and spas.
To celebrate ‘Silent Day’, AYANA has created a very special stay package that intertwines a relaxing holiday with a one-of-a-kind cultural experience. Guests will enjoy elegant accommodation options such as suites or villas with 24-hour bespoke Butler Service. They can also savor lavish international food selections with daily sumptuous breakfast; participate in the famous Ogoh-Ogoh parade; join the Stargazing picnic and, finally, relax at the famous Aquatonic Seawater Therapy Pool at AYANA Spa and enjoy the Mexican BBQ by the pool at sunset in UNIQUE Rooftop Bar & Restaurant.
Dressed in Balinese-themed attire, guests can participate in the ‘Ogoh-ogoh’ Carnaval, a procession where the locals parade creatively made demonic statues from bamboo and paper symbolizing negative elements or malevolent spirits. The ritual ends by burning the ‘Ogoh-ogoh’ to symbolize that the evil spirits are driven away.
AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI
Address: Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan, Jimbaran Kuta Selatan, Jimbaran, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364
Phone: (+62) 361 702 222