Nirjhara: A Gem Among Bali’s Boutique Resorts

Eco-conscious luxury awaits at this secluded sanctuary that’s rooted in the traditions of its island home.

A bird’s-eye view of Nirjhara. (All photos courtesy of the resort)

Set amid a bucolic landscape of paddy fields and forest on the southwest coast of Bali, Nirjhara promises an alluring blend of sustainable luxury, contemporary design, and warm Indonesian hospitality. Its name, which means “waterfall” in Sanskrit, was derived from a natural cascade flowing right beside the property. The family-owned retreat of just 25 suites and villas is elegant yet playful, delighting travelers with its relaxed sophistication and back-to-nature feel. It’s also the ideal gateway for exploring the surrounding regency of Tabanan.

Accommodations include seven treehouse Canopy Suites built using upcycled hevea wood and clad with reclaimed teak and ironwood. Inside each suite and villa, guests will find woven furniture handcrafted by local artisans and contemporary artworks from up-and-coming Indonesian artists. Even more privacy awaits at The Residence, a two-story, two-bedroom villa with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out toward the lush jungle.

One of the playful Canopy Suites at Nirjhara.

The breezy dining area at Ambu restaurant.

Ambu, Nirjhara’s casual-chic restaurant, presents a modern interpretation of Balinese cuisine. No less than 95 percent of ingredients are sourced from the hotel’s own vegetable garden, neighboring farms, and trusted local suppliers.

And while you can easily spend hours lounging by the infinity pool, deeper relaxation can be had in The Retreat at Nirjhara. Here, the diverse spa menu includes Blessings, or treatments inspired by Balinese traditions, as well as sound healing, reiki, massages, and body scrubs. Therapists deliver the wellness rituals in four treatment rooms; these are complemented by two Finnish saunas, a fully-equipped gym, and The Shala, a riverside bamboo-built yoga pavilion designed by Bali-based eco-architecture firm Ibuku.

The Shala, Nirjhara’s riverside pavilion built for yoga and meditation sessions.

Nirjhara’s commitment to sustainability goes well beyond a no-plastics policy. Upcycled materials were used in the resort’s construction; insulation in each suite minimizes the use of air conditioning, and water is heated with solar panels and heat pumps. Custom bathroom amenities are produced in Bali using all-natural ingredients, while an on-site water purification facility provides guests with drinking water in recycled glass bottles.

Another plus? The trove of immersive activities that range from cycling and horse-riding excursions to cultural experiences and surf lessons at nearby Kedungu Beach. Guided explorations of lesser-known sights in the hills of Tabanan are a must; the resort is just a stone’s throw away from the famed Tanah Lot Temple and the lively heart of Canggu.

Should you wish to travel beyond Bali’s shores, Nirjhara is introducing Vela, its very own six-cabin phinisi sailing yacht, in January 2022. Luxury-minded adventurers who charter the vessel can look forward to customized journeys around the Indonesian archipelago.

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The infinity pool at Nirjhara.

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