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Nirjhara: Sustainable New Bali Resort, Inspired by Nature
30 October 2020 | Written by Chris Alexander

In January 2021, Bali will welcome a new eco-resort to the idyllic shores of Tabanan on the island’s southwest coast. Owned and operated by the Tran Tien family, Nirjhara has been built in harmony with nature and designed to provide guests with a restorative getaway. Named after the waterfall with which it shares the landscape, Nirjhara blends seamlessly into nature.  

The resort is located within easy reach of the beach, Tanah Lot Temple and the popular towns of Canggu and Ubud, offering guests a secluded and environmentally conscious hideaway in the heart of Bali. It sits in a secluded enclave in the quiet fishing village of Kedungu, surrounded by boundless rice fields and a calm, meandering river. Spread out over 2 hectares of lush tropical gardens, the resort will feature a total of 25 suites and villas, including seven spectacular treehouse Canopy Suites, each offering views of waterfall, river, jungle or rice paddy.  

In keeping with the resort’s commitment to sustainable design, each unit of accommodation has been constructed using local materials, such as reclaimed hevea wood for the exteriors, natural stone for many of the main structures and traditional sirap roofing. Inside, earthy colour palettes, motifs and decoration continue this connection with nature, while artwork and soft furnishings pay homage to Balinese heritage. Rooms feature traditional woven furniture handcrafted by local artisans, with coconut panelling and wood carvings situated alongside contemporary artworks from local painters.  

The resort uses a ‘slow food’ approach to dining, meaning that around 95% of ingredients are sourced from the hotel’s own vegetable garden, neighbouring farms and trusted local suppliers. This ensures that the resort’s environmental impact is kept to a minimum, while also supporting local producers. Ambu is Nirjhara’s restaurant, where stunning views accompany hearty and healthy food. 

Guests can also enjoy a wide range of innovative and indulgent treatments at The Retreat; Nirjhara’s spa and wellness centre. A diverse menu offers everything from sound healing and reiki, to massages, body scrubs and reflexology, incorporating natural products sourced from around the island. Facilities include four treatment rooms, two Finnish saunas, a fully equipped fitness centre and The Shala; a riverside yoga pavilion overlooking the waterfall and designed by award-winning eco-architects Ibuku. Here, complimentary yoga and meditation sessions are led by local experts. 

Nirjhara is rooted in the concept of sustainable design and construction, with all materials and services balanced with the environment to ensure visitors’ stay is both green and luxurious. From the upcycled materials used in construction to the on-site water purification facility, the resort is based around the very latest in green technology.  

To ensure that all guests are kept safe and secure, Nirjhara has implemented a wide range of health and safety protocols, covering everything from airport pickups to food, spa services, rooms and check-in procedures. As the resort’s own website puts it: “Here at Nirjhara, where social distancing occurs almost naturally, we have stepped up precautionary measures to ensure every stay delivers a memorable, safe, clean and comfortable experience.”