FestivalsThere’s no better time to experience the island’s tranquility than on Nyepi, which falls on March 7.

Here’s where to hole up during Bali’s Nyepi

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Movenpick Bali Nyepi (1)
Bali goes on shutdown on its annual observance of Nyepi Day, which falls on March 7.
Movenpick Bali Nyepi (1)

Restrictions on activities include no travelling, no work, no lighting of fires, no entertainment and festivities. This year, a new regulation by the Government of Bali may see all television providers, including cable channels shut down during Nyepi Day. 

There is perhaps no better time to see Bali at its most tranquil than during Nyepi Day, the island’s day of silence to mark the Balinese-Hindu New Year on March 7, with hotels gearing up with special arrangements to get visitors into the spirit of the holiday.

Island life comes to a standstill as Bali’s airport, seaports, roads and all businesses close for a day on March 7 until the next morning for a day of introspection and meditation. 

Tourists will be allowed to move freely within hotel grounds, but all public areas around Bali will remain off-limits. Most hotel facilities and services remain operational with staff accommodated on-site to serve guests. 

Restrictions on activities include no travelling, no work, no lighting of fires, no entertainment and festivities. This year, a new regulation by the Government of Bali may see all television providers, including cable channels shut down during Nyepi Day. 

From hands-on cultural activities to wellness and relaxation, here’s a look at how hotels and resorts in Bali are helping guests make the most of the reflective holiday.

At The Mulia, Melia Resort & Villas - Nusa Dua, Bali, guests can take part in several cultural festivities such as the Melasti ceremony, a pre-ceremony on the edge of the beach to symbolise the cleansing of the world, and an Ogoh-Ogoh carnival, where a parade of giant paper cache statues around Bali to cast out the negative energy of the island. The resort is offering an all-inclusive package including daily breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Also in Nusa Dua, guests can step into a slower pace with wellness-focused activities at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali. Activities include a guided session of Trataka meditation as well as traditional spa treatments for in-house guests at its Heavenly Spa by Westin. On the eve of Nyepi, guests will be treated to a traditional dinner with local entertainment and cultural activities. 

To commemorate the holiday, Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach is offering guests a 40% discount on stays across all room categories from March 6 to 8.

Guests can also look forward to a vibrant lineup of hands-on cultural activities. 

At the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali, guests can learn how to make mini ogoh-ogoh, or puppet monsters on the eve of Nyepi and take part in the purification ceremony, also known as Pengrupukan. 

At Ayodya Resort Bali, guests can try out a wide range of activities, such as Balinese dance and hand painting. Children will be able to dress up as Balinese princes and princesses, join a treasure hunt and feed the fishes at the resort’s lagoon. 

A full-day of wellness and cultural activities has been planned at Meliá Bali, from yoga to aqua deep stretching to Balinese challenge games, and cultural workshops such as batik painting, making penjor (decorative bamboo poles) and janur (an ornament made from coconut leaves), as well as a family movie night. 


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