Artfully designed around the spectacular cascading waterfall after which it is named, Nirjhara in Tabanan on Bali’s southwest coast is surrounded by lush forest and boundless rice fields, blending seamlessly into nature. The property offers guests a secluded and environmentally conscious haven, just a stone’s throw from the island’s volcanic sand beaches, must-see Tanah Lot Temple and popular towns of Canggu and Ubud.
25 suites and villas – including seven playful treehouse Canopy Suites – have been constructed to make as little impact on the environment as possible, with exteriors using reclaimed hevea wood, natural stone and traditional sirap roofing. Interiors feature an earthy colour palette and celebrate Indonesian design, from traditional woven furniture handcrafted by local artisans, coconut panelling and wood carving, to contemporary art from up-and-coming local artists.
Guests are treated to a modern take on Bali’s rich and eclectic gastronomic heritage at Ambu, Nirjhara’s casual yet chic restaurant sporting unsurpassed views of the surrounding landscape. As part of its ‘slow food’ approach to dining, 95% of ingredients are sourced from the hotel’s own vegetable garden, neighbouring farms and trusted local suppliers.
The Retreat at Nirjhara celebrates age-old healing practices and rituals, with a diverse spa menu incorporating natural products sourced throughout the island. Four treatment rooms centred around a tranquil reflection pool are complemented by two Finnish saunas, a fully-equipped fitness centre and The Shala, a riverside bamboo-clad yoga pavilion designed by award-winning eco-architects Ibuku.
A commitment to sustainability is at the core of resort, from the upcycled materials used in construction to the on-site water purification facility, providing guests with drinking water in recycled glass bottles. Extensive research was undertaken to make energy use at Nirjhara as efficient as possible; expert insulation in each suite minimizes the use of air conditioning, whilst hot water is heated by solar panels.