Family-owned sustainable hideaway, Nirjhara, offers a secluded and environmentally conscious haven in Tabanan on Bali’s southwest coast. Artfully designed around the spectacular cascading waterfall after which it is named, and surrounded by lush forest and boundless rice fields, Nirjhara blends seamlessly into nature whilst being just a stone’s throw from the 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.
A commitment to sustainability is evident throughout the property, from the use of upcycled materials in construction to the slow food approach to dining, with 95% of ingredients sourced from hotel’s own vegetable garden, neighbouring farms and trusted local suppliers. An on-site water purification facility provides guests with drinking water in recycled glass bottles and expert insulation in each suite minimises the use of air conditioning, whilst hot water is heated by solar panels.
The Retreat at Nirjhara celebrates age-old healing practices and rituals, with a diverse spa menu that incorporates 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.
Nirjhara offers an array of bespoke experiences for guests to immerse themselves in the local culture and natural surroundings, from cycles through the rice fields, early morning surf lessons or horse rides across the black-sand beaches, to traditional cleansing rituals at a secluded holy spring and off-the-beaten-track explorations with expert local guides.