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Immerse Yourself In An Age-Old Tradition At Ayana This Nyepi

January 29, 2018 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

 17th March 2018 is one of the most important days in the Balinese calendar as well as one of the world’s most unique cultural events. Over a 24-hour period, the entire island of Bali comes to a halt in order to participate in an island-wide purification ceremony, known as Nyepi. From 06:00 on 17th March until 06:00 on 18th March, lights are forbidden, the airport comes to a standstill with no flights allowed in or out, shops close, machinery and vehicle usage is banned, no work is allowed, and people across the island cannot leave their homes and hotels.

This one-of-a-kind ceremony follows an age-old tradition whereby the island’s inhabitants go into silence during a ritual called the Catur Brata Penyepian, translating to ‘Four Nyepi Prohibitions’ which includes the  prohibition  of  fire,  travel, entertainment, and noise.

Imagine the inimitable harmony that comes when an entire island is steeped in silence and clocked in dreamlike darkness. Staying in Bali during Nyepi must be experienced at least once in a lifetime. Guests staying at AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI, The Villas at AYANA, and RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA receive the best of both worlds. Although the hotel minimizes lighting and power, and keeps noise to a minimum, the resort is still able to open many of their 19 restaurants and bars, pools, and spa.

To celebrate ‘Silent Day’, AYANA has created a very special two-night Nyepi Package that intertwines a relaxing holiday with a one-of-a-kind cultural experience.

On Nyepi Eve guests are invited to embark on a unique cultural journey. Dressed in traditionally themed attire of complimentary t-shirt and sarong – plus Udeng ceremonial headdress for men, guests can participate in the resort’s Ogoh Ogoh Festival, a ceremony that involves parading giant paper marché monsters around the resort. Afterwards, cultural celebrations continue with a delicious buffet feast at Kampoeng Bali.

The two-night package also includes a two-hour Aquatonic Seawater Therapy Pool treatment for two, and on 17th March, guests can settle at RIMBA Lawn for a “Star Gazing & Grazing” dessert-style picnic, served beneath a canvas of illuminated stars. Breakfast on both mornings and a two-way airport transfer are also included.

The day after Nyepi is known as Ngembak Geni, or when commerce and transport resume, and families gather for more rituals. This is when life returns to normal. Spending 24 hours without the hums of everyday life resonates with tranquility, it will be an experience like no other.

AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI’s Director of PR and Marketing Communications, Lindsay Grace Kinniburgh, shared her first Nyepi experience, “The energy radiating over the island is almost hard to describe. Being from the UK I experienced my first Nyepi almost three years ago, without a doubt, it is an incredibly thrilling yet humbling experience. There is a great sense of peace everywhere, a notable calmness throughout the day, while come nightfall the stars light up the entire sky. It truly is the best time to be in Bali, especially staying at AYANA or RIMBA as we are one of the only resorts on the island that can offer traditional cultural activities while still operating many of our facilities.”

Nyepi at the AYANA Resort and Spa BALI guarantees a getaway that allows guests to experience a day of silence where they will truly be able to unplug and relax in AYANA’s luxurious and lush surroundings made especially peaceful with this unique Balinese tradition.

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