11 Mar 2014
Shhhhhh! Anantara Uluwatu Whispers Untold Luxury During Bali’s Silent New Year
On 31st March 2014, while the people of Bali pay homage to the New Year Day of Silence, guests who hideaway at Anantara Uluwatu Resort & Spa will be treated to the kind of exclusive amenities and indulgent experiences that make it difficult to leave after just 24 hours.
In contrast to most cultures’ New Year celebrations which are characterised by parties of great gusto and revelry, Bali opens its New Year quite uniquely with a Day of Silence, or Nyepi. Following colourful ceremonies where effigies are cleansed in rivers or the ocean and a carnival to ward off evil spirits, Nyepi is a day to start afresh, contemplate and reassess one’s values in life. As a day of solemn reflection, Balinese people abstain from travelling, working and all forms of entertainment, instead spending the day quietly at home engaging in minimal activity, fasting and meditation. No flights depart from or arrive at the airport, the streets are closed to pedestrians and vehicles, and even street lights are turned off for the evening. Such prohibitions are undertaken seriously, with the exemption of hotels, whose guests, though not allowed to step outside, may enjoy all the in-house pleasures.
For Nyepi 2014 you can choose your perfect private haven in one of Anantara Uluwatu’s 74 Sea View Suites or two and three bedroom Garden and Ocean Pool Villas. In these striking private havens, hi-tech creature comforts include IPod docking stations, a living area equipped with a BOSE hi-fi entertainment system, and a signature Jacuzzi hot tub on the balcony that can keep you entertained during the Day of Silence. Guests can also enjoy a special in room movie schedule on 31st March as well as special movie screenings in the resort’s mini theatre, as the island’s cable TV channels stop broadcasting for 24 hours.
When guests can finally tear themselves away from the high tech entertainment and plush comforts of their Suite, free yoga lessons are offered or a pampering day at Anantara Spa also offers quiet alternatives within the resort. Guests can take time out with an expert spa therapist to tailor a package according to their individual needs. Guests at night can also join in a night of star gazing with the General Manager, Stephan Winkler and his high powered telescope.
Dining at Anantara Uluwatu Resort & Spa offers an equal wealth of diversity. Replenish at the international Rooftop Dining, Bar & Lounge or at the Mediterranean Poolside Restaurant & Bar. Discover the resort’s Dining by Design experience where a private table for two is set up in a range of dream locations and comes complete with a private chef and butler service, enabling guests to experience Anantara’s tailor made focus and heartfelt service at its very best.
For a full indigenous experience, Anantara Uluwatu will provide a special shuttle service on the 28th of March to Padang Padang Beach (made famous in the movie Eat, Pray, Love) for guests to witness the opening celebrations of the festival called Melasti Ceremony and on March 30th for guests who would like to see Ogoh Ogoh Parade in a nearby village. Ogoh Ogoh are statues built for the Ngrupuk parade, which takes place on the eve of Nyepi Day.
Experience the luxurious silence of Bali’s New Year and so much more, at Anantara Uluwatu Resort & Spa. For more information on the resort please go to http://bali-uluwatu.anantara.com/