Beat a retreat to Bali for an escape into silence & a solar eclipse for Nyepi
Travellers looking for serenity, silence and a spiritual sojourn can retreat to Bali this March to experience the Balinese religious festival of Nyepi and a total solar eclipse at The Laguna, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua.
Known as the “Day of Silence”, Nyepi (Wednesday, March 9th) is the most important religious day in Bali. The Balinese celebrate Nyepi with fasting and meditation to commemorate the beginning of the Balinese calendar, Saka. This year’s Nyepi coincides with a total solar eclipse, when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, fully blocking the sun. This rare event can be viewed from The Laguna on the Eastern coast of Nusa Dua. Taking place on Nyepi morning from 7:22am until 10am, the resort gives guests a peaceful hideaway to watch as the sun-drenched resort turns darker.
The Laguna Bali is offering a special two night Silent Day package for Nyepi, which combines an exceptional tropical paradise locale with unrivalled beachfront sophistication and authentic Balinese hospitality.
The resort is a tranquil place to spend the most captivating two nights of Nyepi, stargazing by night and experiencing solar eclipse by day. Guests sharing a twin or double room will enjoy daily breakfast and a buffet dinner at the resort’s Banyubiru restaurant on the night of Nyepi. The package also includes one complimentary 60-minute massage.
The Nyepi offer starts from £155 per night (USD225) for a Deluxe Garden View for guests checking in on 08 March 2016 and checking out on 10 March 2016. Hotel facilities including the lagoon pools, spa and restaurants will remain open during Nyepi.
For those looking to get involved in the celebrations, the ‘Ogoh-Ogoh’ carnival floods the streets with people and creative demonic statues made of bamboo and paper, which symbolise evil spirits, a day before Nyepi day. The parade will start around 3pm and ends at 7pm by burning the ‘Ogoh-ogoh’ to drive the spirits away.
For more information, visit www.thelagunabali.com.