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Peaceful retreat in beautiful rural setting with spectacular views beside the Unda River. Mix of more traditional natural rooms and more modern. Tasty vegetarian and semi-vegetarian food. Twice-daily optional meditation programme, yoga, guided walks, tours, encounters with traditional Balinese culture available on request.
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Free parking
Breakfast included
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Laundry Service
Non-smoking hotel
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Banjar Tabola overlooking the Unda river, Sidemen, Karangasem 80864 Indonesia
Getting there
Ngurah Rai Airport43 km
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This is magical, peaceful place, full of fantastic views, great walks and really well maintained gardens, accommodation and good vegetarian food. Thoroughly recommend it to other travellers, particularly for singles, couples and families that enjoy the great outdoors.
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This place is just a must ! It is located in a beautiful surreal location away from all the chaos of Other places in Bali ! The staff are incredibly helpful and kind. I went for a yoga retreat- It is the perfect place for meditation and time for yourself. Would recommend to
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Nirarta is in a stunning location. The staff are lovely as per my usual experience in Bali. Everything was fine, except.... The owner, Peter, was patronising, pompous and obtuse in his relations with me. He did many things to try to put me down, such as repeating what I had
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Response from Peter W, Owner at Nirarta
Responded 29 Sep 2016
We appreciate Stuart's positive response to Nirarta's location and staff at Nirarta. However, his very personal and ad hominem critique of myself was both shocking and painful to read. I respect that what Stuart writes is an honest account of his experience, and I am very sorry that he should experience my communication in that way. I had no idea that our interaction was being received so negatively. I am very disappointed that Stuart chose not to discuss his response to me to my face, but preferred to vent his feelings straightaway in a public forum, and ignored my private message responding to his post. I have tried to examine our conversation to learn from it. My memory of my behaviour and my intentions in no way match those imputed to me by Stuart, and I can only assume at least one of us is looking at what happened through glasses coloured by our personal attitudes and state of mind. I am actually quite a shy person, and that may make me a little awkward with some people on first meeting them – and perhaps that is what happened with Stuart – leading to misunderstanding and misreading of each other. I hope it's just that! Even, though we do receive many guests, this kind of response is rare. Mostly I am grateful for the warmth and depth of connection I have enjoyed with our visitors over the years. It has been one of the blessings of opening this centre 20 years ago. I do not consider myself as some kind of special being or spiritual leader, but one who is learning and growing like our visitors. Running a centre like Nirarta certainly teaches you a lot about other people and about yourself and I am very grateful for that. I do not put myself forward as a fount of wisdom and guidance. Most of our guests are, thankfully, mature and well-established individuals who not looking for that. In spite of what Stuart writes, I can work rather skilfully with people, so others tell me. But I do not push that on our visitors to Nirarta. I have plenty of other things to do with my time! I rather prefer to share stories and experiences, when people care to chat, and am available on request when visitors are drawn to explore something on their heart or mind. Feedback from individual sessions exploring life patterns and personal growth, from those who seek out this option, is mostly very positive. And I am very grateful for that. I don't take personal credit for it, but treat it as a blessing from the natural healing tendency of life that is present within us all, if we can allow it to unfold in a good way. Our clients are always our best teachers. Even when the learning is rather rough – so thank you Stuart for your feedback giving pause for reflection. We wish you well.
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Wow!!! What a lovely place. Everything from the impeccably manicured gardens to our enchanted bungalow was just what we dreamed it would be - inspiring, beautiful, great views, very clean and a spotless comfortable bed to read and luxuriate in!!, The staff was friendly and
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Nirarta enjoys beautiful views of a river valley and is very peaceful. Our cottage was spacious. The lady who met us had excellent English and was very helpful. At other times the whole resort had the feel of a ghost town with nobody around and it was not possible to have a
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Hello, Cynthia, Nirarta is built in a leafy garden in the foothills of Gunung Agung above the Unda River. The extra altitude means the temperature is quite a bit cooler than at sea level. There also tends to be a steady breeze and good flow of air down the river valley. As such, we have found that air conditioning is not necessary. We do have a number of standing fans available in the rooms, should you feel a need to be a bit cooler still. The main room for meditation and meetings is also airy, well-ventilated, and cool. It is comfortable for yoga and dance.
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"All rooms have great positions - this is one of the great things about the place."
"There are many steps, not suitable for people with mobility problems"
"Upper floor"
"I didn't stay overnight but enjoyed the service and facilities for one day."
"Parwati and Hastadala for views of the rice paddies; Ganggha and Uma for tranquil seclusion and river views."
US$47 - US$48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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