The Facilities of Nirarta



MEALS are taken in the airy open thatched 'bale' with stunning views of the river, gardens, and rice fields.


Guests Rave

‘It was very nice to stay here and the food was great. Terima kasih.’
– Ecko & Marishka, 7 May 2006

‘We so enjoyed discovering this oasis for a special lunch. We leave refreshed in body and soul.’
– Judith & Bill Landles, Canada, 22 February 2007

‘A peaceful blessed place of nature and gorgeous food – a visit in paradise.’
– Schline Vokl, 29 April 2007

‘‘Magical place for the spirit, mind, and great food for the body.’
– Irena Popiolek, UK, 31 January 2007






From the dining bale, steps lead down to a secluded and quiet massage cabin, and then on to the river itself, with its refreshing natural bubbling Jacuzzi.

Learn more about our massage service.




A large, light, eight-sided wooden-floored meeting room houses the morning and evening meditation programme and is available for meetings, seminars, and cultural activities.

This area provides a wonderful working space (90 sq.m) for groups and seminars, with lovely views over the rice-fields and river to the south.



Places for rest and relaxation

Besides the veranda to your room and the couches in the dining area, there are various places, where you can take it easy, relax, reflect, read and enjoy the river, gardens, and rice fields. Notably,

  • the traditional antique carved ‘bale sakenem’ (pavilion with six pillars) in the shady peaceful centre of the upper garden, between Saraswati and the main house
  • the ‘bale sakepat’ (pavilion with four pillars) down by the river, in front of the Uma Bungalow
  • the veranda of Gangga Bungalow (when not being used for retreats)

Around the grounds are many other special places in nature for meditation and reflection.




All the buildings are connected by paths running through the lush flower-filled gardens.

A refreshing breeze up the river valley keeps the temperature pleasant, as is true for the Nirarta site as whole, where air conditioning is unnecessary. It is provided by nature itself.

Nirarta’s gardens border the river for more than 150 metres. To the north, two forks of the river merge and swimming is possible.



The River

River bathing and meditation are popular at Nirarta. Swimming is also available in quiet pools nearby, and in the sea, about 30-40 minutes from Sidemen.


Terraced Farm Land

Around the gardens, Nirarta has a further hectare of terraced farm land, given over to rice, chillies, peanuts, shallotts and other traditional crops.