We knew when we booked our return to Bali that Cili Emas must be central to our itinerary. The past two visits had been superb, and for this one we were hoping to have the help of the owners and their wonderful staff to observe the ceremonies centered around Galungan, the sacred Balinese-Hindu celebration that occurs every 210 days. Of course we looked forward to good food and stimulating company, as well as many hours to read and doze by the pool -- and great massage -- but seeing more deeply into Balinese life has been a life enhancing experience.
By coincidence, the morning following our arrival a priest came to conduct a simple ceremony in the small resort temple, where we were able to join Nichole and Jochen, the owners, and a few of their staff in an intimate blessing ritual. The next day, Nyoman, the manager, translator and all around fixer, went to some trouble to find out when and where we could see the full moon ceremony -- this year an especially important one, the day before Galungan. Appropriately clad in sarongs we traveled a few miles to a dramatic temple on the sea and spent 4 fascinating hours watching -- and filming -- a lively festival with balloons, food stalls and games of chance, side by side with a moving religious ceremony and gamelan orchestra. And on our final morning we walked into town to climb the hillside temple which had been empty when we last visited, and now on Galungan teemed with ceremonial life.
After each of these adventures we returned to the serenity and beauty of Cili Emas, to delicious meals served at the long communal table, and to the little room with ocean breezes that we loved. Many thanks to Nicole, Jochen, Nyoman and everyone there who once again made these days so memorable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Bali, the Island of the gods. Spend your holiday in our Resort which is in the middle of a tropical paradise on the untouched North Bali coast. Enjoy your individual dream vacation for your body, mind and well-being in Cili Emas Oceanside Resort. In our Resort you can spend your holiday, enjoy massage and wellness treatments, experience relaxation and regeneration, book a seminar or offer a seminar yourself. The Cili Emas Oceanside Resort is located in a small fishermen´s village on the authentic North coast of Bali, directly on the beach of the Indian Ocean, in the middle of endless coconut groves, surrounded by green chains of mountains and lush vegetation.Almost all of our bungalows, with ocean view and a small private patio, offer you privacy in the middle of an exotic garden. Our nice swimming pool, Spa-Area, sea, as well as our restaurant and pavillion offer you varied surroundings and wellness opportunities. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Cili Emas Oceanside Resort Bali/Tejakula