Bali is home to numerous ancient palaces and water temples that create an atmosphere of elegant majesty. Their designs are rooted in Balinese Hinduism, a spiritual philosophy that emphasizes balance between the human and the natural–even the supernatural.
It is this balance that defines the wondrous delights of HOSHINOYA Bali –a resort village nestled in a Balinese jungle that flourishes atop a hill, which drops off to a sacred river flowing below.
The god Indra is said to have created the famous spring of Tirta Empul when he thrust his sword into the earth and drew water from the ground. These holy waters flow into the Pakerisan River, nurturing the jungles of Ubud that grow along its banks. Wherever you are in HOSHINOYA Bali, you feel the river all around you. Its booming roar echoes throughout the premises, while its waters turn into mists and rainclouds that constantly replenish the lush sheen of the resort’s trees and plants. Its omnipresence makes you feel as if the river itself is a god.
You take a deep breath, filling your body with air so pure, it feels as if it may have never been inhaled by another being. The Balinese have long lived by the teachings of Balinese Hinduism, a spiritual philosophy that combines Hinduism with animism. In the spirit of this tradition, at HOSHINOYA Bali, flowers are offered to the gods every morning. In the evening, the sacred sounds of the gamelan ring through the premises, attuning you to the presence of the gods as you soak up the natural energy all around. Gradually, your body is immersed in both the natural and the supernatural.