ritz-carlton baliExpanding its menu of unique, locally inspired activities, The Ritz-Carlton, Bali is offering guests the chance to participate in an authentic Soul Purification Ritual, a time-old tradition of the Hindu-Balinese culture.

Traditionally referred to as ‘Melukat’, derived from the word ‘Lukat’ which means to purify in Balinese, the soul purification practice is centred on holy water – which is believed to cleanse spiritual impurities and dispel negative influences. The activity is often performed when a Balinese native is about to enter a new phase in their life; is recovering from sickness; or celebrating rites of passage, such as marriage or childbirth.

Opened in February 2015, The Ritz- Carlton, located on the southern tip of Bali in Nusa Dua, marked the brand’s grand return to the Island of Gods. The 313 suites and villas resort is built over two levels, perched atop a cliff and overlooking the Indian Ocean and white sand beaches.

The ritual takes place on the resort’s secluded beach in the early morning to receive blessings from the Sun and Ocean Gods. Guests are accompanied by a ‘Sutri’, (priest’s assistant) who will lead them through the ritual and provide information on Balinese culture. After completing the Soul Purification Ritual, guests can continue their Balinese journey with organised guided excursions to one of the island’s many ancient temples.

Prices for a Sawangan Junior Suite, with balcony and resort view start from 5,400,000 IDR (AUD$550) per night for a seven-night stay; or get your clients to lash out with The Sky Villa, a two-bedroom villa, with balcony and sweeping ocean views for $31,950,000 IDR (AUD$3,253) per night. Discounts apply for non-refundable advance purchase bookings if prepaid in full. The Soul Purification Ritual is priced at RP 1,500,000 (AUD$152.75) pp plus 21% government tax and service charge. Two days advance reservations are required.

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