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8 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Rote Island

  • Nemberala Beach Resort, Nemberala Delha, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Rote Island, Indonesia

8 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Rote Island

  • Nemberala Beach Resort, Nemberala Delha, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Rote Island, Indonesia

Yoga Retreat in Rote Island

Rote Island is a beautiful, untouched island with crystal clear ocean water to enjoy your yoga holiday. A perfect getaway where wellness and relaxation will come together. If your ideal holiday includes morning yoga beside a breathtaking beach, healthy food, afternoon relaxation, perfect sunset meditation, and afternoon yoga session then this is a holiday you should not miss.


  • Surf lesson
  • Daily yoga classes
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Rote Island excursion
  • Refreshing sup yoga
  • Sunset meditation
  • Daily meals
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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Built by craftsmen from Java and Rote with locally quarried stone, exposed regional hardwoods and traditional Rotenese alang roofs the design and architecture of all facilities at Nemberala Beach Resort, match the traditional feel of the region. The four large duplex bungalows are nicely appointed and each feature private and spacious outdoor bathrooms, porches and views of the pool, ocean and surf breaking on the outer reef.

The villas are duplex units; meaning each unit houses two rooms (each with private bathroom) that can be joined by an interior door to accommodate families or groups of friends traveling together, or kept closed for privacy. Rooms can be set up as king or twin or by specific request where children or triple occupancy may be accommodated.

Each room is cooled by two large ceiling fans as well as natural land or sea breezes flowing through the louvered windows. Each unit is furnished with bedside tables, lamps, large free standing closet, seating and luggage stand.

At this point the units are not equipped with water heaters. Each unit has a large raised water tank feeding the shower and sink warmed by the sun, so we refer to the water temperature as Island temperature. Both bath and beach towels are provided for your convenience and rooms are serviced daily.

Together with Nemberala Beach Resort, Carlotta has prepared this perfect yoga holiday where you will experience wellness and relaxation. Located on the beautiful Rote Island in southern Indonesia, this newly renovated resort caters to surfers, fisherman, yoga retreat seekers and their families. Here you will be practicing a fun Vinyasa flow class everyday followed by breathing techniques and alignment. Each class is designed to improve your practice with basic poses and creative sequencing no matter what your level is. This retreat will let you find time for your yoga, briefly escape the city life and simply enjoy the beautiful nature.

Daily schedule

  • 07:30 - Vinyasa flow
  • 09:30 - Breakfast
  • 10:30 - Free time (sup yoga or surf or simply relax, you can choose any activity every day)
  • 13:00 - Lunch
  • 14:00 - 17:00 - Excursion or boat trip or free time (depends on ocean tide)
  • 18:00 - Yin yoga or meditation class or Hatha yoga (every day will be different)
  • 19:00 - Dinner - fire beach

Donna Island

Donna is the second largest of the three islands and is largely limestone. Each side of the island has pockets of beach tucked on coves bordered by rocky outcroppings. Local legend has it that Donna is haunted by villagers who were slain by feuding Rotanese and tossed into the shallow lake in the center of the island; aptly named Blood Lake. We believe this must be true as Donna is one of only a few small islands in the region that has clean easily acceptable well water, wild deer and horses yet remains uninhabited.

Donna has excellent walking trails and unbelievable shelling along its south coast. A small cove on the west coast provides a calm area for landing small craft, protected swimming, snorkeling, and more. As Donna is the southernmost island of Indonesia so there is a temporary military camp on the island to protect Indonesia from invasion from Australia to the south. It is necessary to check-in with the military post prior to arriving in Donna


Doo is the smallest of the three islands and comprised mostly of clean white sand and Pandanis trees. Doo probably offers the best snorkeling off its pristine beaches. Although largely uninhabited, nomadic fishermen will occasionally use the island as a base to fish the channel separating Doo from NDoa. An afternoon on Do'o will give you the feeling of being on your own deserted island, be sure to bring food and water.

Rote Island (Indonesian: Pulau Rote, also spelled Roti) is an island of Indonesia, part of the East Nusa Tenggara province of the Lesser Sunda Islands. It has an area of 1,200 km2 (463 sq mi). It lies 500 km (311 mi) northeast of the Australian coast and 170 km (106 mi) northeast of the Ashmore and Cartier Islands. The island is situated to the southwest of the larger island of Timor. To the north is the Savu Sea, and to the south is the Timor Sea. To the west is Savu and Sumba. The uninhabited Ndana island, just south of Rote, with an area of 14 km2 (5 sq mi), is the southernmost island of Indonesia. Along with some other nearby small islands, such as Ndao island, it forms the kabupaten (regency) of Rote Ndao Regency, which in 2010 decennial census recorded a population of 119,711.

  • Activities
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • General
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request

Meal time at Nemberala Beach Resort, which seems to be just about all the time, is a highlight and something in which resort management and kitchen staff takes great pride. Over the years menus have been developed, re-developed and re-imagined to utilize the best of local and imported products to serve up a variety of Indonesian and Western dishes. Nobody has ever complained about going hungry or losing weight while staying at Nemberala Beach Resort.

Example meal

Early breakfast: From first light to 07:00

Coffee is ready just after first light and is served along heavy continental fair: fruit, toast, jam, peanut butter, fruit salad, yogurt, granola/muesli and juice.

Late breakfast: 09:30 - 10:30

Late breakfast does not generally wrap up until after all those who headed out for a morning yoga practice. Late breakfast includes everything in the early breakfast selection plus banana pancakes, eggs or omelette made to order, bacon, sausage or Indonesian noodle breakfast with egg on top or whatever else you may want to throw in the mix. It is made to order, so be creative. For those who like to eat light, or in addition to above, you can try a fruit smoothie.

Lunch: 13:00 - 14:30

Hope you squeezed in an after breakfast activity to work up an appetite for lunch. Typically served buffet style it may include any selection of salad, burgers, rice dishes, sandwiches, chicken, fish or pasta. Fruit smoothies are available all day.

Sunset / evening appetizers:

For those that came back from the surf or afternoon activity, appetizers are served in the bar area. This is a wonderful time to enjoy a cold beer, glass of wine or cocktail. Appetizer items include individual thin crust fired pizza, dumplings, chicken wings, calamari and more. The kitchen can get creative with appetizers.

Dinner: Half hour after dark - 19:00

Dinner times change a bit over the course of the year based on sunset. Each dinner starts with fresh made soup and salad followed by a rotating selection of themed dishes. Steak night, Mexican night, Indonesian night, seafood night, etc. There will generally be a selection available for vegetarians.

Dessert: after dinner

Hope you left a bit of room as this is definitely a highlight. Cakes and pastries are baked daily and include lemon tart, chocolate hazelnut tart, profiteroles, layer cake, zebra cake and/or just plain old ice cream.

  • Biking
  • Island hopping
  • Pool game
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • SUP
  • Surfing
  • Swim in fresh water pool
  • Village trips

Lontar SPA inside the resort

Named after a local palm that produces the rich syrup from which locals make both sugar and alcohol; the Lontar Spa provides the treatments necessary to rejuvenate mind and body. Only the finest quality oils and products are used in each type of treatment. Hygiene is top priority with fresh linens for every massage and sterilized tools for each manicure or pedicure.

Lontar treatment staff went to Bali for training where they worked in some of the best spa facilities on the island. 1 free massage is included in this retreat. Other treatments that you wish to experience can be included for an additional cost.

  • Restore full body massage (200, 000 IDR for 60 minutes)
  • Rejuvenate exfoliation (130, 000 IDR for 30 minutes)
  • Signature facial with Biokos product (170, 000 IDR for 60 minutes)
  • Jetlag remedy (260, 000 IDR for 90 minutes)
  • Classic manicure/pedicure with exfoliation (140, 000 IDR for 60 minutes)
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Sunset meditation or ocean meditation
  • Rote Island excursion
  • Sup yoga, surf lesson, and unlimited use of bicycle
  • Snorkelling
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily full board meals
  • Airport pick up with overnight in Kupang and transport via Fast Ferry boat to Rote Island
  • Flights to and from Kupang, W. Timor airport

Arrival by ferry

Travel to Rote begins in Bali. Most passengers will need to overnight in Bali given the various flight schedules, but many choose to add an additional night or two to break up the travel and experience the wonderful culture and vibrant atmosphere of Bali. From Bali it is a short 75 minute flight to Kupang, W. Timor, the capital of Indonesias East Nusa Tenggara province.

Due to the morning departure from Kupang guests traveling by ferry will need to overnight in Kupang prior to their stay at Nemberala Beach Resort. Upon returning to Kupang from Rote by ferry it may or may not be possible to connect with a flight from Kupang back to Bali. Late afternoon flights from Kupang back to Bali have proven to be unreliable, but may be an option. Your travel consultant will have the most up to date details when making your travel plans.

General ferry schedule:

Depart Kupang 8:00am Arrive Rote 10:00am

Depart Rote 11:00am Arrive Kupang 1:00pm

No matter, if traveling by Charter Flight or Fast Ferry you will be met, assisted and transferred every step along the way by Nemberla Beach Resort staff in Kupang and upon arrival in Rote. Our ground staff will assist in transferring guests between flights or to hotels and onto the ferry to make certain you have an enjoyable and worry free experience.


  • Review by Kath Kitty from Queensland, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "A tough review to write, as we'd rather keep news of this place to ourselves, but I really have to give credit and kudos when it's earned!9999 The surfer of the family was happy with the waves, local knowledge and service provided getting to the breaks, along with the available surfboards. The surfing widow was relaxed, replete and loved the day spa, casual atmosphere, live Sunday arvo music and entertaining conversations. The 8yo offspring was over the moon with the local kids, pool and the games room (even if we remain the worlds worst pool players). Great, substantial meals, genial management and wonderful staff all contributed to a wonderful holiday. Spotless rooms, very comfortable beds and very tidy, attractive grounds.It's a bit of a trek to get there and those intending to visit should bear in mind the location and region will dictate the facilities but as Queenslanders we coped happily with ceiling fans, coolish showers and no wi-fi. Management and staff were so welcoming and accommodating that we feel as though we have left with a whole group of wonderful new friends.Our entire family looks forward to returning to Nemberala Beach Resort."

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  • Review by LakeSmith from New Zealand
    10 out of 10

    "We had a wonderful 9 nights at NBR with a group of surfers, and myself (the wife) and enjoyed every aspect of our stay. NBR is very well run and caters so well for surfers. There are three boats and the resort is happy to take people out whenever they want to go, which is not the norm in similar places. That meant the guys could pick and choose the breaks and times they wanted to surf. And if someone was out during lunch then lunch was saved for them when they got back. Spare boards, board racks, paddle boards etc were also available free of charge.The rooms are lovely, clean, spacious and good beds. Some rooms don't have air con though so make sure you request one that does. The bathrooms are open air and fabulous and don't let the lack of hot water put you off, you really don't need it.The meals are simple, delicious and generous, made with local ingredients. The bar is well stocked and well-priced.With five local breaks there are waves for every tide and wind option. Some of the breaks did get busy but the resort does their best to find an empty wave. And if there is no surf there are bikes, kayaks, paddle boards etc to keep you entertained. The pool is so nice and I became very well acquainted with it.My husband and I have been to numerous surf resorts around the world and Nemberala would top the lot so far."

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  • Review by a traveler from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Great spot, great service, great food! You get what you pay for and at NBR that means first class everything. From the moment I stepped onto the property, I was treated with excellent service. Greg, the manager, was especially helpful. As a surfer, he made sure I knew where to go and when to go, and his boats and boatmen were first rate, getting me to uncrowded waves almost every session. The other places had shoddier boats and guests told me they sometimes told them they would not take them to breaks other than Nembrala, even if that is how they had advertised. I fully recommend staying at NBR!"

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  • Review by Mike K from China
    10 out of 10

    "What an epic trip with 6 of my best mates. First 3 days we had no waves, but that was no problem since there was so much else to do on the island. We had wind the same 3 days when it was flat and had epic kitesurfing. We also SUP'ed to the nearby islands, went spearfishing, line fishing, and had plenty of fun chilling at the resort drinking Bintangs while watching the sun go down.The resort is fantastic, with great facilities, amazing food, and great hosts to make you feel at home and ensure that you are having a good time. It was nice not to break out the wallet until the end of the trip to pay for the Bintangs, as everything else is included.Only complaint is that the wave (whilst fantastic), is WAY too crowded - more crowded than any wave even in Bali!"

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  • Review by W J Hanes
    10 out of 10

    "I spent a weekend break in Rote and heard that Nemberala had the best beaches and Nemberala Resort was the place to stay. I was given the correct information.The rooms are great and all with an amazing ocean view. Swimming pool was just what I needed after a day spent out on the ocean fishing. When I was there it was clear, I forgot how many stars you can see. Awesome!Food is amazing and healthy, compliments to the kitchen staff, and they cooked up the fish I caught and it was shared among the guests. Spa was great, the girl giving me the massage was well trained and had a great smile.I'm not a surfer but will definitely come back for a relaxing week at my next opportunity as a weekend was not enough. They have everything you need, fishing, snorkeling, bikes, volleyball, pool, pingpong, and of course lots of surf boards and stand up paddle.Try this place it's really great."

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  • Review by Danitana from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "I was in this resort the week of Easter for a yoga retreat and was one of the best holidays of my life. The journey from Italy was very long but it is really true that the beauty of the adventure is just the journey. The resort is very nice, huge and welcoming and the staff polite and kind. The bungalows are very spacious and clean but I recommend you choose the ones with air conditioning if you suffer the heat. The Resort is located right on the water and offers sup board, kayak and surfboard. But the best thing was the Yoga Retreat organized by Carlotta and her husband Federico. The location is perfect and the atmosphere of calm and peace. Do yoga at sunrise and sunset was one of the most beautiful gifts that life could give me and Carlotta is an amazing teacher. The owner of the resort Greg and his family are people really hospitable and positive and it was a pleasure to be their guests. If you are looking for an exotic and wonderful place I recommend you to fly to Nemberala Beach Resort and try the wonderful experience of a yoga retreat and surf course."

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