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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

Skill level

  • Beginner


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: 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.

Yoga with Carlotta Yoga Holiday in Rote Island Program

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

Included excursions

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.

Things to do (optional)

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

Spa treatments

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)

What's included

  • 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

What's not included

  • Flights to and from Kupang, W. Timor airport

How to get there

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.

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