AYANA Zeitgeist

Translated from German, Zeitgeist means "the spirit of the moment", and is the key principle underpinning AYANA's service philosophy. Here, we share our inside tips and favorite haunts to help you experience the AYANA Zeitgeist.

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They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but forget trying to imitate his mother’s home cooking. Research shows that the best ‘love drug’ is chocolate, with just a few pieces able to affect blood pressure and blood-sugar levels, arousing excitement and alertness.

The science behind it apparently goes like this: Chocolate contains the organic compound phenylethylamine, a so-called ‘chocolate amphetamine’ as it releases dopamine and increases seratonin levels, to elevate mood and feelings of wellbeing and happiness. Phenylethylamine is also called the ‘love drug’ as it causes pulse rate to quicken, resulting in a similar feeling to falling in love. And who doesn’t love that feeling!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to see how we can sneak chocolate into the daily diet of the target of our adoration, to ensure we set the right mood. Here are few ideas for those staying with us at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, and RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA:


1. Chocolate Cigar & Port (Rock Bar)
A ‘cigar’ of chocolate mousse with marinated berries as the port on the side

2. Bourbon Choco Freeze (UNIQUE Rooftop Bar & Restaurant)
An icy refreshment that somehow warms your heart with Bourbon Whisky, chocolate and vanilla ice-cream

3. Kulfi Lub Shira (Padi Restaurant)
Homemade Indian ice-cream-to-die-for with chocolate brownies

4. Sweet Bunny (To’ge Restaurant)
Caffeine and chocolate team up with Java coffee-infused rum, Bailey’s, Creme de Cacao, Kahlua and cream.

5. Chocolate-dipped Strawberries (Butler Gift)

Check-in to The Villas at AYANA Resort and enjoy this complimentary treat delivered to your private pool villa.

 

6. Strawberry Cheesecake (In-Room Dining)

Baked New York-style cheese cake with macerated strawberries and topped with shaved white chocolate.

7. Flourless Chocolate Cake (Spa Cafe)

Wickedly good, served with a delightful lavender ice-cream.

 

8. ‘Extravaganza Romantic Dinner’ (In-Villa Dining)

Enjoy a delectable private dinner served by your butler in your villa, and ending on a high note of warm Valrhona chocolate cake with cremeanglaise and raspberry sauce.

9. Ice-cream coupe (UNIQUE Rooftop Bar & Restaurant)

Macerated banana, vanilla and chocolate ice-cream, strawberry sauce.

10. POD Chocolate Bar (Mini Bar Menu)

Don’t try to resist the temptation! The perfect midnight snack from your Mini Bar with the benefit of being made from organic cocoa beans grown in Bali.

Now that’s what we call a recipe for love! Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our guests. Whether you get into the spirit of this day wholeheartedly or show your love in other ways, we hope to see you all with a piece of chocolate in hand in the near future! If you are looking for other ideas of how to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Bali, check out our Date Night http://ayanaresort.com/en/specialoffers/accommodation-packages#777 experiences, with Rock Bar ‘Romeo & Juliet’ cocktails, Degustation Dinner at Dava, Couple’s Spa Package, and Rooftop Movie Night!

The legend of the martini is no secret. And despite arguments about when and where this drink was born, we believe there’s just no beating the magic that comes from the original gin-vermouth-olive recipe and all the modern twists we see today, which give us endless reasons to keep sipping! Here at the Martini Bar at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, we introduce our Houdinis of Martinis who turn your beverage into an elixir of quietude, E. B. White style.

Our two Houdinis are still dizzy from recently competing in the “VIVE Mixo Concept” Mixologist Competition in Jakarta, bringing back 1st and 3rd trophies. The first champion, Aryanta, is also a sport enthusiast and has been behind the bar at AYANA for six years which he describes as “The most exciting years of my life.”
Aryanta’s Recommendation: Shoyu Martini (Grey Goose, Strawberry Puree, Japanese Soya, Basil Leaves, served with Strawberries & Soya Dip)

Our bronze medalist Intaran has spent seven years hopping from one bar to another around AYANA’s 15 dining venues, including Rock Bar, Kisik, Damar Terrace, Sami Sami,?and now Martini Bar where he has fallen in love with the 35+ different martinis on the menus. He cheekily reveals the secret to mastering his craft: “A bartender has to love to drink so that they can really understand the taste of every drop they stir” — or shake, if you’re serving James Bond.
Intaran’s Recommendation: Gimlet (Bombay Sapphire Gin, Lime Cordial, Lime) and Bloody Bucket (Reversed Emulsified Sucro, Egg White, Absolut Vodka, Tomato Juice, Lemon, Rosemary, Red Chili)

Oh and while the Houdinis are preparing your drink of choice, their colleague Eddy at Dava Restaurant would be more than delighted to sketch your caricature for you to take home! Here’s one of his art pieces. That must be the ‘post-martini’ shot!

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On Thursday, 25 December, the team at AYANA Resort and Spa took visiting friend and artist Ross Burburry for Christmas morning to the Yayasan Kasih Peduli Anak (YKPA) orphanage in Denpasar. The team took along gifts and some much needed supplies for the children and staff.

The orphanage was founded by husband and wife duo Ibu Putu Etiartini and Pak Michael. The couple could no longer tolerate the suffering of children begging on the streets of Kuta and started actively seeking information and offering assistance to these children.

It started off quite simply in 2007 with a Beach School in Kuta run by volunteers on bamboo mats using a tarp as a whiteboard. From here it evolved and now houses 35 children aged 1-18 years old. Food, shelter, health care, school and much love is provided to these children in need who could have ended up working on the streets as young as one year old. Additional classes are run outside of the orphanage while a Women’s Shelter provides prenatal care for pregnant women in need.

A lot of children don’t know when they were born so the orphanage chooses Valentine’s Day as their collective birthday and have a party every year to celebrate on this day. Love!

Walking through the orphanage is quite a contrast to their circumstances that brought the children here and put smiles on their faces. They are some of the most polite and affectionate children you could ever meet. Ross played guitar and sang for the children who were thrilled to have a private gig. They clapped and cheered and even put in some requests for John Legend and Katy Perry! It was beautiful to be there and we are honored to be a part of this ongoing relationship.

On the way home in the car there were a lot of realizations about the life we all have. You really don’t get to choose how you grow up, what nationality you are, who your parents are or where you live. But you do get to choose to help someone who might be unable to help themselves. We look forward to continuing to help these children and encourage you to join us; even if that is a little visit next time you are in Bali or a donation not always in the form of money but of food or books that you can spare from your own cupboard or shelves. What a way to spend Christmas. A day I am sure we won’t forget in a hurry.

If you would like to find out more and donate, click through to website or Facebook page below:
Yayasan Kasih Peduli Anak
email: care4child@ykpa.org
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/YKPA-Bali-Street-Kids-Project

 

Written by
Laura Buck
Events Manager
AYANA Resort and Spa Bali & RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA

Doing last minute gift shopping this festive season and out of ideas? Don’t despair, we make shopping easy with some inspiring gifts that you can arrange by phone or email, for delivery within the next week! Your gift will be presented as a personalised gift certificate, valid for 12 months to provide freedom for the recipient to choose their most convenient date and time to experience the special treat you have chosen for them. With the world-class facilities of an integrated resort spread across cliff-top gardens with spectacular ocean views, 15 restaurants and bars, award-winning spa and extensive recreation, you can choose from a variety of unforgettable experiences :

1. Everyone needs a holiday, so a gift voucher for a memorable stay at AYANA or RIMBA would never disappoint. Choose one of our Special Offers (http://ayanaresort.com/en/specialoffers) or the Suite Deal at RIMBA.

Pool Access and Terrace Suite

2. Plan a perfect family holiday for the next year! AYANA & RIMBA offer a family holiday package with two rooms including a 50% saving on the second room, and daily breakfast for four people. Connecting rooms and suites are available, and our 5-star Bali hotel offers on-site babysitting and 2 Kids’ Clubs.

3. An exceptional dining experience is another amazing gift from Indonesian, Indian to Chinese cuisines, from buffet to fine dining, you have the freedom to choose amongst 15 venues at AYANA and RIMBA and present a gift voucher for who you think will most wow your special someone.

4. For a more intimate dining experience, what could be more memorable than a romantic dinner under a star-studded moonlit sky alongside your loved one? Present one of our Romantic Dining Experiences and our culinary experts will prepare a tantalising menu for an unforgettable evening.

Romantic Dinner5. Balinese Cooking Class will reveal the secrets behind traditional cuisine, and can also include a tour to Jimbaran Fish Markets in the morning to source the ingredients with the resort’s staff.

6. For those addicted to self-rejuvenation, one of our luxury spa treatments offers a perfect gift. Pamper them with the unforgettable sensation of Thermes Marins’ signature Diamond Miracle treatment at Spa on the Rocks! They will remember it always.

7. A 2-hour session in the world’s largest Aquatonic Seawater Therapy Pool provides a head-to-toe hydromassage that reportedly burns 500 calories per session! This treatment is recommended for those traveling long hours to combat jetlag.

Spa on the Rock and Aquatonic

8. Sometimes it seems people have everything, but few have made their own perfume. Give a voucher for a perfume-making workshop at L’Atelier Parfums et Creations Studio, where the on-site French perfumer will take you through the process of creating your own 30ml eau de fragrance.

9. A trip to Bali must include a visit ti the award-winning Rock Bar, but a gift that avoids the stress of queuing at sunset would be well-appreciated! Give one of our Spa + Rock Bar packages to see your loved one skip past the queue and down to the waves.

Rock Bar and UNIQUE Rooftop Bar

The choices are endless, and definitely not limited to the above ideas. Design and customise a perfect holiday escape with us; our professional staff would be delighted to recommend the best solution for you.

For more contact reservations@ayanaresort.com

Who would have thought that this year will fly by as the speed of light? Even in Bali where time seems to stand still, it has been a quick 2014!! Some people are preparing their New Year resolutions, others might be in denial or just too busy to even remember what date it is today. If you’re one of those, we are here to make it easy for you to decide what to do and where to go for the festive season!

Kick the season off with Christmas tree lighting on 6 December and then enjoy a month-long festival with musical sunsets, a big 30 December Eve Eve Party with Celebrity DJ Mr. Best (sure to give NYE a run for its money as night of the year!), New Year’s Eve Countdown with Sonia Rao, pyrotechnics and fireworks lighting up the night sky… and never-ending selection of special festive menus across our 15 dining venues. But don’t worry about any over-indulgence, our Spa detox treatments will be the perfect remedy!

Choose your festive program with our online guide to the best of Christmas and New Year’s events across AYANA and RIMBA. Safe travels and see you soon!

 

P.S.: Santa sends Gede and Ayu Bear to bring presents for our?Facebook?friends. Stay connected for your chance to win!

Pre-dinner Cocktails at Martini Bar (Bear Jr. is having his first Shirley Temple!)

Festive Japanese Set Dinner at HonZEN Restaurant

 

National heroes are often only honored momentarily, and forgotten as time passes. Which is why 10 November, Indonesia’s National Heroes’ Day, is such a special day to remind us of the courage of the men and women who fought for our freedom as an independent nation.

On this day, 10 November 1945, our heroes the arek-arek Suroboyo (Indonesian warriors from Surabaya) fought in the ‘Battle for Surabaya’ against Dutch and British troops. This battle was a critical moment in the Indonesian National Revolution, and became a symbol of Indonesian resistance against the colonisers.

The leader of the battle, Sutomo, also known as Bung Tomo, was the icon of the Indonesian National Revolution. He was reowned for his bravery and fiery speeches that uplifted Indonesia’s militia. However, Bung Tomo was only officially recognized as a National Hero in 2008, 27 years after his death.

Today, talking about heroes does not have to be so extreme as the people who fought in great battles and sacrificed themselves for their country. A hero can also be someone around us, someone inspiring, or someone who changes lives for the better. It can be our parents, family, friend, relative, or a complete stranger.

To honor National Heroes’ Day, we asked some of our team members at AYANA Resort and Spa about their heroes :

1. Yelly – Guest Recognition

Yelly’s hero is her mother who gave her life, who always understand her, who is a friend as well as her Mom. One piece of the advice that she remembers from her Mom is, “When you do something, do your best with sincerity, love and don’t forget to pray. After that you will get the best result.”

2. Sugi – Sales Executive

Sugi adores the man who taught him how to read, and taught him about the Balinese Tri Hita Karana philosophy (the balance between god, man and nature). That man is his Dad. He is apparently a bit grumpy to others but he never gets angry to Sugi. “Always stay healthy, Dad”, that is what Sugi always prays for.

3. Kariawan – To’ge Restaurant Server at RIMBA Jimbaran Bali

Soekarno, Former President of Indonesia, is Kariawan’s representation of a hero. Kariawan says that everyone knows Soekarno was a brave man who led Indonesia in the struggle for Independence. Soekarno will always be in his heart.

4. Anna – Russian Guest Relations Officer

Jared Leto from 30 Seconds to Mars is Anna’s hero. The movies he has starred in and the music his band plays really inspire her because they contain so many life lessons. She even has a tattoo of the band. Her favorite quote from Jared Leto is : “Tell me what you killed to save a life, tell me what you killed to prove you’re right” from the song Hurricane

5. Clive Edwards – Resort Manager

“Be careful of the power of your words,” said Clive’s father, who always been his hero. Clive respects his father’s wisdom, generosity, guidance and counsel. His father has been a major influence on Clive’s management and leadership style, in engaging with guests and team members.

The ocean was the bride on 10 October as the official launch of SKY, the exciting new weddings and events venue perched 35 meters above the Indian Ocean at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali. Dressed in their best white outfits, wedding planners, event organizers, travel agents and media enjoyed 180-degree ocean views and a magical sunset as they toured around the 7,500sqm venue, taking dozens of photos and uploading to the Instagram feed #SKYatAYANA.

AYANA’s wedding team had set-up mock wedding with bride and groom seemingly floating above the ocean at the end of the cantilevered wedding deck, which extends 3.5 meters out from the cliff-edge. But the mock bride was overshadowed by the views, as guests asked her to step aside so they could take photos of the panoramic seascapes. The wedding deck was spectacularly decorated with a full floral canopy, altar and tiffany chairs, and quickly ebcame the focal point for selfies. Guests enjoyed the bonus of having an Indonesian warship in the background (on official business in Bali for the presidential visit to Nusa Dua).

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this event!

That dreamy view from SKY Deck and Gazebo, floating 35 meters above the Indian Ocean..

The hollywood-style Giant SKY Bench with the backdrop of Bali sky be the favorite photo-taking spot that afternoon.. and look! even our lovely dog can't help not to pose!

 

Wedding table set-up for real-wedding experience at SKY.

 

Clive Edwards, our resort manager, on stage with Denada as Master of Ceremony, officially open SKY.

Marvelous fireworks show closed the night in 'Kahyangan'!

The venue is probably the single most important decision to create a memorable wedding. Choosing the right wedding venue that meets all your wishes can be quite challenging, definitely not as easy as just choosing the perfect view or backdrop. Here are some tips to guide your location hunting.

Please make sure that you…

DO:
1. Know your budget. Make a breakdown how much money you (and your partner) would spend on your wedding venue, and Food & Beverage estimate per guest.
2. Calculate the number of guests you can fit in this budget. Then review your guest list together, several times.
3. “Feel” the venue. It can be the little details that are going to hook you. The ambiance of the chapel at sunset time, how your chosen flowers will go just perfectly with the garden?surroundings, the sky-high aisle that does not seem to end… The connection you have with the staff you meet at the venue, who give you the confidence that everything will go smoothly.
4. Understand the transportation, logistics and accommodation options of your chosen wedding destination.
5. Think big. Make sure your guests can come not only for the wedding but they also get a vacation at the same time. Choose a hotel that will provide this memorable experience.

DON’TS:
1. Judge a book by its cover. You should come and visit physically the venue at least two times. Get the feel for it.
2. Let unexpected weather ruin your wedding. Research the seasons and best times of year for photography. Check that the wedding venue has a back up venue like an indoor ballroom. Or… if they can hook you up with a weather frog’s worst enemy, a real-life Rainstopper.
3. Forget to ask the hotel’s caterer about any outside catering’s reputation (if you need outside catering support). If you are not familiar with the local suppliers, ask.
4. Go crazy on options. Narrow down your venue options to 3 before location scouting. Putting too much on the list will just give you extra stress. Jot down the pluses and minuses for every venue.
5. Understate the meaning of compromise. The chosen venue ideally should hold the same soft spot for both bride and groom. Moving forward with big day preparation will be a lot smoother if you both have full confidence in your chosen venue.
6. Forget the rings!
Read our wedding couples stories here.

Do you find it difficult to relax on a Family Holiday? Were you so busy entertaining the little ones that you didn’t get any rest yourself? Of course, the point of a family holiday is to spend time with the children, but you can do that whilst also enjoying a bit of balance by getting some time for yourself as well. Perhaps you might even fall asleep during a rejuvenating spa treatment, drool during a midday nap at the private beach, or stay awake to savor UNIQUE sunset cocktails and dinner. And all without any ‘parent guilt’ because you know your little ones are having the time of their life at AYANA Kids’ Club.

Here we have a little chat with one of the kids’ best buddy.

Agung, Kids Club chief of fun.

How do you help your little guests to feel comfortable with you when you first meet them?
I welcome them with a sincere smile and treat them as a friend, then try to talk to them even though sometimes we face a language barrier — I can speak English and a little Japanese, but for others I usually communicate with body language, or give extra effort by browsing the translation online… or just communicate with heart? Haha.

What are the favorite activities for kids?
Cultural activities, like dress-ups and traditional dance or language lessons, as well as traditional games. Boys love to fly kites they make by themselves! Some kids prefer to be indoors, reading books, watching movies and playing some video games. Lucky?them, we have it all both at AYANA and RIMBA Kids’ Club.

How did you come to be at AYANA?
I graduated from college in Hospitality Management, and started working as a server at Kisik Seafood Bar & Grill. Then in 2011 I did a cross-departmental interview and moved to the Kids’ Club. That’s the special thing about AYANA; we really apply the philosophy of ‘right people in the right position’. Not only that, AYANA also provides the right training so employees can give the most of our natural talent. Happy carers = happy kids = happy parents!

John Lennon once said, “The time that you enjoy wasting was not wasted.” At RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA, we take that quote to the next level: “The time that you enjoy wasting is what brings balance to life!” And we have so many ways that you can happily waste time around the resort, without getting bored.

Poolside is the best place to lay back, relax, and let your body and mind rest. Enjoy the variety of 11 aquatic playgrounds around the resort and hop from one to the other, trying out the innovative poolside furniture to find the spot that suits you best:

Birdcage Cabanas
(I prefer to call them Loveshacks at night with the subtle and pleasant lighting!) Whether to rest after exploring RIMBA’s six shades of blue, or enjoy a Rijstaffel Dinner for family-style Indonesian dining, these colorful shaded daybeds hidden away by palms beside the Cabana Pool are cozy and comfy, day or night.

Cabanas
The cave-style Cabanas at the Cabana Pool are chic and comfortable. The best thing is that you can enjoy the sunshine without fear of over-exposure, retreating into the shade when you feel like a break from the UV rays. Or you can safely shelter from a tropical shower and enjoy the soothing scent of petrichor! Each Cabana features richly-accented colors, and an eclectic mix of settees, love seats, swing chairs and futons.

Submerged Pool Beds

Admire the views and enjoy the sunshine while keeping cool, literally in the water. Located at the Upper Pool and Lower Pool, they are also great for families to keep an eye on the little ones playing on the waterslide!

Rock-a-bye Baby
The quietest pool at RIMBA, Three Monkeys Pool, has very unique rocking sunbeds for you to unwind and enjoy the tropical sunshine, fragrances and views or you might not because you will fall asleep at any minute, just like when you were little and your mother would rock you into a deep sleep!

Canopy Couches
With large daybed-style mattresses, the Canopy Couches at the Upper Pool and Three Monkeys Pool are the perfect balance of sunshine and shade.

Lagoon Daybeds
In a tranquil corner of the gardens, across from the Pool Access Rooms, the daybeds at the Lagoon are surrounded by lush gardens which create a wonderfully fragrant atmosphere. You can spend hours here with a good read or just daydreaming and ‘wasting time’!

Lobby Sunken Lounge
This pond is not for swimming, but the sunken circular lounges are the best spot to snap a picture-perfect sunset reflected in the expanse of water. Take your time to get mesmerized and enjoy the golden time of day. You can also witness RIMBA’s weekly sunset performance that worth hundreds of likes on your social media!

UNIQUE Rooftop Pool
Enjoy beats and breezes, sun worshiping and stargazing, or swim and sip! This spectacular rooftop bar and restaurant has a great menu of modern Asian delights like Korean Chicken Wings, Curries, Beef Rendang Burgers and Wagyu Beef Cheeks, and an extensive selection of innovative cocktails. To top it off, the rooftop pool is bordered by super comfy daybeds including an over-sized circular one for a group of friends to make a day out of their UNIQUE experience.