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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The Indonesian Chef Association (Bali Chapter) Dinner was held last month at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali’s newly renovated Jimbaran Lawn adjacent to our new meeting venues. Some of Indonesia’s most celebrated culinary practitioners including celebrity chef Juna Rorimpandey of MasterChef Indonesia gathered to savor the extensive buffet dinner presented by AYANA’s multinational culinary team, led by Executive Chef Bernhard Butz. The selection included a giant paella, lamb shawarma, chicken and seafood from the tandoor, beef short ribs, cheese fondue, salads, soup stations and decadent desserts.

AYANA Can Cook. Chef I.B. Widiantara gets ready to welcome the most difficult guests to please, gastronomically: other Chefs!

The Venue. The newly renovated Jimbaran Lawn located within AYANA's MICE Complex.

The Birthday Boys. July born members celebrate with a communal candle blowing.

The Cooking Beauties. Away from the stoves these lady chefs still keep temperatures high!

The Verdict. The satiated looks of the members who were quite reluctant to leave their tables even long after they'd finished their meals!!

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Indonesian Independence Day falls on the 17th of August every year and is a major event for Indonesian people.

In search of spices, the Dutch arrived in Indonesia and established a foothold over Indonesian territories in 1605 and since then, up until 1945 when the Declaration of Independence was signed with Sukarno as the first President, many skirmishes were fought over this country.

As major producers, it’s no surprise that Indonesian food is rich with spices and herbs. The different contrasting flavors and textures make this cuisine a popular choice for diners.? Among the many types of spices used, nutmeg features extensively in the Indonesian kitchen. The nutmeg tree is native to the Moluccas (the Spice Islands) and has been known as a useful medicine in a number of Asian societies. Many types of stews, soups and main dishes have a pinch of nutmeg in them to enhance the flavor.

Join us to celebrate this joyous occasion of Indonesian Independence Day at Padi Restaurant, with our exclusive “Taste of Nusantara” buffet.

There’s just a few days to go before International Mother’s Day, this Sunday. Another excuse to give your mother the attention she deserves. Be it a simple card that says ‘I love you’, flowers, or a shawl you know she’s been eyeing. Well-Placed Insider shares a few experiences from AYANA staff on the Do’s and Don’ts of spoiling your mother.

Jusman So, Chef de Cuisine, Dava

DO: Make your Mother one of her favorite dishes. Anything she likes! Difficult? Learn from an expert. I asked my father to teach me how to make the best “popiah” (fresh spring roll famous in Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia) for my Mother. She loved it and didn’t care a bit that it was a little salty!
DON’T: Reserve a table at a nice restaurant for her and ask your father to pay half of the bill. If it is a vacation to Bora Bora, it is another story.

Tressabel Hutasoit, PR & Marketing Communications Manager
DO: Have your own children make a Mother’s Day card for your mother ie their grandmother. When I was 5, I made one for my grandmother. Apparently, it was the first Mother’s Day card that Grandma Rose ever received and ever since, it has become a family tradition which she has cherished.
DON’T: Insist your children’s grandmother place the cards on the fridge. They do not need to be told so. They will do it. They will tell their bridge club about it.

Diah Wahyuni, Spa Manager
DO: Reserve your mother a full day treatment at her favorite Spa. Or treat her to one of the??Day Spa Treatments?at AYANA Spa. I once assisted a young lady who wanted to surprise her mother with a spa treat. Her mother was blown away with happiness and felt so touched.
DON’T: Enroll her at a hot yoga class nearby to your place (which is an hour drive from hers) because you can benefit from the health club’s “ask a friend to join” program.

LAST WORD: All in all, the only thing your mother needs to know is that you love and appreciate her. She needs to hear that. If not every day, then this Sunday will do.

Happy Mother’s day, Moms of every generation!

Well-Placed Insider congratulates AYANA’s Food & Beverage Director Jerome Colson, who finished 11th overall of males in the BII Maybank Bali Marathon on 22 April. With a time of 3 hours 17 minutes, Jerome was the first expat in Bali across the line. Well done, Jerome, now back to your ‘work marathon’ of managing 12 F&B outlets!

Dear readers

Welcome to our new blog, the AYANA Zeitgeist! We believe Zeitgeist is the perfect description for our blog, as we aim to keep you informed about the latest news, events, promotions and inside tips to ensure you enjoy the spirit of every moment at AYANA.

In today’s world, escaping for some much-needed R&R is a rare treat and we consider it a privilege when guests choose AYANA as their sanctuary. By engaging more closely with you, we can further enhance the experience for every guest and allow you to enjoy every minute of your Bali holiday to the fullest.

To get started, we have asked our Villa Manager Veby to share some of her favorite examples of how AYANA’s butlers have gone beyond the call of our 24 Canon service standards, to provide unparalleled service for our guests. Keep an eye out for Veby’s post in the next few days, she has some very interesting stories to tell!

In the meantime, you may like to subscribe to this blog via RSS feed, and keep up to date with happenings at AYANA on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Keeping the Zeitgeist,

The AYANA team