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.
The weather forecast on 1 November said thundershowers, but the hotel’ s events team arranged a traditional rainstopper to seek the gods’s blessings for a ‘dry’event to launch the 282- room hotel. It worked!
The 700 guests in attendance enjoyed clear blue skies and a stellar Bali sunset from UNIQUE Rooftop Bar before continuing the party poolside at RIMBA Lawn until the early hours.
The event was also an introduction of new General Manager Roger Habermacher, who is responsible for both RIMBA and AYANA.
There were stilt walkers, hula dancers, fairies in giant bubbles, mermaids, tribal beauties, Amazonian warriors and moving “human” tables of canapes.
The highly-anticipated Ah Yat Abalone Seafood Restaurant presented a delectable array of authentic Chinese cuisine, giving guests a taste of what will be on offer when it opens on 10 November.
The high priest arrived on a dancing horse for a Mepatigan Purification Ceremony, which portrayed the ongoing battle between good and evil as humans seek to find the balance between god, man and nature.
An exclusive collabarative performance by renowned local bands Balawan and Batuan Ethnic Fusion involved a didgeridoo, percussionists and Okokan traditional musicians, before a breathtaking aerial silk performance.
The grand finale deserves an encore! Hayley Gene Penner, a Canadian singer-songwriter who composed AYANA Resort and Spa’s theme-song, “Until I am back to you” performed the track with a choir comprising employees from AYANA and RIMBA.
This was followed by the official opening of RIMBA and a 5 minute long spectacular fireworks show with missiles that set alight a giant “RIMBA” sign above the main stage to call it a night! A spectacular way to make an entrance, RIMBA Jimbaran!
Look for AYANA to get some serious TV air time in the next few weeks. The contestants in the latest America’s Next Top Model cycle got a taste of the Balinese life at AYANA during filming earlier this year. AYANA also hosted the star and creator of the show, Tyra Banks, along with the models and the judges, who included fashion public relations maven Kelly Cutrone, former boxer and international male supermodel Rob Evans, stylist and photoshoot creative consultant Johnny Wujek and top fashion blogger Bryanboy.
Yasunari Ishikawa and Rie Arimoto were the first couple to arrive at Rock Bar on New Year’s Day in 2013. Yasunari-san had planned to propose to his girlfriend on that day at the ocean-front bar, but alas, the January monsoon showed up, prompting him to take shelter at Sami Sami restaurant and pop the question there instead. Luckily she said yes, and they just got married at our cliff top wedding chapel only months after the swift and sweet proposal!
The gorgeous couple left no conversation off-topic as they re-enacted their story to Kumi Furuya, our Japanese Wedding Manager, upon their return to Japan after honeymooning at AYANA.
When and where did you both meet?
We met April 2012 in Japan, through common friends, and the rest – as they say-is history!
How long have you been in a relationship?
It took us three months after we first met to decide that we simply couldn’t live without each other, so we’ve been officially together since June 2012.
When and where did you propose to your spouse?
1st of January 2013 here at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali
What was the reason you chose AYANA as your wedding venue?
It is a wonderful place to start with and we have so many memories here…
How long did you prepare for your wedding?
Only three months, we’re a very practical couple.
Who attended your wedding ceremony?
Rie’s parents and three of our closest friends.
Were you happy with the service from AYANA’s wedding planners?
We were very satisfied with the attention-to-detail. The day couldn’t have been better!
Any plans to come back to Bali in the future, for an anniversary or leisure visit perhaps?
Yes! Of course. Bali holds a very special place in our hearts, especially AYANA… We’ve heard that you’ve got great programs and facilities for children to enjoy, so when we have a child, we would love to visit again with our little family..
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.
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 were bratwurst, sauerkraut and sour-cherry pies served at AYANA’s staff canteen last week – a departure from the usual Indonesian fare which is served to the hotel’s 950+ staff each day.
The special meal service continued the tradition of the monthly ‘GT Lunch’, whereby members of the Executive Guidance Team (GT) take turns in creating a menu from their home countries to be served at the staff canteen. Past menus have included Italian, French, Filipino, Japanese, Australian and even Jamaican fare. This month, the ‘GT Lunch’ was presented by two new native German team members: Rooms Executive Assistant Manager, Martin Ehlers, and Executive Chef Bernhard Butz.
Along with the rest of the Guidance Team, Martin and Chef Bern joyfully decorated the canteen in German colors and served various delicious German delicacies to highly enthusiastic employees. They rounded off the event with an informative slideshow and prize-laden trivia games. No yodelling was provided but there were German folk-songs and live music performances by members of the hotel staff.
The special ‘GT Lunch’ menus are served for both Lunch and Dinner on the scheduled day, and include a ‘Fun Facts’ presentation and Quiz by the relevant Executive about his homeland. The purpose of such themed lunches is to add more variety to the canteen selection and to encourage an atmosphere of fun and learning, with unique experiences not only for guests but also for AYANA’s team members. A bonus side effect of these themed lunches is that they also help employees to understand better the preferences of guests from these countries, so that they can then serve them better.
Flying high: There were singing, dancing and acrobatics last week when AYANA unveiled our expanded Ballroom and new meeting rooms, at a gala black-tie dinner for some 400 invited guests. The event coincided with AYANA’s appointment as a host hotel for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit this October. It was also an opportunity for guests to learn more about the upcoming opening of our sister hotel RIMBA Jimbaran Bali, scheduled for September. Another excuse for celebration this year!
AYANA Resort and Spa Bali was proud to once again sponsor the seventh annual Biznet Bali International Triathlon which took place on 23 June 2013 with a new course and a record number of participants.
The more than 1200 participants included three-time Ironman champion and 2009 World Championship runner up, Chris Lieto, and Indonesian swimming legend Richard Sam Bera, a three time Olympian and four-time All-American Championship icon. This year, there was a new running course that led Olympic-distance runners up ‘Heartbreak Hill’ from Jimbaran Beach to AYANA Resort and Spa. The challenging run included a steep hill that leveled out and became an undulating path along the main road to the grand entrance of AYANA.
In keeping with the Bali Triathlon tradition, after the main race on June 23, the weekend concluded with post-race sunset soiree at AYANA’s cliff edge lawn and continued with cocktails at the famous Rock Bar, complete with live music, food and camaraderie for both volunteers and athletes.
The time has come again to give your mom her well-deserved break.
Many believe the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. At AYANA, this rule does not just apply to men. Women, especially mothers, love to indulge themselves, whether it be in delectable food, luscious spa treatments or some quiet time away from her daily routines and chores.
There are many ways you can choose to spoil your mom on this day, here are just a couple of ways that you can do so at AYANA:
PS: Whichever way you choose to show your affection, do not forget to tell her that you love her. Those simple three words will give you a smile worth a thousand words!
Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms!
Thank you to all guests for your support over 2012. We celebrated with a countdown party and took some happy snaps below. What a way to bid farewell to 2012 and welcome 2013…
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