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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Bali is famous for its surf and culture, but this island is blessed with landscapes that also include towering volcanoes and endless rice fields. The green center of Bali is the spiritual heart of the island; traditional architecture denotes that all buildings and even bedheads should face the mountains. So what is so special about these mountains?

1. Mount Agung
As the highest volcano on the island, Agung stands at over 3100 meters tall and the last major eruption was 1963. This mountain is believed to be the center of the world for Balinese, as all temples are pointed towards Mount Agung, which is home to the ‘Mother Temple’, Pura besakih, nestled at its base. this mountain is in Kecamatan Karangasem, a 1,5-2 hour drive from Jimbaran. Jiking up Agung can take between 3-6 hours depending on the route you take. The temple is easily accessible at the base of the mountain and is well worth a visit on its own. Please take a sarong and long sleeved clothing with you if you intend to visit Pura Besakih, adhering to the cultural etiquette.

2. Mount Catur
If Mount Agung is a bit high for you to attempt to climb, try Mount Catur that sits at 2096 meters tall and is covered in trees. Once you reach the top you can see Bratan Lake and the breathtaking view around the volcanic crater. rent a hotel car, pack a day bag, and enjoy the ride; it takes around 2 hours to reach the base.

3. Mount Lempuyang
Home of Pura Lempuyang, this mountain stands at 1058 meters above sea level and is located on the eastern side of the island in Kabupaten Karangasem. Many climbers take on the mountain to merely visit the holy temple and enjoy the views of Mount Agung across the valley. Lempuyang is around a 2 hour 30 minute drive from Jimbaran.

4. Mount Batur
For sunrise chaser, this is the easiest and most accessible volcano to climb, taking around 2 hours to reach the top. The caldera-volcanic surface was formed by the collapse of land from a volcanic eruption many years ago. You can still feel the warm air from the cracks in the ground as you climb, because this volcanic mountain is still producing some lava! Batur stands at 1,717 meters above sea level in the area of Kintamani, Kabupaten Bangli and is around a 3 hour drive from Jimbaran. It is highly recommended to leave Jimbaran at midnight, and start climbing the mountain by 4am, so you are at the top for sunrise.

Being called the ‘Island of the Gods’ is not over-rated as Bali offers many beatiful natural attractions for you to explore. Ranging from beaches to forest and the magnificent mountains, get your trekking shoes ready and start the journey! A guide and private car are a must; please contact Guest Activities to assist with arrangements by email to guest.relations@ayanaresort.com

When most people hear ‘Bali’, the first thing that comes to mind is ‘paradise’. There is an exotic aura around this island of ours, it is a very special place with a unique culture and the most beautiful, generous-hearted people on Earth. There are so many things you can and should do here; they say you haven’t been to Bali if you haven’t tried:

Picture Explanation : 1. Balinese Ceremony | 2. Romantic Dinner | 3. Private Picnic at Kubu Beach | 4. Sunset from RIMBA Lobby

1. Cultural Experience
Everywhere you go in Bali you will be exposed to the Hindu culture. There is always a ceremony happening or family traveling in full costume to the temple. Children can learn about these rituals with special activities like Balinese dancing at AYANA or RIMBA Kids’ Clubs, while adults can learn how to make ketupat and canang offerings, or simply witness the amazing spectacle of traditional dancers in action at our themed dinners.

2.Turn up the Romance
There’s a reason why Jimbaran is called the ‘sunset coast’ and is the preferred destination for honeymooners. Reconnect with yout other half over aprivate candle-lit sunset dinner or an exclusive Spa on the Rocks pampering ritual.

3. Private Beach Picnic
Enjoy a swim in the waves, read a book, savor a picnic on the sand, or ?just take selfies against the bluest of blue backgrounds at our private beach, exclusively for guests of AYANA and RIMBA

4. Sunset Happy Snaps
Famous for its spectacular sunsets, AYANA is lucky to have so many viewing spots for guests to get that perfect photo. Sip a cocktail while enjoying a dramatic sunset from Rock Bar Bali down in the waves, or take the cable car up to Sami Sami Bar on the top of the cliff to avoid the crowds and soak up the cliff-edge views. Or simply recline in the sunken lounge at RIMBA’s Lobby for another ‘wow’ sunset experience, as the colors of the sky dance across the lobbys’s reflecting pool. Don’t miss the violin performance every Saturday at sunset from this viewing points.

Picture Explanation : 5. Cooking Class at Padi Restaurant | 6. Sunrise Yoga | 7. Spa Treatment at Spa on the Rock

5. Local Cuisine
Yes, this is a must-do for food lovers, but rather than just eating local foods, why don’t you try to learn how to cook them, so then you can eat them over and over again? Our professional chefs will explain all about Balinese cuisine including the locally-sourced ingredients, traditional cooking methods and the role food plays in daily rituals. Even if you don’t like to cook, it is worth joining this activity to really appreciate the amount of work and traditional methods that go into every dish of Balinese cuisine.

6. Great Outdoors
Keep fit on holiday (so you can keep indulging guilt-free!) by jogging around the resort and breathe in the exotic fragrances of Bali. For more adventurous activities, go cycling to Jimbaran Fish Market and meet the fisherman arriving with their catches fresh from the sea, and put your bargaining skills to the test!

7. Spa Time
No trip to the island is complete without spoiling yourself with a Balinese massage. Using long strokes and finger pressure, combined with warm aroma-oil, a Balinese massage is a sublime experience that takes you to another realm of relaxation! At Thermes Marins Spa, we also offer unique treatments such as a seashell massage, bamboo massage, and ayurvedic trance-including welllbeing ritual. Let yourself be massaged into a coma!

It might take some time to do everything on the list, but the important thing is not to leave Bali with any regrets! Contact us on guest.recognition@ayanaresort.com to prepare an inspiring itinerary for your upcoming stay.

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.

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.

Well-Placed-Insider has met a lot of interesting people in Bali. They come from all over the world each with a different purpose of travel. Those on family holiday often leave with the funniest, most irritating or the most exciting story about travelling with their offspring.

Travel with children does not need to be a hassle. And it can be one of the best experience you have as a family. The key ingredients to a smooth trip with kids is finding the right balance between keeping your kids entertained, giving them rest times between, and ensuring you and your spouse also enjoy some much needed time off.

Parents share their tips here…

#1 Budget talks
First and foremost, sit down with your whole family and discuss your ideas and interests. Discuss budgets, expectations, weather conditions, and how you can work with the budget available to plan an exciting family trip and avoid someone’s interest being neglected and ignored to make way for another’s.

#2 Where to stay
Pick the perfect hotel that caters for both parents and children’s needs. They do exist… And ask about Family Deals — Enquire about special rates or even complimentary meals for children, and an upgrade at check in. AYANA Resort and RIMBA Jimbaran checked YES on most of the things above. The 5-star resort offers an excellent family deal… the perfect family holiday with recreation for the kids, relaxation for you. The deal includes two rooms with a 50% saving on the second room, and daily breakfast for four people.

#3 Unplug for children
Pick hotels that offer on-site babysitting. The hotels mentioned above have them. And the children pool with waterslide and Kids Club activities will be a good bribe if you want to sneak in extra time for a romantic dinner or spa treatment with your partner.

#4 Check the Dining Options — Does the hotel restaurant and room service have a kids’ menu? Is there enough variety on the menus to please everyone? Luckily AYANA and RIMBA offer 15 venues to discover. Even the most picky eater in your family will not complain!

#5 Last… Sit back and enjoy the ride!
Happy vacation!

P.S.: Previous post about Holiday Tips


Bali’s BMW Club launched a new touring program at RIMBA Jimbaran recently, arriving in style at RIMBA Lobby in sleek BMW 3 Series Convertibles and the latest 320 Diesel model.

The Bimmers (as they call themselves) did a full-day tour along north-east Bali’s coast, before arriving at RIMBA to end the day with sunset cocktails at UNIQUE Rooftop Bar, enjoying spectacular views across south Bali. They enjoyed UNIQUE’s selection of innovative cocktails in a stylish, edgy setting, with the bar designed around a central swimming pool over which hangs a chic mezzanine.

The tour was run by Bimmerfest Bali Club, a community for BMW owners on the island as part of the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners around the world.

The Fast &The Furious. Some of the ultra sleek latest series of this German pride on display at RIMBA's parking lot.

Beaming Bimmers. The organizers were caught soaking in warm sunset breeze over fruit mojitos!

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.

Top of Tops. The top models were in awe by the views offered at AYANA's cliff top Chandra Surya lawn area.

Flower Power. Both Nina and her Teddy bear received a warm and yet refreshing welcome by AYANA's staff.

Judge Away. Rob Evans and Johnny Wujek from the panel of judges sashayed in to the sounds of a Balinese gamelan!

Yin & Yang. Platinum-blond Chris and jet black-haired Jeremy enjoy their first taste of paradise!

Well-Placed-Insider reveals the story behind the birth of AYANA’s new sister hotel:

It all started at Bon Village, a 32 hectare farm located in central Bali that produces pineapples, oranges and other tropical fruits and plants. Bon is also home to hundreds of wild civets that produce Kopi Luwak, a coffee made from the droppings of the civet cat, and which is sold as a delicacy in AYANA restaurants.

5 years ago, 40,000 Albezia trees were planted here to minimize the carbon footprint of the new hotel. Another 10,000 trees were planted on the 77 hectare land of RIMBA and AYANA in Jimbaran.

Indonesia’s folk song ‘Nenek Moyangku Seorang Pelaut’ (My ancestors were amazing Sailors) inspired RIMBA’s architects and engineers. They used materials from 3 fishing boats sourced in Sulawesi to create RIMBA’s ark-shaped lobby. You literally feel like you are in Noah’s ark when you are standing in the lobby! This is what is captured by my camera:

The eco-inspired design does not stop there. RIMBA has its own rainwater harvesting system, greenhouse and organic garden that supplies various kinds of fruits and vegetables. To’ge restaurant has natural lighting, the walls of UNIQUE Roof-top bar are made out of hand-made bricks and recycled bottles and sustainable materials are also evident in all rooms of RIMBA; like the wall artwork made from driftwood found on a West Bali beach and eco amenities made from recycled materials.

If you want to step inside its stylish rooms, click here www.rimbajimbaran.com . Well-Placed-Insider’s favorite is the Pool Access Room that connects you to a tranquil semi-private swimming pool. Do not get Well-Placed-Insider started on the swimming pools; if you are a swimsuit or beachwear designer, you may want your models to pose at this places!

Dining options are endless with To’ge Restaurant, swim-up Pool Bar, Ah Yat Abalone Seafood Restaurant, and AYANA’s 12 dining outlets, check?here.

RIMBA is connected by a scenic jogging track and complimentary resort shuttle, to AYANA’s ?facilities including restaurants, Spa, Kubu Beach and the exquisite gem Spa on the Rocks. And do not forget, RIMBA guests enjoy priority access to the famous Rock Bar. The icing on the cake!

“Don’t stop, keep it moving

Put your drinks up

Pick your body up and

Drop it on the floor!”

Jennifer Lopez – On The Floor

It is the time of the year when AYANA’s management team spend a day on the floor doing jobs such as dishwashing, housekeeping, waitressing and guest check-in, in a bid to analyze service processes and further improve guest experiences. As John F. Kennedy once said; “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

In action here is Clive Edwards, Rooms Executive, checking all incoming vehicles at our entrance gate. He surely seems extra authoritative in his security guard uniform, although does not quite pull off the 'stern' look!


Executive Chef Bernhard Butz checks-in a guest in Main Lobby. No butcher knives were seen at the front office desk during the time of shooting, to our guest's relief.


Michi Sonoda, Japanese Business Development Director, balances two breakfast courses for her guests at Dava Restaurant's table number 4.


Esti Haryono our Director of Engineering spent the day at the Purchasing office, looking generally perplexed sorting out the incoming purchasing requests. The Purchasing department is the key to ensuring the hotel has all the equipment and supplies it needs to serve our guests. A busy role!


Assistant Financial Controller Raymond Sanjaya is used to dealing with numbers but if he took his numbers to the laundry he'd end up in jail. Here, he washes staff uniforms instead.


"And I will try to fix you" sings Giordano Faggioli, Food and Beverages Director of RIMBA Jimbaran Bali, our sister hotel scheduled to open in September 2013. Here, he takes on the duties of an engineering officer and gets his hands dirty.


Perhaps if he had spent more time washing dishes instead of posing for the camera, Rooms Director Martin Ehlers could be discharged earlier from his kitchen-stewarding duties. Lucky he was only on wash-up duties for one day or we'd be out of crockery!

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.

Guten Appetit!




We may not realize it at the time when we accept a plastic bag at the supermarket or shop, but the plastic bags we bring home probably end up as landfill. Every year, more than 2.8 billion plastic bags are distributed in Bali, resulting in 1.5 million tonnes of rubbish which we often see end up in our oceans. They are typically made of polyethylene and can take up to 1000 years to biodegrade in landfills that emit harmful greenhouse gases. In an effort to reduce our contribution to plastic-bag pollution, AYANA Resort and Spa Bali’s 950 plus employees have been encouraged to ban plastic bags in their households, as part of an environmental partnership with anti-plastic campaigner Tas Pasar (www.taspasar.org).

As part of its education outreach to hotels in Bali, Tas Pasar founders David and Ellie Eagles made a presentation to AYANA’s employees about the impact plastic bags have on waste levels and the eco-system at a General Session in AYANA Ballroom. They also distributed 1000 free reusable shopping bags to encourage use of these bags rather than plastic, and AYANA has placed posters and reusable bags in its employee canteen and lockers to reiterate the message.

The message is now clear for AYANA’s employees: on your next trip to the markets or shops, BYOTP (Bring Your Own Tas Pasar).

The Ugly Truth: Ellie explained to AYANA's 950+ staff that used plastic bags take up to 1000 years to break down into small toxic particles that contaminate soil and water.

This ain't no plastic smile: Staff members received Tas Pasar bags as part of the Plastic-less campaign for a cleaner, healthier Bali.

Bagful of Hopes: Tas Pasar ('market bag' in Indonesian) hopes to enlist the support of more businesses in and around Bali.