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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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.

The ‘dry’ season from April to September is usually the busiest time in Bali, thanks to the perfect blue-sky days, the excellent conditions on the west coast’s surf spots, and the lack of torrential downpours. For those visiting from the southern hemisphere, it means escaping the cold of their winter season, for sun-kissed skin that lingers with the scent of salt. The endless summer in Bali is indeed a wonderful time to visit the island.

But, what happens to Bali during the monsoon season? Here are some considerations, before you black-out the October to March ‘wet’ season. It actually has its own benefits!

Less crowded in the busy tourist areas, means no need to reserve that iconic restaurant or bar in advance, you can normally just walk-in without being put on a waiting list! And it is faster to get around the island too.

Less pricey for low season! Many airlines and accommodations offer lower rates and special promotions (excluding the busy Christmas and New Year period, and Chinese New Year)

Less guilt because the wet season is when some of the most delicious Bali fruits are at their best, so you will be sure to be eating healthy and enjoying every mouthful! Savor the ripe flavors of Mangosteen, Avocado, Kiwi and the snake-skin Salak - and you will have no excuse to be weighed down by the calories of the famous Babi Guling!

Less heat, which is nice for those who prefer to avoid too much UV exposure. The rain, which is often just a passing shower that clears to blue sky, freshens the air and nourishes the blossoming forest and flowers on our hill – and is perfect for sleep-ins!

Less rush to catch the mighty Bali sun, as it rises around 06:18 – 06:23 and sets around 18:40 – 18:47 at this time of the year, which is later than during the dry season. The sunset looks different to than usual due to the clouds; it appears as various shades of color palette.

Sunset from Rock Bar, as captured by @chandrasenadipa, @sky_rocket, @kimii30 on Instagram

Less queueing, for example to Rock Bar if you’re not staying at AYANA and RIMBA (in-house guests enjoy Priority Access to skip the queue anyway rain, hail or shine). But just make sure you check the weather before making the trip out to Rock Bar, as if it is raining, we have to take cover, while our sister UNIQUE Rooftop Bar & Restaurant provides a sheltered venue with a rooftop pool and stunning views!

And what’s more, you get to hum that song with a glorious feeling, while strolling through Bali with a happy refrain, just singing in the rain!

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

This family does not go to the hill when their hearts feel like singing. They simply head to a quiet corner of AYANA to play instruments that have been in the family for generations, hit a chord and sing along. Every afternoon, they play at the Main Lobby or Villa Lobby, with the Indian Ocean and our guests as their audience. Here, we speak with Wayan Januraga (WJ) and daughter Dyah Purwantini (DP).

How long have you been a rindik player at AYANA and has this always been your dream job?
I started to play music when I was a boy. At AYANA, I started in 1997 and yes this is my dream job. I cannot think of doing anything else. But my ultimate dream is to see my family’s Balinese music known worldwide.

Since what age did your daughter join you?
WJ: Hmmm I cannot really recall.
DP: Well I remember, I was 9 years old when I first joined you. I am 13 now!

It seems that you enjoy this very much, Dyah! Do you join your Dad everyday after school?
DP: Yes I really enjoy this. This is my hobby and at the same time spending time with my Dad. But I am not allowed to do this everyday as I have to put school as the priority. Only when I have done my homework and have no tests the next day I may join my Dad to entertain the guests at AYANA.

Pak Januraga, have you always educated your family with music? Especially Balinese music?
WJ: Always have and always will. It is in my ancestors’ blood and one of my missions in life is to pass this talent and knowledge down to my descendants. I taught my two children how to play traditional musical instruments like rindik, gamelan since they were 3 years old. As they grew older, they started to take on more challenging instruments like Gender Wayang. The one we perform at AYANA is the classic Balinese music with a little bit modern twist in the chords.

What about your wife? Is she also musically inclined?
WJ: My wife comes to play with us at AYANA’s Villa Lobby every now and then, mys on takes turns too, but he has less time now that he is about to enter college.

Dyah, what do you want to be when you grow up?
DP: A professional musician and dancer and to be able to perform Balinese dance and music all over the world with my Dad, Mom and my big brother. I love to participate in music and singing and dancing competitions in Bali. That is my starting step and let’s see what comes next.

Any advice you would like to share about music, Pak Januraga?
WJ: We have to pass on our Balinese music to the next generation and hope they will do the same to their children. Be proud of it, learn it, spread it, and keep it alive.

An unexpected guest is the last thing you want on your wedding day. Let alone, a gorgeous female who makes your groom’s heart tremor with excitement.

But that’s the exact scenario that Minni You faced on her wedding day in Bali, June 22th 2012, when an ‘uninvited’ female made an entrance just as the couple prepared to exchange vows. Minni watched as her groom, Tuan Pham, stared as the female sauntered down the aisle. She saw her husband-to-be’s pupils dilate as his attention was drawn to The Other Woman. But Minni wasn’t worried, because she’s the one who arranged this surprise for her groom! Here, they tell us the real story:

1. Tell us about The Other Woman.
We are big dog-lovers and we wanted our Golden Retriever, Pepsi, to be with us on our wedding day. I was not very optimistic about our chances, but Tuan was more hopeful. He tried everything but in the end, with all the logistics, paperwork and quarantine requirements, we had to let go of the idea. We were upset as Pepsi is like family to us. But then I found out that AYANA has its own kennels with many gorgeous dogs, and I??thought it would be nice to have one of these dogs represent Pepsi instead.

2. How did you end up having Laura at your wedding instead?
We arrived a few days before our wedding day, and I was missing Pepsi and went to AYANA’s kennels to see all these gorgeous Golden Retrievers and Labradors. They were really happy and healthy and I was drawn to one who looked a lot like Pepsi…her name was Laura. When my wedding consultant told me that I could actually have her at the wedding, my heart was filled with joy to the rim!

3. How did your husband react to that idea?
I managed to keep it as a secret from him until D-day. I remember sneaking out of my room the night before to see Laura, to tell her that we will have a big day tomorrow and she will be part of it. You can imagine how surprised Tuan was to see Laura, big-dreamy-eyes, all fluffy just gracefully walking down the wedding aisle towards us, as though it was a normal everyday thing!

4. What did your guests say about this beautiful, furry, “unexpected” guest?
We had 30 guests on our wedding and they were all so surprised! Our families even thought it was Pepsi for a second. Too funny!

5. We heard about the treats you sent to AYANA for Laura after you got back home from your wedding; that’s very sweet.
It’s the least we can do for Laura. I wish we could adopt her. Pepsi would be happy to have a friend but Laura belongs to the great AYANA family.

6. How would you sum up your wedding day at AYANA?
Beyond perfection. The exceptional memories that we experienced at AYANA have made us loyal guests for life!


How long have you been a dog-handler at AYANA and has this always been your dream job?
Ten years in total. Dream job? Not at first as I used to be afraid of dogs. I started at AYANA as a helper at the kennel, just to do cleaning. Then a K9 squad chief started to train me in a few basic skills about handling dogs. And I fell in love. First with the dogs, then with the job. So I went from being the trained one to being the trainer!

How many dogs in total do AYANA and RIMBA have now at the kennel? Are they all trained in security?
We have a total of 19 active Retrievers (16 Labrador Retrievers and 3 Golden Retrievers). Most hotels will use security dogs that belong to the K9 squad of the local Police Department. We breed our own and let the K9 squad come here to train them.

What’s their training schedule like?
The K9 squad from the Police Department comes here to train the dogs every day. As we have so many dogs, they have to take turns. The training is done on a lawn behind the kennels. Our dogs specialize in detecting explosive substances, so they are likely to be calmer, focused and less agressivve.

What role do you take part in training the dogs?
The chief of the Police Department’s K9 unit personally trained me for years to have the same level of handler skills as he had, because I am here every day along with my six colleagues. We know each dog’s personality, their ups and downs, the vitamins they need, their grooming schedule and of course, the mating season. I also know the best vet on the island as we only trust our dogs to be handled by the best vets.

In your opinion, what is the benefit for hotels having their own kennel?
A lot. We know our dogs really well and they know the area very well too. Their health is easier to monitor and control, too. We had a new litter this year, they are now six months old and will join basic training in a few more months. In the last 10 years, AYANA has bred six litters.

What do you love about dogs? Do you have a favorite from the entire pack?
You know that unconditional love? Dogs are an expert in that. I work with Retrievers, they are working dogs with the warmest character ever so it is impossible not to fall for them. But other breeds are just as loving. It is us humans who define what kind of a dog they will be.
I love them all but Adam (yellow lab) has been here longer than the rest so I have a strong connection with that smart boy. I helped Yessy and Olin (black lab) give birth, I took care of Nacha since he was the weakest puppy who has now become the strongest, so that also creates a special bond.

What advice would you give to a dog owner?
1. Commitment and patience to train them and to let them know you are boss. 2. Take them for walks, this allows you to create a close connection with them. 3. Never bail on them; they will never do that to you. 4. Longer walks :)

PUTU DARMA

1. What do you do and how did you get into the industry?
I got a really bad headache when I was working on a cruise ship as Waiter in 1998. The doctor could not find any medical illness and I also tried alternative healing treatment but did not recover so well. Then one day, a Balinese Priest came into my dream and gave me healing water. The priest also advised me to meditate and pray to the Gods for good health. I eventually recovered after meditating for more than two years. Through meditation and spiritual guidance, I also learned how to stop the rain and people started asking for my help to do this.

2. Share with us an interesting story from behind the scenes?
The most interesting thing was when I was commissioned as a rainstopper for a summit event in 2003, during the peak of the rainy season. I worked with four of my friends and we were proud that we managed to stop the rain for this big event.

3. What is the worst part of your job?
I had heavy rain three days in a row few years ago and I could not manage to fulfill my mission because of opposing wind forces, and the clients who hired me did not fully believe that a rainstopper can stop the rain. If the client doesn’t really believe in what I do, it affects my ability to do it.

4. What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite thing is seeing my client happy and satisfied with my job, and seeing the event runs smooth and successfully.

5. What is one of the scariest thing behind the scenes?
There are many that I ever experiences. The most scary that I remember was in 2004. Me and my friend were on standby at a Hotel Temple and we fell asleep around 11pm. When we awoke around midnight we saw a very large, tall man in front of us and we were really shocked and scared. But he disappeared after a few seconds.

6. How many companies or hotels use your service?
Apart from AYANA Resort and Spa, there are several hotels who hire me for a special event and also clients hire me for Balinese weddings.

7. What do you do for fun during your time off?
I spend my days off having quality time with family and shopping with them. I also enjoy taking overseas clients coming from Japan and other countries, on tours around my favorite places in Bali.

8. What is something you’d like guests to know about a rainstopper?
Rain is natural and sometimes we cannot predict when it will fall. My suggestion for guests who would like to hold an event, is that they should find a location that has a back up venue especially during rainy season, just in case the rainstopper ?cannot prevent the rain during the event.

9. What happens if rain falls during an event that you’ve been hired for?
I give the client back their money if it rains.

10. What do you do for a living in the dry season?
I run a property business because being a rainstopper is not my livelihood, it is my natural calling but it cannot be the main source of income for my family.

As a Pinterest addict, Well-Placed-Insider has pinned at least a gazillion pictures on “All things weddings”, from the decor, wedding dress, bridesmaid’s dresses, cake, favors (do you know that people give sunglasses and flip-flops away now?), to the table set up and how to style and ultra-cute ring-bearer. Weddings inspire a pond of creativity.

But above all that, perhaps the most important decision a couple must make is the venue. A venue that is not only a beautiful backdrop for all the above but is also easy to reach, nearby accommodation and transport services, and with service that is second to none.

So imagine the dilating pupils when Well-Placed-Insider saw that the premier resort for a destination wedding in Bali, AYANA Resort and Spa, has launched SKY, a unique and exciting location for couples to say ‘I do’.

Enjoying maximum privacy and 180-degree cliff-top ocean and sunset views, SKY is located in a tranquil stretch of AYANA’s 1.3 kilometer coastline above Jimbaran Bay. Part of a spectacular new 7,500 square meter multi-purpose event venue, it is the newest of eight wedding venues at the 90-hectare property. The name SKY reflects the dramatic open-air design with ceremonial steps and multi-tiered fountains cascading down to the cantilevered deck extending 3.5 meters out from the cliff, where couples feel on top of the world as they exchange vows at eye level with the horizon. You will seemingly float 35 meters above the Indian Ocean with endless views melting into the horizon!

It might sound overwhelming, but the design encompasses many intimate spaces and complete privacy. So if you are only inviting your nearest and dearest, you can opt for a ceremony on the cliff-edge deck that accommodates up to 80 people. If you’re inviting every one of your Instagram or Facebook connections then your 1,000 guests can be entertained in the surrounding gardens with a standing cocktail party. SKY is also perfect for couples who are big on photography, with its breathtaking backdrop of the shimmering ocean and AYANA’s famous sunset views, so there’s no need to travel somewhere else to get those perfect wedding snaps. I hate to say I told you so… but the SKY is the limit.


For inquiries, contact weddings@ayanaresort.com or phone +62 361 702222.

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

AYANA and RIMBA’s management team last week spent a day ‘on the floor’ doing jobs such as dishwashing, guest service, watressing, and engineering, in a bid to analyze service processes and further improve guest experiences and employee satisfaction. As John F. Kennedy once said; “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” Here are some snaps of the team ‘on the job’ during their cross-training experience.

RIMBA Food & Beverage Manager Harry Nugroho becomes chief talent scout for a day, as he reviews the training schedule at Human Resources office and CVs for job applicants.

Engineering Director Esti Hariyono washes dishes for a change, using the equipment that his team spend so much time maintaining!

Human Resources assistant director Putu Linawati (center) gets ready to welcome guests at Spa Reception. Apparently she gives a pretty good shoulder rub! Dare you to ask her in your job interview ;)

Public Relations & Marketing Communications Director Marian Carroll serves a guest at To'ge, as she returns back to her university days of waiting tables.

Director of Finance Jones Widjaja welcomes guests to Rock Bar Bali as he moves offices for a day - not a bad view from here!