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 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!
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance,you must keep moving.”Albert Einstein.
AYANA’ cultural ambassador Linud not only christened the resort (read the full story here:What is in a Name?), but is also one tough cyclist who has toured on two wheels around Bali, Java, Sumbawa and is now taking his wheels to Switzerland.
Well-Placed Insider caught up with him for an up-close interview:
Well-Placed Insider chats with 5 people to find out more what they really think and feel about this magical 24 hour in total silence known as Nyepi.
An expatriate:Giordano Faggioli
How many years have you lived in Bali?2 and and a half years.
What does Nyepi mean to you?Nyepi is definitely a unique festival. I am usually at work during Nyepi and I partake in the ogoh-ogoh parade around the hotel on Nyepi Eve with the team members and guests. Then for Nyepi Day, all guests of the resort are in-house, as no one can leave the property for 24 hours. The noise is kept to a minimum, all lights are dimmed and guests enjoy a peaceful view of the ocean. Quite amazing!
What amazes you the most about Nyepi?The absolute silence as a result of ‘non activity’ throughout the island.
Can you share tips for tourists who will be in Bali for Nyepi?Embrace it and experience it to the fullest. If you choose to stay in a resort or hotel, enjoy what is organized there be it the ogoh-ogoh parade, special dinner or activity, and learn to understand the roots of this festival.
A Balinese woman:Tri Widyastuti
Which part of Bali are you from?I am from West Bali, a small village called Menega.
What amazes you the most about Nyepi?The total silence it brings, since no vehicle or machinery is allowed to operate (which also means Bali airport closes down), no fire or electricity may be used, and no chores or work may be done. On Nyepi Day, Balinese people stay inside their house and gather with their family.
As a Balinese woman and mother, is there a particular ritual that you are obliged to do??Yes, Balinese women usually prepare offerings for Pengrupukan day. This is one day before Nyepi. We do a blessing ritual in and around the house and pray to the gods that the demons shall never come into our lives.
Can you share tips for tourists who will be in Bali for Nyepi?I recommend they stay at a hotel. The rules are more relaxed, as long as you do not leave the hotel grounds. Each hotel minimizes use of lighting and power, halts its shuttle/car service, and asks guests not to wander around outside or leave the property. But otherwise guests are welcome to use the resort grounds, restaurants, spa and other facilities as normal, while keeping noise to a minimum.
A city girl: Melinda Martini
Where are you from and how many years have you lived in Bali?I come from a busy city,Jakarta,and have been living in this paradise for 3 wonderful years.
Can you tell me about your first Nyepi experience?My first Nyepi,I stayed home and honestly I did not prepare anything. That was my mistake. I did not have any food and did not rent any movies. It almost felt like I was celebrating being in a ‘pause’ of life. So the next Nyepi, I was more experienced and prepared. I stayed at a hotel and ate, met people and took part in the cultural activities in the hotel.
What amazes you the most about Nyepi?I love watching the ogoh-ogoh procession, one day before Nyepi.? Also, the blue sky and fresh air that greets you early in the morning after Nyepi.
Can you share tips for tourists who will be in Bali for Nyepi?Stay in a hotel. ?That way you do not have to worry about grocery shopping before Nyepi which can be a pain because usually the queues at the supermarket are very long. Go to the spa, relax in the pool, order food and enjoy the complete tranquility!
A Balinese Priest:Made Suwitri
Which part of Bali are you from?I am from Kedonganan.
What amazes you the most about Nyepi?As a Balinese Priest, this is like the ‘ground zero’. Where we can do a meditation, and do a self-reflection.
As a Balinese priest a particular ritual that you are obliged to do?I do not lead the ceremony because my husband is also a priest. But, I help by preparing all the offerings needed.
What is the most challenging thing about celebrating Nyepi?I am doing it with all my heart and soul. So, there is nothing about Nyepi that I do not do wholeheartedly. However, when I was a younger parents, it was pretty hardtop tell my kids about the meaning of Nyepi. They did not find being in silence as something exciting. It is our responsibility as parents to cascade this religious tradition to the next generation.
A Balinese Kid: A.A Ayu Antika
How old are you?I am 8 and a half
What amazes you the most about Nyepi?It is just so quiet I cannot hear a sound. And no vehicles on the street!
Is there anything that you do not like about it?At night, it can be very dark and we are not allowed to play out in the street… and… oh, No TV! That is the worst. But I can spend time by just playing at home with my little brother.
Can you give advice to your friends on how to spend Nyepi at home?Maybe try a new thing at home like helping your parents in preparing the meals like what I am learning to do. I do that if my brother gets annoyed by me.
There are spa junkies and then there are Aqua-Spa Junkies, who once they experience thalassotherapy, quickly become addicted to the ancient healing benefits especially muscle toning, tension relief, anti-ageing, improved sleep quality and detoxification.
Well-Placed Insider is stands among this latter group, and so is very happy to share the news of the resort’s new Freeflow Bubbles Package, offering unlimited access to the world’s largest Aquatonic Seawater Therapy Pool.
Freeflow Bubbles may typically be a reference to unlimited Champagne, but AYANA’s version comes without the hangover. Rest assured that an aspirin would not be needed afterwards. In fact, your Freeflow Bubbles Passport is valid for up to seven days and will have you feeling more energized, relaxed and- yes- younger than ever! Now, who would say no to that?
An ancient healing ritual from France dating back 5,000 years, thalassotherapy’s main objective is to increase blood circulation and restore vital minerals lost as a result of stress, pollution and poor diet/lifestyle (guilty!). Well-Placed Insider has learned that the secret lies in the fact that the chemical composition of seawater is so similar to that of human blood, so the skin is able to absorb trace minerals and ions such as magnesium, potassium and calcium sulphates when immersed in water heated to body temperature. The Aquatonic Pool at AYANA’s Thermes Marins Spa contains 700 million liters of water directly supplied from the underlying Indian Ocean and warmed to optimum temperatures to rebalance such mineral deficiencies. Thanks to its floating effects, you are able to effortlessly exercise through 12 hydromassage stations containing over 60 individual therapeutic jet streams, micro-bubbles and geysers to rehabilitate injured muscles, to relieve stress and for relaxation.
If only exercising could always be this fun… who needs a sweaty cardio work-out?
These are just some of the benefits of AYANA’s Aquatonic Seawater Therapy Pool:
The Freeflow Bubbles Package is valid until 30 June 2013 and priced as below:
3 day Freeflow Bubbles Passport
5 day Freeflow Bubbles Passport
7 day Freeflow Bubbles Passport
Each session is for up to 2 hours and guests may gain access as often as they like during the Aquatonic Pool
On Monday 28th January, 20 bartenders form all around Bali including two from AYANA competed in the 2013 DIAGEO Reserve
World Class Challenge. Here are some highlights from the event:
Could it get any more romantic?
Be prepared to get swept away by the panorama as you and your loved one walk down a candle-lit path covered in frangipani flowers to a table for two under a 350-year-old Javanese joglo (ceremonial pavilion). Dozens of candles and tiki torches provide an impossibly romantic ambient glow while you are serenaded by Batak Duo musicians.
Under the canopy of the ancient pavilion, you will enjoy elevated views across vibrant tropical foliage out to the ocean, where the only interruption to your horizon are the planes journeying in and out of view in the distant star-lit sky.
The venue is not the only thing that appeals. Jusman So, Dava’s Chef de Cuisine, whose personal awards include Singapore’s Best Rising Chef (World Gourmet Summit 2008), has introduced a new menu for those wanting to relight the spark or simply ?keep the flame burning. The Asmara Romantic Dinner highlights Jusman So’s , Dava’s Chef de Cuisine, whose personal awards include Singapore’s Best Rising Chef (World Gourmet Summit 2008), has introduced a new menu for those wanting to relight the spark or simply to keep the flame burning. The Asmara Romantic Dinner highlights Jusman’s signature style, refreshing and light cuisine that blends classic European technique, the highest quality imported and local ingredients, and modern presentation. Couples can choose from the set menu options, or can request a completely personalized menu created especially for their romantic evening.
Your dinner for two starts with Citrus Maine lobster ceviche with tomato coulis and lobster gelee, egg parfait with salmon roe or Atlantic scallop carpaccio with almond cream and grapes, or Gruyere crisps with Aquitaine caviar and shaved bottarga. Your main course can either be Pan-roasted black cod with prawn butter gratin, ratatouille stuffed conchiglie pasta and lemon basil emulsion, or Lobster tail au
gratin on pineapple carpaccio with red beets, pumpkin and pistachio agnolotti.
With two options to choose from each course, it is perfect for couples who love to share, or to find out on a first date if the one you are wooing is a sharer! Even if you think you have no room for dessert, it will be impossible to say no to Strawberry and Champagne frappe with mascarpone sorbet, jellied rhubarb compote and pecan crumble or Frozen passionfruit mousse with mascarpone Bavarian, pistachio genoise and candied pistachio.
Asmara Romantic Dinner:
Citrus Maine lobster ceviche with tomato coulis and lobster
egg parfait with salmon roe
Atlantic scallop carpaccio with almond cream and grapes,
Gruyere crisps with Aquitaine caviar and shaved bottarga?
Celeriac & Truffle
Celeriac cream with shaved black truffles,
chicken jus and coddled egg
Seafood bisque with salad of Dungeness crab,
brioche crumbs and rouille
Pan-roasted black cod with prawn butter gratin, ratatouille stuffed
conchiglie pasta and lemon basil emulsion
Jimbaran Bay Lobster
Lobster tail au gratin on pineapple carpaccio with
pumpkin and pistachio agnolotti
Roasted lamb loin with pistachio puree, preserved lemon
sauce vierge with
goat’s milk feta and mint
Grain fed beef tenderloin with pine nuts and bacon
chestnut ragout with beetroot relish and brie mousse
Strawberry and Champagne frappe with mascarpone sorbet,
jellied rhubarb compote and pecan crumble
Passion Fruit Mousse
Frozen passion fruit mousse with mascarpone Bavarian,
pistachio genoise and candied pistachio
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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Here’s an up close interview by Well-Placed Insider with AYANA’s Russian speaking Guest Relations Officer, Tania Sovinska.
What brings you to Bali?
This might sound cheesy, but honestly…It is love. I am married to an Indonesian man. We met a few years ago when he and I both were at this ‘Work and Training’ program in the US. It was a cross cultural program at the Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. We became close, got married in Jakarta, and let our daring young love bring us to Bali where we both applied for jobs in the hotel industry.
What do you like most about living in Bali?
When I first landed here, it was just a day before Nyepi. It was so magical. I experienced living in a totally ‘shut down’ island, no TV, no lights, sound kept to a minimum, and no one allowed to leave the house for that day. I always wonder how the Balinese have lived according to that belief and religious tradition for centuries and are still proudly living it to this day.
How did you learn to speak Russian fluently?
I learned it from books, TV shows and daily conversations. I never took a formal course but Russian is a regional language in the Ukraine.
I am sure it helps you a lot in doing your job?
Yes, I feel comfortable speaking to Russian guests at AYANA and they feel comfortable in delivering their requests and feedback to me as well. This is an important element in guest service, since it will enhance their engagement with the hotel too. In my department, I have a Balinese friend who speaks Russian too!
How do you enjoy living and working in such a multi-cultural environment?
I love it a lot. I love getting to know the Balinese culture, how they do their prayers and offerings to their gods. I also have friends from China, Korea and we get to discuss about our country, its uniqueness and sometimes learn a word of two from each language. Fun!
And AYANA must strengthen your value of appreciating cultural differences?
Absolutely! AYANA’s philosophy creates an environment where you would feel that you are not only here to serve the guests, but also to work at your best and be a support to your friends, be it from the same or other departments. It reinforces you to set your bar higher in doing your job and appreciates you as an individual.
If you could share one of your traditions with your friends in Bali, what would it be?
I would love to teach my Indonesian friends how to make a Varenyky z vyshneu. It is a boiled dumpling with cherry, my favorite dessert from Ukraine.
Many regular visitors to Bali will tell you, finding a good wine at an affordable price has never been easy. But that all changed when a ‘made in Bali’ Australian wine range entered the market.
Here, Well-Placed Insider pours a glass of history from AYANA’S official house wine, Artisan Estate. Have a sip!
Derived from an Italian word, artigiano, Artisan means craftsman. It is an apt name for an estate formed in October 2009 by two great craftsmen; an Australian master winemaker and an Indonesian timber merchant.
Their success story started in 2001 with a big challenge: To establish a system of growing wine grapes in Australia and ultimately produce the wine in Bali. The quality, color and integrity expected of an Australian wine was to be the final result.
Craig Newton, an award-winning Australian winemaker and now Wine Marketing Specialist at Artisan Estate, set about exploring ways to achieve this goal. After years of research, the culmination marked the release of their first Artisan Chardonnay in 2009. This was soon followed by the Classic Chardonnay blend in 2010. In 2011, the highly praised Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz entered the market, the latter of which by the way, is Well-Placed Insider’s favorite!
Artisan Estate’s point of difference is quality at a great price. In the highly taxed Indonesian wine market, Artisan offers a quality Australian
wine at a locally produced price point. They manage to do this by importing 100% fresh wine grape juice from Western Australia into Bali. The delivery process must be done under strict temperature control, before it is then crafted into wine with meticulous attention to detail. That is what makes Artisan the local wine of choice for many of the top 5-star hotels and restaurants both in Bali and other regions of Indonesia.
When is a Western Australian wine not an Australian wine? When it is produced in Bali!
Artisan Estate is available at all restaurants and bars at AYANA Resort and Spa.
Sami Sami launches three new set menus for a ‘three course’ lunch or dinner.
Executive Chef Giordano Faggioli and his team have launched new set menus at Sami Sami restaurant, offering three different set menus for a delectable three-course lunch or dinner to match the cliff-edge ocean views. The new set menus reflect Chef Giordano passion for cuisine from his native Emilia Romagna region in northern Italy, renowned for its homemade fresh pasta, cured meats, and seafood fresh from the Adriatic sea.
The menus rotate daily to offer diners more choice and new experiences when they return the next day – as they invariably do. The new dishes are flavorful yet light, blending perfectly with the warm weather and the open-air trattoria-style design of the restaurant, located on a bluff overlooking the Indian Ocean, offering brilliant views any time of day and at sunset.
Lunch Set Menus Rp 210,000++
Parma ham and mozzarella bocconcini,balsamic and arugula
Penne Amatriciana, smoked bacon and spicy tomato sauce
Pepper marinated strawberries with homemade strawberry ice cream
Minestrone, mixed vegetables soup with homemade pasta
Saltimbocca, veal escalope with Parma ham and white wine sauce
Star anise infused pineapple with pineapple sorbet
Fritto misto, crispy seafood and capers with battered zucchini and eggplant
Chicken medallions, mushrooms and rosemary sauce
Vanilla ice cream with dark cherries
Dinner Set Menus Rp 255,000++
Grilled Sumatran Asparagus with Hollandaise sauce, rocket bouquet
Baked scallops with citrus salsa and potato risotto
Chocolate creme brulee with chocolate ice cream
Beetroot, oranges and sea bass salad with softened cherry tomatoes
Spaghetti with lobster, red chili, leek white wine sauce
Lemon tart with lemon sorbet, mint sauce
Grilled eggplants and rosemary with tuna and capers sauce
Linguini with calms and tomato sauce
Warm apple tart with vanilla ice cream, berries sauce