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.

Rooms & Villas



Sir Norman Jay, who performed for President Obama’s inauguration and received a medal from the Queen of England for his services to music, opened Bali’s high season at Rock Bar on 23 June. Over 500 guests came to enjoy sunset before dancing the night away to classic soul, reggae, hip hop, and house beats under the starry sky. Enjoy these snapshots of the event.

Audio Flirt warmed up the crowd, along with Jack McCord (Hed Kandi), Martin East and Joe White.

Hula hoops lit up the dance floor


Dancing under - and with- the stars

Sir Norman Jay in action. Doing what he does best.

Ride my bike!

Ready to swim away at Bali International Triathlon 2012

The runners getting closer to finish line


Top 3 Olympic Distance Male: 1 Stephane Vander Bruggen 2. Bryan Hoare 3.Tim Green Photo


Top 3 Olympic Distance Female: 1. Stef Puszka 2. Michelle Boyes 3. Sherry Coons-Mueller


(Photo courtessy : Femina Group and Biznet )

“What is in a name? That which we call a rose… By any other name would smell as sweet.” William Shakespeare

Do you believe that a name can tell a lot about a person, a character? Here, Well-Placed Insider shares a story of how this resort got its name.

Wayan Suarnaya, aka Linud is a Balinese man whose official duty is to share the culture of Bali with visitors at the resort. He is also the person who christened AYANA. How did he come up with the resort’s iconic name?

One day, he was reading ‘Purana’, an epic Sanskrit story about the Goddess Ambika or Durga leading the eight Matrikas in battle against the demon Raktabija. The story referred to ‘ayana’, a place where the gods took a rest. Linud was struck by the concept and he kept thinking back to it, as he visualized AYANA as such a utopia that is so hushed, tranquil and holy that even gods would lay there for quiescence.

When a competition to name the resort’s 3-bedroom Presidential Villa was held in 2008, Linud submitted the name AYANA to the management, as it so perfectly suited the sanctuary offered by the luxurious 3-bedroom villa located on the cliff-edge. With lush gardens, pool and gazebo facing the ocean, he thought it is not difficult to imagine that gods would seek respite in such a beautiful place.

Needless to say, Linud won the competition. The name struck such a chord with guests and team members alike that a year later, when the property rebranded, management decided to use AYANA as the name for the Resort, as it reflected the ambience and tranquility of the whole property. A place where the gods would seek refuge from everyday pressures, to rebalance and refresh their senses.

Now you may also be interseted to know how Linud got his name; it is an acronym of Lintas Udara, which means The Air Force. Seems he was always destined to reach great heights!

AYANA’s management team spent a day ‘on the floor’ yesterday doing jobs such as dishwashing, housekeeping, pool duty, cooking and guest check-in, in a bid to analyse service processes and further improve guest experience.

A divine way to practice ” A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” John Maxwell, writer.

In action here is Clive Edwards, Rooms Executive, washing dishes in Padi's kitchen and seeming to quite enjoy the change from his office scenery!

This is what you get when you are being checked-in by our Human Resources Director; Cynthia de Mesa Jendra... an obvious gesture of a sincere heart! A key requirement for all staff at AYANA.

Here, Michi Sonoda, AYANA's Japanese Business Development Director is trying to make the perfect sunny side up for our guests at breakfast time. Or... make that a scrambled egg instead...

Esti Haryono our Director of Engineering is having a full day at the pool area taking care of towels and not cables

Athor Budiono, AYANA's Financial Director is used to dealing with numbers... Here, he is trying hard to make the cushions sit perfectly -- perhaps like a 'balance sheet'-- as he spends a day working as a Housekeeper.

" Well this one can go directly into my kitchen" says Giordano Faggioli, AYANA's Executive Chef who is acting as a Receiving Officer.