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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Fourteen underprivileged Indonesian women have begun three months of on-the-job training at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali as part of the second annual ‘ROLE Models’ program in partnership with R.O.L.E Foundation.The women are training as either Food &Beverage servers, Cooks or Spa Therapists.

Here’s another up close interview with one of them, Nunu Windarwati.

“Age should never stop you. That’s laziness, not age.”- Nunu Windarwati, R.O.L.E trainee with Padi restaurant’s culinary team.

Where are you from?
Malang, East Java, but I have lived in Bali with my husband and children for more than 15 years.

What do you think about this R.O.L.E program and how did you get the opportunity?
R.O.L.E is like a bridge to my dream. And I am in my 40s! I got the information from the social division at my home church. Basically, we were informed that R.O.L.E can provide education, training programs and job opportunities for the poor and disadvantaged. I immediately signed up to study English, cooking, gardening, basic F&B service, and other skills at R.O.L.E’s Nusa Dua training facility, and earn a small allowance working at the Foundation’s non-profit cafe.

What gets you excited about being a R.O.L.E student? And what makes you nervous?
The training program is not as easy as people would think. We work really hard. To have this opportunity of a training program at AYANA is ‘the light at the end of the tunnel’. It is like a reward for my hard work in learning new things, the fruit from pushing myself to the limit considering my background and my age. That excites me. But I am at the same time nervous about working with people who are so talented in this big resort.

Has a career in the hotel industry always been your passion? If so, in which area specifically?
To me, yes. Truth be told, I was about to give up considering my age and knowing the competition out there. Now I feel fortunate that I am doing my training at AYANA… and especially in the kitchen! I love to cook. And I now can dream about doing it not only for family but as a profession. Career begins at 40? Why not?

What is your message to friends?
Do not let your age or your past stop you from becoming the person that you want to become.

What do you want to achieve?
To work as a professional cook in a hotel. Many hotels are opening in Bali and I am confident to give it a serious shot once both R.O.L.E and AYANA certificates are earned.

Fourteen underprivileged Indonesian women have begun three months of on-the-job training at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali as part of the second annual ‘ROLE MODELS’ program, in partnership with R.O.L.E Foundation. The women are training as either Food & Beverage servers, Cooks or Spa Therapists.

Well-Placed Insider had an up close interview with one of them, Maria Ekawati.

” Many dare to dream… But not all of them are bold enough to wake up and try to make it come true. I woke up from my dream, found ROLE and I am now getting closer every day to grasp a realization”- Maria Ekawati, R.O.L.E Foundation student and trainee at Thermes Marins Bali at AYANA.

Where are you from?
Riau, Sumatra. I have lived in Bali for more than 10 years.

What do you think about this R.O.L.E program and how did you get the opportunity?
A social division clerk at church shared the information about it. I remember, around 18 women registered. Knowing that R.O.L.E can provide education and training programs, and not to mention the job offers R.O.L.E can link us to. I signed up as well. At R.O.L.E, I study English, gardening, basic F&B service, and the most important for me is Spa training at R.O.L.E ‘s Nusa Dua training facility.

What gets you excited about being a R.O.L.E student? And what makes you nervous?
The training is hard. From the total 18 friends I know registered, 15 have already left. But… to carry the AYANA name on your shoulder, even only as a trainee… to me, this is big. Real big. On the other side, that name is what is getting me nervous too. I always question myself, what did I do to deserve this wonderful opportunity? How can I deliver as expected by the guests who are assuredly a high profile? Will I disappoint my seniors at AYANA? How to make them proud?

Has a career in the hotel industry always been your passion? If so, in which area specifically?
I dream about it, I wish for it, I visualize it in my everyday life. I am a big believer of reaching for a big dream and this is one such dream. My passion is in the Spa industry. So, you can imagine how thankful I am to get my first chance at this worldly known Spa.

What is your message to your other friends?
Dream big. But do not forget to wake up!

What do you want to achieve?
Be a professional spa therapist. And with this training program at AYANA, I think I am armed enough to someday apply for a job. Maybe… at AYANA.

Well-Placed Insider is starting to get all giddy about the next performer at Rock Bar . If you also have been eyeing the high tide chart of this ‘must see’ bar in Bali, do not forget to save the date to be part of the crowd this 20-21 July 2012, with Kristian Hernandez!

Not only did his fame come from his talent as a turntablist, but also from his uncanny ability to stir up a dance floor all across the globe from Sydney to Paris, London, New York, Japan and many other places in between. Kristian Hernandez is a big believer of universality in music. The
result is a multi-genre style of Afro Latin rhythms, funk meters, jazz, soul and hip hop blended into a harmony that only Kristian can live up to.

Get ready to dance!

 

Kristian Hernandez

 

Top five tips and tricks from your Well-Placed Insider to make the most of your holiday in Bali:

Know your destination. Better yet, your hotel.
Read online reviews, browse through the hotel website so you can get to know the facilities and places of interests around the area. What is the best way to get there, which local attractions to visit, the must-see experiences… The smartest move is to reserve a holiday packagewhich includes transfer services, dining, tours and spa experiences. Hassle free!

Get to the airport on time.
Even though it seems reasonable to run or even sprint through the airport in your newly purchased espadrilles to get to the check in counter just before check-in closes, a better option is to keep in shape around your beach resort, not the airport. Time and place, people. So, leave the house early and do not risk an airport meltdown.

Mums and Dads: Reserve a hotel with a Kids Club is on site.
Yes, if you are with family, you are there to make your children happy. But never forget that you too deserve some time off. So, spare a day where you can pamper yourself and your spouse at the Spa while your little ones are occupied and stimulated with fun activities at the Kids Club. Both the children and you will be in a better holiday mood when reunited, and you may be surprised to hear them begging to go back to the Kids Club for more.

Never miss an opportunity to do physical activity.
Find a hotel or resort with a wide selection of guest activities, be it trekking, cycling tour along the beach , yoga session or even perfume-making. Not only will this help you stay fit but also save you from that ‘seems to stick forever’ holiday weight.

Be Adventurous!
Challenge your appetite, try the authentic cuisine, join a cooking class, get your picture taken in a traditional costume, and watch a cultural performance you will never find in your hometown. AYANA even provides a perfume making class for guests wanting to bring a bottle of a ‘Bali Essence’ to their home.