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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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”

Parma ham and mozzarella bocconcini,balsamic and arugula

Penne Amatriciana, smoked bacon and spicy tomato sauce

Pepper marinated strawberries with homemade strawberry ice cream

“Roma”

Minestrone, mixed vegetables soup with homemade pasta

Saltimbocca, veal escalope with Parma ham and white wine sauce

Star anise infused pineapple with pineapple sorbet

“Venice”

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++

“Milan”

Grilled Sumatran Asparagus with Hollandaise sauce, rocket bouquet

Baked scallops with citrus salsa and potato risotto

Chocolate creme brulee with chocolate ice cream

“Genova”

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

“Verona”

Grilled eggplants and rosemary with tuna and capers sauce

Linguini with calms and tomato sauce

Warm apple tart with vanilla ice cream, berries sauce

Lee Abbamonte is the youngest American to visit every country in the world. Along the way, he has ducked gunfire in Libya, raced camels along the beach in Kenya, and entered the eternal home of the Dalai Lama. Of all the places he has visited, Bali is one of his favorites, and he has called AYANA the best resort he has ever stayed in. Originally from New York, Lee now calls himself a ‘citizen of the earth’. He spoke to AYANA about what drives him to explore far beyond guide book hit lists

So you are known as ‘The youngest American to visit every country in the world’, how does that feel?

I feel honored for sure. I am doing what I love and it just so happens that the world is taking note about it and recognizing it.

You must have a few passports?

Yes! I have changed my passport 10 times.

How many years did it take you to travel to every country in the world?

It took me about 13 years. The last country I visited was Libya, in August 2011 just months after war had broken out. It was an extraordinary one
as I got mixed up in a shoot-out between Libyan border control and cigarette smugglers from Egypt trying to cross the border at the same time as me. Ironically, it had nothing to do with the war! I ducked down inside the car and the driver put the car into reverse and got us out of the firing line, and we waited for it to ease for about three hours. I then spent three days in Libya and felt completely comfortable the whole time I was there, no issues at all.

How many places have you visited in Indonesia?

I have visited most of the cities from all of the 33 provinces in all five major islands: Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Irian Jaya.
The first place I visited in Indonesia was Batam, via boat from Singapore. Now, I have nearly 15,000 fans from Indonesia on my Facebook page, and most of them also follow my blog.

Is this your first time in Bali?

This is my second time on the island. I was here four years ago and I loved it so much. I adore the people, the beauty of its nature, the beaches, and the culture. That is why I have come back.

What do you think about Indonesian people? Or, to be specific, your fans or readers from Indonesia?

They are very warm and kind. They invite me to come to their hometowns, their villages, which I would love to do someday. It would be very interesting to stay with them, being so close with the local community.

Has it always been your dream, to visit every country in the world?

Not at all, it just happened this way. I did have a target to visit 100 countries, and I had achieved that by the age of 25. And I just kept on going. I love traveling and meeting new people, experiencing different cultures, and I am going to keep doing it.

What about in your own country? Have you visited all the 50 states?

I crossed 49 out of 50. I am only missing Michigan! But I will go there soon to watch a hockey championship. Sports are also one of my interests when I visit new places, other than the culture, food and of course the nature of each place.

Do you always travel alone?

I have some regular travel companions who join me for some trips, but people need not only money, but also time to be able to travel, and they may not always have it. So most of the time, I travel alone. Company is good but can be tricky too. I mean, nothing is worse than being stuck with someone who you are not comfortable with on the road. I had a bad experience once, when a girl I barely knew joined me for a trip. It was not her thing, let’s just put it that way. She found it hard to adjust to new places, kept complaining and was easily annoyed by things that I was already used to or prepared for.

What inspires you to travel?

What gets me started is my passion. But what keeps me going is actually my ‘biggest fear’. Fear of not knowing. Fear of being limited to education,
fear of not knowing the world that you are living in. And though information can now be obtained from anywhere, I feel a different satisfaction if I can see, touch, and am in it. The way to combat my fear is by going places.

What is the biggest influence you get from travelling so much?

I feel that it affects not only my knowledge, but my perspective towards life. I can see and understand why people think the way they think, be it political, cultural or otherwise. I may have different opinions from them but I can always find room in me to understand, by learning about the place where they came from.

How many days in a year do you spend traveling?

It really depends on a lot of things but in general, I can spend from four to eight months away from my home in New York City. I keep writing and posting images to my blog in between places which keeps me busy.

And how do you stay fit on the road?

It is not easy as I do enjoy trying new foods. I try to be disciplined with exercise and I walk a lot too.

Are there any other projects you are working on?

I am doing a TV program; it is called “Top Spot”. It will launch on October 18th on Discovery Network’s Travel Channel. It is a
review of hotels and places I have visited, and the local activities I got to experience.

Way Finder

“No matter how hard the situation, when you really look for a way, you will find it. ” Pratiwi Setianingrum – ROLE Models trainee as waitress

Where are you from? Surabaya, East Java.

What do you think about this R.O.L.E program and how did you get the opportunity?
My grandma told me about R.O.L.E I lived with her since I was a kid when my parents got divorced. So I actually was not wishing for a chance to have a better education considering my situation. This is like a university for me. I am trained with F&B skills, English, gardening and cooking at their training center in Nusa Dua, and getting a training opportunity at AYANA, I am confident I will do better .

What gets you excited about being a R.O.L.E student? And what makes you nervous?
I love the trainers at R.O.L.E and how R.O.L.E connects me to AYANA. I am a little nervous about interacting directly with guests at AYANA but I guess I will get used to it and gain confidence every step of the way.

Has a career in the hotel industry always been your passion? If so, in which area specifically?
Yes. Always. I want to be a restaurant manager someday and to go there; I have to learn how to be a good waitress. Also, I love doing administration work! Maybe after this, I can apply as an admin assistant.

What is your message to friends?
Never give up. No matter how hard a situation might be, there has to be a way as long as we do not give up. R.O.L.E and AYANA is my way out of my difficult situation.