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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So your holiday is coming up. No stressful back-to-back meetings, no panic mode when the alarm goes off. You have even packed a new wardrobe to flaunt your best assets. The challenge is ?to keep them after you return from tropical Bali; where cocktails and flavor rich cuisines will be your new besties.

Follow these tips at AYANA to ensure your waistline survives a spillover, without having to commit to a militant Atkins Diet after the holiday. Because that is no fun for anyone!

Freeflow champagne

Not. This is another form of bubbles available at AYANA’s award-winning spa. Sign up for a session at the Aquatonic Pool and immerse yourself in 700 million liters of water directly supplied from the underlying Indian Ocean to rehabilitate injured muscles, improve circulation and metabolism, relieve stress and for relaxation and drop 500 calories. Yes, you read that right, 500 calories per session! Say no more, I’ll drink to that!

Namaste.

As one guilty Yoga ditcher, Well-Placed Insider learned the hard way that it was a bad decision; after seeing ladies rocking cute swimwear and toned limbs at the beach. And they said yoga was the one to thank! Outdoor yoga is more enticing than a cooped-up class, so I choose Sunrise Yoga at Chandra Surya to embrace the discipline. Performed on landscaped lawns against spectacular ocean views at AYANA Resort and Spa, a qualified yoga instructor will lead you through Surya Namaskara movements to stretch your body and energize your mind.

Bring your nutritionist along on your holiday.

Oops… You are not Oprah. But, you can bring your nutritionist’s philosophies with you.

Over-indulgence in culinary adventures is mandatory on any ‘holiday bucket list’. ?But do not get carried away if you want to avoid that post-holiday crash diet. Plan your meals with AYANA’s Spa Cafe chefs; Agung and Dedi. They can suggest you healthy and tasty meals where calories and nutrition have been carefully counted to make sure your jeans stay as loose as when you first arrived. Or even a bit looser!

Kubu Stairclimb Challenge.

There are 197 steps to Kubu Beach for your competitive soul to beat. And no inclinator to get you back up. But the crystal-clear turquoise water is reward enough for all the sweat (and calories) you will have released. A seaside jaunt will fill your lungs with fresh air and release those endorphins to keep you in a good mood all day long. Extra benefit? ?A dose of Vitamin D is recommended daily by your doctor!

Jogging or Cycling Tour

AYANA’s extensive 77 hectares of gardens are surrounded by lush, tall trees, so you will enjoy the scenery and shade. For a more challenging course, turn left after exiting the resort’s security gate and head downhill to the large temple, your journey back up will have you puffing! If you want to include some culture in your itinerary, rent the resort’s bicycle and ask their guest activities staff to escort you to the local fish market. Fish contains fewer calories than red-meat and has more protein, so select your favorite and sign up for a cooking class at AYANA afterwards.

Stroke some laps at AYANA’s Infinity Pool.

The resort has five amazing pools. Do laps at the 25 meters Main Upper Pool; with Bali’s beautiful blue sky against the horizon as your backdrop, freestyling would never feel this rewarding!

TRX your biceps and legs

Have you been waiting to wear that muscle tee you just purchased online? (It is okay to admit you bought a muscle shirt :-)) Or those cute shorts? Tone your whole body with TRX suspension at AYANA’s fitness center. The resort’s professional trainers will guide your technique and target specific areas. Bottoms up!

Back-hand and swings

Fan of ball games? Practice your back-hand and maintain your firm and lean look at the resort’s tennis pavilion. Or, make sure your swing stays well oiled with a round at AYANA’s 18 hole golf-putting course.

Now, go pack your suitcase, include a pair of sneakers, and enjoy an energetic escape at AYANA Resort and Spa. Or, ignore all of the above and make the only exercise you do the bicep curl as you raise your cocktail glass to your lips once again.

The choice is all yours!

 

Miss Universe contestants from Western Australia yesterday took on a stair climb challenge at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, in preparation for the Miss Universe national finals in Melbourne on 12 July.

The six beauties conquered the 197 steps at AYANA’s private Kubu Beach with grace and poise, before being rewarded with a rejuvenating two-hour therapeutic session in the resort’s Aquatonic Seawater Therapy Pool, one of the world’s largest thalasso pools.

Finally, they wrapped up their day with sunset cocktails at Rock Bar-bypassing the queue to Bali’s most iconic sunset look-out spot.

The stairclimb challenge was part of a week-long fitness and pampering retreat in Bali for the six WA finalists: Tamlin Dobrich, Kirsten Clemens, Meaghan Slattery, Charlotte Goodlet, Caris Tiivel and Rachel Ayris (sister of current Miss Universe Australia, Renae Ayris).

They were selected from a field of 24 Miss Universe WA finalists last month, following judging rounds that included casual wear, swimwear and formal evening gowns. The woman deemed Australia’s finest will be heading to the Miss Universe 2013 finals at a venue yet to be disclosed. It will be the 62nd Miss Universe pageant.

The ever so poised finalists and their chaperone pose gracefully after tackling the Kubu Beach 197 stair-climb challenge. TWICE. Go girls!

Run Forest Run! This beauty can beat any beast in a sprint race, any day.

 

 

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:

  1. Reserve a table for two at one of AYANA’s 7 restaurants. It could be Padi or Damar Terrace if she has a taste for Asian cuisine, Sami Sami if Italian is her favorite or Dava if she wants to French it up! Before dinner, leave a secret note to the restaurant staff so that at the end of her meal, she will be presented with a Traditional pavlova with berries compote and white coffee ice cream. The sweetness of the fruits, crunchiness of the meringue and silkiness of the cream will end her dinner with a perfect twist. The Pavlova is available at Sami Sami, Padi, Damar Terrace and Dava only on May 12, Rp80,000++/portion.
  2. Let her know that she is and will always be “Forever Beautiful” ?with this 2, 5 hour treatment by the same name at Thermes Marins Bali Spa at AYANA. It will begin with a Frangipani Bouquet Massage using natural frangipani flowers, followed by a body scrub or masque, and flower milk bath filled with red roses and white frangipanis. At the end of the treatment, Mom will enjoy a Thermes Marins refreshing facial to leave her skin more radiant and youthful looking -to have people guessing if she really is a mother! Forever Beautiful is priced at RP2,300,000++ per person. Available with a Gift Certificate to be delivered directly to Mom on Mother’s Day.

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:

  • When did you first fall in love with cycling?It all started when I was a kid and I used to cycle around my neighborhood. It was during a touring expedition in 1993 that I got hooked and before I could realize it, I was already in deep love with my new passion of cycling.
  • Do you often spend your day-off cycling around the island?There was a time when I used to do so. I used to completely indulge myself cycling to new villages and struggled to find quality time with my family. My wife used to get so furious that one day she broke my bicycle’s wheel. You can very well imagine the intensity of her disappointment! But ever since, I scheduled ?one day only each week for biking.
  • When was your last big cycling tour?Where did you go?My last big cycling tour was to Komodo?National Park in September 2012. The National Park is located on Komodo Island, between the?islands?of Sumbawa and Flores. It was organized by Kompas; a publishing house in Indonesia and the tour was supported by the government. Komodo island is famous for its natural habitat and as the home to the?komodo dragon (the largest lizard on earth). I was also privileged to meet Mr Zulkifli Hassan, Indonesia’s Minister of Forestry during the event. The experience of seeing all the komodos and the new friendships forged during the trip made it an unforgettable 654km cycling tour.
  • When is your next big tour?My next cycling tour is scheduled in July this year and I am very excited, yet nervous, to be going to Switzerland. It will start on 25th?of July and continue until the 8th?of August . I will also be participating in the Bali Triathlon on 23 June 2013. The Triathlon is a very good event for me to join, not just because of the trophy but I also see it as a training ground where I can test and stretch my ability to achieve more. This year it is good timing for me, as the Triathlon will set the pace for the tour through the Swiss Alps.
  • Will you teach your children to pursue a similar hobby?I will try and teach them, but I will not push them into it. They can have other hobbies that they truly like. My son loves football and I am happy that he likes it. I think everyone has a right to choose their hobbies and I will support my son’s choice.
  • How is your role at AYANA affected by your hobby?My hobby of cycling completely harmonizes with my role at AYANA and helps me to stay fit. I am lucky that my role as Guest Activities Attendant gives me an additional opportunity to be on my bicycle, as I lead guests on bicycle tours around Jimbaran and the resort.
  • What is your dream bicycle?A titanium bike with 29-inch wheels. The material is light but very strong and can last for years. I may buy it after my Swiss tour.
  • Any philosophy of cycling that you can share?Cycling is like our life, it is more to the journey rather than the destination. There are up-hills and down-hills. When we are confronted with trials and hardships, it

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:

  • relief of the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, back and muscular pain, tension and stress
  • muscle toning, reduction in cellulite, improved metabolism and cardiovascular functioning
  • strengthening of immune system and lymphatic drainage for muscle repair, improved sleep quality and relaxation
  • skin detoxification and nourishment to support anti-ageing therapies

The Freeflow Bubbles Package is valid until 30 June 2013 and priced as below:
3 day Freeflow Bubbles Passport
Rp.1.350.000++

5 day Freeflow Bubbles Passport
Rp.2.125.000++

7 day Freeflow Bubbles Passport
Rp.2.800.000++

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:

As part of the event, Rock Bar hosted Singaporean-based Japanese bartender Akihiro Eguchi. After judging 20 contestants from Bali' s most high-profile bars in the first round of the Bali competition held at AYANA, Akihiro Eguchi, who is a previous winner of the DIAGEO Reserve World Class Challenge, got behind the bar at Rock Bar to serve up his signature 'Sun Flower' consisting of Ketel One Vodka, passionfruit, fresh grapefruit juice, Absinth and sugar syrup. It sure made the sun come out here!

It was a pretty tense moment for the bartenders. In this photo, one contestant gives a classic cocktail a retro-chic, vodka-based twist.

 

Congratulations to our Beverage Manager D'Agisna Ramdhani (above left) who won 3rd place with his 'Burnt Orange Chocopolitan' consisting of KetelOne Vodka 40 ml, Creme de Cacao White 20 ml, Burnt Orange infused Tripple Sec 20 ml, Egg white 10 ml, Kintamani Orange Jelly 20 ml. Well done, D'Agisna! Watch out for his creation to hit the Rock Bar and Martini Bar menus soon.

Love Affair

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:

 

Maine Lobster

Citrus Maine lobster ceviche with tomato coulis and lobster
gelee,

egg parfait with salmon roe

Or

Scallop Carpaccio

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

Or

Seafood Bisque

Seafood bisque with salad of Dungeness crab,

brioche crumbs and rouille

Black Cod

Pan-roasted black cod with prawn butter gratin, ratatouille stuffed

conchiglie pasta and lemon basil emulsion

Or

Jimbaran Bay Lobster

Lobster tail au gratin on pineapple carpaccio with
red beets,

pumpkin and pistachio agnolotti

Lamb Loin

Roasted lamb loin with pistachio puree, preserved lemon

sauce vierge with
goat’s milk feta and mint

Or

Beef Tenderloin

Grain fed beef tenderloin with pine nuts and bacon
fricassee,

chestnut ragout with beetroot relish and brie mousse

Strawberry Frappe

Strawberry and Champagne frappe with mascarpone sorbet,

jellied rhubarb compote and pecan crumble

Or

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…

Mike's Band take to the stage: Rock Bar's most popular performance of 2012 came back from their hometown Jakarta to usher in 2013.

 

DJ Mandra, spinning his mantra!

 

Happy peole, happy faces joining the countdown.

 

Putting on a game face to welcome a new exciting year.

 

Lead singer Mike had the crowd spellbound with his beautiful voice.

 

Elva, the liquid chef, shakes it up.

 

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