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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Whether if you are looking for some kind of healing, a cultural awakening, a repeat of movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ or just soaking up the sun, sand and pampering on this tropical island, Bali offers it all. In this blog, we highlight Jimbaran, a very special place where visitors get to witness the extraordinary beauty of ordinary Balinese everyday life. Here are some of our favourite things to do in Jimbaran :

1. Jimbaran Fish Market
Get up early one morning and head to the village’s main beach to see the local fishermen tether their boats and bring their fresh catches from the sea. The people here still live the traditional life of this historic fishing village, and you can go by hotel car or metered taxi, or cycle if you are feeling active!

2. Temples
Every temple is different in Bali, with their own distinguished history from one to another. Jimbaran is easily accessible to Pura Luhur Uluwatu otherwise known as Uluwatu Temple, which is located on the southwestern tip of the island, perched on the cliff-top of a high cliff overlooking the famous Uluwatu surf break. To reachthis sacred temple, you can go by hotel car or metered taxi, it will take 25-35 minutes. Another nearby temple is Pura Ulun Siwi which is a 10 minute drive away, and is very close to the large fruit and vegetable markets in the center of Kedonganan village. Or, wander over to RIMBA’s temple located opposite the car park; ask one of our staff to accompany you, and we will be happy to explain about the various rituals of daily life, and assist you with a blessing ceremony at our temple.

3.Jenggala Ceramics
Located just 5 minutes’ drive from the resort, this world-class gallery has been creating gorgeous handcrafted ceramics and glassware for over 35 years. Browse the large showroom at their Jimbaran headquarters, or take a class in their workshop and create your own designer piece of ceramics to take home. Jenggala’s Make-and-Paint-a-Pot is available daily from 9am to 5pm. Siutable for children and adults. There is also a cafe inside the gallery.

4. Surfing
Bali is reowned for its surfing, and a lot of the best breaks are located along the southern peninsula nearby Jimbaran. Intermediate level surfers may want to try toro-toro reef near the right side of the Airport. Advanced surfers go to Balangan, Padang-Padang, Bingin or Uluwatu, which are between 20-30 minutes from the resort.

For more information on activities in and around Jimbaran, please contact us on guest.relations@ayanaresort.com

While ‘love’ on the tennis court normally reflects no score, it was the opposite for one couple who proved that it can be the ultimate Grand Slam. Australian-based couple Clarrie and Dominic met during a tennis tournament in 2007, when Dominic says he fell in love at first sight of watching Clarrie in action on the court. Seven years later, and many tennis games later, they chose AYANA Resort and Spa Bali to tie the knot.

Now residing in Australia, Clarrie was originally from Singapore and Dominic from Malaysia. Bali was a convenient central meeting point for their families from their home countries, as well as friends from Sydney where most of their 62 guests would be traveling from. “We had never visited Bali and did our research online and AYANA stood out from the rest. With the amazing cliff side views, we easily made our decision,” said Clarrie. They wanted the best sunset views and chose the exclusive three-bedroom 3,000sqm AYANA Villa as their wedding venue on 9 September 2014.

The decorations followed a mint and coral theme as coral is Clarrie’s favorite color. The couple created an unusual hashtag #mroxandmrspigheah for guests uploading photos of their big day; the name came from the fact that Dominic was born in the year of Ox and Clarrie was born in the year of pig, and Heah is their surname. They even had AYANA’s team create special touches like a tennis ball wedding cake in honor of their first encounter.

Clarrie calls her thoughts and feelings of the big day: “It was a day filled with anxiety, tears and extreme happiness. Friends, family, great food and first-class service made for a truly unforgettable experience and a fantastic way to start our journey as husband and wife.”

So, the moral of the story is, if you are still searching for your other half, do not lose hope as love turns up in unlikely places, even on a tennis court! Clarrie and Dominic’s seven year journey also proves that the fabled ‘seven year itch’ is not set in stone. And so we pronounce, Game Set & Match to Clarrie and Dominic! Congratulations on a beautiful wedding and best wishes for your life together.

Many of our guests return to their homes with fond memories of Bali, of the people they met here and the friends they made for life. Amongst those friends, our cuddly Golden Retriever, Laura is perhaps the most popular! Born at the resort on 25 August 2007, Laura joined the extended family and from the age of 8 months old started training for our K9 security squad. The training involved a lot of discipline and techniques to sharpen her senses to detect explosive materials. An energetic and enthusiastic student, she passed the course and went on to a successful career, welcoming our guests and employees at the main entrance and screening visitors’ cars and bags to ensure the security and safety of all.

But her work went beyond security; in 2012, she created a lifelong memory for a couple who got married at Tresna Chapel. Upon arriving at the resort for their wedding, the couple met Laura and she looked so much like their own Golden Retriever named Pepsi (who could not travel to Bali for the wedding) that the bride arranged for Laura to attend their wedding. It was a complete surprise to the groom, to see Laura walking down the aisle!

However, after 8 years of diligent work, Laura reached the age of retirement and it was time to find her a new home. Our Chief Leader of Security, Pak Andreas – who was Laura’s guarding partner since she was a puppy – adopter her last month in February 2015, and loves her like his own child.

“Laura is like family to us, I never put her in a cage,” said Pak Andreas. “I let her interact with my family even with my little jealous Chihuahua, Fixie, and I take her for a walk every morning or afternoon, whenever I have time.”

AYANA Resort and Spa Bali has 25 dogs in our K9 squad, including Dobermans, Labradors and Golden Retrievers. We started to breed them in 2005. Each of our pawed friends is precious to us, and part of our family. We are grateful to all for their dedicated years safeguarding us and our guests. Enjoy your well-earned retirement, Laura!

Have you ever heard of an island that completely shuts down, where there are no activities, no people and transportation on the streets, television and radios are off, no stores are open and even the airport is closed?

That’s Bali during Nyepi, which falls on 21 March this year.

Nyepi is New Year’s Day for Balinese Hindus. And while most other cultures mark their New Year with a vivacious evening that ends with fireworks, the Balinese celebrate in silence. Because we believe that Nyepi is the day to purify ourselves with Catur Brata rituals consisting of: Amati Geni (no fire or electricity), Amati Karya (no activity), Amati Lelunganan (no noise or travelling), and Amati Lelanguan (no pleasure or self-entertainment). We observe these rituals to prepare our spiritual readiness for all the challenges that the new year will bring.

In this way, we can say that Nyepi is the most important day of purification in Bali. We believe the island must be weary from working hard to please its visitors, and the New Year is the time for the island to enjoy a ‘day-off’ to rest.

But while Nyepi itself is a ‘Day of Silence’, the day before Nyepi, 20 March, will be a day of noise and rowdiness. Across the island, villagers will join an ‘ogoh-ogoh’ parade, where enormous papier-mache statues of demons will be paraded around the streets with loud music and dancing, to wake up the evil spirits. The idea is to rouse the evil spirits and trick them into thinking there is a big party, and then be silent for the next 24 hours, so that they go looking for their party elsewhere, on another island!

At AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, we have our own ogoh-ogoh parade within the resort grounds, and then from that evening Nyepi’s silence rituals begin. Although guest must remain within the resort grounds for the 24-hour period, we still have plenty of recreation available. Ten of our 15 dining venues will still be open, lights will still be on (albeit dimly-lit), televisions in rooms can be used for movies, and our resort’s complimentary shuttle will still operate between pools at AYANA and RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA. Make sure you stay up to get your seat at RIMBA Lobby’s sunken lounge to gaze at the gazillion of stars above, to complete your Nyepi escape!

P.S.: Here are some reasons of why Nyepi is the best time to visit Bali:

  • Not so many people traveling to Bali during Nyepi. So you’ll feel like the resort you’re ?staying in is all yours!
  • Quality time resting up with your loved one or the whole family, enjoying the serenity rather than exploring the island and pounding the pavement shopping. You don’t have to make an excuse to just laze by the pool all day!
  • Forget Bali’s crowds, parties and traffic; this is the only time you can enjoy the Island of Gods at the most serene time of the year with the sky, the air and the sea at their most pure.