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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Greetings! Allow me to introduce myself, I am Gede (Big) Bear, and I have checked-in to AYANA for the festive season. My first port of call was of course Thermes Marins Spa, where I enjoyed a reflexology treatment and nourishing cream bath (Indonesia’s version of a conditioning head massage which was absolute bliss for my frazzled fur!) I’d heard this spa was voted the #1 in the World by Conde Nast readers this year, and I can only agree with the voters. It is definitely the best pampering experience I’ve ever had, and I’ve had quite a few in my neck of the woods!

I also joined the hotel’s little guests for the Teddy Bear Tea with Santa last Saturday, and have been moving around between the pools, restaurants, lobby, Club Lounge and Rock Bar. Obviously I’m not shy of having my photo taken!

I have to say I’ve been most impressed with the Christmas decorations. There are no boring old Christmas trees here, instead there are custom-made trees using local, sustainable materials, designed by French floral artist Sebastien Lathuile and hand-crafted by Balinese artisans.? I had the privilege to meet Sodikin, the Florist Manager who worked on the concept with Sebastien.

“In the 14 years since I first joined this resort as florist supervisor, this is the biggest budget I’ve had for Christmas decorations. It’s about three times last year’s budget, when we just had standard Christmas decorations,” said Sodikin. “This year, we wanted to do something really unique and so we went back-to-nature with materials such as rattan, recycled wood, seashells, cinnamon sticks and other spices such as star anise and vanilla. It was a celebration of Bali’s rich natural resources and artistic heritage, which can be seen in the intricate carvings and fine handiwork. The result is striking and I am glad that you like it.”

Like it? We love it! There are beautiful seashell stars hanging from frangipani and banyan trees throughout the gardens, a 4-meter-high tree in the lobby made of recycled wood, a pure white seashell tree at Dava, and other unique creations dotted around the property. Great job Sodikin and Sebastien, I can’t wait to see what Santa puts under these beautiful trees!

Merry Christmas to everyone, and Happy New Year!

Love Gede Bear

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