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.
AYANA and RIMBA was chosen to host the fifth annual Asia Pacific Pay TV Operators Summit 2014 (APOS 2014). In between meetings and star studded gala dinners, the participants spotted familiar faces such as Angie Miller from the Season 12 of American Idol, celebrity Chef Rachel Allen, the legendary tennis champ Martina Navratilova and other TV personalities. There were even apparently an appearrance of Darth Vader! It was an amazing event and the whole AYANA and RIMBA team was honored to be part of it.
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It was a beautiful day in Jimbaran Bali for the grand launch of UNIQUE Rooftop Bar & Restaurant on 12 April. As part of RIMBA Jimbaran Bali, UNIQUE is a chic pool club by day, evolving into a spectacular spot for sunset cocktails and dinner perched high above the treetops, with a refreshing seabreeze and views of RIMBA’s surrounding forest tot ehe ocean beyond. It brings to 15 the number of restaurants and bars across the AYANA Resort and Spa property, which is also home to RIMBA as an integrated resort, giving guests unrivaled choice to indulge their taste buds for cuisines from every corner of the globe.
After the local favorite Lapuja performed, American Idol 2010 winner Lee DeWyze brought in the sunset with his Idol-hit ‘Hallelujah’ as well as ‘Blackbird Song’ which he wrote for AMC’s Walking Dead series and tracks from new album ‘Frames’. Lee DeWyze was very gracious in smiling for the camera as all the ladies (and quite a few men!) lined up to immortalize their memory of their major eargasm (or maybe it was just me!)
The 300 guests also enjoyed a sample of UNIQUE’s new dinner menu, Moet Hennessy Champagne, Belvedere ice bar, and sideshow entertainment ranging from a laser show and live music to animal print body artist, robots in the lifts and mermaids in the pool. Yes you read that right, mermaid. The only thing missing from the party was a Unicorn!
Here are some snapshots for those of you who didn’t make it:
AYANA’s superstars were immortalized in a Walk of Fame on 21 March 2014 at a black-tie presentation event for the 2013 Canon and Zeitgeist Awards. The annual awards are held by the resort each year to recognize our team’s commitment to be Reliable, Loyal, Worldly, and Memorable, with awards presented to those team members who have upheld our commitment to excellence in their service and passion for their role.
There were 20 nominees for the annual awards, each having won a quarterly award in 2013 and undergoing intense product knowledge testing and evaluation by their departmental leaders and senior management. As they awaited the results of the annual award winners, a cabaret show opened the glamorous celebration and decadent gala dinner, with live entertainment by the resort’s talented in-house musicians.
Congratulations to the 2013 Canon and Zeitgeist winners, who each received a holiday to Singapore including accommodation at the 6-star Capella Singapore (AYANA and RIMBA’s sister hotel within Capella Hotel Group), return flights for 2 people, and spending money!
The combined forces of AYANA and RIMBA’s culinary team stole the show at Bali’s 8th Salon Culinaire Competition, taking home 10 awards from the event. Attended by thousands of people from Bali’s tourism sector and over 800 exhibiting companies from 40 countries, the competition was part of the Food, Hotel, and Tourism Expo held from 6 – 8 March 2014.
AYANA and RIMBA’s Culinary and Food & Beverage Service teams showed their mojo withan outstanding display of talent from the kitchen to the table. Competing against chefs from other 5-star Bali hotels, they won two individual awards, three individual medals, as well as five medals in the new team-category competition, Dewata Gastronomic Challenge and Wine Pairing, which scores each hotelon a 3-course menu with wine pairing and table set-up.
Congratulations to all team members on their outstanding achievement!
1. Rio Phillipus Ginting (UNIQUE Rooftop Bar) won Diploma Award for Individual Hot Cooking Meat for
“Crusted Strip Loin with Butternut Puree, Glazed Vegetable Beetroot, Foie Gras Veloute, and Yuzu Pepper Sauce”
2. Ida Bagus Adi Pratama (To’ge Restaurant) won Diploma Award for Individual Hot Cooking Meat for “Pan Roasted Beef Sirloin Steak with Sweet Purple Potato Puree and Thyme Reduction”
3. Putu Gede Harry Pramana (To’ge Restaurant) won Bronze Medal for Individual Hot Cooking Meat for “Roasted Fillet Harvey Beef Striploin, Crusted Black Truffle Broccoli with Onion Marmalade, Pumpkin Mousse and Honey Glazed Baby Vegetables, Butter Foie Gras and Thyme Zoe”
4. Dhani Iskandar (Sami Sami Restaurant) won Silver Medal for Individual Hot Cooking Fish for “Barramundi with Spicy Crab Crust on Light Sauce of Lemongrass, Micro Herbs, Spinach Tortellini and Clams”
5. I Made Erik Darmawan (AYANA Pastry) won Bronze Medal for Chocolate Pastry Showpiece and Cake for “Tulips Chocolate Showpiece and Black Pepper Chocolate Cake”
Dewata Gastronomic Challenge and Wine Pairing team won:
- Gold Medal for Best Main Course “Duo of Tokusen Grade 9+ Beef Tenderloin & Knuckle with Butternut Pumpkin and Brie Cheese Torte, Beetroot Mousse, and Onion Confit”
- Bronze Medal for Best Service
- Silver Medal for Best Creative Table Set Up with “Winter Wonderland” Theme
- Silver Medal for 3-Course Gastronomic Menu:
Appetizer: Foie Gras Terrine on Brioche with Raspberry Jelly, Spiced Pecan, Fruit Mustand, Candied Zest and Poached Apple
Main Course: Duo of Tokusen Grade 9+ Wagyu Beef Cheek & Knuckle with Butternut Pumpkin and Brie Cheese Torte, Beetroot Mousse and Onion Confit
Dessert: Valrhona Chocolate Fondant with Strawberry Parfait, Feuilletine and Candied Pistachio, Blueberry Compote and Milk Sorbet
- Gold Medal for Best Team Second Runner Up
Congratulations to the Dewata team members:
1. Patrick David Ramon (To’ge Restaurant) as Team Leader
2. Irma Anindita (RIMBA Garde Manger) for the Appetizer
3. I Ketut Juliarta (Dava Restaurant) for the Main Course
4. Tan Rio Wiyanto (RIMBA Pastry) for the Dessert
- Service and Table Set Up
1. Gede Budi Umbara (Banquet/Events) as Team Leader
2. Ngakan Made Artana Yasa (Padi Restaurant) as Sommelier
3. Putu Gede Andika Udiana (Banquet/Events) as Waiter
4. Ni Nyoman Juliani (Rock Bar) as Waitress
Well-Placed-Insider’s tough job is being tested at UNIQUE Rooftop Bar, the ultra-glamorous sunset spot located on the rooftop of RIMBA Jimbaran Bali, the sister hotel of AYANA Resort and Spa Bali. UNIQUE (named so because it is) is just as dashing and spectacular for a lunch-time chill-out and poolside fun, as it is for sundowners and beats that set the tone for all-day play.
And about those cocktails… Well-Placed-Insider was lucky enough to road-test a few and these are my favorites (at least, the ones I can remember!):
1. Electric Blue Mojito (aka Rocket Fuel Mojito)
This concoction of rum, mint leaf, blue curacao syrup and fresh lime gives a fresh sweet taste that boosts your energy… to sample another one!
2. Strawberry Rum Sundae
Made with rum infused coffee, coffee liqueur, fresh cream and a splash of grenadine syrup, and garnished with fresh strawberry, this girly drink is flavorsome and of course, has a serious caffeine effect. Now I am wide awake…
3. Tiffany Blue
Sorry, no ring in there. But this combination of white rum, coconut rum, fresh pineapple juice, coconut cream and a splash of blue syrup gives a delicious tropical beach flavor that deserves an “I do” too. Or, I do… want more.
4. Southern Nelis Pear
A good mix of fresh pear and peach fruit compounded with sweet vermouth and fresh lime to give a very fruitful zesty bite.?It is a must have for a lazy Saturday afternoon basking under the sun.
5. Ginger Cooler
Made with a thumb-sized nob of fresh ginger, squeeze of fresh lemon, Sunkist mixed with vodka, grand marnier and topped with ginger ale, this is one bold drink for someone who really knows what they want. My favorite next to Strawberry Rum Sundae!
6. Spicy Watermelon Mojito
Nothing quenches a tropical thirst like fresh, sweet watermelon. Add white rum, sugar cane, lime juice, sparkling water, home-made spicy syrup and mint, and you have the perfect summer mojito, and a new contender for my favorite UNIQUE cocktail!
And now thanks to UNIQUE’s mixologists, Well-Placed-Insider finally understands that saying:
“I am only as strong as the cocktails I drink, the hairspray I use and the girlfriends I have…”
The sky was the limit when Bali’s first Ah Yat Abalone Seafood Restaurant tossed a plate of food into the air, as part of the ancient ritual of Yee Sang plate tossing to welcome the Chinese New Year. The celebration was a particularly auspicious occasion for Ah Yat, following its launch in Bali last November at RIMBA Jimbaran Bali, the new sister hotel of the award-winning AYANA Resort and Spa.
Enjoy the pictures of the feast below, and Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Why the ‘how to’? Because in past years, Well-Placed-Insider, along with many other OCD carriers out there, has learned a lot about how we make and break habits, and how we go topsy-turvy realizing that we are failing. This ends now.
Here are a few of the most common New Year’s resolutions-and ways to actually ditch them from your next year’s resolution list.
1. Go on a diet
Do I hear a “Guilty as charged!” echoing? Well-Placed-Insider is not one to talk after making this resolution three years in a row. Truth is, it is easy to get tired of following such a strict regimen and go back to eating pretty much what we loved to eat before, because dieting is simply hard,especially if we try the cold turkey way. But there is a solution.
Delete the intimidating word DIET and rephrase with:Make small changes to my eating habits. AYANA’ s Spa Cafe chefs are gems of solid advices on healthy yet yummy dietary tips. If you are having a sugar crash, grab a glass of fresh juice instead of that canned soda with is 200 everlasting calories. Switch from your daily bakery muffin to a bowl of oatmeal with fruit and raisins as natural sweeteners, or swap your latte for a cup of house java instead. Travel a lot? Make sure you only stay in places like?this?that give you space and fun reasons to exercise.
2. Save more, spend less
You go online and all these online shopping banners popping up hurt your eyes, so you just have to click it. And that only means it will follow you wherever you go… even when you are trying to obtain information for your report from the internet. And after all the hard work, you just have to reward yourself with a designer labeled bag, or a cashmere scarf or those shoes…oh those shoes!With this pressure to spend less, your consciousness will actually lead you to spend more because you will find justifications in your daily routine. It is just how the dynamic works and brings this resolution back to your list. It is a vicious cycle. But there is a way to stop it.
Make it a GOAL?to go on a shopping spree in Singapore, Bangkok, or Milan, or have?the most luxurious holiday in Bali with your family?or?make that dream wedding come true(yes even a beach wedding, with doves and three tiered cake). With these in mind, you will click the ‘close’ sign of an online shopping banner as soon as it pops up on your screen, and instead find yourself ?thinking of trying a?best kept secret spa treatment?at your holiday destination instead of swiping your credit cards on boots and perfume! (Psst… if this is your holiday destination,you can even make your own perfume)
3. Give up on smoking
Thankfully this is not one of Well-Placed-Insider’s resolutions, but it seems to be a common one! Well, it is not that you cannot stop being puff the magic dragon, you can, and you should. But if you are waiting for that perfect day when you will ?be able to stop because you made a New Year resolution, it is just not going to happen.
What is going to work??Well-Placed-Insider is going to share one success story here. A friend who successfully kicked the habit ?credited it to Stanford University internist Kelly Traver, MD, author of?The Program: The Brain-Smart Approach to the Healthiest You.?Check her website?and download the iPhone app.Yes, app! Add these10 extra tricks?and you are even more likely to succeed.
And when you have that stinging urge (only if its stings!) to get the sensation of holding a cigarette in between your fingers, this sweet dish from Rock Bar’s menu is the exception to the rule, Port and Cigar. But you should not try it if you made a resolution to diet.
Bernhard Butz-Executive Chef: “Gluehwine and Spekulaas”
You can never go wrong celebrating Christmas with Gluehwine (traditional German mulled wine usually enjoyed after a cold day of skiing) and Speculaas (gingerbread cookies). Speculaas always brings back memories of where I used to live in Germany… and the Gluehwine is just a must have during the holiday season.
Patricia Undjuk – Guest Recognition Supervisor, RIMBA Jimbaran: “Grandma’s Apple Pie”
I love (and really miss) my grandma’s home-made apple pie. We used to make tons of them and eat them over Christmas holidays. Since grandma passed away, almost all the women in the family keep trying to keep her recipe’s legacy but nothing really tastes the same so we never have that apple pie anymore. Maybe someday I can make it just like Grandma used to!
Giordano Fagiolli – Director of Food and Beverage, RIMBA Jimbaran: “Cappelletti”
My favorite festive dish is this homemade stuffed pasta with meat filling served in capon broth. This is a must have on the table during Christmas holidays in any household in Italy. Unfortunately it does not go really well with a hot climate and so is less enjoyable on a tropical island like Bali. Nonetheless, Cappelletti is something I always look forward to prepare for my family at Christmas; this way, my children can learn about their roots a little bit.
Arnold Sebastian – Dava Chef de Cuisine: “Christstollen”
I always have a soft spot for Christmas Stollen or Christstollen. It is the traditional and most famous bread from my hometown, Dresden, Germany. The whole family eat this delicious bread during the holiday season and I even make them now, of course! In fact, we just made Bali’s longest stollen at over 10 meters, and shared with guests after our Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.
Are you one of those people who plays Christmas carols as soon as December arrives? Guilty as charged. Here is Well-Placed-Insider’s top 3:
Having to always take charge in deciding the family Christmas tree theme each year, this song makes the job easier.?And would you look at this beautiful tree at AYANA made from recycled wood and other natural materials, and how magical the angelic voices of the children’s choir sounded during the tree lighting ceremony on 7 December. Maybe Well-Placed- Insider will copy this theme next year!
“O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree, You are the tree most loved! How often you give us delight in brightly shining Christmas light! O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree, You are the tree most loved!”
Santa Claus is coming to town
It is true! And you can see him at AYANA for the Breakfast with Santa event on 21 December. Another of Well-Placed-Insider’ s long awaited festive agendas is this decadent Christmas dinner at RIMBA. With these kinds of events,you better not pout!
Little drummer boy
Christmas is not merely about gifts, lavish food and merriment. It is about giving, and especially giving love. So this beautiful song should always remind us about the core of Christmas spirit. Just like what guests experienced at this year’ s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, when children from a Denpasar orphanage came to sing carols and received gifts from guests and staff “Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum”
“Mama, I just ate our Christmas Tree” – Patricia Undjuk- Guest Recognition Supervisor
Christmas time is my favorite time of the year and I enjoy decorating the Christmas tree the most. When I was 10 years old, my mom decided to go a little creative and decorate the tree not with ornaments but with candies and chocolates.. It was the best tree ever but I could not help myself; I ate every single chocolate and candy the next day, leaving us with a naked-tall-upset-green-pine-tree with not a shred of color on it!
“White tapestry covered the city after I prayed for it at Church” Arnold Sebastian-Dava Chef de Cuisine
I was 8 years old. All the family members went to Church for Christmas Eve mass. I was a bit upset because there was no snow at that time even though it was freezing. But I joined the family for the mass anyway to pray for a White Christmas. As we walked out of the church after mass, the streets were covered in a white blanket! In my 8-year-old eyes, it seemed like magic; in only a few hours, all I could see was this white-almost silver- tapestry that seemed endless as it covered the whole town. Then my family went back home and we all celebrated Christmas Eve with a delicious dinner and I remember hearing the sound of wrapping paper being torn up all night as everyone opened their presents.
“Chestnuts roasting from our Nanas open fire?and it burst out presents!” Giordano Faggioli-Director of Food and Beverage at RIMBA Jimbaran
The thing that I fondly remember about my childhood Christmases was the smell of roasted chestnuts coming out of our grandmother’s wood-fired oven in the old family house. Yes, just like the famous “Christmas Song”. For me, it was a sign that Christmas was just around the corner and that we would be busy hanging out wreaths and decorations and would be spoiled with festive delicacies and of course, presents almost one month long!
“Christmas starts in November” Michel Ruata-Call Center
In my hometown, Manado-North Sulawesi, Christmas would start in November! From early November, each household kitchen would be busy baking cookies (in Manado, 90% of the people make their own Christmas cookies). The euphoria would start to elevate every December, when our parents would tell us to stuff grass into shoes so that Santa could take them for the reindeers and leave us presents in return. Then on Christmas Eve, after attending mass, our parents would give us a new pair of shoes and clothes.
“May there be no more walls” Martin Ehlers-Executive Assistant Manager (Rooms)
I grew up in West Germany, about 50 kilometers from the inner German border to the Socialist East Germany which was in existence until 1990. The border did not permit people to easily pass; one had to have a Visa months in advance. On 24th?December 1989- following a friendly revolution in the East German capital, Berlin, the inner German border opened. It was the best Christmas present ever. It was amazing to finally be able to drive across and to see our brothers and sisters. Everybody in Germany was so excited. When we drove across to East Germany along the just wrecked down border, people were waving at us with tears and laughter of excitement. Germany “united” in 1990 and it was a truly special Christmas for me.