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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Our Tree Lighting Ceremony was held on 7th December to launch our 2013 festive season, with carols sung by children from a local orphanage who received gifts donated by our guests. There was also an appearance from Santa and our festive mascots, Gede and Ayu Bear along with Junior Bear. The AYANA Christmas Tree, standing over 4 meters high, was designed by our Chief Florist Pak Sodikin, using natural materials such as drift wood, copper, seashells, embossed alumunium and Balinese fabric patterns, and cinnamon sticks. The full festive program for Christmas and New Year is available online at http://www.ayanaresort.com/en/festive/AYANA_Festive%20Season_FA_Sept13

Children choir

Hear the beautiful voice of our choir from the orphanage opening the ceremony.

Collection of gifts that we brought to Mercy Indonesia Orphanage to celebrate with the children for Christmas this year.

Santa heard all the children’s wish lists. If you are nice you will get the best present ever!

Who wants to join Roger Habermacher, our General Manager, to turn the Christmas tree lights on? Pick me pick me!

If you said it with a smile, you got a Teddy Bear to take home too!

The weather forecast on 1 November said thundershowers, but the hotel’ s events team arranged a traditional rainstopper to seek the gods’s blessings for a ‘dry’event to launch the 282- room hotel. It worked!

The 700 guests in attendance enjoyed clear blue skies and a stellar Bali sunset from UNIQUE Rooftop Bar before continuing the party poolside at RIMBA Lawn until the early hours.

The event was also an introduction of new General Manager Roger Habermacher, who is responsible for both RIMBA and AYANA.

There were stilt walkers, hula dancers, fairies in giant bubbles, mermaids, tribal beauties, Amazonian warriors and moving “human” tables of canapes.

The highly-anticipated Ah Yat Abalone Seafood Restaurant presented a delectable array of authentic Chinese cuisine, giving guests a taste of what will be on offer when it opens on 10 November.

The high priest arrived on a dancing horse for a Mepatigan Purification Ceremony, which portrayed the ongoing battle between good and evil as humans seek to find the balance between god, man and nature.

Mepatigan Ceremony

An exclusive collabarative performance by renowned local bands Balawan and Batuan Ethnic Fusion involved a didgeridoo, percussionists and Okokan traditional musicians, before a breathtaking aerial silk performance.

Balawan, Aerial Silk dancer, Okokan?

The grand finale deserves an encore! Hayley Gene Penner, a Canadian singer-songwriter who composed AYANA Resort and Spa’s theme-song, “Until I am back to you” performed the track with a choir comprising employees from AYANA and RIMBA.

AYANA-RIMBA Choir

This was followed by the official opening of RIMBA and a 5 minute long spectacular fireworks show with missiles that set alight a giant “RIMBA” sign above the main stage to call it a night! A spectacular way to make an entrance, RIMBA Jimbaran!

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Bali’s BMW Club launched a new touring program at RIMBA Jimbaran recently, arriving in style at RIMBA Lobby in sleek BMW 3 Series Convertibles and the latest 320 Diesel model.

The Bimmers (as they call themselves) did a full-day tour along north-east Bali’s coast, before arriving at RIMBA to end the day with sunset cocktails at UNIQUE Rooftop Bar, enjoying spectacular views across south Bali. They enjoyed UNIQUE’s selection of innovative cocktails in a stylish, edgy setting, with the bar designed around a central swimming pool over which hangs a chic mezzanine.

The tour was run by Bimmerfest Bali Club, a community for BMW owners on the island as part of the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners around the world.

The Fast &The Furious. Some of the ultra sleek latest series of this German pride on display at RIMBA's parking lot.

Beaming Bimmers. The organizers were caught soaking in warm sunset breeze over fruit mojitos!

Look for AYANA to get some serious TV air time in the next few weeks. The contestants in the latest America’s Next Top Model cycle got a taste of the Balinese life at AYANA during filming earlier this year. AYANA also hosted the star and creator of the show, Tyra Banks, along with the models and the judges, who included fashion public relations maven Kelly Cutrone, former boxer and international male supermodel Rob Evans, stylist and photoshoot creative consultant Johnny Wujek and top fashion blogger Bryanboy.

Top of Tops. The top models were in awe by the views offered at AYANA's cliff top Chandra Surya lawn area.

Flower Power. Both Nina and her Teddy bear received a warm and yet refreshing welcome by AYANA's staff.

Judge Away. Rob Evans and Johnny Wujek from the panel of judges sashayed in to the sounds of a Balinese gamelan!

Yin & Yang. Platinum-blond Chris and jet black-haired Jeremy enjoy their first taste of paradise!

Well-Placed-Insider reveals the story behind the birth of AYANA’s new sister hotel:

It all started at Bon Village, a 32 hectare farm located in central Bali that produces pineapples, oranges and other tropical fruits and plants. Bon is also home to hundreds of wild civets that produce Kopi Luwak, a coffee made from the droppings of the civet cat, and which is sold as a delicacy in AYANA restaurants.

5 years ago, 40,000 Albezia trees were planted here to minimize the carbon footprint of the new hotel. Another 10,000 trees were planted on the 77 hectare land of RIMBA and AYANA in Jimbaran.

Indonesia’s folk song ‘Nenek Moyangku Seorang Pelaut’ (My ancestors were amazing Sailors) inspired RIMBA’s architects and engineers. They used materials from 3 fishing boats sourced in Sulawesi to create RIMBA’s ark-shaped lobby. You literally feel like you are in Noah’s ark when you are standing in the lobby! This is what is captured by my camera:

The eco-inspired design does not stop there. RIMBA has its own rainwater harvesting system, greenhouse and organic garden that supplies various kinds of fruits and vegetables. To’ge restaurant has natural lighting, the walls of UNIQUE Roof-top bar are made out of hand-made bricks and recycled bottles and sustainable materials are also evident in all rooms of RIMBA; like the wall artwork made from driftwood found on a West Bali beach and eco amenities made from recycled materials.

If you want to step inside its stylish rooms, click here www.rimbajimbaran.com . Well-Placed-Insider’s favorite is the Pool Access Room that connects you to a tranquil semi-private swimming pool. Do not get Well-Placed-Insider started on the swimming pools; if you are a swimsuit or beachwear designer, you may want your models to pose at this places!

Dining options are endless with To’ge Restaurant, swim-up Pool Bar, Ah Yat Abalone Seafood Restaurant, and AYANA’s 12 dining outlets, check?here.

RIMBA is connected by a scenic jogging track and complimentary resort shuttle, to AYANA’s ?facilities including restaurants, Spa, Kubu Beach and the exquisite gem Spa on the Rocks. And do not forget, RIMBA guests enjoy priority access to the famous Rock Bar. The icing on the cake!

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Yasunari Ishikawa and Rie Arimoto were the first couple to arrive at Rock Bar on New Year’s Day in 2013. Yasunari-san had planned to propose to his girlfriend on that day at the ocean-front bar, but alas, the January monsoon showed up, prompting him to take shelter at Sami Sami restaurant and pop the question there instead. Luckily she said yes, and they just got married at our cliff top wedding chapel only months after the swift and sweet proposal!

The gorgeous couple left no conversation off-topic as they re-enacted their story to Kumi Furuya, our Japanese Wedding Manager, upon their return to Japan after honeymooning at AYANA.

When and where did you both meet?

We met April 2012 in Japan, through common friends, and the rest – as they say-is history!

How long have you been in a relationship?

It took us three months after we first met to decide that we simply couldn’t live without each other, so we’ve been officially together since June 2012.

When and where did you propose to your spouse?

1st of January 2013 here at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali

What was the reason you chose AYANA as your wedding venue?

It is a wonderful place to start with and we have so many memories here…

How long did you prepare for your wedding?

Only three months, we’re a very practical couple.

Who attended your wedding ceremony?

Rie’s parents and three of our closest friends.

Were you happy with the service from AYANA’s wedding planners?

We were very satisfied with the attention-to-detail. The day couldn’t have been better!

Any plans to come back to Bali in the future, for an anniversary or leisure visit perhaps?

Yes! Of course. Bali holds a very special place in our hearts, especially AYANA… We’ve heard that you’ve got great programs and facilities for children to enjoy, so when we have a child, we would love to visit again with our little family..

SpaLava

When you hear the word ‘lava’, your instinct would normally be to run in the opposite direction. But at AYANA, lava has become nature’s latest antidotes to tired, damaged skin, with the award-winning Spa On The Rocks launching an exclusive new treatment that maximizes the healing properties of natural volcanic lava.

The ‘Lava Me Tender’ treatment celebrates the many benefits of the rich mineral content of natural volcanic lava, such as talc, gypsum, calcite, apatite, feldspar, quartz, topaz and corundum. Because of these elements, volcanic lava therapies have long been used to treat skin disorders such as acne and psoriasis, as lava is known to detoxify and remove deep pore impurities while nourishing and healing the skin. Now, Thermes Marins Spa at AYANA has brought lava to the ocean at its Spa on the Rocks treatment villas, anchored on natural rocks amidst the Indian Ocean with uninterrupted views of the waves below and the horizon.

“As the only Thermes Marins spa in south-east Asia, we strive to bring the latest therapies from Europe to Bali, using the very best products available,” said AYANA’s Director of Spa, Michi Sonoda. “This treatment is an antioxidant infusion and the perfect preparation for a special event like your wedding day when you want to achieve flawless, even skin. It’s also an anti-ageing remedy as it restores skin radiance and elasticity. But this treatment is not just about the aesthetic benefits; the Spa on the Rocks location enables guests to soak up the sounds, smell and vibration of the ocean, as they combine their skin treatment with the unrivaled tranquility and luxury of this unique location. This truly delivers the dual benefits of both beauty, and pure pampering.”

All products used are from Thermes Marins’ lava range, with high mineral contents including laminaria seaweed-based products, yellow volcanic clay, thermal mud from Gorga and marine collagen. These anti-oxidant agents are known to restructure the mesh of skin by restoring its radiance and elasticity.

The Lava Me Tender experience begins with a relaxing Crystal de Mer foot soak, mineral lava body scrub to remove dead skin cells, and luxurious black rice bath to nourish and soften skin. A full body, deep tissue massage using lava stones and anti-oxidant essential flower oil will increase circulation, as the natural heat released from the lava stones eases muscle tension. A volcanic earth body wrap followed by a firming lotion concludes the treatment, and locks in the improved skin moisture and elasticity. Fresh Limeberry Squash (lime, strawberry, lemongrass and Sprite) is served during the Bath Bomb to complete the experience.

A Guest Relations Officer (GRO) acts as a host for a hotel by ensuring that all guests receive first class service and the highest degree of personal recognition throughout their stay. Such positions are common at five-star hotels, but sometimes language barriers pose a hurdle to how much a GRO can help a guest. However, language is no barrier at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, where this role is elevated with a team of multilingual GROs who take special care of guests in their own languages.

AYANA’s full-time GROs include eight native Japanese, five Mandarin speaking, Korean and Russian team members, to cater for the different needs of guests from various countries. Whether it is taking an order for In-room Dining, making Spa or Restaurant bookings, arranging transport, showing them around the resort, or revealing inside tips on local attractions, the resort’s team of multilingual GROs ensure all guests experience the standard of service that AYANA takes pride in delivering.

In addition, the resort has multilingual versions of spa and restaurant menus and the in-room compendium, and guests can book their stay in one of five languages at www.ayanaresort.com. But it’s the personal interaction in their own language that is the most memorable experience. Meet some members of our “UN of GROs”:

Nozomi Sakuraba Japanese GRO

Yuri Itagaki Japanese GRO

Bella Liu Chun Mei Mandarin GRO

Kumi Furuya Japanese Wedding Coordinator

Tania Sovinska Russian-speaking GRO

The Indonesian Chef Association (Bali Chapter) Dinner was held last month at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali’s newly renovated Jimbaran Lawn adjacent to our new meeting venues. Some of Indonesia’s most celebrated culinary practitioners including celebrity chef Juna Rorimpandey of MasterChef Indonesia gathered to savor the extensive buffet dinner presented by AYANA’s multinational culinary team, led by Executive Chef Bernhard Butz. The selection included a giant paella, lamb shawarma, chicken and seafood from the tandoor, beef short ribs, cheese fondue, salads, soup stations and decadent desserts.

AYANA Can Cook. Chef I.B. Widiantara gets ready to welcome the most difficult guests to please, gastronomically: other Chefs!

The Venue. The newly renovated Jimbaran Lawn located within AYANA's MICE Complex.

The Birthday Boys. July born members celebrate with a communal candle blowing.

The Cooking Beauties. Away from the stoves these lady chefs still keep temperatures high!

The Verdict. The satiated looks of the members who were quite reluctant to leave their tables even long after they'd finished their meals!!

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Indonesian Independence Day falls on the 17th of August every year and is a major event for Indonesian people.

In search of spices, the Dutch arrived in Indonesia and established a foothold over Indonesian territories in 1605 and since then, up until 1945 when the Declaration of Independence was signed with Sukarno as the first President, many skirmishes were fought over this country.

As major producers, it’s no surprise that Indonesian food is rich with spices and herbs. The different contrasting flavors and textures make this cuisine a popular choice for diners.? Among the many types of spices used, nutmeg features extensively in the Indonesian kitchen. The nutmeg tree is native to the Moluccas (the Spice Islands) and has been known as a useful medicine in a number of Asian societies. Many types of stews, soups and main dishes have a pinch of nutmeg in them to enhance the flavor.

Join us to celebrate this joyous occasion of Indonesian Independence Day at Padi Restaurant, with our exclusive “Taste of Nusantara” buffet.