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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“Your weakness is actually a powerful giant that you have to beat…before it defeats you” – Nur Utari, ROLE Models trainee as a waitress at Padi restaurant.

Where are you from? Jember, Java.

What do you think about this R.O.L.E program and how did you get the opportunity?

I am a very shy person and R.O.L.E is like a personality school for me to sharpen my interpersonal skills. I heard about R.O.L.E from my Mother’s friend and I am now studying basic F&B skills, English, gardening and cooking at the training center.

What gets you excited about being a R.O.L.E student? And what makes you nervous?

To get this big opportunity to train at AYANA is the most exciting part, and coming from a small village in Jember, I almost cannot believe that this is really happening for me. The hardest part is because I am very bashful and I get nervous easily when I have to interact with people. And at AYANA, you meet people from all over the place. Great people.

Has a career in the hotel industry always been your passion? If so, in which area specifically?

Actually…I want to be a teacher someday. But, how can I teach if I get nervous around people and stutter when I talk? At AYANA, I get a big fat chance to talk to many people and improve my self-confidence, as my trainers here are really supportive.

What is your message to friends?

Fight your weaknesses and never be afraid to learn from the best. Also, always remember the old saying “Where there is a will, there is a way”

What do you want to achieve?

To be a model teacher so that not only students will benefit from what I teach them, but also will want to share that knowledge with others.

Fourteen underprivileged Indonesian women have begun three months of on-the-job training at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali as part of the second annual ‘ROLE Models” program in partnership with R.O.L.E Foundation.The women are training as either Food &Beverage servers, Cooks or Spa Therapists.

Here’s another up close interview with one of them: a fully energized and independent girl, Luh Pande Dewi.

” Independence is ultimate. Everything in your life depends on you.” Luh Pande Dewi- ROLE Models trainee as a waiter at Padi restaurant.

Where are you from? I am from Klungkung, south east part of Bali.

What do you think about this R.O.L.E program and how did you get the opportunity?
R.O.L.E is like a school that I have been dreaming of, and somewhat like a dormitory. I got the information from a relative who was a R.O.L.E student. She finished her training and now works at a restaurant in Sanur. Having witnessed her success, I signed myself up to study English, cooking, gardening, basic F&B service and other skills at R.O.L.E’s Nusa Dua training facility.

What gets you excited about being a R.O.L.E student? And what makes you nervous?
That I can study and practice at the same time, and that I am at a learning ground to learn how to be independent. I learn to do everything on my own, to take responsibility eventhough I am only 18 years old, to learn to save for my own education. However I am at the same time nervous about working with people who are so talented in this big resort.

Has a career in the hotel industry always been your passion? If so, in which area specifically?
I love the Food and Beverage industry. And to be talented in that area, I know the first thing I have to do is to master the basics. And how lucky I am to be able to learn it here at AYANA.

What is your message to friends?
Never settle for anything but the best, and never count on others. You have to make your own path to success.

What do you want to achieve?
To be a successful businesswoman. I want to run my own restaurant someday.

Fourteen underprivileged Indonesian women have begun three months of on-the-job training at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali as part of the second annual ‘ROLE Models’ program in partnership with R.O.L.E Foundation.The women are training as either Food &Beverage servers, Cooks or Spa Therapists.

Here’s another up close interview with one of them, Nunu Windarwati.

“Age should never stop you. That’s laziness, not age.”- Nunu Windarwati, R.O.L.E trainee with Padi restaurant’s culinary team.

Where are you from?
Malang, East Java, but I have lived in Bali with my husband and children for more than 15 years.

What do you think about this R.O.L.E program and how did you get the opportunity?
R.O.L.E is like a bridge to my dream. And I am in my 40s! I got the information from the social division at my home church. Basically, we were informed that R.O.L.E can provide education, training programs and job opportunities for the poor and disadvantaged. I immediately signed up to study English, cooking, gardening, basic F&B service, and other skills at R.O.L.E’s Nusa Dua training facility, and earn a small allowance working at the Foundation’s non-profit cafe.

What gets you excited about being a R.O.L.E student? And what makes you nervous?
The training program is not as easy as people would think. We work really hard. To have this opportunity of a training program at AYANA is ‘the light at the end of the tunnel’. It is like a reward for my hard work in learning new things, the fruit from pushing myself to the limit considering my background and my age. That excites me. But I am at the same time nervous about working with people who are so talented in this big resort.

Has a career in the hotel industry always been your passion? If so, in which area specifically?
To me, yes. Truth be told, I was about to give up considering my age and knowing the competition out there. Now I feel fortunate that I am doing my training at AYANA… and especially in the kitchen! I love to cook. And I now can dream about doing it not only for family but as a profession. Career begins at 40? Why not?

What is your message to friends?
Do not let your age or your past stop you from becoming the person that you want to become.

What do you want to achieve?
To work as a professional cook in a hotel. Many hotels are opening in Bali and I am confident to give it a serious shot once both R.O.L.E and AYANA certificates are earned.

Fourteen underprivileged Indonesian women have begun three months of on-the-job training at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali as part of the second annual ‘ROLE MODELS’ program, in partnership with R.O.L.E Foundation. The women are training as either Food & Beverage servers, Cooks or Spa Therapists.

Well-Placed Insider had an up close interview with one of them, Maria Ekawati.

” Many dare to dream… But not all of them are bold enough to wake up and try to make it come true. I woke up from my dream, found ROLE and I am now getting closer every day to grasp a realization”- Maria Ekawati, R.O.L.E Foundation student and trainee at Thermes Marins Bali at AYANA.

Where are you from?
Riau, Sumatra. I have lived in Bali for more than 10 years.

What do you think about this R.O.L.E program and how did you get the opportunity?
A social division clerk at church shared the information about it. I remember, around 18 women registered. Knowing that R.O.L.E can provide education and training programs, and not to mention the job offers R.O.L.E can link us to. I signed up as well. At R.O.L.E, I study English, gardening, basic F&B service, and the most important for me is Spa training at R.O.L.E ‘s Nusa Dua training facility.

What gets you excited about being a R.O.L.E student? And what makes you nervous?
The training is hard. From the total 18 friends I know registered, 15 have already left. But… to carry the AYANA name on your shoulder, even only as a trainee… to me, this is big. Real big. On the other side, that name is what is getting me nervous too. I always question myself, what did I do to deserve this wonderful opportunity? How can I deliver as expected by the guests who are assuredly a high profile? Will I disappoint my seniors at AYANA? How to make them proud?

Has a career in the hotel industry always been your passion? If so, in which area specifically?
I dream about it, I wish for it, I visualize it in my everyday life. I am a big believer of reaching for a big dream and this is one such dream. My passion is in the Spa industry. So, you can imagine how thankful I am to get my first chance at this worldly known Spa.

What is your message to your other friends?
Dream big. But do not forget to wake up!

What do you want to achieve?
Be a professional spa therapist. And with this training program at AYANA, I think I am armed enough to someday apply for a job. Maybe… at AYANA.

Well-Placed Insider is starting to get all giddy about the next performer at Rock Bar . If you also have been eyeing the high tide chart of this ‘must see’ bar in Bali, do not forget to save the date to be part of the crowd this 20-21 July 2012, with Kristian Hernandez!

Not only did his fame come from his talent as a turntablist, but also from his uncanny ability to stir up a dance floor all across the globe from Sydney to Paris, London, New York, Japan and many other places in between. Kristian Hernandez is a big believer of universality in music. The
result is a multi-genre style of Afro Latin rhythms, funk meters, jazz, soul and hip hop blended into a harmony that only Kristian can live up to.

Get ready to dance!

 

Kristian Hernandez

 

Top five tips and tricks from your Well-Placed Insider to make the most of your holiday in Bali:

Know your destination. Better yet, your hotel.
Read online reviews, browse through the hotel website so you can get to know the facilities and places of interests around the area. What is the best way to get there, which local attractions to visit, the must-see experiences… The smartest move is to reserve a holiday packagewhich includes transfer services, dining, tours and spa experiences. Hassle free!

Get to the airport on time.
Even though it seems reasonable to run or even sprint through the airport in your newly purchased espadrilles to get to the check in counter just before check-in closes, a better option is to keep in shape around your beach resort, not the airport. Time and place, people. So, leave the house early and do not risk an airport meltdown.

Mums and Dads: Reserve a hotel with a Kids Club is on site.
Yes, if you are with family, you are there to make your children happy. But never forget that you too deserve some time off. So, spare a day where you can pamper yourself and your spouse at the Spa while your little ones are occupied and stimulated with fun activities at the Kids Club. Both the children and you will be in a better holiday mood when reunited, and you may be surprised to hear them begging to go back to the Kids Club for more.

Never miss an opportunity to do physical activity.
Find a hotel or resort with a wide selection of guest activities, be it trekking, cycling tour along the beach , yoga session or even perfume-making. Not only will this help you stay fit but also save you from that ‘seems to stick forever’ holiday weight.

Be Adventurous!
Challenge your appetite, try the authentic cuisine, join a cooking class, get your picture taken in a traditional costume, and watch a cultural performance you will never find in your hometown. AYANA even provides a perfume making class for guests wanting to bring a bottle of a ‘Bali Essence’ to their home.

Sir Norman Jay, who performed for President Obama’s inauguration and received a medal from the Queen of England for his services to music, opened Bali’s high season at Rock Bar on 23 June. Over 500 guests came to enjoy sunset before dancing the night away to classic soul, reggae, hip hop, and house beats under the starry sky. Enjoy these snapshots of the event.

Audio Flirt warmed up the crowd, along with Jack McCord (Hed Kandi), Martin East and Joe White.

Hula hoops lit up the dance floor

 

Dancing under - and with- the stars

Sir Norman Jay in action. Doing what he does best.

Ride my bike!

Ready to swim away at Bali International Triathlon 2012

The runners getting closer to finish line

 

Top 3 Olympic Distance Male: 1 Stephane Vander Bruggen 2. Bryan Hoare 3.Tim Green Photo

 

Top 3 Olympic Distance Female: 1. Stef Puszka 2. Michelle Boyes 3. Sherry Coons-Mueller

 

(Photo courtessy : Femina Group and Biznet )

“What is in a name? That which we call a rose… By any other name would smell as sweet.” William Shakespeare

Do you believe that a name can tell a lot about a person, a character? Here, Well-Placed Insider shares a story of how this resort got its name.

Wayan Suarnaya, aka Linud is a Balinese man whose official duty is to share the culture of Bali with visitors at the resort. He is also the person who christened AYANA. How did he come up with the resort’s iconic name?

One day, he was reading ‘Purana’, an epic Sanskrit story about the Goddess Ambika or Durga leading the eight Matrikas in battle against the demon Raktabija. The story referred to ‘ayana’, a place where the gods took a rest. Linud was struck by the concept and he kept thinking back to it, as he visualized AYANA as such a utopia that is so hushed, tranquil and holy that even gods would lay there for quiescence.

When a competition to name the resort’s 3-bedroom Presidential Villa was held in 2008, Linud submitted the name AYANA to the management, as it so perfectly suited the sanctuary offered by the luxurious 3-bedroom villa located on the cliff-edge. With lush gardens, pool and gazebo facing the ocean, he thought it is not difficult to imagine that gods would seek respite in such a beautiful place.

Needless to say, Linud won the competition. The name struck such a chord with guests and team members alike that a year later, when the property rebranded, management decided to use AYANA as the name for the Resort, as it reflected the ambience and tranquility of the whole property. A place where the gods would seek refuge from everyday pressures, to rebalance and refresh their senses.

Now you may also be interseted to know how Linud got his name; it is an acronym of Lintas Udara, which means The Air Force. Seems he was always destined to reach great heights!

AYANA’s management team spent a day ‘on the floor’ yesterday doing jobs such as dishwashing, housekeeping, pool duty, cooking and guest check-in, in a bid to analyse service processes and further improve guest experience.

A divine way to practice ” A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” John Maxwell, writer.

In action here is Clive Edwards, Rooms Executive, washing dishes in Padi's kitchen and seeming to quite enjoy the change from his office scenery!

This is what you get when you are being checked-in by our Human Resources Director; Cynthia de Mesa Jendra... an obvious gesture of a sincere heart! A key requirement for all staff at AYANA.

Here, Michi Sonoda, AYANA's Japanese Business Development Director is trying to make the perfect sunny side up for our guests at breakfast time. Or... make that a scrambled egg instead...

Esti Haryono our Director of Engineering is having a full day at the pool area taking care of towels and not cables

Athor Budiono, AYANA's Financial Director is used to dealing with numbers... Here, he is trying hard to make the cushions sit perfectly -- perhaps like a 'balance sheet'-- as he spends a day working as a Housekeeper.

" Well this one can go directly into my kitchen" says Giordano Faggioli, AYANA's Executive Chef who is acting as a Receiving Officer.