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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Hello everyone, I am the Spa Director at AYANA, and for this blog, I’ve chosen some of my favorite dishes from our new Spa Cafe menu. These dishes use organic ingredients wherever possible with a focus on fresh garden vegetables and seafood, and local herbs and flavors. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some healthy indulgence: the desserts are to-die-for, minus the guilt!

Here are my favorites, selamat makan (enjoy your meal)!

Granola and Yoghurt Rp45.000++
Fresh Granola and low fat yoghurt, topped with seasonal fruit?
Boosts immune system, rich in vitamins, and contains healing properties

Rice Paper Rolls Rp135.000++
Vegetables, prawns, glass noodles, mint, garlic, spicy dipping sauce
Refreshing and nutritional, rich in proteins and vitamins

Cumin beef wrap Rp140.000++
Lemongrass and cashew nut sauce, garden vegetables
Rich in protein while cumin is great source of iron and has anti-carcinogenic properties
Lemongrass energizes mind and spirit

Poached barracuda mille-feuille Rp130.000++
Citrus, microgreens, pickled salak and cinnamon sauce
Rich in protein and iron, strengthens immunity while the salak is high in fiber

Flowerless chocolate cake Rp65.000++
Lavender sorbet and lemon caviar
Soothes and moistens the throat, chocolate is therapeutic to the stomach
Lavender is renowned for its ability to induce sleep and relaxation

Visitors have long dreamed of being able to bottle the fragrance of Bali to take home with them. Now you can, by creating your own exclusive perfume at the L’Atelier Parfums & Creations studio at AYANA. This workshop, the only one of its kind in Indonesia, follows traditional French processes for creating perfumes unique to each guest, suited to individual personality types.

There are some 45 different essences, fragrances and raw materials with which to create your own blend. These include the most popular choice, frangipani, as well as lavender, jasmine, citronella, coffee, cempaka, vanilla, clove, wood and even civet, the cat-like creature whose droppings make the world’s most expensive coffee: Kopi Luwak. The children’s range includes fun scents such as bubblegum, strawberry, chocolate, and the added visual excitement of glitter.

The first step in making your own perfume is to answer a short questionnaire which will determine which personality traits you possess: Are you Different/Eccentric, Sensual, Romantic, Vivifying, Dynamic, Mysterious, Exotic, Masculine or Discreet? The results will point towards three of these adjectives (eg. Different/Eccentric, Dynamic and Discreet), which in turn correspond to specific essences.

The on-site perfumer will suggest fragrances matching your survey results and give you three small ‘test’ vials in which to make different blends. As you create the blends, you record the ingredients on ‘formula sheets’. You then select your favorite and the perfumer will present it in a 30mL bottle with a L’Atelier label inside a sleek leather travel case for you to take home with you. Those who complete the Theory and Perfume-Making Workshop will also receive a L’Atelier ‘Diploma’ Certificate.

Workshops are open to guests staying at AYANA as well as those visiting from outside the resort. There are four different workshops to choose from: Perfumery theory and perfume making workshop (2 hours); Perfume making workshop (45 minutes); Couple’s package (45 minutes); Children’s perfume-making Workshop (1 hour).

A nice memento of your time in Bali!

Wow, what an exciting week! We had American Idol winner Lee DeWyze with us this week, and he performed for 400 people at a private event last night – just another day in the office!

His performance was part of a Fox International Channels Gala Dinner, during the 2011 Asia-Pacific Pay-TV Operators Summit held at AYANA. Being one of the organizers of the summit (as part of our Conference & Catering Service Department), I was lucky enough to see Lee’s performance. It was magical! He stood on a small stage on the cliff-edge, against the ocean backdrop, with a guitar and supported by a pianist, and performed nine songs including two covers (‘Use Somebody’ by Kings of Leon and ‘Rocket Man’ by Elton John) and seven original tracks from his new album, Live It Up.

He said he hoped his next visit to Bali would be to perform at the Rock Bar. “I’m not just saying this, but this resort and Bali itself, is the coolest place I’ve ever been. AYANA is definitely the nicest place I’ve ever stayed,” he said. “Of all the places I’ve been on this tour, this is my favorite and I plan to come back very soon. I’d love to perform at the Rock Bar.”

Watch this space!

This week’s blog is by Alma Desnuda frontman Tony Glaser, who tells us about the San Francisco band’s origins, spiritual practices, and community outreach work. You can catch them live at the Rock Bar every sunset from December 28 to January 3, excluding New Year’s Eve. Don’t miss them!

AYANA: What is your role in the band?

Tony: I’m the funky dude on the upright bass, singing with the other guys, and getting down with the California positivity!

AYANA: How did your Rock Bar performance come about and what appealed to you about performing in Bali??

Tony: To put it simply, us performing in Bali came from the hustle we put into our music everyday. We play everywhere, and I mean everywhere, so people see us and want to help. We met some great people one day, played for them, which lead to another thing, and another, and all of a sudden we have a tour booked in Bali and Australia! As for the appeal…umm, it’s Bali. Nuff said, ha! It’s also very spirtual and the culture is in line with our meditation and yoga practices.

AYANA: Can you tell us a little about Alma Desnuda (ie your style of music, how you got started, and where you’re going)?

Tony: Our music is a blend of sorts, acoustic soul to put it simply, but spans a wide range of styles, with vocal harmonies of conscious lyrics, funky grooves, and an appeal that makes all ages feel good. We met studying abroad in Spain, hence the Spanish name (Naked Soul), we’re headed to the top, and playing all over the world is the plan.

AYANA: What’s been the highlight of your music career so far?

Tony: I’m proud of our sincere commitment to using music as a vehicle for positive change in this world. We love to give back and it brings us a true joy, and so many highlights, Bali being a big one, as well as playing for the homeless, the neglected children, and for major venues. I had the priveledge to play for the troops in Iraq a few years back, and that was a major highlight.

AYANA: What other plans do you have while you’re in Bali (here’s an op for you to mention some of the community outreach work)?

Tony: We’re very excited to play for an orphanage in northern Bali. We asked AYANA to help us with our community outreach, especially since we raised money at our last SF show to bring out here to help give back to such a beautiful people as the Balinese, and they connected us with some children that we are stoked to play for. I hear there is some great river rafting, we’re going to surf for sure, and who doesn’t want to hang out with some monkeys?

AYANA: What’s next after Bali?

Tony: We’re off to Western Australia for a couple weeks. After that, back to the states, recording the next album, then a national college tour, then the world… with the help of our growing global community that we meet of course;)

Being chosen to be the first staff blogger for AYANA is a bit overwhelming! I was not sure what I should write but then someone asked me, how about sharing some examples of how your staff have gone beyond expectations to serve their customers? Since I am in charge of our team of butlers, who are Graduates of the Guild of Professional

Butlers’ Certification Program in the UK and are on 24-hour call for our Villa guests, I knew I could get some interesting stories from them. Here’s a sample; if anyone has any other examples of how they’ve received service beyond expectations whilst traveling, please do share them with us! We love to be inspired.

  • Fast-food Bali-style: You may have heard of Warung Ibu Oka’s in Ubud? This famous warung serves ‘babi guling’ or Balinese suckling pig, which is a delicacy normally served at large ceremonies. One couple at AYANA had heard about how Ibu Oka’s babi guling could not be beaten, and so they asked their butler to go to Ubud, a 1.5 hour drive north, to collect 2 takeaway orders and bring them back to the hotel. They were not disappointed!
  • Off-duty delivery: A couple who got married at AYANA wanted to share the spices and flavors of Padang food (from Sumatra) with their close family. Their butler went to a warung (restaurant) some distance away and ordered 15 ‘nasi Padang’ for the group. They liked it so much they ordered another 15 the same day, and although the same butler was off duty by this time, he left his house to collect and deliver this to them.
  • Meeting the family: Some guests become so close with one particular butler, that they will often be invited to the butler;s home to share a meal, attend a ceremony at their family temple, or go on a tour of the island on the butler’s day off. Similarly, some guests have asked their butler to be their guest at a restaurant, outside of working hours.

I could go on and on but I think you get the picture! These examples go far beyond the formal training of any butler, and showcase the genuine warmth and hospitality of the Balinese. They really will go out of their way to help make a guest

Dear readers

Welcome to our new blog, the AYANA Zeitgeist! We believe Zeitgeist is the perfect description for our blog, as we aim to keep you informed about the latest news, events, promotions and inside tips to ensure you enjoy the spirit of every moment at AYANA.

In today’s world, escaping for some much-needed R&R is a rare treat and we consider it a privilege when guests choose AYANA as their sanctuary. By engaging more closely with you, we can further enhance the experience for every guest and allow you to enjoy every minute of your Bali holiday to the fullest.

To get started, we have asked our Villa Manager Veby to share some of her favorite examples of how AYANA’s butlers have gone beyond the call of our 24 Canon service standards, to provide unparalleled service for our guests. Keep an eye out for Veby’s post in the next few days, she has some very interesting stories to tell!

In the meantime, you may like to subscribe to this blog via RSS feed, and keep up to date with happenings at AYANA on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Keeping the Zeitgeist,

The AYANA team