JIMBARAN – BALI, 12 October 2009 – AYANA Resort and Spa Bail has unveiled the latest upgrade to its facilities since its rebranding, with extensive renovations to Padi Restaurant and the Ballroom.
Padi, previously the resort’s Thai restaurant, has been completely renovated and expanded, and its dinner menu relaunched with an ‘Asian Spice’ concept offering Indian, Indonesian and Thai cuisine. The international buffet breakfast served at Padi every day has also been relaunched to offer a gourmet dining experience at 6 different food stations. The Ballroom’s refurbishment includes the latest conferencing facilities, bringing it up-to-date with the needs of today’s meeting planners.
“These renovations continue AYANA’s intensive upgrade program, which was launched following our rebranding in April this year,” said General Manager Charles de Foucault. “They follow several other upgrades recently, including the opening of the Rock Bar in July, and demonstrate the commitment by the resort’s owners since they built this property in 1996, to continually enhance the facilities, service and overall guest experience.”
Padi’s new Asian Spice dining experience
Comprising four open-air, thatch-roofed pavilions, Padi’s dining area has been expanded to cater for up to 225 guests at any one time. It now features a magnificent open ‘hot’ kitchen where guests can watch native Indonesian, Indian and Thai chefs working alongside each other with fiery flair and fast-paced action, to prepare dishes from
their homeland for the new pan-Asian dinner menu. The Indonesian menu comes mostly from Java, complementing the Balinese menu available at Langit Theatre.
Every morning, Padi’s state-of-the-art kitchen is transformed into the center of the gourmet buffet breakfast, where chefs cook-to-order egg dishes, waffles and hotcakes. Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Indonesian specialties are available at two adjacent dining tables, equipped with built-in hot-plates. An Asian-heritage style ‘island’ kitchen offers tropical fruits and fresh pastries, while guests may experience a more traditional start to the day at two bale in the center of the restaurant. Here, Balinese staff cut fresh coconuts open, pop in a straw and offer guests the whole coconut to enjoy, alongside local favorites such as bubur injin (black rice pudding) and assorted jajan snacks such as fried banana and rice flour cakes.
Padi’s design features a new entrance with a covered walkway adorned with Indonesian artworks, including a Balinese wood carving believed to emit positive energy to everyone entering the restaurant. Inside, Indonesian
heritage remains the main theme of the décor, with traditional textiles, magnificent wood carvings, and a thatch-roofed ceiling featuring an original painting from a Klungkung village, which depicts a scene from the Ramayana epic. Large lanterns suspended from the ceiling provide an art deco touch.
Padi now also offers private air-conditioned dining, with two dining areas on either side of the open kitchen that can be closed for up to 10 guests each, in a setting reminiscent of a cocoon. When the folding doors to each room are fully closed, guests are completely surrounded by wooden ‘bee hive’ door panels and sea-shell walls and ceilings, creating a unique and cozy venue. The dining tables are equipped with built-in hot-plates to cater for ‘live’ cooking by guests and chefs.
AYANA Ballroom’s new conferencing facilities
Meanwhile, AYANA’s banquet and conferencing facilities have also been enhanced, with a complete refurbishment and technology upgrade to the Ballroom. This includes a motorized projection screen available literally at the press of a button, an integrated sound system to enable meeting organizers to transmit both video and audio between different rooms, and central microphone system.
With an area of 595sqm (6,405sqf), the Ballroom has capacity for more than 500 people. It can be divided into separate areas depending on individual group requirements, and there are six additional meeting rooms of various sizes throughout the resort.
The renovation of the Ballroom included repainting and refurbishing the entire space with natural honey and mahogany tones. The marble floors were polished, the walls painted, the partition walls re-covered, the plaster doors replaced by carved wooden doors, the carpet replaced, and new drapes installed.