Once a year, Hindus in Bali are used to celebrate what we call here the Tumpek Landep.
Don’t try to guess what it is, it is just impossible !
The tradition is to consider that all objects of the daily life made of iron including cars, motorcycles, engines, tools, etc. is a gift from the Gods. As such, they must be celebrated in a specific ceremony called Tumpek Landep. All the objects of the hotel made of iron are gathered in a single place and blessed by the Priest while the staff prays and thanks the Gods for their benefactions.
On the picture, some of the cars of the hotel specially decorated on this occasion.
After several stays at Dajuma in the last 2 years, Natacha, an executive woman from France, decided to make a break in her hectic professional career by staying for 6 months in Dajuma.
During this time she got more and more acquainted with the rich Balinese culture and traditions. She built a lot of friendly relationships with the staff and the villagers, and even participated in the outing to Jogjakarta with them.
«My living among Balinese people was the way to find the new spirit I was kooking for, we shared so much!”
Here on the picture, she is preparing some decorations, learning from Tini the head of the Spa how to create from the bamboo leaves these adorable suspending decorations.
On March 31st, 2014, Dajuma celebrated Nyepi, the famous “Day of Silence” that is commemorated every Isaka Warsa (new year) in the Balinese calendar.
Observed from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning, Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection and as such, anything that might interfere like lighting fires (lights must be kept low), working, entertainment or pleasure, traveling; and, for some, talking or eating is restricted. The effect of these prohibitions is that Bali’s usually bustling streets and roads are empty, there is little or no noise from TVs and radios, and few signs of activity are seen even inside homes. Even the airport is closed on that day.
Pictured below, the day before Nyepi, Dajuma staff celebrated the Melasti Ritual on the beach in front of the hotel. Dedicated to Sanghyang Widhi Wasa. this ritual is performed in Pura (Balinese temple) near the sea (Pura Segara) and meant to purify Arca, Pratima, and Pralingga (sacred objects) belonging to several temples, also to acquire sacred water from the sea.
Among the numerous facets of Balinese culture, the food diversity and quality occupies a particular importance. Who never tried the famous Babi Guling (Grilled Pork) or the Ayam Betutu (Chicken stuffed with herbs and spices) probably missed something!
At Dajuma, our 7 cooks brigade is always happy to welcome guests willing to discover the secrets and spiced flavors of the Bali’s cuisine. Classes offer a fascinating introduction into the exotic ingredients and unique culinary heritage of Bali. They provide a valuable insight into the various techniques of food preparation and the cooking style used in our island homes.
On the picture our guest Markus learning how to prepare Beef Garlic Butter and Green Curry Chicken, taught by our cook supervisor Made Swadewi.
Puri Dajuma has recently gained its 4 stars from the Indonesian Association of Hotels and Restaurants (PHRI). This classification is given after an indepth audit of the hotel procedures and practices, where the service to the guests is weighing for 50%, the management for 30% and the equipment for 20%. It crowns 10 years of effort from its staff to bring the most attentive service to its guests with a top class equipement very respectful of our exceptional natural environment. Congratulations guys!
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The Front Desk is definitively the focal point of any hotel in the world where the guests and the staff exchange a lot of information all along the stay. After almost 12 years, we estimated indispensable to change it at Dajuma by replacing the previous traditional desk by a beautiful 3 meters length teak table beautifully adorned with traditional carvings on three faces. We wanted to create a friendly environment where our guests can sit down and talk comfortably with our staff. We hope you will like it! On the picture, the irresistible smile of Yulhan, our Front Desk Assistant, waiting for your visit !
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Rev Martin Bieler was recently our guest for 2 weeks. Brilliant theologian from Switzerland, Martin has not only a passion for religion but also for knives from all around the world. He considers that knives are, since the dawn of time, the indispensable companion of the human being and that we can learn a lot about the culture and the people of a given country by studying their knives. The character of a people is reflected in the soul of a knife. This is definitively the case for the Balinese Kris (also called Keris) which is strongly associated with the culture of Indonesia. The kris is famous for its distinctive wavy blade (which has an energy like an active snake), although many have straight blades (which have an energy like a resting snake) as well. Both a weapon and a spiritual object, kris are often considered to have an essence or presence, considered to possess magical powers, with some blades possessing good luck and others possessing bad one. The kris can be divided into three parts: bilah (blade), hulu (hilt), and warangka (sheath). These parts of the kris are objects of art, often carved in meticulous detail and made from various materials: metal, precious or rare types of wood, or gold or ivory or even, and more rarely of meteorite metal. In 2005, UNESCO gave the title Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity to the kris of Indonesia. In return, UNESCO urged Indonesia to preserve their heritage. On the picture, Rev Martin showing the kris he acquired in Tabanan, thanks to our guide Nyoman on the right.
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Sea kayak is a new activity in Dajuma which completes the already existing sea activities such as the now famous Stand-Up Paddle (SUP), surfing and body-boarding.
Born in Hawaï in the 1960’s, SUP became popular in Bali because it is relatively easy to practice compared with short surf boards . Many of our guests enjoy this relaxing sport activity on the West beach of the resort.
Now they can also enjoy our 3 seats sea kayak and go paddling around Medewi cape. But be careful : contrary to what is believed, sea kayak is a real sport very demanding in terms of effort to deploy!
Last Monday, our guests (Natacha on the right, with her traditional Kebaya dress) were invited to participate in a special ceremony in Pekutatan village.
Gandi, the son of our chief gardener Anom (smiling with the blue hat on the picture) went through his Rajasewala ceremony, an important ritual in the Hindu religion for all children, boys and girls, reaching 17 years old. The ceremony recognizes the transition from childhood to adulthood. On this occasion, Gandi received the blessing from the Gods, the priest, the family and the village community.
We wish him all the best in his adult life!