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!
Last Monday our beach was enhanced with half a page including five pictures in the « Bali daily »pages. We are happy to share some sentences:
…« Walking along the beach is a liberating experience. The sounds of the incoming waves, the clean air and that expanse of green moss that faithfully hug the rocks will surely convince any visitor they are in a different world.
The beach is a gem not only because of its natural beauty but also due to his position in the island’s history. A boat made of concrete… was constructed to commemorate the landing of Lt. Col. I Gusti Ngurah Raï and his men from East Java… leading the resistance in Bali… It is still the centerpiece of the beach. »…
And a good landmark for sunset pictures?
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One year already that Indra passed away in a tragic accident. We received a lot of warm condolences from all around the world and we would like to thank all our guests and friends who shared our pain. Indra was a very special man: a great spirituality, a sincere attention to the people, a fantastic love of life were some of his numerous human assets. Among other functions in the hotel he was the official priest of the community. For sure, in his new life, he is even more special than in the previous one. We take good care of his family. We think of him … Om santi santi santi …
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The traditional Balinese rice barn is emblematic of the Island of Gods. Tourists who are visiting Bali for the first time are always impressed by this small hut, well planted on its 6 pillars, so beautiful with its thatched roof amidst the rice paddies. The farmers are used to store their rice crop in it, well protected against rats and other rodents. Dajuma recently renovated its rice barns with a new thatched roof on the top but, at the difference with local farmers, they are not used for storing the rice but for offering the most exotic and romantic stay to honeymooners. Young kids also love sleeping in it with the feeling to be like Robinson Crusoe. Try it: we are sure you will adopt it!
This New Year celebration has been particularly festive at Dajuma. More than 50 guests enjoyed a delicious typical Balinese dinner served in the garden while 3 orchestras (Jeggog, Gamelan and Gongs) accompanied by Balinese dancers were playing. When midnight approached, all the guests were invited to come on stage to play with the musicians. After the traditional greetings, fireworks were launched from the beach. Thanks to the “weather keepers” from Pekutatan village, the sky remained clear almost all the night. A wonderful moment shared between the guests and the staff. Happy New Year 2014! Selamat Tahun Baru!
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Balinese people are famous for their artistical skills and talents. This is very true for major arts such as painting, sculpture, music, dancing. At Dajuma it is also true for gardening. Our chief gardener Anom and his team have created probably one the most beautiful garden where the Dajuma cottages are nestled. Everyday, they clean it meticulously, make the necessary cuts, invent new floral arrangements. Anom is now very busy with the preparation of the New Year festivities. However he found some time to create a beautiful fountain, located nearby the lobby, entirely designed and built by himself and our fisherman neighbor. Many plants, 3 flows of water, fishes and their cave : a small landscape to watch at.
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