This week, Dajuma welcomed nursing staff from Negara general hospital, as a reward for their commitment for 18 months in the fight against COVID 19. For both the Indonesian Ministry of Health and the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy at the origin of this initiative, they have become leading heroes in the management of the health crisis. After struggling to cope with covid 19 for nearly 18 months, the government hopes, by giving this award to health workers, that they can refresh their minds and souls to keep themselves enthusiastic in the fight against all kinds of diseases. This weekend, they made a special entertainment program with all the members, and enjoy a lot their stay with us. They cooked a barbecue dinner and did personal performances. Congratulations guys for your outstanding achievement!
Who has not kept the memory of a good bonfire from his childhood? So why not take advantage of your vacation to make one at the hotel where you are staying? With us in Dajuma it’s easy: just ask!
This is what the photo shows this week. Our guests Diana and Marra with their little kid had a great evening by the fire. They even roasted mashmallows which delighted the children around.
The art of floral decoration is practiced on all occasions by all Balinese families. On festive occasions, it takes a special turn with these majestic “panjors” that adorn the roadsides everywhere in Bali. In Dajuma, this beautiful tradition is perpetuated every day, everywhere in the resort with its magnificent flowery basins. In the restaurant each table receives a bouquet that is changed regularly according to the mood of our staff. It brings to the meal a touch of color and scent that enchants our guests. Also regularly, we organize floral decoration workshops where our guests learn how to create complex floral compositions, which combine flowers, wood and bamboo. An experience we would be happy to offer you on the occasion of your next stay!
When we go on vacation to the other side of the world, we attach a lot of importance, and rightly so, to the quality of the beaches of the hotel we have chosen: is it sand or rocks, clean and well maintained, is it light (coral) or dark (volcanic) sand? Dajuma, being located on a cape which is discovered at low tide for several hundred meters, is lucky to be surrounded by 3 very different beaches for all tastes: to the east, more than 20 km of fine sandy beaches almost virgin suitable for walking and jogging, to the west, the ocean is much calmer and a large sandy beach shared with local fishermen is suitable for swimming and body boarding. Between the two is the protective cape with its natural pots and corals which are discovered at low tide, a true paradise for children.
Now the question that often comes up: is the sand coral or volcanic? Well the answer is “both”. Indeed, depending on the tides and the times of the year, the ocean brings back either coral sand as shown in the photo, or volcanic sand, even softer to the feet and shining with a thousand lights.
Other questions that come up often: are they clean and what about sunsets? The answer is absolutely yes in both cases, because every day they are thoroughly cleaned by our staff. It is part of our eco-policy. The orientation of Dajuma being due west the sunsets are magnificent.
Last point to emphasize specific to Dajuma, we offer our guests massages on the beach in direct contact with the volcanic rock loaded with trace elements. Followed by a visit to the hammam and the hot tub of our spa, they guarantee you a perfect fitness! Welcome to our exciting Balinese beaches!
A few kilometers from Dajuma, in the sumptuous mountains of West Bali National Park, is a waterfall particularly appreciated by our guests. Its name – Jeruk Manis – is already very evocative because it means “Sweet oranges” in Bahasa Indonesia. It can be reached in 30 minutes by crossing magnificent plantations and enjoying breathtaking views of the Indian ocean. In a green setting, you can then cool off in prestine water without other neighbours than the fantastic nature of Bali. Another unique Dajuma’s escapade not to be missed on your next stay!
This morning, Sunday Sept 5th, we took a chance to capture a beautiful moment of Hensby’s family who had picnic breakfast in our garden. Our staff always tries to surprise our guests. Last time was with the “floating beakfast” in the pool and this time is with the “pick nick breakfast” in the garden. With their two adorable kids, Luna and Jack Mr and Mrs Hensby enjoyed this new way of savoring a breakfast and to celebrate the Australian Father’s day. Just try it next time!
On August 28th, all Bali celebrated the famous Saraswati Day, held in honour of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning symbolized by a beautiful woman with four hands, riding a white swan among water lilies.
It is held every 210 days, on Saturday/Saniscara Umanis Watugunung (based on pawukon in Balinese Calendar ). Saraswati day itself is celebrated by the Balinese people bringing offerings to their holy books and script in their houses, while students celebrate it at school, usually in the morning, and the office-workers in their office. In the afternoon of Saraswati day we are not permitted to read or write the book because all the books are offered. In the evening, called Malam Sastra, people read books (especially religious books) in their houses or in the temple. The day after Saraswati Day is Banyu Pinaruh day. “Banyu” means water and “Pinaruh” mean wisdom. In other words, we must have wisdom which always flows like water and which is useful for human kind. As a cultural ritual that is part of the traditions in Bali, the event is characterised by gathering of the locals in the early morning at any of the following locations: the river banks, the shores of the lake or at the beach. A purification ceremony consists in taking a bath at these locations. It is believed to rejuvenate the body and get rid of the mundane feeling that comes from day to day activities.
This is shown on the picture this week: a Pekutatan family bathes close to Dajuma to celebrate Saraswati.
This week Indonesia celebrated 76 years of independence. All over the archipelago were taking place joyful celebrations. In our place where Dajuma is located, it takes on a special meaning because it is the place where Colonel N’Gurah Rai landed with his soldiers to fight against the Dutch army. It was in 1946 a year after the proclamation of independence. Since then, the whole Indonesian nation remembers this courageous officer who, with disregard for his own life and despite limited military resources, succeeded in changing the order of things. A great lesson in courage!
It is difficult to establish a correlation between this interminable pandemic which nevertheless seems to have some positive effects if we judge by the birth rate in Dajuma, which has risen sharply for a year.
This week we are pleased to congratulate our colleague Gus Alit and his wife on the birth of their second child, a lovely little boy named Ida Bagus Rey Singgih Adhyasta.
Today he has just completed his first ceremony called “kepus pungsed” which coincides with the release of the umbilical cord and which is considered by Hindus in Bali to be sacred.
Congratulations to the happy parents and long life to Ida Bagus Rey Singgih Adhyasta!
Only 30 mn from Dajuma, is a place not like others called Perancak. A place not like others because of the presence of these extraordinary fishing boats called buggies moored in the natural port of a river estuary. But not only. Most of the inhabitants of Perancak live there as fishermen. They have a local food speciality called Pedetan or Bedetan made from the sardenilla lemuru fish. The famous “Bugis boats” start the fishing trip from Perancak, usually the fishermen catch a lot of lemuru fishes and sell them to the fish cannery. The rest of the fishing is usually taken home and processed into Pedetan / Bedetan by the community of women who run a domestic industry in the village. They use a traditional technique to make the Bedetan, starting with cleaning the fish and removing the head, then they will split and fillet. The fish clean then seasoned with selected spices and continued drying in the sun until well dried. It can be kept up to 2 months and you just need to fry it before eating it. It is crispy and delicious. A must to try next time you visit us!