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PLANTING TREES AT DAJUMA

Julia and Mariia have been our guests the last 2 weeks, part of a Yoga group of 12 people coming from all over Europe. They particularly appreciated their stay with us and formulated an unusual request: planting 2 trees in the garden what our staff organised with great pleasure. This is what is shown on the picture: an already tall Araucaria for Julia and a young coconut for Mariia. Both trees will be happy to have your visit next year!

FIRST RAIN IN BALI: A BLESSING FOR FARMERS AND OUR GUESTS

This year, Indonesia including Bali, had a longer dry season than usual. In West Bali, where we are located, most of the villagers are farmers. Their fields were dry, some of their crops, mainly rice and vegetables, suffered from the longer dry season. Everybody was expecting the rain to come soon. Finally, it happened in the beginning of November. We saw villagers around us so happy and grateful to be able to celebrate the first rain. This period of the year is also a blessing for our guests: for a few moments of rain mainly during the night, they get in return an even more beautiful nature. In our tropical garden the flowers are blooming like never. The clouds in the sky also create breathtaking sunsets, lasting for much longer than during the dry season. Something you should not miss next time you decide to visit us in the coming weeks!

SUNSET BEHIND THE COCKTAIL

What is the best time to enjoy a delicious cocktail in the tropics? It is undoubtedly the “happy hours” of Dajuma. Imagine yourself comfortably seating in the gazebos of our tropical garden or on the underwater stools of our pools, with the sun declining on the horizon. Because Dajuma is oriented full west, with breathtaking sunsets that you will never forget. Our bartenders love to surprise you with every day new creations that enrich an already busy cocktail menu. Something we would much like to introduce you to on your next visit. See you soon!

“THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GARDEN I HAVE SEEN IN BALI”

Many thanks to our last month guest Kristin from Australia for her appreciation on Trip advisor about Dajuma highlights and “the most beautiful garden I have seen in Bali”!
It is true all the gardeners team around Yuliartha, as a charismatic leader, is proud to create day after day a real outside work of art. In more than 1,5 ha they cultivate with passion a wide variety of trees, plants and flowers, using natural compost made on site from our kitchen garbage. When strolling along the paths, our guests are always astonished and enchanted to discover a rainbow of colors and delicate scents: orchids, frangipani, bougainvilliers, heliconya, soka are some examples of them. But often comes up the question: what is the name of this flower, plant or tree? The solution was to label each and every of our species (70 different in total) with bamboo signs through-out the property. It is what has been done last week, the new bamboo signs replacing the old ones made from aluminium which were in place for more than 15 years. Visitors and guests can continue to learn and enjoy about the extraordinary diversity of the Balinese flora.
On the picture, Yuliarta and his team. From left to right: Yuliarta, Umar, Zikin, Mudita, Gunaya. Thanks also, guys, for the specific sceneries you build for each event: romantic dinners, anniversaries, weddings, temple festival, new Year… You are the best gardeners we can dream of!

UPIN IPIN WELCOME!

By chance, this couple of dwarf hens became the mascot of Dajuma. Every day, they roam the entire property in all directions to the delight of our customers and especially children. They are incredibly kind and cute to watch. They also fulfill their role in terms of cleaning the garden. Our staff has named them Upin Ipin, an easy-to-remember nickname that refers to the Malaysian cartoon, which is very popular in Indonesia at the moment. We are sure you will be happy to meet them on your next visit to Dajuma!

RAINY SEASON STARTED IN BALI

The rainy season in Bali is used to last from November to March with sometimes incursions in the dry season and vice-versa. This year the rainy season starts on time to the great joy of farmers and gardeners! But the questions often asked by our guests willing to visit Bali are “Is it worthwile to visit Bali during the rainy season? How strong is the rain? How long every day? Is’nt it too wet?” Legitimate questions when they are going to spend hours in a plane to get here! First of all we have to keep in mind that raining in Bali has nothing to do with heavy rain we can meet in some South East Asia countries such as Thaïland. In Bali, there is no monsoon. The answer is also very depending on where you plan to stay in Bali. Close to the mountains you will get more rain than on the coast. In Dajuma, the rain falls only a few hours every day, often in the night and the consequences on the nature and your stay are more than positive: flowers blooming and green grass everywhere in the garden, no dust, wetness limited by the breeze from the sea, and, cherry on the cake, contrasted skies offering breathtaking sunsets as shown on the picture. What could we dream of better?

RELAX IN PARADISE

Among many assets, Dajuma offers to its guests a lot of places in its 1,5 ha tropical garden where the master words are RELAX and UNWIND. Let’s have a look at these places: along the 200 meters seashore, just a few steps from the beach, comfortable long chairs, hammocks, swings and Gazebos await your visit with a breathtaking view of the ocean. Even when the hotel is full you will always find a tranquil place where to relax. A little bit higher, our Bendega Pool deck is also another place to visit: overlooking the fishermen beach and the Medewi surfing spot, you will be fascinated by the mouvements of the fishing boats and the surfers. But the cherry on the cake is definitively the sunset. Fully oriented West, the entire property offers unforgettable sunsets. Looking forward to welcoming you soon!

THE SECRET STORY OF THE « BILA » TREE

We have something unique in our garden which has a very special importance for Hindu’s people in Bali. It is a tree called “Bila”. In Balinese Hindu’s tradition, almost all of the plants (or part of it) are being used as a means for praying or making an offering.

Shown on the picture is our “Bila” tree in front of Villa Soka, we have this tree in other area of our garden too. This tree called “Bila” in Balinese and “Maja” in Bahasa Indonesia. Bila tree is related to Siwaratri Day or the night of Lord Shiva. On Siwaratri Day the Hindu people in Bali are used to make a “Kwangen” (one of means in praying) using the Bila’s leaf. There is a mythological story behind using this leaf in Siwaratri night. The story is about the life of a hunter named Lubdaka, which got a blessing from Lord Shiva after spending a whole night in the forest. In the darkest night (night of Lord Shiva), to fight against his fear and keep him awake, Lubdaka pluck Bila’s leaves and throw the leaves one by one into the lake, and, unwittingly the leaves fall on the stone which is the Shiva Linnga or the symbol of Shiva. Because of what he did in the forest, after his death, Lubdaka’s spirit were blessed by Lord Shiva.

PASSION FRUIT JUST FOR YOU

Our guests often refer in their comments to the lush garden of Dajuma, qualified as “manicured garden”. It is not only true for its 1,5 ha which surrounds the villas, but also the case for the private gardens which are facing the entrance of our Bendega villas. The idea came one year and a half ago from our GM Alit to make growing different species, fruit on the West side and flowers on the East side of the Bendega villas. The result after a few months if just astonishing. Can you imagine, when opening the door of your room in the morning, having view on passion fruit, mangoes, papayas and dragon fruits, just for you? On the picture, our colleague Leli checks the maturity of a passion fruit in front of Sari C. Don’t miss it next time you decide to visit us!

THE TEAM BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL DAJUMA GARDEN

This week, we are happy to stage our extraordinary team of gardeners, incredible artists who, day after day, make our 1.5 hectare park a real paradise for the greatest pleasure of our guests, as evidenced by the texts below. Many thanks guys for your talents and commitment!
On the picture from left to right : Gunaya, Umar, Yuliartha, Zikin, Mudita who just finished a new hedge above our main temple.