Natural Hot Spring
Natural hot spring is one of the greatest nature’s blessings. The spring is formed when water gets heated by geothermal energy and emerges onto the earth’s surface after making its way through the rocks which are at the interior part of the earth’s crust. The water then gathers and pools at places known as hot springs found all over the crust of the earth, one of them located at Toya Bungkah village, Kintamani.
For centuries, ancient Greeks, traditional Native Americans, and Chinese medicines have revealed the miracle of this colourless and odourless water. The heat and subsequent sweating have a deeply cleansing effect on our skin and entire body-mind system. The hot temperature also has benefit of soothing aching muscles. The overall effect of soaking in hot spring tends to be a relaxing one, so unnecessary stress and tension can be dissolved.
Containing specific minerals such as Bromine, Calcium, Fluorine, Sodium, Lithium, Phosphorus, Manganese, Iron, Arsenic, and Radium, hot spring has potential therapeutic advantages in curing illnesses and injuries, and also improving healthiness. Revitalizing effects on cells and tissues, improving blood circulation, purifying the blood by eliminating toxins through sweat, healing chronic respiratory disorders such as asthma, bronchitis, and sinusitis; curing skin conditions like eczema and dermatosis, increasing brain activity and strengthening bones, and treating fungal infections of the foot. Be the next person to discover the astounding power of natural hot spring as you take a comfortable dip.
Balinese has its own local wisdom called ‘Tri Hita Karana’. This term was initiated on November 11, 1966, during Konferensi Daerah I Badan Perjuangan Umat Hindu Bali which took place at Perguruan Dwijendra Denpasar. Since then, the life philosophy has become popular and spread throughout Bali. ‘Tri Hita Karana’ is derived from Sanskrit language: Tri (three), Hita (prosperous), Karana (cause). With this philosophy, human are encouraged to keep the harmonious balance of the relationships between human to God (Parhyangan), human to human (Pawongan), and human to environment (Pelemahan), in order to achieve the true happiness.
The Ayu’s presence answers demand for an eco-friendly private luxury villa with the application of Tri Hita Karana. Combining spiritual and contemporary aspects, the design and development of the villa with its 14 suites was ascertained from the beginning to follow soil contour without sacrificing the existence of surrounding trees. The harmonization with nature is completed with private pool drained with water coming from natural hot spring that is believed for centuries to have the ability of therapeutic healing. Legend has it that King Pemecutan always meditated and bathed in natural hot spring at this location for a month and seven days every year to rejuvenate his physical and mental condition.
The Application of Tri Hita Karana at The Ayu
Human to God
We have a pura (temple) standing in villa area which is available for visits by guests and employees.
2. Human to Human
a. The Ayu with local residents.
We always make efforts to keep the harmonious relationship with local community and will try to become more proactive in the empowerment of people inhabiting area around the villa. One such effort that has been made is recruiting local people as our employees.
b. The Ayu with guests.
We do our best to give personalized services to our guests.
c. Fellow guests of The Ayu.
The villa surroundings will hopefully encourage warmer and closer interactions between fellow guests.
3. Human to Environment
a. The villa building.
From the planning process, The Ayu has always made efforts to adapt with the already-existing nature and minimize environmental damage. The physical building of The Ayu adjusts with soil contour and also lava rocks and surrounding trees.
b. The use of local ingredients.
The Ayu uses local ingredients for food and beverage service such as orange, tamarillo, cabbage, onion, tomato that are obtained from local farmers in Kintamani area, while rice and others are obtained from other regions in Bali.
c. Go Green
– Build congenial and well-planned garden by cultivating various rare plants.
– Water, rocks, and trees that embellish every empty corner of villa area.
– The use of recycled paper for all hospitality activities gradually.
– Minimize the use of plastic material.
– Educate guests on ecological and environmental issue through brochures, leaflets, desk notes, etc.