The AYANA Resort & Spa has become the first hotel in Bali to be certified as ‘tsunami-ready’, following an audit and training programme. Although AYANA’s cliff-top location – 35 metres above sea-level – means there is a little risk from tsunamis, the 290-room hotel has readied itself for the worst-case scenario.
“We may be considered low-risk because of our cliff-top location, but that is no reason to be complacent,” said AYANA’s General Manager, Charles de Foucault. “This certification will enable us to safeguard our guests and also assist with people from outside the hotel who may come to AYANA to seek refuge on higher ground, in case of a tsunami.”
While most of AYANA is located on the cliff-top, it does offer several beachfront facilities such as the Rock Bar, spa treatment villas, a swimming pool and seafood restaurant.
Alexander Kesper, senior CIM advisor to the Indonesian Ministry of Culture & Tourism, commented; “AYANA exceeded our standards in terms of safety and evacuation procedures, and as a Tsunami Ready Hotel, AYANA guests can be sure that a well prepared team will take care of them in case of emergency. Significantly, the resort’s management showed great initiative as they had already registered for Tsunami Ready certification before the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March. That disaster further drives home the need for other hotels to be prepared, especially those located on beachfront land.”