AYANA Bali reopens Damar Terrace restaurant

Guest Writer

Hong Kong, 19 January 2010 - AYANA Resort and Spa Bali has re-opened Damar Terrace restaurant following extensive renovations by Yasuhiro Koichi, the acclaimed Japanese designer behind the Rock Bar.

Koichi, whose company Design Studio SPIN has created some of Asia’s most iconic bars and restaurants, combined comfort with modern Asian decor for relaxed all-day dining at Damar Terrace. His trademark style is reflected in the combination of traditional materials, motifs and colors, set off by cutting-edge lighting and clean modern lines softened by tranquil lotus ponds.

“The renovation of Damar Terrace further highlights the commitment of this property’s owners to ensuring AYANA maintains its position as Asia’s premier destination resort,” said General Manager Charles de Foucault. “They have continually invested in this property over the last 13 years, and their commitment was recognized when our guests and travel partners voted us Asia’s Leading Luxury Resort at the World Travel Awards in November. We find it very rewarding when guests return to AYANA and comment on how there’s a new surprise awaiting them every time they visit; this is what being Asia’s best is all about, and Damar Terrace is the next surprise awaiting them!”

The central thatch-roofed bale (open-air gazebo) features a large carved wooden dragon suspended dramatically above a bar made from recycled ship wood, giving it a rustic, cozy edge. Another bale extends out over the pond with plush day-beds that almost appear to float. Wooden partitions separate each day-bed, providing an intimate ambience while guests watch the colorful koi fish dart beneath lotus plants lit up by dozens of floating candles at night.

The beautiful glass lamps illuminating the restaurant were designed by Japanese glass artist Seiki Torige, who also created the bar using ‘kayu besi’ or ‘iron wood’ from an old Indonesian ship. Originally the hull of a wooden boat more than 50 meters in length, Seiki found this wood in a remote village in South Sulawesi. As its name suggests, iron wood is extremely hard and sinks in water like iron; according to legend, it also has the power to protect its passengers. It has been used in traditional Indonesian boatbuilding since ancient times.

The restaurant’s menu has also been relaunched to feature more ‘small bite’ options and European dishes, to add to the range of Asian favorites.

“The concept is modern yet relaxed, with an all-day dining menu to cater for different guest palettes,” said AYANA’s newly-appointed Executive Chef Giordano Faggioli. “It is a relaxing, tranquil space, which becomes very romantic at night in the glow of the candles floating in the ponds. The a la carte menu matches this ambience, making it a perfect spot for a relaxing lunch, chilled out High Tea, or intimate dinner.”

Damar Terrace’s renovation is the latest in a series of upgrades to AYANA’s restaurants and lounges since the resort’s rebranding last April. The first, in July, was the opening of Bali’s most spectacular sunset venue, the Rock Bar, perched 14 meters above the ocean on a rocky outcrop at the base of towering cliffs. Other enhancements include a new concept and menu at Dava following the appointment of William Gumport as Chef de Cuisine; and extensive renovations at Padi restaurant, which has been transformed into a Pan Asian venue offering Indian, Thai and Indonesian for a la carte dinner, and gourmet dining at 6 different food stations for buffet breakfast.


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