Tourism stakeholders, employees and travelers are eager to see Bali reopened and start to return to the new normal. One thing for sure is Bali is going to look a little different when the island of the gods reopens for tourism.
Say goodbye to the buffet
Hotels such as Belmond Jimbaran Puri, The Mulia, Mulia Resorts and Villas, Nusa Dua, and the Marriott hotel chain have prepared new health and safety measures to ensure their guests safety.
Belmond Jimbaran Puri, is targeted to reopen on July 1 and will be applying an online check-in process, adjustments to dining and enhanced housekeeping services.
“Guests who have booked with us directly will be able to complete the check-in process online prior to arrival,” Belmond Jimbaran Puri general manager Charles Kneipp told the Jakarta Post.
As for the dining experience, Kneipp said that guests could opt for breakfast served in their villa or outdoors at the hotel’s Nelayan restaurant. The property will also be replacing menu books with chalkboards or a single-use menu made of recyclable material.
With regard to housekeeping, Kneipp mentioned that the staff members would refrain from entering rooms while guests are present.
The Mulia, Mulia Resort and Villas will also apply similar protocols. In addition to sanitizing all areas, keeping social distancing and maintaining hygiene, the property will insist that guests shower before entering the pool or using spa facilities and use hand sanitizer before using equipment, anyone who is sick may not use these facilities.
As for the Marriott hotel chain, the company’s marketing vice president for Indonesia Ramesh Jackson said that the organization had created the Marriott Global Cleanliness Council, which focuses on developing the next level of global hospitality cleanliness standards to minimize risk and enhance safety for guests and associates.
“We are rolling out enhanced technologies over the next few months and also adding more hand sanitizer stations near high-traffic areas,” said Jackson, adding that the hotel chains were also testing ultraviolet light technology to sanitize room keys and devices shared by staff members.
Beach clubs with new protocols
Beach clubs, such as Karma Beach Bali in Badung and Artotel Beach Club in Sanur, are among the most popular tourist attractions in Bali.
The former has reopened to guests, starting June 20. In a recent interview with the Post, Karma Group founder and chairman John Spence said it would practice social distancing and ensure reduced density in Karma Beach. Now, the club proudly welcomes guests and claims to be “the most socially distancing aware private beach in Bali.”
Artotel Beach Club has yet to announce its reopening date. However, the management has started working with new protocols.
Artotel Group corporate director of marketing communications, Yulia Maria, said that to practice social distancing, it planned to reduce the capacity of the beach club. The club will run almost the same as in pre-COVID-19 days, however, it will now be mandatory for guests to wear face masks while in the hotel and restaurant areas.
Safer dine-in restaurants
Bali is also home to some of the most amazing international restaurants in the world. While some eateries are still offering takeaway services, Mozaic Restaurant in Ubud is now implementing new protocols.
Helmed by Chris Salan, the restaurant now conducts body temperature screening tests for both guests and staff members.
It will also apply 2-meter distancing between guests and staff members. To ensure hygiene, the staff members are required to wear face masks, goggles and gloves.
Dancers armed with hand sanitizers
Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park, home to the 21-story monument depicting Hindu deity Vishnu, in Badung regency, has also prepared new health and sanitation procedures
The park’s marketing communication and event general manager Andre R. Prawiradisastra said during a recent virtual event held by travel media DestinAsian Indonesia that they would also apply social distancing, provide hand sanitizers for visitors and conduct body temperature screening.
“There will be dancers distributing hand sanitizers to visitors,” said Andre.