Lonely Planet Writer

Why this Bali resort has banned social media by the pool

Holidays are the perfect time to relax and unwind, and one resort in Bali is especially committed to ensuring that their guests have the best time possible. That’s why they have banned all electronic devices from one of their pools.

The Ayana Resort & Spa is located next to Jimbaran, in the southern part of Bali. Image courtesy of Ayana Resort & Spa

The “In the Moment” campaign is the latest initiative taken by the Ayana Resort & Spa on the Indonesian island. According to the campaign rules, all electronic devices (from cameras to smartphones) are banned from the Resort’s “River Pool” from nine in the morning to five in the evening. “Our intention is to preserve who we are by valuing human connection and me-time,” a spokesperson for the Resort told Lonely Planet News. “The ethos of the River Pool is to create a place of tranquillity, where our guests can truly relax”.

That’s why there will be no calls, no texts and no social media posts for those who choose to lounge next to the River Pool, which will become a “haven for guests”. To make things easier, the Resort has installed new signage and also introduced lockers where your devices can be safely stored as you bask in the glory of just being in the moment. If you want, you’ll also be able to ask for “old fashioned games” like chess, cards, sudoku and jenga— a good way of remaining entertained while keeping offline.

To mark the campaign, the Resort has also introduced a new cocktail, aptly named “In the Moment”. Image courtesy of Ayana Resort & Spa

If you’re really dying to take pictures of the idyllic scenery though, fear not, because there’s a way— just be sure to snap your photo early in the morning (from 7 AM to 9 AM) or later in the evening (from 5 PM to 7 PM), when the electronics ban isn’t active.