Digital Detox: Bali’s Ayana Jimbaran bans use of mobile phones by one of its resort pools

No devices allowed at Ayana’s River Pool during a fixed set of hours. Photo: Ayana Resort
No devices allowed at Ayana’s River Pool during a fixed set of hours. Photo: Ayana Resort

Bloggers beware, a popular five-star resort in Bali has banned the use of mobile phones at one of its pools.

As a part of its “In the Moment” campaign, Ayana Resort & Spa in Jimbaran is not permitting the use of phones and other digital devices during the hours of 9am to 5pm at its River Pool.

This is what we’ve come to in 2018, friends — that a hotel needs to ban poolside use of digital devices so people can chill and enjoy their surroundings. Even then, it’s not even a 24-hour thing.

“The ethos of the River Pool is to create a quiet place, where our guests can really relax,” a rep from the hotel stated, as quoted by Kompas.

River Pool is apparently one of the more “remote” pools of the sprawling 90-hectare resort.

It’s a dual-level stone pool, picturesque af, and popular on the Bali Instafeed — so it’s a “big deal” to revoke digital access to the area. However, people can just bring their devices to any of the resort’s 11 other pools.


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“During the daytime at the River Pool, we promise there will be no calls, messages, pictures, and social media. Only yourself,” the Ayana rep said.

The hotel says it will be providing alternative “old school” activities such as chess, cards, and Jenga to keep themselves entertained without their phones.

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