- A luxury hotel popular with influencers has implemented an electronics ban at one of their key resort attractions.
- Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali will no longer allow cameras, phones or any type of device at their previously Instagram-famous River Pool.
- The ban is part of the hotel’s “In The Moment” campaign, encouraging people to enjoy the experience without electronics.
What’s the first thing you do when you arrive at a five-star island resort, and find yourself greeted by streams of cool blue waters and luscious greenery?
Most people may answer “take a photo”.
This mindset means many of the world’s most popular hotels have found fame and inspired wanderlust in many travellers via social media platforms such as Instagram. This was the case for Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali – you may have seen the hotel’s famous River Pool in these photos by @pilotmadeleine and @michutravel:
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✔️Ayana River Pool – checked off another Bali todo list #morningmotivation went for a swim @ayanaresort wearing @solidandstriped ???? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ::::::::::::::: A funny note, I kinda slipped off when I took the photo, so thankfully there’s another pool below ???? #behindthescenes #doitforthegram ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ::::::::::::: #ayanaresort #luxuryhotel #explorebali #thebalibible #balidaily #balinese #balilife #beachesnresorts #beautifulhotels #hotelsandresorts #morningselfie #pooltime #todolist
However, wanderlust-inspiring photos will now be a thing of the past, as the luxury hotel has banned all electronics around their famous pool, according to Lonely Planet.
The travel website reports that this ban is part of a campaign by the hotel called “In The Moment”. The ban forbids the use of cameras, mobile devices and all electronic equipment at one of its most popular facilities, the River Pool, during the hours of 9am-5pm.
Speaking to Lonely Planet, a spokesperson for Ayana explains that the 9am to 5pm ban was implemented to ensure its very-Instagram-worthy pool remains a place of “tranquility, where our guests can truly relax and be ‘in the moment'”
But Instagram-addicted travellers, don’t worry. Social media and photography fans can still snap photos at the resort’s other 11 stunning pools, including the Ocean Beach Pool and the Ayana main pool.
Ayana has so far not mentioned if it will carry out the same electronics restrictions on any of their other picture-perfect facilities.
But if you’re truly looking for a resort that will allow you to detox (digitally) and unwind, perhaps restrictions like this are a good thing after all.
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