Here’s why this luxury resort in Bali has banned mobile phones near its pool

Getaways these days are anything but that, thanks to mobile phones and other electronic gadgets that keep us forever connected with the outside world. While this may be a boon in many cases, sometimes all we need to do is switch off from social media and simply soak in the beauty of the present moment!

Sharing the same ethos in the Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali that recently introduced a ‘No Mobile Policy’ at its poolside. The move is part of the resort’s ‘In the moment’ campaign, which is all about connecting with nature without the pressure of clicking a perfect snap or constantly being obsessed with social media. As per the movement’s rules, guests will be banned from using their mobile phones by the poolside between 9 am to 5 am, as also mentioned on signage boards on site. They will also be provided with lockers where they can safely deposit their devices to enjoy a lovely swim and evening siesta by the pool.

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Commenting on the ban, a spokesperson for the Ayana Resort and Spa said, “Our intention is to preserve who we are by valuing human connection and me-time. The ethos of the River Pool is to create a place of tranquility, where our guests can truly relax.” Visitors will, however, be allowed to photograph in and around the pool any time before 9 am and after 5 pm. Guess it’’ time we indulged in some well-needed ‘technology detox’!

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