Picture Bali, Indonesia and we immediately think of its beaches, beautiful temples, culture, spa, picturesque sights and its friendly people. However, since COVID-19 struck the world, all our travel plans have to be put on hold, and some of us have started to reminisce through our past photos to relive the beautiful moments spent in this city. We have now learned to accept that this is the current new norm and our hearts goes out to the people there who are always welcoming. So, it is important that the locals there stay safe first and take precautions before accepting ‘guests’ again.
Having that in mind, Wyndham Garden Kuta Beach Bali has helped locals in Bali take precautions against the spread of COVID-19 on the tourist island by building public washbasins for people and donating vitamins to at-risk communities.
International health authorities say social distancing and self-isolation are both key ways to minimise the spread of the coronavirus, while frequently washing or sanitising hands is an excellent precautionary measure.
Wyndham Garden Kuta Beach General Manager, Bagus Ngurah, has worked with industry colleagues to distribute 52 public washbasins for high-traffic areas like walkways and locations near temples and mosques. These basins come complete with a water tank, soap, and tissues to dry hands.
“As a result of COVID-19, there is unfortunately a very high demand for hygiene products, meaning that they are short in supply in certain areas and not affordable for many people. I was inspired to build these basins so everyone can clean their hands and protect themselves,” said Ngurah.
As he sets up more basins, the initiative gathers more momentum in the form of greater public awareness and donations.
“Through corporate donors, hospitals and our personal friends, we have been able to raise approximately 88 million Indonesian Rupiah for more than 50 basins so far, and we have plans for more. It has been pleasing to see the community support because the only way we can defeat COVID-19 is by working together. These basins remind us of the importance of personal hygiene and give us all the opportunity to practice it,” he said.
The basins drain into existing infrastructure and locals are encouraged to refill them with soap and water when they run low.
The team at Wyndham Garden Kuta Beach has also worked with hoteliers and academics to donate 10,000 vitamin tablets to the village of Songan at Mount Batur to improve community health during this time. The village was chosen due to low ratio of health care professionals to people.
Wyndham Destinations manages the 155-room Wyndham Garden Kuta Beach along with three other Bali properties: Wyndham Dreamland Resort Bali, Wyndham Tamansari Jivva Resort Bali, Ramada by Wyndham Bali Sunset Road Kuta, and six other Indonesia properties in Lombok, Jakarta, Surabaya, Palembang and Solo through its local subsidiary, PT Wyndham Hotel Management.
Wyndham Garden Kuta Beach is positioned directly across the famous Kuta Beach and offers two pools – a family pool for children and a rooftop pool overlooking the ocean – an all-day dining restaurant, a bar, a day spa and meeting rooms for seminars and events.