Bali is opening again with the new normal. Things change – including the staycation culture.
With Bali getting ready to open its borders to foreigners this week, we try to predict how would it affect Bali’s five-star hospitality culture? And by “affect”, we mean, how the pandemic and the so-called new normal is now applied towards a fully functioning resort?
1.) Healthy protocols – First and foremost, and of course very obvious. Vaccination certificates as well as COVID records will be a mandatory requirement before being able to book any room – especially those of larger franchise names. Don’t forget quarantine regulations as well and how much that will affect the overall stay experience.
2.) Limited capacity – Another step is probably hotels will apply a tighter regulation considering capacity for their facilities. Gym, swimming pools, restaurants, even the lobby area. The reason is of course to maintain a safe social distancing protocol, and furthermore to prevent new clusters happening in the property.
3.) Outdoors – Following the capacity rulings, hotels may optimize their outdoor settings – which is safer than those indoors. Gardens, terraces, gazebos, and beachfronts can be utilized for more activities that guests can enjoy but with less risk of the virus.
4.) Curfews – This one may sound too extreme, but quite logical in terms of having extra precautions for the guests – especially those who go out and explore the island until late at night. Setting a curfew hour will provide the hotel more control over who goes in and out, as well as containment should there be a new outbreak.