Following the Coronavirus outbreaks, Indonesia’s borders are primarily shut to foreigners, barring long-term visa holders, diplomats, medical workers and air and sea crew. Domestic flights have been mostly grounded temporarily too. As a result, in Bali – which rarely happened before – the streets are mostly deserted, hotels are struggling and beaches are closed.
As we know it, major hotel chains are temporarily closing properties and seeing occupancy rates tumble as travellers stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak. Hotels in Bali are reportedly making necessary adjustments to respond to the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak on the tourism industry, including temporarily suspending operations. But as we are all in this together, we can totally help each other and help support the hospitality industry so that they will once again get back on their feet soon as the new normal starts.
So how can we help? Here are a few things we can do to help our favourite hotels stay alive.
Purchase a “Stay Later” voucher
A lot of hotels actually sell vouchers and certificates for stays to be redeemed at any point in 2021 (these also make great gifts for your loved ones). Buying these now can help inject some cash flow into the hotel revenue streams to keep staff on the payroll.
Go to their Farmers Market
Many hotels, unfortunately, have made the tough decision to close completely during the outbreak, with the hope of reopening eventually. But most of their staff now are making their own side hustle. Some are selling delicious dishes, and some are selling creative and beautiful masks. You can buy directly from them or, just like Anantara Seminyak, you can come to their Farmers Market, a marketplace that sells Anantara’s Staffs side hustles & small businesses (mostly F&B) – social distancing applied – and buy goods for a good cause.
You can still order from their restaurants
Some properties are switching gears to make their menus available for delivery and takeout. Properties throughout Bali have the casual menu from their restaurants and available for curbside pick up. Names like The Mulia, St. Regis, Westin Resort, are giving you F&B delivery service, to name a few. Five stars dine at your own house, and we’d love to have that any day.
Stay connected to your favorite Hotels virtually
Virtual travel, Virtual webinars, Instagram Live, are exploding under the stay-at-home mandates and hotels are doing their part to stay online and keep up the connection with guests until they can check in again. The Westin Resort Nusa Dua are still doing their online Yoga and Wellness classes online, and we love it.
Book your monthly stay package
At the LV8 Canggu or Swissbell Hotel, they are offering monthly payment for monthly stay at their venue. Campaigns like “Stay Longer, Stay Relaxed”, with costs starting from Rp 3,000,000 (US$191.25) in several hotels in Jakarta, Bali, and Surabaya are on the rise. You can make use of these stays for better isolation days.