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What Is This at Bali's Ayana Resort?

June 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM | by | ()

We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our newest series, What is This? is devoted to odd-looking items in hotel rooms that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.

So there's this bar, right? And it's down at the bottom of some cliffs, and it's in Bali. And from this bar, drinkers can have one of the coolest views of the legendary Bali sunset. The only downside is that you've got to get down...that...side.

The cliff drop-off between The Ayana Resort and the resort's Rock Bar is actually not an issue after all, since there's a mini funicular that takes load of about 5 people at a time down to imbibe only a few feet above the waves. That's what this white-roofed box is: the funicular at The Ayana.

We recently rode it down to experience the Rock Bar and the sunset ourselves, and we're happy to report that trips on the contraption are totally free. Of course you are then expected to pay premium prices for cocktails down at the bar; we're talking $16 average in a country where other resorts charge half that for boozy beverages.

Alas, you cut your losses by experiencing something as novel as the tiny funicular to a bar that sits on stilts, from which there is the uninterrupted evening vista.

Want to see photos of the much-talked-about sunset and bar? Check out our photo gallery.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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