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What to do in an emergency!

With earthquakes and an active volcano a part of holidaying in Bali at the moment, it is always a good idea to have emergency plans in place for all outcomes. Below is our recommendations for what you should do in a couple of different emergency situations.

Earthquake

In the event of an earthquake, please calmly but quickly exit the building (if it is safe to do so), and meet in a central location away from buildings. At both Hidden Paradise Cottages and Coral View Villas this is at the pool area or at the beach.

Please be aware of roof tiles and wall tiles, as they can come loose and cause injury. Do not stop just outside of a building, you should always move more than 3m away from any building during an earthquake.

If you do not have time to leave a building, please take cover BESIDE a bed or solid piece of furniture. If there is a roof collapse and you are lying down/sitting next to a piece of furniture, it should create a relatively safe triangular space that you can hide in.

Please remember that most earthquakes do not happen individually. Usually aftershocks will occur within a half hour of the first earthquake, and then smaller ones for the next 24 hours. A member of staff is always monitoring the situation, especially at this time where they happen often, and will instruct you on the next steps to take.

Tsunami

If a large enough earthquake does occur, all of our hotel managers recieve an update from the government about a potential tsunami warning. This will trigger our emergency evacuation plan.

Step 1- Notification to all guests.

As tsunami warnings usually follow large earthquakes, we will be active and around the hotel notifying guests if there is a tsunami warning. If there is, step 2 will be actioned immediately.

Step 2- Gathering of essential items.

All guest will be asked to get essential items from their room. These items are to be limited to 1 bag per room that they carry themselves.

Passports, wallets, phones (if they are easily accessed), water bottles from room, towels or long sleeved shirts. These items are only to be taken if you can collect them quickly and efficiently. If it will take longer than 2 minutes to gather all items, please leave them in your room and proceed to the agreed meeting point in front of the hotel.

Step 3- Going to higher ground.

All guests will be asked to go to higher ground at this point. There are 3 paths that can be taken to reach higher ground, all within easy walking distance.

The first 2 paths to access is on the road. Lipah is a bay, so on either end of Lipah bay you do go up to a small hill as you enter/exit the bay.

The main path we will recommend using is one that goes directly up the hill. In the absolute center of Lipah bay, there is a path leading to the top of the hill. The easiest way to find this path is to exit your hotels and find the sign Warung Jonny. You can follow this path uphill until a member of staff tells you it is a safe space.

From Coral View, please exit the hotel, with the ocean behind you, turn right and another 50m is the Warung Jonny sign where you turn left and go up hill.

Fome Hidden Paradise, you exit the hotel, with the beach behind you, turn left and walk 50m. On the right side of the road you will find the Warung Jonny sign, follow that path up the hill until a staff member tells you it is a safe space.

Gunung Agung eruption

Should the volcano erupt, it should also come with earthquakes. Please follow the earthquake proceedures as well as the following instructions.

It is unlikely that we, in Lipah, will be effected by lava, flash floods, or gases emitted from Gunung Agung. But we are likely to be hit with ash. In the event of an eruption and you are outside, please take a a tshirt/scarf, wet it with water, and tie this around your nose and mouth. The use of sunglasses is recommended. For most part, we have been told to remain inside as much as possible while the air is full of ash. At this stage, if you have not already done so, we would request that you notify family that you are safe, and your embassy, so they can account for all of their citizens and arrange evactuation, should the need arise.

After that, we will wait for word from the Indonesia govenment, or your respective embassies on how to proceed.

Many apps are available (free and paid), to monitor the earthquake situation. You will recieve updates on earthquakes as they occur within the Indonesian region.

Thank you for your patience during these times, it will certainly be a holiday you will never forget! Feel free to contact us through our social media pages (via direct message) for more information or just to have a chat.

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What to do in an emergency!

With earthquakes and an active volcano a part of holidaying in Bali at the moment, it is always a good idea to have emergency plans in place for all outcomes. Below is our recommendations for what you should do in a couple of different emergency situations.

Earthquake

In the event of an earthquake, please calmly but quickly exit the building (if it is safe to do so), and meet in a central location away from buildings. At both Hidden Paradise Cottages and Coral View Villas this is at the pool area or at the beach.

Please be aware of roof tiles and wall tiles, as they can come loose and cause injury. Do not stop just outside of a building, you should always move more than 3m away from any building during an earthquake.

If you do not have time to leave a building, please take cover BESIDE a bed or solid piece of furniture. If there is a roof collapse and you are lying down/sitting next to a piece of furniture, it should create a relatively safe triangular space that you can hide in.

Please remember that most earthquakes do not happen individually. Usually aftershocks will occur within a half hour of the first earthquake, and then smaller ones for the next 24 hours. A member of staff is always monitoring the situation, especially at this time where they happen often, and will instruct you on the next steps to take.

Tsunami

If a large enough earthquake does occur, all of our hotel managers recieve an update from the government about a potential tsunami warning. This will trigger our emergency evacuation plan.

Step 1- Notification to all guests.

As tsunami warnings usually follow large earthquakes, we will be active and around the hotel notifying guests if there is a tsunami warning. If there is, step 2 will be actioned immediately.

Step 2- Gathering of essential items.

All guest will be asked to get essential items from their room. These items are to be limited to 1 bag per room that they carry themselves.

Passports, wallets, phones (if they are easily accessed), water bottles from room, towels or long sleeved shirts. These items are only to be taken if you can collect them quickly and efficiently. If it will take longer than 2 minutes to gather all items, please leave them in your room and proceed to the agreed meeting point in front of the hotel.

Step 3- Going to higher ground.

All guests will be asked to go to higher ground at this point. There are 3 paths that can be taken to reach higher ground, all within easy walking distance.

The first 2 paths to access is on the road. Lipah is a bay, so on either end of Lipah bay you do go up to a small hill as you enter/exit the bay.

The main path we will recommend using is one that goes directly up the hill. In the absolute center of Lipah bay, there is a path leading to the top of the hill. The easiest way to find this path is to exit your hotels and find the sign Warung Jonny. You can follow this path uphill until a member of staff tells you it is a safe space.

From Coral View, please exit the hotel, with the ocean behind you, turn right and another 50m is the Warung Jonny sign where you turn left and go up hill.

Fome Hidden Paradise, you exit the hotel, with the beach behind you, turn left and walk 50m. On the right side of the road you will find the Warung Jonny sign, follow that path up the hill until a staff member tells you it is a safe space.

Gunung Agung eruption

Should the volcano erupt, it should also come with earthquakes. Please follow the earthquake proceedures as well as the following instructions.

It is unlikely that we, in Lipah, will be effected by lava, flash floods, or gases emitted from Gunung Agung. But we are likely to be hit with ash. In the event of an eruption and you are outside, please take a a tshirt/scarf, wet it with water, and tie this around your nose and mouth. The use of sunglasses is recommended. For most part, we have been told to remain inside as much as possible while the air is full of ash. At this stage, if you have not already done so, we would request that you notify family that you are safe, and your embassy, so they can account for all of their citizens and arrange evactuation, should the need arise.

After that, we will wait for word from the Indonesia govenment, or your respective embassies on how to proceed.

Many apps are available (free and paid), to monitor the earthquake situation. You will recieve updates on earthquakes as they occur within the Indonesian region.

Thank you for your patience during these times, it will certainly be a holiday you will never forget! Feel free to contact us through our social media pages (via direct message) for more information or just to have a chat.

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Travel tips for beginners

Like every country in the world, Indonesia has it’s own culture; with that culture comes it’s own set of rules that are followed by the residents and visitors. Whilst Indonesia is Muslim, Bali is Hindu, and because of that, there are a few difference in how to dress or behave when visiting. I’ll be breaking down a few of the most common differences between your home countries and a Hindu Bali.

MODESTY

Women in Bali, traditionally, are more modest. They don’t wear clothing like women in western countries, their shorts tend to be a little longer and tops a little more covering. As Bali progresses in the city areas, more local women are dressing “western”, but in the more rural areas, like Amed, women are still very modest. These rules do not apply to tourists visiting the area, and certainly not within the hotels or on the beach. However, it is not an area where it is appropriate to ride a motorbike in a bikini (also for your safety it is not a good idea), nor walk along the street in your bikini only. It’s not forbidden, but it is more culturally sensitive to wear a something over your bikini whilst out on the streets. As for men, it is also the same, put a tshirt on when walking around in your bathers, or whilst on a motorbike.

PLACES OF WORSHIP

Bali is the Island Of The Gods. Temples are in every house, and each village has a major temple, as well as each regency having an even larger one. You will have noticed the rules about not climbing the temples (for obvious reasons), but ever wonder about the clothing or the “bleeding” side? Clothing must be respectful and modest for both men and women; shoulders must be covered, and sarongs must be worn by both sexes.

But what about the bleeding? It seems so sexist to only not allow women in when menstrating. This is actually a rule that applies to both men and women. If a person has an openly bleeding cut, even if it’s a ceremony for their deceased parents, they are not allowed into the temple, regardless of sex of the person bleeding. The reason no one is allowed in whilst bleeding is simple: openly flowing blood from the body is the bad spirits or bad juju leaving your body. If you bring it into a temple, it means you bring your bad juju in and the temple is not a spiritually safe place any more.

There have been recent videos surfacing of people climbing temples for the videos or photos. Obviously this is a big NO in any culture. But why is it so bad here? To climb a temple is to put yourself higher than the gods. Putting your feet on a person, table, chair, near their head, or pointing with a foot, is similarly disrespectful. This is one of the highest signs of disrespect in Bali. Now imagine doing it to the gods?

RESPECT

Offerings are done twice a day in Bali, you will see them as you walk around, they are called Canang. Beautiful little baskets filled with flowers, sometimes cigarettes, food, or lollies, and a lit incense. It is not appropriate to kick nor step on these offerings. Accidents happen, and that is forgiven by the gods, but deliberate acts to damage the offerings is unacceptable behaviour.

GENERAL TRAVEL TIPS

It is always good to travel with a sarong/large scarf, long pants, and a long sleeved shirt. In many churches throughout the world they request modest clothing, as with many Asian countries and their religious practices. This then gives you flexibility when travelling to always be ready for a cultural tour without renting or buying appropriate clothes.

Always take a moment to find out a little about the area where you are heading to. What religion are they? What is appropriate? What cultural practices occur whilst you are there? Not only will this give you a better understanding of where you are going, but this also gives you time to talk to a local person, ask about these things, and make new local friends. Quite often in the Amed area, when you make friends with locals, they invite you to their home to meet their family and be involved in the local ceremonies. You may get to join a wedding, teeth filing ceremony, or even a cremation. All of these experiences will make your holiday one to remember, plus you make life long friends.