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Resort BANS guests from using mobile phones around swimming pools

Could YOU resist breaking this rule? Holiday resort bans guests from using their phones around one of its swimming pools to ‘create an air of tranquility’

  • Pool at Ayana Resort and Spa has a ‘no calls, no texts, no social media’ policy
  • The ban is in place at the resort’s secluded river pool each day from 9am to 5pm
  • The resort says it wants to try to encourage its guests to live ‘in the moment’

A holiday resort has banned guests from using their mobile phones around one of its swimming pools.

The Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali has a strict ‘no calls, no texts and no social media’ policy around its secluded river pool. 

The ban is in place from 9am to 5pm each day with guests instead told to store their devices in nearby lockers to create ‘total tranquility’.

The River Pool (pictured) at the Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali, where mobile phones are banned for much of the day 

According to the resort’s website, the secluded relaxation area is a two-tiered river stone pool close to nearby luxury private villas.

It says: ‘The ethos of River Pool is to create a place of tranquility, where our guests can truly relax and be “in the moment”.

‘So during your time at River Pool (from 09:00-17:00) we promise there will be no calls, no text, no pictures, and no social media – just you, River Pool and this moment!’


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A spokesman for the Ayana resort told Lonely Planet News: ‘Our intention is to preserve who we are by valuing human connection and me-time.’

To stave off boredom, guests can request old-fashioned board games such as chess and Jenga to play.

But those who are desperate for an Instagram snap of the spectacular pool do have two windows of opportunity.

There are two two-hour windows of opportunity for people wanting to snap an Instagram picture of the eye-catching pool (stock image)

For two hours from the pool opening at 7am until 9am phones are permitted and they are again from 5pm to 7pm.

Last week, it was reported that the Ibis hotel chain in Switzerland was offering guests the chance to hire an ‘Instagram sitter’.

The sitter post photos, stories and even replies to comments on behalf of guests who want a social media detox but want to keep their accounts updated.

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