Celebrating the local culture that surrounds each of its destinations, Aman believes in the ideals of sustainable development – leaving a better world to future generations – an ethos which has remained at the forefront of the brand since its inception. Aman properties around the world are an integral part of the communities in which they are set, providing unique insights into the needs of each community, with indigenous traditions, craftsmanship and rehabilitation of forgotten customs at the heart of the Aman experience, supporting local artisans and encouraging guests to preserve cultural heritage.
The Balinese script, natively known as Aksara Bali is an abugida used on the island of Bali, most-commonly for writing the Austronesian Balinese language and the liturgical language Sanskrit. The script is a descendant of the Brahmi script and has many similarities with the modern script of South and Southeast Asia. Aksara Bali, along with Aksara Jawa, is considered the most elaborate and ornate of all the Brahmic scripts of Southeast Asia. This script has a significant prevalence in many of the island’s traditional ceremonies and is strongly associated with the Hindu religion. Today it is mainly used for copying lontar or palm leaf manuscripts containing religious texts.
Together with the team of young experts from Basa Bali, guests can take part in preserving this heritage at Amandari, as well as at Aman Villas Nusa Dua and Amankila. Presided over by a sacred stone tiger, Amandari was designed after a traditional Balinese village on the verdant lip of the Ayung River Gorge while Amankila claims a breath-taking stretch of coastline on the Lombok Strait, sitting on a lush hillside beneath sacred Mount Agung. On Bali’s southernmost peninsula that is famed for its golden beaches, rests Aman Villas at Nusa Dua, an Eden-like retreat surrounded by a lush tropical garden. Each of Aman’s properties in Bali offers a perfect place to learn Aksara Bali while immersing in the natural environment,, complete with a relaxing tea and traditional Balinese light bites to indulge in. Experience Aksara Bali while staying at Amandari, Aman Villas at Nusa Dua or Amankila from February onwards. Advance booking is required for the experience at Amankila.
Goenawan Sambodo is an alumnus of Universitas Gajah Mada, studying epigraphy (archaeology), history and culture. He is an archaeologist who also studies photogrammetry. Goenawan has been involved in various communities discussing the history and ancient literature, including actively lecturing and sharing his knowledge at Museum Mpu Tantular in Sidoarjo and Museum BPK in Magelang. He has been a member of Tenaga Ahli Cagar Budaya Kabupaten Temanggung since 2017.
Basa Bali encourages the community to strengthen Balinese languages, culture and the environment by providing a platform for the community to speak out, celebrate, and create an evolving repository for the community. Basa Bali runs workshops, seminars and classes guided by passionate young tutors from various backgrounds to preserve the Balinese language and culture in general.