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Newsletter October 2017 NON AUNZ

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October 2017

Welcome to the October edition of Bali Dynasty Resort’s eNewsletter.

Time flies and it’s hard to believe that we’ve almost reached the end of another month! We have been receiving many enquiries about our Festive Celebrations and we’re glad to confirm that you can now book your seat to join our Festive programme via this link. In this newsletter we also list several fun and free activities for kids and adults at the Resort, exclusive only for our in house guests, offering yet more experiences to enhance your holiday.

Over the past few weeks, news channels have been reporting about the seismic activity of Mt Agung, which is located 75 km away from Bali Dynasty Resort, Kuta, and the Airport. In the latest update following the decrease of the seismic activity, Mt Agung's alert status was downgraded from Level IV to Level III on 29 October 2017 at 16.00 Bali Time with the affected area was also downsized to 6 - 7.5 km around the volcano. Visitors can be rest assured as the Indonesian government keeps closely monitoring the volcanic activity and will provide advice should there be any new updates. We also remain vigilant to ensure the comfort and safety of all of our guests and make your holiday a memorable one.

All in all, we hope you enjoy reading through our newsletter. We look forward to welcoming you at Bali Dynasty Resort

A Festive Celebration at Bali Dynasty Resort

The Festive Season is just around the corner and whether you are celebrating the holiday with family or with friends, we have prepared some great celebrations to put you in the festive spirit.

Our Festive Programme offers a choice of various events around Christmas and New Year, for which we encourage and welcome not only our in-house guests but also those staying or living nearby to come and join us. Our events normally book out well before Christmas, so we advise you to book early to secure your seat.

Click here to learn more about our Festive Programme as well as to book your seat. If you need more information or need any assistance, please drop us an email to info@bdr.pphotels.com

We look forward to celebrating the Festive Season with you.

Join our Melbourne Cup Event at Gracie Kelly’s

Gracie Kelly’s Irish Pub will again be the host venue for the Melbourne Cup 2017 at Bali Dynasty Resort. Mark your calendar for the thrill of watching the annual event that defines Australian horse racing live on our big screen, along with your band of friends. The event will be on Tuesday, 7 November 2017 from 11am onwards. Everyone is welcome and it is free of charge.

Join the fun in our sweeps to win some great prizes and help us raise money to help the disadvantaged people in Bali via Bali Dynasty Charity Effort in partnership with Solemen. While watching the Melbourne Cup, savour the popular Gracie Kelly’s traditional and wholesome home-cooked fare. Special drink promotions are also available, from wine to the popular Guinness and Kilkenny on tap as well as draught Bintang.

Be sure to come early because we do not take any bookings in advance. Dress up for the occasion and wear your fancy hat to win the Best Hat and Best Dress Competition with some super prizes at the end of the event.

This is going to be a terrific day at Gracie Kelly’s. Contact fbsec@bdr.pphotels.com for further information.

Get Ready for Back to Bali Dynasty Party 2018

We are happy to announce that the ‘Back to Bali Dynasty Party’ 2018 will be held on Saturday, 10th of February 2018 at the Subiaco Football Club in Perth, Western Australia, which is the same venue with the last year event. This will be the ‘25th Back to Bali Dynasty Party’, and we are currently preparing some specials to celebrate this milestone.

Mark your calendar to ensure that you won’t miss this special event. Expect the delicious hearty Indonesian fare, the opportunity to meet some of our staff, all that lead to a great night for a great cause to help the disadvantaged people in Bali in partnership with Solemen.

More information will be available in due course and will be updated through our Facebook & Instagram.

Fun and Free Activities for Kids and Adults

Make the most of your holiday by joining our fun activities for kids and adults below for free. Exclusive for our in house guests only!

Indonesian Lesson

Improve your ability to speak Bahasa Indonesia and communicate more easily with the locals. Our Indonesian Lesson class is suitable for teens and adults.

Available every Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm at the Learning Bale above the Sunset Bar. Pre-booking is essential, please contact our Tour & Information Centre to book.


Towel Origami

Do you like the towel origami that you see in your room? Want to make some towel origami at home? Learn from the expert.

Our Towel Origami class is available every Wednesday at the Learning Bale from 10am – 11am. Suitable for teens and adults, pre-booking is essential and you can book at our Tour & Information Centre.


Introduction to Massage

Learn some basic massage techniques that you can apply at home to help you or your partner relax after a long day at work. The class is available for free from 11am to 11.45am at the Learning Bale every Monday. Interested to join? Sign up at our Tour & Information Centre.


Asian Cooking Demo

If you love to cook and are passionate about food then join our popular weekly Asian Cooking demo at the H2O Restaurant. Our chef will demonstrate how to cook some popular Asian cuisine. The Asian Cooking Demo is available every Wednesday from 12 noon until 1pm at H2O.

All participants will receive a 20% discount voucher for an à la carte dinner at Golden Lotus.


Cycling in South Kuta

Enjoy some fresh air and the warmth of Bali's morning sun while cycling along the boardwalk. We provide free bicycles for you to use and explore Kuta. Ask our Tour & Information Centre for more information.

An Irresistible Chocolate Indulgence at Ashoka Spa

Not only known to be one of the best delicacies in the world with many health benefits, chocolate is also beneficial for the skin. Dark chocolate is proven to help reduce stress hormones, which means less collagen breakdown in the skin and fewer wrinkles.

Reaping the benefits of chocolate for the skin, Ashoka Spa now offers a special promotion called Perfect Harmony Chocolate Treatment. For 2.5 hours, you will be pampered with a series of fabulous treatments with an irresistible chocolate indulgence from top to toe.

The treatment starts with a relaxing Foot Bath ritual followed by a decadent Chocolate Aromatic Massage. After that, you will enjoy a Chocolate Scalp and Hair Treatment to nourish your hair, and a Chocolate Body Scrub to exfoliate the dead skin and keep your skin firm. After a shower, the treatment continues with a 30-minute Refresher Facial. At the end of the treatment, a delicious cup of hot chocolate will be the perfect finish to this restorative extravagance.

You can enjoy this treatment from the beginning until the end of November 2017 at only IDR 799,000 nett per person. This package cannot be combined with any other special offers. Ashoka Spa is open every day from 9am to 9pm. For bookings, please email to spa@bdr.pphotels.com

Bali Dynasty Resort’s Annual Temple Ceremony

Bali Dynasty Resort will celebrate its temple anniversary, known as ‘Odalan’, on 3rd November 2017 with an elaborate religious ceremony. It is held in accordance to the Balinese lunar calendar on the day of the full moon, which is considered an auspicious time for all types of ceremonial blessings or purification rites. The ceremony will be a lively occasion showcasing offerings of fruit and flowers as well as colourful decorations. A Hindu priest will lead the proceedings with sacred chants, smoky wafts of incense and splashes of holy water. Participating staff members, dressed in their finest traditional attire, will partake in a session of communal prayers seeking peaceful times ahead and ongoing success for the Bali Dynasty Resort.

A temple anniversary is a religious festival that not only commemorates the founding date of the Resort’s shrine but also appeases the gods and the other elements that influence the very existence of mankind. Hinduism is all about maintaining a harmonious balance between all of the forces of the physical, spiritual and unseen worlds. Therefore, offerings and prayers are an essential part of any Balinese ceremonial ritual.

If you happen to be at the Resort on 3rd November 2017, feel free to snap some cool pictures to document this annual celebration.

Charity Update

Bali Dynasty Resort has recently assisted Solemen to fund the endoscopy treatment for a poor little Balinese boy, Kadek Ari Wiguna, in Surabaya, East Java.

Kadek is a 9-year-old boy who has been unwell for approximately 2 years with recurrent gastric bleeds. Due to his recurring illness, he was advised to go to Surabaya, in Java, for more specialist care but his parents were unable to afford the flights and living costs there. Through a joint effort between Solemen Indonesia and Bali Dynasty Resort, we had been able to take poor little Kadek and his family to Surabaya.

Kadek has been in Surabaya for almost one month with his parents, and has undergone an endoscopy, which showed oesophageal varices. He is now awaiting a CT scan and USG before they decide the next step; in which complex surgery is anticipated.

Our constant support to the needy in Bali through Solemen is made possible thanks to your ongoing generous donations to our Charity Effort. Help us to reach and assist more individuals by participating in our twice-a-week Quiz Night on Tuesdays (7.30pm) and Thursdays (8.45pm) at Gracie Kelly’s; adopt the cute SoleTeddy; or leave donations in the charity boxes around the Resort. Every donation matters.

Bali News

A New Underpass Project at Ngurah Rai Roundabout

Ngurah Rai Roundabout in front of the airport will be closed as the project to build a new underpass to ease traffic during rush hours has started. The project commenced on 17th October 2017 and is targeted for completion by the IMF-World Bank Meeting in September 2018.

As the project progresses to a total closure of the roundabout, alternative routes to the airport will be mapped out by the police.The new routes to get to the airport will be via Jalan Raya Kuta, Sunset Road, Jalan Dewi Sri, and Jalan Raya Tuban. It is not yet clear during how much of the total project timeline that the Ngurah Rai Roundabout will need to be totally closed.

You can rest assured if you stay at the Bali Dynasty Resort as the route from and to the airport, which is through Jalan Kartika, remains unaffected.


Philippines AirAsia will fly to Bali & Jakarta soon

Budget carrier AirAsia announced it will start servicing flights from Manila to Bali and Jakarta, in Indonesia, starting January 2018.

In a statement, AirAsia Philippines said it will start flying from Manila to Jakarta on 9th January, and to Bali from 19th January.

Daily flights from Manila to Bali will have a departure time of 6:40 pm, and an arrival time of 10:25 pm. Flights back to the Philippines leave Bali at 11:20 pm.

Meanwhile, flights from Manila to Jakarta will have a departure time of 8:00 am, and an arrival time of 11:00 am. Flights back to the Philippines leave Jakarta at 11:30 am. (Source: gmanetwork.com)

Cultural News

Galungan & Kuningan – 1 and 11 November 2017

An auspicious celebration is coming to the Island of Gods as the Balinese celebrate Galungan and Kuningan – the most important Balinese Hindu holiday. Galungan is a Balinese holiday that signifies the victory of Virtue (Dharma) over Evil (Adharma). This important festival occurs every 210 days. It will begin this year on Wednesday, 1st November and will last for 10 days. During this time, the Balinese gods and ancestral spirits descend to Earth to be honoured. They will leave on Kuningan, which is the final day of the holiday, on 11th November 2017.

Before the days of Galungan and Kuningan, Hindu people in Bali will be very busy preparing the religious ceremonial offerings and Bali's streets will be adorned with bright and colourful ‘penjor’ bamboo poles for the entire period between Galungan and Kuningan.

Tour of the Month - Go Underwater with Bali Hai Diving Adventures

If you think you have seen all parts of Bali, yet you haven’t tried diving, think again. Bali has some of the best diving spots in the world, which are ready for you to discover and will leave you in awe!

See the amazing underwater world of Bali with Bali’s prominent diving operator, Bali Hai Diving Adventures. A branch of Bali Hai Cruises (which has been operating on the island since 1990), Bali Hai Diving Adventures offer divers of all levels a great diving experience in the pristine tropical waters of South Bali and Northwest Bali.

In the South, the popular diving spots are the waters of Lembongan and Penida Island, which you can enjoy via the Cruise & Dive programme. Combining the services of the two companies, divers can enjoy this marine-protected area and the benefits and activities of Bali Hai Cruises. Healthy coral reefs, great visibility and over 250 species of tropical fish are there to be discovered.

Bali Hai Diving Adventures now partners with Menjangan Dynasty Resort to manage Pasir Putih Dive Centre, a 5-Star PADI Dive Centre, which is located in the resort and only 30 minutes from Menjangan Island in Northwest Bali. The area is known worldwide for its beautiful coral reefs, wall-diving and snorkelling sites, as well as its rare and beautiful Mandarin Fish. In addition, the dive centre also provides non-motorised watersport activities such as stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking and canoeing.

Bali Hai Diving Adventures offers year-round professionally guided scuba diving for divers of all levels, including those who have never dived before. It is also provides a PADI dive course programme. All programmes are set at the highest safety standards as the company holds 100% safety records and insurance.

Find more about the diving opportunities via their website: www.balihaidiving.com

Book your diving trip now at our Tour & Information Centre to enjoy special rates, with up to 15% discount available!

Dynasty Rewards

As an appreciation for your support in referring people to stay at the Bali Dynasty Resort, we have launched the Referral Programme which will allow you to collect points by referring new guests to stay at the Bali Dynasty Resort.

This programme is part of the Dynasty Rewards programme. You will earn points starting from 100 points for every booking you refer. These points will be added to your Rewards Account once your referee has checked out, which means you have the opportunity to earn points faster even when you are not in the resort but you must make sure that the person you are referring includes your Rewards Membership number when making the reservation!

Learn more about this programme by reading the FAQ here!

If your questions are not listed in the FAQ, please drop us an email to rewards@bdr.pphotels.com and we will assist you further.

Thank you for being a Dynasty Rewards member! To sign up you must have stayed before or have a reservation in the future. Click HERE to sign up!

Review us on TripAdvisor

Social Media is all the hype and TripAdvisor is becoming an ever popular source that people are turning to for advice! Please share your experience during your stay in the Bali Dynasty Resort or your experience at our Golden Lotus restaurant and Gracie Kelly's Irish Pub and help us increase our ranking on Trip Advisor It means a lot to us!

Guest Feedback

The staff at the pool are really enjoy their job facilitating, the games for the children and adults around the pool. Keep up the good work making peoples holiday very enjoyable. Margareth Halid AUS

All people on reception are very professional and all moments want to help us. Life music in H2O was the best. The musician go to the table and sing for us very good. Lucia Duricova CZ

Bali Dynasty is a great family hotel. Good kids activity for all ages. Location is close to shops, restaurants and walking distance to Waterbom Park. Staff are lovely too. Roddy Ann Bidefeld AUS

The Resort was perfect for me, my son and his partner and my two young grand children. Barbara More SCO

My daughter walked in and said “how clean is this floor!?it’s lovely”. Our service staffs were wonderful. The kids raced in every afternoon to see the towel animals. Brad & Rhianna Hook AUS

All staff at Sunken Bar and Gracie Kelly’s are so friendly and attentive. They always remember what you like to drink makes your stay extra special. Robertson SCO

The aqua aerobics was fantastic alot of fun, the staff were great. The big splash of pool pillow fights were fun. Jamieson AUS

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