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Newsletter July 2018

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July 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the Bali Dynasty Resort E-Newsletter

We are excited to welcome the month August. This particular time of the year always brings a lot of joy and feelings of national pride as we celebrate Indonesian Independence Day on 17th August. It has been 73 years since Indonesia claimed its freedom following centuries of colonial rule. At the Bali Dynasty Resort, we have organized an array of different activities to mark this special event, including a traditional Indonesian Food Festival along with other fun pastimes for everyone to enjoy.

In addition, we’ll be sharing details about some great upcoming events with entertainment at The Upper Deck at H2O and our famous Gracie Kelly’s Irish Pub.

We also have another update regarding our ongoing charity program outlining all the support that we have been able to provide over the last month with your generous help.  

We trust that you enjoy reading through our newsletter and hope to see you in August!

Celebrate August with Us!

Bali Dynasty’s Indonesian Night Market

Experience the celebrations of Indonesian Independence Day just like the local community!

From 10th to 19th August 2018, Bali Dynasty Resort will be holding a traditional Indonesian Night Market or Pasar Senggol from 4pm to 9pm to spice things up in conjunction with Indonesia’s 73rd anniversary. 

Numerous food stalls, scheduled competitions and a variety of souvenir stalls will be available during the festival.  

The food stalls will offer traditional snacks and light bites known as “jajanan pasar”, as well as popular Indonesian dishes such as Mie Goreng, Gado Gado, Sate and Bakso. Meanwhile, colourful souvenir stalls will showcase a variety of local arts and crafts.

Before sampling authentic Indonesian flavours, participate in some of the fun games and challenges organized by our Recreation Team from 4pm to 6pm.

This ten-day event will take place at the Cafe Piazza, located at the lower lobby of the Bali Dynasty Resort. Don’t miss out on this locally-inspired experience!


Magical Monday at Gracie Kelly’s

We invite you to come and enjoy an amazing Magic Performance at Gracie Kelly’s every Monday during the month of August between 7pm and 9pm. Be entertained by our guest magician and his show of illusionary tricks while having dinner or just relaxing with a drink at the bar. Our very own Gracie Kelly’s Band will also be playing upbeat music throughout the evening from 8pm till late. Get yourself down to Gracie Kelly’s for a Magical Monday that is too good to miss!


Time for Music at The Upper Deck at H2O

Known as the best spot in the resort to view Bali’s legendary sunset, The Upper Deck at H2O is delighted to announce a programme of uplifting musical performances all throughout August. Every Tuesday, join our resident salsa dancer for a vibrant Salsa Night out!  Enjoy beautiful songs as you unwind each Wednesday from our solo acoustic singer. For your Friday entertainment, an acoustic band will set the mood for a relaxing weekend ahead from 6.45pm onwards. We finish off on a sweet note every Sunday evening at 7pm with classical music performed by a talented violinist. Free entry to all.

Bali Dynasty’s Monthly Cleaning Blitz

At the Bali Dynasty Resort, we conduct a routine cleaning blitz every month as part of our staff activity programme. This crusade aims to clean up designated areas within the resort, be it the beach, back-of-the-house area or the staff canteen. However, the most important aspect of all is to work together as a team, build social responsibility and take control for our own environment. This monthly initiative is attended by the General Manager, Didit Indra, together with representatives from all of the resort’s different departments.

Fortune Cookies at Golden Lotus Chinese Restaurant

Have you tried a Golden Lotus fortune cookie yet?

Each fortune cookie has a proverb or words of wisdom hidden inside. Many even include special prizes such as a free main course dish on your next visit, a bottle of wine, free Chinese tea, or a free dessert.

Don’t forget to ask for a fortune cookie on your next visit to Golden Lotus Chinese Restaurant.

Bali News

Java, Bali and Lombok Voted Top 3 Best Islands in the World!

The word 'island' usually conjures thoughts of sun-soaked sands, idyllic turquoise ocean and gently swaying palm trees. But a new World's Best survey conducted by Travel & Leisure proves there is no single formula for paradise.
Based on activities, natural attractions, beaches, food and friendliness, thousands of wanderlust enthusiasts voted for their favourite island havens around the world. Beating out traditional favourites like Maui in Hawaii, Bora Bora and Tahiti, the densely populated Indonesian island of Java took first place.

Described as the 'heart of a nation', Java is the economic and geographic centre of Indonesia and serves as home to 141 million people. Lying in between Sumatra and popular Bali, Java featured on the World's Best list for the first time this year thanks to its' powerful waterfalls, longstanding local traditions, conservation areas and awesome nature.

It was a clean sweep for Indonesia, with neighbouring Bali and Lombok nabbing second and third place respectively. Read the full article by dailymail.co.uk
 

Charity Update

SoleBuddies are the people in need who our partners at Solemen, a Bali-based non-profit foundation, choose to help for an extended period of time. This commitment will provide them with ongoing support for education, health issues or a Sole Outreach Programme. Meet our latest SoleBuddy, Ni Wayan Darma Astiti, a nine-year-old girl from Klungkung who suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy. She is unable to sit, speak or eat anything other than liquidised food. Fortunately, Solemen has been able to provide her with a new wheelchair and a bean bag using funds raised through Bali Dynasty’s charity program and of course your kind support!

Now meet I Made Warsi aged 78 and Nyomane Bajera aged 77, our most recent SoleNeed recipients. They are an elderly couple from Tabanan who have lived together since marrying a decade ago. Both have been unable to walk due to old age and frailty. Severely impoverished, the pair were significantly isolated from their local community due to being immobile. However, thanks to the generosity of guests staying at Bali Dynasty Resort, Solemen has been able to provide them with a wheelchair each. They are now once again engaging with others and are generally much happier.

It is our hope that these wheelchairs will help them cope with the challenges of daily village life.  Their strong relationship is a source of inspiration for all of us and further proof that commitment is an essential tool for survival in times of need.

Bali Events

Legian Beach Festival

This year's 'Lively Legian Beach Festival' will be held at the end of August, presenting an annual offering of fun activities throughout the day and night. The festival will be set along the 700m long Legian beachfront, starting from Kuta and up towards Legian. This year's event is organized by the Legian Village community and is supported by the Indonesian Tourism Board. It will feature various games, competitions, exhibitions and bazaars over the course of four consecutive days. (Source:balitravelhub.com)


The 7th Maybank Marathon 2018

The annual Maybank Marathon returns to the flat road and rolling hill course that traverses several villages within the Gianyar regency in East Bali. Last year's race featured several categories, namely: a full marathon (42.195Km), a half marathon (21.0975Km), a 10K, and a fun sprint category for kids. The course chiefly runs through the main bypass road of Jalan Ida Bagus Mantra, crossing the villages of Saba, Pering, Belega and Bona, then back down via the villages of Keramas and Medahan. The 7th Maybank Marathon 2018 will take place on 9th September 2018 at 5 am. If you plan to participate, then you are required to register at www.balimarathon.com. (Source: balimarathon.com)

Cultural News

Bali Kite Festival

The Bali Kite Festival is an annual undertaking held on the island during July and August. The event highlights Bali’s unique culture, drawing thousands of visitors each year. The timing of the kite festival is key as it marks the start of the windy season. If you would like to participate in flying a kite, interact with the locals and enjoy the sun and sea, then make your way to Padanggalak, a coastal region north of the tourist town of Sanur.

Check in with the Tourist Information Centre when you arrive to see when this event is scheduled to take place as the exact dates are in accordance with prevailing weather conditions. Once everything is set, locals will gather to compete with foreigners in a challenging kite flying competition. If you head down to the beach to watch or take part, you will see a sky filled with kites of all shapes, sizes and colours soaring above the crowds. History has it that the festival started off as a ritual to thank the gods for bountiful harvests and fertility, but has since grown to become one of the most remarkable events on Bali’s annual calendar. Prizes are given to the most distinct and creative kites. If you love kites, and are a fan of the outdoors, then the Bali Kite Festival is perfect for you. (Source: balitravelhub.com)


Indonesian Independence Day

This year marks Indonesia's 73rd year of independence. The day is celebrated on the 17th August, as red-and-white national flags adorn the streets and flag raising ceremonies take place at the government offices, schools and many public institutions.

During the weeks leading up to Independence Day, expect to see decorations all across the island, from the front entrances of houses and offices to malls, hotels and restaurants. Some local neighbourhoods will arrange fun games and activities for kids such as sack races, cracker eating competitions, eel-catching and much more.

At the Bali Dynasty Resort, we will conduct a customary early morning flag ceremony with staff members on 17th August. This will be followed by games and competitions for everyone to enjoy. Several charity events hosted throughout the month will also highlight the importance of giving back by raising money for those in need.  

Tour of the Month - Going on a Safari in Bali

Enjoy the best safari experience in Bali at the home of hundreds of amazing animals representing over 60 species, including some rare and endangered species such as the Komodo Dragon, Orangutan, and the Bali Mynah.

At Bali Safari & Marine Park, you can choose to enjoy your safari journey with the Safari Tram or from an elephant’s back with the Elephant Back Safari, interact with your favourite animal up close at the Animal Encounter space, experience the wildest fine dining moment surrounded by lions, meerkats, and porcupines at the Tsavo Lion restaurant, and unwind with the spectacular Bali Agung or Kecak Masterpiece shows at our state-of-the-art theatre in the park, or make your own big splash at our Water Park and Fun Zone.

Plan your visit to Bali Safari & Marine Park now. Get special discounts of up to 15% at our Tour & Information Centre off the main lobby at our Resort.

Dynasty Rewards

Have you signed up to our loyalty programme Dynasty Rewards? If you haven’t, sign up now to earn points because great prizes await you! Click here to sign up.

When you accumulate enough points, you can redeem them with Food & Beverage credits, or even with free stays.

Click here to see the details of the redemption options!

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

Only went to the Gracie Kelly’s and Pool Bar and were excellent. Gracie Kelly’s was great, staff amazing, superb service. Cannot fault, friendly and polite staff. Everyone very welcoming. Cameron AUS

A very warm and hospitable attitude of the attendants especially Erna and the colleagues. I loved it, beautiful gardens and pond. Jeffery AUS

Indonesian theme night is especially good. Entertainment on the Brazilian night and the Italian night were fantastic. Bradley AUS

You go above and beyond with fantastic staff. Wish our staff at home were as perfect, a credit to everyone that works here. Beautiful and clean. Love the fish, duck freely walking around. Janine AUS

Good selection of food and beverages and reasonably priced. Chinese Golden Lotus was delicious – outstanding. Great pizza pasta night. Shary AUS

Everything has been to a high standard, excellent, friendly staff, beautiful resort. Had a wonderful time. Mark AUS

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