Welcome to the June edition of the Bali Dynasty Newsletter. With our new Lobby well and truly open and the recently opened Studio rooms there are lots of things happening in and around the resort. We have a new theme night at Tropical Caf, Magic shows during the school holidays and a new Kids Gang Membership that your kids are sure to love! In this edition we will also give you our regular update on all the latest Staff News. As Bali prepares itself for the busy Summer Season and the school holidays, the resort has been enjoying excellent occupancies. The forecast for July and August is also looking very positive as Bali in general continues its upward trend in tourism figures, however we still have rooms available. On the weather front, the continuing and strengthening cool sea breezes bring with it the Kite flying season and the colourful annual Bali Kite Festival. Enjoy our June update and see you soon at the Bali Dynasty Resort.
The new DLounge lobby bar
At the beginning of July our new D Lounge lobby bar will be open. Located at the far end of the lobby; the DLounge is a chic Cocktail bar that will be open from 4pm 1am daily with piano entertainment. A great place to watch the world go by with the comings and goings of the main lobby and great place to enjoy a sundowner cocktail or a nightcap.
New Guest Activity Center
Now featuring 4 Internet Terminals, our new Guest Activity Center is located just off the lobby area offering you the best discounts in Bali for many of the Islands top attractions. Also ask about our daily Tour Specials. Hot Spot Cards can be purchased at the GAC at Rp.45,000 for 1 hour used (validity 24 hours) or Rp.100,000 for 4 hours (validity 3 days), also ask about our Wi-Fi coverage. At the Guest Activity Centre you can rent DVD/VCD players, Playstations and Childrens Push Chairs. Open 7am to 10pm.
Our New Family Studio Rooms
Located at the front of the hotel, the new Studio rooms are of a modern minimalist design accommodating up to 5 people in the room. There is a King size bed in one section and a bunk bed and trundle bed in the other. A full glass partition dividing the two sections, enables parents to have more privacy as well as the addition of the balcony, gives an area for the parents to relax and enjoy in the evenings whilst not disturbing the children. Modern features include two flat screen LCD TVs (one in both sections) with DVD player as well as a modern bathroom with step in rain shower. Wi-Fi is also available in the rooms.
Wild West Wednesdays at Tropical Caf
Heres a real treat for meat eaters! Every Wednesday from 6.30pm onwards we rustle up tasty Ribs, Juicy Burgers, Buffalo style Chicken Wings and a Sausage Sizzle to bring you the taste of the Wild West. All meats are served with Sauces and accompaniments. And for Dessert you can watch our Chef make his famous Crepe Suzettes right at your table for you. Also during the school holidays watch out for a special Magic Show every Wednesday for the Kids during dinner. Each night we have a different theme night with our Italian Pasta Night with Kids Fashion Show every Monday, Jimbaran Seafood Night every Tuesday, Wild West BBQ every Wednesday, Satay Night every Thursday, Malam Bali Night every Friday, Aussie BBQ Night every Saturday and Roast Night every Sunday. Enjoy Live Entertainment nightly at each of our themed Buffet dinners with our Batak Band who will play your favourite songs at your table each night.
Peking Duck Promotion at Golden Lotus
The Golden Lotus is currently featuring Peking Duck as one of its signature dishes. You will be able to enjoy this famous dish on promotion each day for the next month. Before you take up the menu, you might want to know more about how Peking Roasted Duck is made and how it is served. Peking Roasted Duck is processed in several steps: first the ducks are rubbed with spices, salt and sugar, and then kept hung in the air for some time. Then the ducks are roasted in an oven, or hung over the fire till they become brown with rich grease perspiring outside which gives then their wonderful odor. Peking Duck is always served in well-cut slices. The whole duck must be sliced into many pieces and every piece has to be perfect with the complete layers of the meat, although the dish is mostly prized for the thin, crispy skin. Normally there are many accompaniments served with the duck, including a dish of fine-cut shallot bars, a dish of cucumber bars and finally a dish of paste-like soy of fermented wheat flour. The real secret of Peking duck's flavor lies in you carefully nibbling away at the complete mixture of all the accompaniments of which you will find all the different ingredients very compatible. But it is not necessary to order extra soup, for the duck-bone soup is always included in your order. It will be served as a side dish for the dinner. The history of the Peking Duck can be traced as far back as the Yuan Dynasty (1206 - 1368). By the time of the early 15th century it had become one of the favorite dishes of the imperial Ming family. Enjoy the delicacy of the Roasted Duck on your next visit to Golden Lotus.
Aussie Footy on the Big Screen at Gracie Kellys
Watch live Aussie Footy on the Big Screen around midday each and every Saturday and Sunday at Gracie Kellys. Enjoy an icy cold beer and a meat pie while cheering on your favourite Footy side. Catch the Live action every weekend at Gracie Kellys. See the Gracie Kellys notice board for match coverage and times.
Tour of the Month Bali Canyon Tubing Adventure
Heres a great day out that brings you close to the unspoiled nature of Bali where you still can find untouched flora and fauna. Drift down the exciting Siap Stream in the Payangan area (North of Ubud) in your own Inflatable raft and discover the many different species of plants and animals that make Bali their home. See groups of monkeys playing in the surrounding forests or see rare species of birds. You will be amazed how many different kinds of plants and flowers grow along the canyon. Discover the hidden canyons of north Payangan, through which a crystal clear stream flows by floating down the canyon in your own Inflatable. After arriving at the start point, professional guides give you detailed safety instructions for tubing and the flying fox. From there, a special Off Road car will transport you to the Canyon slope and after a short descent into the Canyon, your adventure begins! At some of the canyons more challenging spots you can either choose to use the specially made flying fox or the conveniently constructed wooden footpaths that take you safely past the obstacles. So whether you go with your friends or your family, everybody will enjoy this great outdoor adventure. For Bookings visit the Guest Activity Center just off the Lobby.
We value your feedback very much, so during your stay we ask you to please fill out the Guest Comment card in your room or you also have the opportunity to fill out the Questionnaire online when you get home by visiting our website. Guest comments form the backbone to the daily morning management meetings and enables management to identify areas for improvements. As well as this each card is acknowledged by the General Manager either by email or letter. Let us know what you think and give us your suggestions and recommendations because we do use these questionnaires seriously, all the data is entered into a database which scores each section and therefore Departments and department heads are appraised on these scores! Whats more, every three months we do a draw to win a stay for those who have completed their comment card, so it could be worth your while!
The Bali Kite Festival
The Bali Kite Festival is an annual international Kite Festival held for 4 days in July in the Padang Galak area, Sanur Beach, Bali. Commencing on July 10th to 13th, traditional giant kites (from 4 meters in width and almost 10 meters in length) are made and flown competitively by teams from the villages (banjar) of Denpasar. The event is a seasonal religious festival intended to send a message to the Hindu Gods to create abundant crops and harvests. Bebean (fish-shaped), Janggan (bird-shaped) and Pecukan (leaf-shaped) are three traditional kites flown during this kite festival. The kites are flown by teams of 10 or more adult kitefliers. The Bebean is the largest kite, and looks like a broad-mouthed, split-tailed fish. The Janggan form has a broad flowing cloth tail that can reach more than 100 meters in length. The Pecukan requires the most skill to fly, as its unstable form often tumbles towards the ground. Red, White and Black are the traditional colours used in the kite's designs. Each type of traditional kite has its own competition, with heats of 10 teams vying for the best launch and the longest flight. Sometimes the kites come down over the adjacent rice paddies, and the team members have to dash through the paddy to rescue the kite before it lands in the water. A competition is also held for best 'New Creation' kite which may include detailed three dimensional figures representing the Hindu Gods or could be even kites that are sponsored by large companies. Traditional and new creation kites are constructed from bamboo and cotton cloth. The competition will also attract Kite enthusiasts from around the world.
Fun in the Sun Package
Superior Room : Rp. 660,000 net
Superior Pool View : Rp. 720,000 net
Studio Room : Rp. 1,080,000 net
Package includes: Daily Buffet Breakfast for 2 adults & 1 child (in Superior & Superior Pool View) and 2 adults & 3 children (in Studio Room) Return airport transfer Coffee & tea making facilities in the room Daily 2 bottles of mineral water Free use of departure lounge (coffee, tea, air conditioner and TV available) Free use exercise room Daily themed buffet dinner kids under 12 years old eat free when accompanied by a paying adult (up to max 2 kids)
ADDITIONAL CHARGES Extra Bed and Breakfast in Superior & Superior Pool View : Rp 200.000,- nett per night.
Terms & conditions: Minimum 2 consecutive nights stay Valid from 15th July - 26th December 2008 Valid for Indonesian citizens or KIMs/KITAS holders only Booking code is required when making reservation to activate commission Booking Code : Superior Room (FIS08SP), Superior Pool View (FIS08PV), Studio Room (FIS08ST) Room is subject to availability and hotel confirmation Late check out is subject to availability upon arrival Extra night will be based on contract rate and non commissionable
CANCELLATION POLICY: A) The following one room night cancellation fee will be charged per room if: 1. A cancellation is made after the option date. 2. A cancellation is made after a pre-payment. 3. There is a no-show. 4. A cancellation is made after check-in. 5. Stay is shortened after check-in
14 days prior to arrival
One (1) night's room rate
We would like to thank everyone who took the time to look at the video of the Pengalusan trip and commented on how much the video moved them. It was indeed a magical moment to see the children unpack all their school chairs. If you have not seen the video yet we have left the link on our website. The children are about to receive a large donation of art materials this month from a donor in Australia, a much needed commodity for their art classes, and the big news this month is that Pengalusan school participated in a provincial Karate Competition in Cianyar and one of the pupils came 4th overall in Bali. A mean feat considering they have only been taught Karate over the last few years. Next week is the Government Junior High School Graduations and our Kids are eagerly awaiting their results. Now that the rainy season is over we are planning to visit the children mid July and of course for our annual visit on Indonesias Independence day, August 17th, when the children will be holding their village and school celebrations. A big thank you for all the donations in the form of clothes, school books, pencils, rulers, erasers and even some toys that you have so generously donated over the last few months.
Every month we hold a staff gathering, where we celebrate our staff birthdays and present an update on new hotel products and services. Here are our winners for April 2008. This staffs have excelled in their duties and the services offered to our guests. We also have a Guest Nomination Award and this award is chosen by our guests who fill in the guest nomination forms when they are departing the Resort after their holiday.
Employee of the month - Front of the House
Gede Agus Aryawan or affectionately called Agus by his friends works as Bar staff at our Balis first original Irish Pub Gracie Kellys. His duty is to take care of all our guests with the best drinks that Gracies offers and gives service with a smile. Agus is really enjoying working at the Bar and loves getting know all our guests. He is an easy going and friendly person, and for that reason everyone loves to talk with him. Once again congratulations to Agus for doing a really great job!
Employee of the month - Heart of the House
I Made Wirawan or usually called Wira, he works at the financial department and is assigned as an income auditor who is responsible to analyze the hotel revenue. Even though he is normally at the front of computer, he is always making jokes to make everyone laugh.
Guest Nomination I Ketut Kariada (Kariada) works at the Housekeeping Department as a Housekeeper. He ensures the cleanliness and tidiness of the guests room. He enjoys to work as a Housekeeper and is always happy to take care of you if you need any special amenities when he is on duty. He always ensures the guests feel more comfortable and satisfied during their stay at the Resort.
The vouchers and discounts are a great idea. Thank you. Mr. W. Singapore
Excellent job with all your Restaurants & Bars. The Golden Lotus food was just outstanding, best Chinese we have ever had. Thank you. Mr. T, Australia
Your staff are the most pleasant group of people I have ever met. From the minute we arrived we felt comfortable, welcome + very safe. They made our holiday worthwhile. Mr. A, Australia
We enjoyed our stay at the Dynasty and we will definitely be coming back in April - May 2009 and the beautiful rear garden view room for extra privacy. We would like to thank all the staff for the lovely welcome and wonderful service throughout our stay at the Dynasty. As first timers to Bali we are very happy we chose the Dynasty to be our home for 11 days. Mr. & Mrs. H, Australia
I would like to recommend Reni from foot massage. The best massage I have ever had. I always get a sore leg from a previous injury and I always live in pain. After massage, my leg was pain free for over 1 week. Mr. W, UK
The Gardeners do a wonderful job with the selection of plants & paths superb, always clean, always working hard. Mrs. P, Australia
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