Welcome to the December issue of our Bali Dynasty Newsletter.
Don't let our warm tropical climate mislead you . . . the Festive Season is fast approaching.
Our guests will soon be welcomed by our 4 meter Christmas tree that will adorn our Lobby and be offered an array of Dining and Entertainment Festivities.
In this issue we look at our upcoming Festive program in more detail, how you can join us at our "Back to Bali Dynasty" party in Perth, and see what's new and happening in and around the resort. We also take a sneak peek ahead to Australia Day at Gracie Kelly's and Chinese New Year at the Golden Lotus that both fall on the same day, January 26th.
We are pleased to report that the new coffee shop project is nearing completion and will be finished by mid-December.
Enjoy the read and from all of us at Bali Dynasty Resort we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you in 2009!
Gracies goes Down Under
To celebrate Australia Day on the 26th January, Gracies says Gday mate as we stage an Aussie extravaganza at Gracie Kellys Irish Pub. From 7.00pm onwards you can be sure that the 26th January will be a big night out at Gracies as we celebrate Australia day. We will be serving up good old Aussie Tucker and dig into Aussie meat pies, Bangers and Mash and other Aussie favourites on the Gracies menu. Lets not forget our Australian day Quiz and great Live Music by our resident band, Gracies famous Rais Paddies band who will take to the stage to give you some foot stomping music Win some great prizes and donate some money to the Dynasty Charity effort in our special Two Up Competition. Dont miss a real Aussie night out.and no one throws a party quite like the Irish!!!
Christmas and New Year Program
As the Festive Season draws closer, you can fins all the info about the special Christmas and New Year dining options along with Menu details, Special Events and Entertainment we have planned for you this year. Just CLICK HERE
All events are already proving to be very popular so it is advisable to get your advance bookings in, even before you arrive at the resort by emailing our food & beverage team
Festive Goodies at Caf Piazza
Caf Piazza will again be offering you the opportunity to sample some its famous Mince Pies. A variety of other traditional goodies will also be on sale including Christmas Cake, Yule Log and much much more..All at Caf Piazza, open daily from 10.00am 11.00pm. Just drop by and choose your favourites.place your orders now!
o Chocolate Box Rp. 45.000 nett o Chocolate Santa Rp. 50.000 nett o Christmas Fruit Cake Rp. 195.500 nett o Yuletide Log Rp. 135.000 nett o Christmas Pudding Rp. 75.000 nett o Chocolate Truffle Rp. 130.000 nett o Traditional Mince Pie (3pcs) Rp. 35.000 nett o Christmas Cookies ( 250 gr) Rp. 27.500 nett
Golden Lotus Promotion
You simply must try our Golden Lotus Delicious Dish of the Quarter, which has been specially created by Our Master Chef for your enjoyment. This quarter its Braised Seafood & Chinese Cabbage in a spicy Szechuan Sauce presented on your very own hot Chinese burner. The dish is served with Prawns, Crab sticks, Fish sticks, Black Mushrooms, Red Chili, Onions, Leeks, Chinese Cabbage, Spicy Szechuan Sauce mixed with Chicken Stock. The price is only Rp.65,000 net for Small size dish and Rp.95,000 net for a Medium size dish.
The promotion will run until the end of February and will also be available for Golden Lotus Chinese New Year Celebration on the 26th January.
Balis Beverage shortage
Over the past couple of months there has been a bit of a liquor crisis that has hit Indonesia which has meant short supplies of various spirits and wines. What little is available is on the market at much higher prices than normal and therefore we have had to adjust our prices for this premium liquor accordingly. Unfortunately we have received more negative feedback than ever about our beverage pricing due to this, but unfortunately this has been out of our control. Fortunately it would now seem that the end of this situation is "nigh" and we have been advised that new supplies of liquor will be in Bali soon. Let's wait and see!
Back to Bali Dynasty party in Perth
The date for the 16th Annual Back to Bali Dynasty Party in Perth has now been set for Saturday, February 7th 2009 and we will once again be holding our Party at the Western Australian Italian Club on Fitzgerald Street in North Perth.
As usual we look forward to your normal support to make our entire Charity Project feasible. As usual the money raised at the event is used to help the poor kids of Bali, so your attendance will be supporting a good cause.
As well as entertainment and dancing; we have a sit down three course dinner and a fantastic raffle draw with over 100 different prizes such as accommodation, tours, including a chance to win flights and holidays to Bali. Raffle tickets will be on Sale on the Night.
You can also expect to see some of your favourite Bali Dynasty Staff in attendance too and we will be compiling the final list of names very soon.(visit website to see who is attending!)
Tickets will be available in early January and will all be on a pre-sell basis directly from the WA Italian Club. THERE WILL BE NO SALE OF DOOR TICKETS ON THE NIGHT. Join us and support a great cause!
"Dine out to Educate a Child
From October 1st until December 31st 2008 we are featuring our Dine out to Educate a Child Program in our Golden Lotus Restaurant. During the promotional period, 5% of Food revenue (excluding Dim Sum Sunday Buffets) are being donated to our Charity effort. Diners are encouraged to support the initiative through a dining card which after 4 visit stamps can be entered into the draw to win a return trip to Kuala Lumpur for two people with Qatar Airways, with two nights accommodation at the Park Royal Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. More Details
We have been receiving a lot of emails following the execution of the Bali bombers, which prompted the Australian government to re-issue their travel advisory for Bali, asking what the situation is like. It is important to note that the level of the travel advisory did not change (and hasnt changed since October 2002) however it just included more information with regards to the executions and possible reprisals. Fortunately everything has been calm and the increased security presence is certainly reassuring. As you travel on the outskirts of Kuta in the evening there are often several road blocks pulling over all vehicles and checking the contents, passenger IDs and registration documents. Our staff report regular sweeping by the local banjar of the boarding houses ensuring all those there have valid IDs for Bali. Reports also of additional security at the ports and terminals is reassuring as well as a large plain closed contingent. To support this we also have in the South Kuta Beach area a private patrol of security personnel who patrol the street outside the hotel. These people are made up of local people from the village and they are able to easily spot people who may be loitering or are out of place in our area. The hotel itself is still maintaining a high level of security with the operation of the boom gate for all vehicles accessing the inner compound (still limited to pick up and drop off) as well as checking all guests arriving on foot offering that added security to our in house guests.
Weddings At Bali Dynasty Resort
The Resort has hosted many Wedding celebrations including wedding vow renewals and wedding receptions.
There are 4 unique locations at the resort, the first being at the beach in front of the resort, or at the rear of the resort surrounded by our famous lucky white ducks, or at the Inner garden, or at the Upper Lawn. Our Wedding ceremony packages start from USD 800 nett and for your renewal of wedding vows from USD 440.00 nett. We can also assist you with a selection of menus, which you can choose from, including a BBQ dinner or an Indonesian or International buffet dinner with or without entertainment. CLICK HERE for more details
More Upgrades for 2009!
Those of you who have been back to the Bali Dynasty Resort in the last 6 months or so will have seen the major transformations that the resort has experienced giving the entire approach and frontage a fresher and more modern look.
We will continue to modernise in 2009 with the refurbishment of 120 rooms in both the North Pool Wing and South Pool Wing between February and May. All rooms will be totally modernised with modern bathrooms, improved lighting, new bedrooms with new furniture and large sliding doors opening out onto either the patios or balconies.
Keep updated from a special page on our website as we progress with these exciting improvements!
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 are pleased to announce that Wifi is now available in all rooms as well as in most public areas of the hotel. This enables you to conveniently get connected wherever you are in the resort as long as you have some kind of wireless device (PDA or laptop).In addition to this we offer 4 internet terminals for use in our Guest Activities Centre just off the main lobby.
There have been some major developments with regards to the progress of the Children of Pengalusan. There are now an incredible 82 children currently in the Pengalusan school, of which 25 are in senior high school, all run by the East Bali Poverty Project. Out of the 82 Children 57 children in the Elementary & Junior high school in Pengalusan are still sponsored by the generous donations from the guests of the Bali Dynasty Resort.
What is hard to believe is that a village of 65 families, not one ever had a single graduate from even a primary school before we were able to launch our Pengalusan programme in September 2000. That is great news indeed! Dont forget we are still running our Make a difference programme highlighting ways you can help the children by pledging for various items they are in dire need of.
Recognising our star performers
Employees of the Month and Supervisor of the Quarter Our Employee of the Month (Front of the House) has been awarded to Oka Arsika, the friendly smiling face you may have seen welcoming you at the Resort Front Desk.
He started his time at Bali Dynasty Resort in 1997 and started out in the Kids Gang before moving to a poolside motivator then to the hotel operator afterwhich he was promoted to a front desk receptionist. Oka is married with two children. Oka says the best part of his job is meeting different people every day and welcoming back many of our familiar returnee guests.
Our Employee of the Month (Heart of the House) is Wayan Ekamara. Wayan works behind the scenes at the resort in the Engineering department. Wayan was one of the first Engineers to join Bali Dynasty and has been working here since 1990. According to his friends Wayan is very passionate about his work and enjoys the challenges his job brings him. He is happily married with two children and lives in Denpasar.
Our Supervisor of the Quarter is another behind the scenes guy working at the Accounting department. Ida Bagus Sujana, or Bagus to his friends is responsible for the daily Income Audit. Even with the pressures of his job he still manages a smile when you ask him about his three children, whom he says can be quite a handful to manage sometimes.
Congratulations to all our star employees!
What the Guests say!
We found your staff to be very helpful, courteous and eager to please. I truly enjoyed the pool area, great cocktails, great people and some good laughs at some of the pool activities. This was a first time visit to Bali and with so much to choose from when I looked at the brochure and saw that you had 5 restaurants I knew it would be good. Thank you, we loved our 1st visit to Bali, see you next time. Mr. & Mrs. D, Australia
What a difference a year makes! Well done on the upgrade. We look forward to seeing more changes next time, especially the new Pool view rooms and the new Coffee Shop. Mr. & Mrs. C, Australia
Thank your Chef for our special fondue in Caf Piazza. It was a pleasant surprise to be able to have a fondue and is perfect for a great fun family meal. Also the Gracie Kelly food, staff, and band were fantastic as usual. They are the reason we keep coming back. Mrs. A, UK
We enjoyed the walks along the path. The security is great - it makes you feel safe - especially for my daughter's and mine first time being overseas. Thank you all for your service friendly beautiful people it made it very hard to go home. Mrs. S, Australia
Bali Night was great night. To be able to see Balinese dances & musicians and join in the dances during dinner for some great photographs. A memorable night! Mrs. J, Indonesia
We love the pool boys and Sue the Foot Reflexology lady is so very good! The omelette cookers in the morning are also wonderful!!! We are looking forward to the new cooler Coffee Shop. THANK YOU FOR A LOVELY HOLIDAY YET AGAIN... Mr. & Mrs. A, Australia