The last few weeks have seen both our Beach Club and our new dining experience "SEN5ES" open and we plan to begin our new room upgrades in the next few days, so a busy start to a new year!
There are lots of happenings and changes at the resort to share with you in this months' Newsletter as we announce the winner of our "Dine out to Educate a Child" promotion at the Golden Lotus, we take an affectionate look back at the changes and upgrades we made in 2008 and the changes we plan in 2009. We include more info on our new Beach Club and SEN5ES Restaurant and take a brief look at the upcoming Nyepi Day of Silence.
We hope you enjoy the read and we look forward to seeing many of you at our "Back to Bali Dynasty Party" in Perth on February 7th.
See you soon at the Bali Dynasty Resort.
The Bali Dynasty Resort Beach Club
Strictly for hotel residents only, the Beach Club is a welcome addition to our facilities at the Bali Dynasty Resort providing sun beds and umbrellas to enjoy the sun, sand and sea on South Kuta Beach. The newly reclaimed beach area stretches out an additional 25 metres providing a spacious area for sunbathing and to take a relaxing stroll along the beach. The new promenade stretches from near the airport to Legian in the north and makes a pleasant walk to facilities, away from the bustle of the street. A Beverage and light snacks menu is available to enjoy refreshments from the comfort of your sun bed. Coming soon for the more energetic of you will be Beach Games, like Volleyball, Tug of War and even Beach Aerobics. With the busy year of 2008 behind us we look forward to more upgrades of our facilities and services in 2009.
SEN5ES is the new restaurant at the Bali Dynasty Resort, providing informal dining in a simple but elegant setting. As the name suggests, smell, sight, sound, taste and touch are all stimulated by the open kitchen concept in which chefs prepare food in front of the guests. Formerly the Coffee Garden, the new Sen5es opens for both Breakfast and now Dinner. The open concept kitchen and large granite counters allow the Chefs to cook and top up the Buffet directly, allowing fresher, hotter food. The state of the art induction cookers ensure that the food is piping hot throughout the breakfast service. SEN5ES is spacious, accommodating up to 142 people inside and 25 people on the adjacent private terrace. The additional seating capacity cuts down the queues at breakfast and enables people to be seated and served more efficiently. In the evenings SEN5ES adopts a Pan-Asian theme with Chefs cooking in the show kitchen behind the wok. A choice of noodles, salads and other mains is offered, all with Asian herbs and spices such as lemon grass, ginger, and coriander served in over-sized bowls. SEN5ES is now open for Dinner every night from 6pm to 10.30pm.
'Back to Bali Dynasty' Party Update
We are looking forward to meeting quite a lot of you when we arrive in Perth for the 16th 'Back to Bali Dynasty' Charity Fundraiser at the Italian Club. Some familiar faces from the resort will be there. For a complete list of Staff Members from Bali Dynasty Resort who will be in Perth CLICK HERE. In next month's Newsletter we will give you the after party news and the names of the big winners in our Lucky Draw Raffle.
Perth Holiday & Travel Expo
Bali will be showcasing some of it's best Accommodation and Tour options during the Perth Holiday & Travel Expo at the Burswood Cnvention Center from the 13th to the 17th February. You can find all things Bali on Stands 64 to 71 under the Banner of 'Bali is my Life'. Visit the Burswood and see some familiar faces from Bali.
St. Valentine's Day at Gracie Kelly's
Saturday 14th February is St. Valentines Day and Love is in the Air at Gracie Kellys From 7pm onwards join us for the most romantic night of the year. We offer Seductive sounds from the Larassi Lovers Band, meet our Gracie Cupids, we have a Best Lips contest, Love Bucket Cocktail promotion and the best pub grub in town!!! Theres a free Rose for all the Ladies and a chance to win some chocolate treats! Come along and bring your Valentine!
Dine out to Educate a Child Lucky Draw Winner
Congratulations go out to Mr. Hendro from Tuban who won our Dine out to Educate a Child Lucky Draw at the Golden Lotus recently. Mr. Hendro won Two Return tickets to Kuala Lumpur with Qatar Airways and Two Nights Complimentary stay at the ParkRoyal Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Congratulations to Mr. Hendro! Many thanks go out to all those guests who supported the program, as 5% of their food bill went to Charity and a big thank you to Qatar Airways and ParkRoyal Hotel in Kuala Lumpur for their kind and generous sponsorship.
Golden Lotus Promotion of the Quarter
This Quarters promotion at the Golden Lotus is Bak kut teh which is a Chinese soup popularly served in Malaysia, Singapore, China and Thailand. The name literally translates as "meat bone tea", and, at its simplest, consists of meaty pork ribs in a complex broth of herbs and spices (including star anise, cinnamon, cloves, dang gui, and garlic). However, additional ingredients may include varieties of mushroom, lettuce, and pieces of dried tofu. Light and dark soy sauce are also added to the soup during cooking, with varying amounts depending on the variant. Bak kut teh is introduced to Malaya in the 19th century by Chinese workers from Hong Kong, Canton and Fujian. They ate bak kut teh for gaining energy. Bak kut teh is usually eaten with rice or noodles, and often served with youtiao (strips of fried dough) for dipping into the soup. Soy sauce is preferred as a condiment, with which chopped chilli padi and minced garlic is taken together. You can try Bak kut teh at the Golden Lotus up until the end of June.
2008 - The Year of Change!
We certainly had a busy year at the resort in 2008, not just with record occupancies but with the many upgrades and added facilities. The first major change was the old E Block, which transformed into the Banyan Wing with the new and very popular Family studio Rooms. Then came the new Lobby and the addition of the DLounge bar, which has become a firm favourite for the guests to just want to relax and watch the comings and goings of the Lobby. We then gave an upgrade to our room soft furnishings with new cushions, bed runners and curtains. The Sunset Bar was next to receive a makeover with a welcome addition of a sun deck terrace overlooking the main pool. The Coffee garden came next and was transformed into the SEN5ES Restaurant. Adding another taste to the resort was Queens of India, which is getting rave reviews and busy most nights, good old Gracies got a Karaoke Lounge and then the long awaited resort Beach Club was opened on our newly reclaimed beachfront.
2009 Renovation News
February the 1st will see the commencement of our room renovation programme which will encompass the Family Pool View rooms, Family Garden View rooms, Superior Pool View rooms and around 45 superior rooms. In total 120 rooms will be entirely refurbished. The Superior Pool View rooms will be renamed the Deluxe Pool View and the refurbished superior rooms will become Deluxe Rooms For more detailed information on our renovations then please check out this LINK
Nyepi ceremony in Bali
Thursday the 26th March is Hari Raya Nyepi and the New Year for Balinese Hindus celebrating the Caka Year of 1930. Many colourful ceremonies and rituals are held throughout the Island. Firstly a Purification Ceremony, known locally as Melasti, is held on Tuesday, 24th March. Offerings and holy objects such as statues and kris line the path of the colourful procession leading to the beach for a ritual cleansing. Flowers fill the beach and prayers fill the air as pilgrims cleanse themselves in the sea. The climax of ritual activity is on the eve of Nyepi, the darkest night of the new moon. During these solemn, powerful hours, priests throughout Bali will be praying to appease the demons and honor the Gods in an attempt to harmonize the conflicting universal powers of good and evil. It is also the night of the Ogoh Ogoh (paper mache statues) parade and not to be missed. The 26th March is the first day of the Caka New Year, also known as Hari Raya Nyepi, is a Day of Complete Silence in Bali. The whole island will be void of people on the streets (since it is mandatory for everyone to stay indoors) or on the hotel premises and there shall be no noise, no lights and no activities whatsoever. The whole island of Bali will appear deserted and therefore it is believed that the evil spirits will pass over the island. Nyepi in Bali is an amazing experience if you are lucky enough to be here for it.
Tour of the Month Bali Taksu
Bali Taksu Tours and Travel have been in the business for over 20 years and pride themselves on showing their customers the real Bali. No one quite knows the Island of the Gods like this friendly family business. You can choose from Bali Taksus many Island Tour options, with their tours departing in the Morning, Afternoon or Cultural Dance Evening Tours. Some tour choices range from Volcano and Art Village Tours, Denpasar City Tours, Bedugal and Tanah Lot Sunset Tours, or they even offer Balis Mother Temple Besaki as a day tour. There are exclusively arranged Trekking and Bird Watching Tours in the Ubud Hinterland or at the Bali Barat National Park. And now Bali Taksu offer Beyond Bali Tours either to the famous Borobudur Temple in Yogyakarta or an Island tour of Lombok. To Book any Bali Taksu Tour just visit our Guest Activity Center at the resort.
Employee of the Month and our Guest Nomination
Our Employee of the Month, Heart of the House is Nyoman Gunawan, or Gun to his friends. Gun works in the Housekeeping Department, although behind the scenes Gun still enjoys meeting guests. He spends his spare time raising his two children and shares their passion for football.
Our Employee of the Month, Heart of the House is Kadek Istadewi, or Ista to her friends. Ista works at the Front Desk and helps to check in the guests. Ista has the busy job of raising two sons who both enjoy painting.
Our esteemed Supervisor of the Quarter is Martami, or better known to everyone as Marta. You will see the friendly smile of Marta at the Front Desk when you arrive at the resort. Marta has one son and enjoys dancing as her hobby.
The Guest Nomination this Month is from the Recreation Department, and no its not Froggy this time! Its Agus, another favourite with the Children when helping out at the Kids club. But Agus' main role is as a Motivator for the Pool Activities. Agus has two children of his own.
What the Guests say!
The new upgrade of the lobby & Breakfast room is fantastic, cant wait to see more upgrades. Mrs. C. UK
The Lazy pool was the best. The Sunset bar patio is a welcome addition. We are looking forward to seeing the new rooms on our next visit. Ms. S, Australia
Karyawan was our favourite person at the BDR. He always serviced our room quickly & beautifully. We wish we could take him home with us. Mrs. G. Australia
Thanks for our excellent welcome when we arrived. The Queens of India restaurant is fantastic, SEN5ES looks great and you even have Karaoke at our Gracies!. There are many hotels you can visit on this beautiful island, but the staff would be the reason for me to return to your hotel.. Mr. & Mrs. D. Australia
We had a very enjoyable New Years Eve. Well organized, a good effort by the Staff. We also attended the return guests drinks party and heard first hand the many improvements planned for 2009. Sounds great! Mr. B, UK
The hotel and its surroundings are always kept to a very high level of maintenance and attractiveness. They are certainly one of the hotels features. The new design lobby is fabulous, congratulations to the design team. Mrs. P, Australia