Welcome to the April Issue of the Bali Dynasty Newsletter
Lots of exciting happenings to share with you in this months' Newsletter.
Having just had the amazing spectacle of Nyepi day and a record breaking St. Patricks' Day at Gracie Kellys', April seems to be just as busy, especially with the upcoming Easter weekend.
In this months' issue we take a closer look at Dinner in SEN5ES, our Easter Bunny Party for the Kids, a look back at Nyepi day with our very own Ogoh Ogoh Parade, our "All The Fun Under the Sun" promotion, a recent visit to the Kids from the East Bali Poverty Project and some recent flight news. In this issue we also announce our latest Employees of the Month.
We are looking forward to seeing you soon at Bali Dynasty Resort!
The impact of the global economic downturn does not as yet seem to be taking its' toll on Bali. Arrival figures recently released for the first two months of 2009 show a 3% increase on the same period in 2008 which is very positive. The Australian market has shown an increase on 2008 of more than 34%; 2008 was the biggest ever number of arrivals ex Australia to Bali with over 308,698 arrivals which was second place to Japan with 354,817 arrivals. South Korea shows the biggest increase in the number of arrivals with 42% increase over 2008 whilst France, China and Taiwan show an increase of 21%, 20% and 14% respectively. European arrivals to Bali overall have increased 2%. This can only be proof that "everyone" needs a holiday whatever the situation!
The Renovation of our North and South Pool wings are proogressing well and we are happy to say ahead of target so they will definitely be on line by the first of June as anticipated. On completion of the project all Superior Rooms will become "DELUXE" and all Superior Pool View Rooms will become "DELUXE POOL VIEW". The remaining un refurbished rooms will all remain Superior The new rooms will have been completely redesigned . The deluxe rooms will now boast a rain shower and the family rooms, a bathtub and massage shower. The new family rooms now offer more privacy with a partial partition and bunk beds with a trundle bed now accommodating 3 in this newly created section and two in the master king bed, so a total of 5 people can be accommodated. All rooms have been totally remodelled from floors to ceiling and doors with new furniture, flat screen LCD TVs and the introduction of DVD players as a standard. The renovation will bring about the availability of extra interconnecting rooms, which are a firm favourite with families.
Our Outside Guest Policy
Many guests have asked for information regarding the use of our facilities for outside guests. The Kids Club has always been and always will be a service for in house guests only. The service is free and the parents have the option of paying for the childrens lunch at only Rp.35,000 net. Per day. Outside guests can use our restaurants and bars, however they cannot use the pool, pool towels and sun beds. These facilities are strictly for in house guests only. All Guests will now be asked to show ID to confirm they are a Bali Dynasty Resort guest for pool towels and sun bed usage. Of course Gracie Kellys Irish Pub is still open to all and the Rais Paddies continue to pack the dance floor each evening. Theres a welcome addition of a Video Charity Quiz every Tuesday in addition to the regular Thursday Quiz.
Dinner at SEN5ES
SEN5ES is the latest restaurant in 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, Sen5es now opens for both Breakfast and 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.
Easter Bunny Kids Party
The Inner garden area of Bali Dynasty Resort during Easter Sunday (12th April) will be the place to be for Kids for the hotels annual Easter Bunny party. The Kids will begin the party with a grand Egg hunt throughout the hotel garden and be rewarded with candies and the winners will receive prizes. Then it will be time for the children to show just how talented they are with an Egg painting Competition. The judges will be hard pressed to find an eventual winner who will be presented with more great prizes.
The Easter Bunny will then make a surprise visit and everyone will receive an animal balloon. The morning will be made complete with a slap up Lunch and Ice cream.Yummy! Its only Rp.70,000 net per Child and you can book either at the Kid's Club or contact our F&B Department..
So that Mums and Dads dont feel left out, a special priced Easter Sunday Lamb Roast lunch Buffet priced at Rp.130,000 which will be available at our SEN5ES restaurant from 11am to 2pm.
ANZAC day Memorial Party at Gracies
Gracie Kellys Irish Pub will hold its annual ANZAC day Memorial party on the 25th April and as far as we know we are the only pub in Bali to hold such an event each year as a remembrance for those that served with the ANZAC.
Nyoman, our juggling Bartender will make his famous Irish Sunset Cocktail a la Tom Cruise style, then in true ANZAC day tradition we will hold our Charity Two up Competition with half the kitty going to our East Bali Poverty Project that supports the children of Pengalusan school in East Bali.
With Live music provided by our Rais Paddies Band, come and join us and raise a glass or two for the ANZAC.
Nyepi Day at Bali Dynasty Resort
On March 25th, on the evening before Nyepi day, the Bali Dynasty guests had the opportunity to carry the hotels small Ogoh Ogoh (Paper Mache statue) from the front of the hotel to the beach for a ceremonial burning of the statue. Everyone assembled outside the Kertagosa for a group photograph and a small breifing on what was required of them. Before setting off each guest was dressed in traditional sarong and headband, blessed with holy temple water, given a traditional Arak drink and an instrument or kitchen utensil to make as much noise as possible, the idea being to scare any bad spirits away. The Ogoh Ogoh was carried aloft and the procession headed through the hotel lobby for the beach. The statue was burned in much grandeur to rapturous applause from our in house guests and the many onlookers.
The Bali Dynasty staff and management joined the procession and deemed the hotel cleansed of bad spirits in readiness for Nyepi day.
A big thank you too all the guests that joined in the ceremony and helped carry our Ogoh Ogoh.
All the Fun Under the Sun
The South Kuta Beach all the Fun Under the Sun promotion entitles guests staying six nights or more to a complimentary shopping bag, a voucher booklet consisting of nearly 50 vouchers offering discounts on a variety of lifestyle options including dining, entertainment, shopping and spas. In addition to this, on presentation of the booklet, guests are entitled to use the free shuttle bus which is sponsored by American Express Selects and runs hourly between the hotel, Discovery Shopping Mall, Kuta Art Market, Waterbom Park and Spa etc. The voucher booklet and shopping bag will automatically be issued on arrival at the hotel for qualifying guests.
Confirming the Islands growing popularity with Australians, Virgin Blue will continue to expand their number of flights to Bali as from June 1st . With continued services from Brisbane and Perth to Bali, flights from Adelaide to Bali will increase from twice to three times each week. Virgin Blue will also offer a direct flight from Sydney to Bali, operating twice each week on Mondays and Fridays and a direct flight from Melbourne to Bali, operating three times each week on Tuesday, Thursdays and Sundays.
Recently a group of students from the International school in Singapore visited Pengalusan school with Bali Dynasty Resort Management as part of their Social Studies course. They didnt want to just visit and observe, they brought donations and requested some jobs to do during their visit to help out the school.
The East Bali Poverty Project, that oversees Pengalusan school quickly arranged a number of various activities and assignments for the group to participate in. To begin, a surprise Karate Demonstration by some of the children who are participating in the Karate courses kindly provided by Pak Mangku Pasek, a 2nd Dan black belt and former Indonesian champion. Then the students saw first hand how the children are learning to make handicrafts from locally grown vetiver grass.
A surprise for the Students came as 30 brand new school desks and new Biology Charts were presented to the children all kindly donated by Mr. & Mrs. Greg Evans from Australia and the Muk Family of Singapore. Then a spot of much needed wall painting as the group helped paint the outside of Pengalusan school.
The Students day was made complete by a visit to the schools Bamboo plantation to see how locally grown Bamboo is being used for building and many other uses.
Employees of the Month
Our Employee of the Month Front of the House is a very familiar face to you all we are sure. Its Ketut Luliani, or more commonly know to many of you as Lucy, our friendly Waitress at Gracie Kellys Irish Pub. Lucy has been with Bali Dynasty Resort since 1991, and still tells us her favourite part of her job is meeting old and new guests alike. Lucy is married with two children.. Congratulations go out to Lucy from us all.
Our Employee of the Month Heart of the House is Gung Oka Swardinata, or Oka to his friends. Oka is our hard working Purchasing Clerk and has been with Bali Dynasty Resort since 1990. It is Okas job to go out and source various items that we require for the hotel operation. Although Oka is working behind the scenes, his friendly and helpful nature is known to all the staff members. Oka is married with three children. Congratulations to Oka from us all.
Tour of the Month - Bali Treetops
This month we look at Bali Tree Top Adventure Park near Bedugal. 65 Treetop challenges await the adventure seeker providing a truly memorable experience and amazing panoramic views. Challenges include a series of arial activities such as Flying Foxes, Rope Bridges and climbing challenges. Each trail offers graded difficulty levels so as you progress from tree to tree the challenges increase and you progress at your own pace. Trails are for Adults and Children from ages 4 and up. The varying heights of the challenges on each trail range from 2 to 20 meters and you can experience the trail alone or as a group, or with friends or family. Throughout the entire trail you remain attached to a life-line support. Although the park uses natural resources for its challenges the park is environmentally friendly featuring protective half logs to prevent cables from cutting into trees to minimise tree trunk degradation and all trail platforms are held in place using an innovative compression system to protect trees from any damage. The park offers specially trained Patrol Guides to explain how the complete circuit works, complete safety instructions and how to use the equipment. For bookings contact our Guest Activities Center close to the hotel Lobby.
What the Guests Say!
Thank you for all your help with our beautiful wedding. We loved our stay at the Dynasty, the staff were lovely and the service was exceptional. We will be back next year for our first wedding anniversary. Mr. & Mrs. P. Australia
To all the wonderful staff at Bali Dynasty Resort. We would like to thank you all for our most memorable holiday. We have just spent the most idyllic 10 days and are sad to be leaving. We would especially like to thank everyone who was involved in our wedding; it was even more beautiful than we had hoped for. The setting was gorgeous and all our guests commented on how tasty the food was. We are hoping to return to Bali very soon and will again stay at Bali Dynasty Resort. A big thanks to the laundry staff who washed our clothes and returned them so quickly, to the very patient cleaners who had to wait most mornings to clean our room, to the very clever Chefs in SEN5ES who made our sensationally tasty Breakfast every morning and all the other staff who made it a joy to stay there. Your friends in Room 815
The Resort has done a wonderful display of staff politeness, meals & service. In the circumstances of renovations, the Resort was tops. Chef Anom of Gracie Kellys should be proud on how he cooked the food. The best I have tasted and cooked to request (steak). Mr. H, Australia
It is very hard to single out one staff member as all the staff are wonderful. Dynasty is going forward well with room & facility upgrades as required. New Studio rooms excellent. Look forward to pool wing rooms to be completed. NS, Australia
As it was my birthday during our stay, it was a very nice touch & very much appreciated to have a cake delivered to our room. Thank you. Breakfast at Sen5es was always great. GL food & service was outstanding. Suarbawa did a great job on cleaning our room, was very friendly and always had a smile. Mr. K., Australia