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Welcome to the latest edition of our Bali Dynasty Newsletter.
We have had a busy month, not only at the hotel, but with other activities outside the resort and around Bali.
The Children’s holidays have come and gone and it was great seeing so many familiar faces, indeed many first timers to Bali Dynasty too.
In this edition we will be looking at the latest flight news, some of our in house promotions and also tell you about our latest trip to see the Children our hotel Charity effort supports.
And of course all our regular features and a quick look ahead to some events happening in Bali in September and October.
We hope you enjoy our update and see you soon at the Bali Dynasty Resort.
As from 18th August, Pacific Blue introduced daily flights from Melbourne to Bali from the previous 5 times weekly.
Meanwhile, Indonesia’s national airline, Garuda Indonesia, has began operating its new 162-seater Boeing 737-800NG aircraft between Bali and Singapore which features the carrier’s new ‘Nature’s Wing’ livery, signature interior and upgraded on-board services. including individual touch-screen LCD TVs throughout Executive and Economy Classes with Video on Demand (VOD) entertainment systems offering 25 feature films and 250 audio tracks.
Also as from 1st September Garuda also commence daily direct flights from Bali to Tokyo’s Narita airport.
Promotions around the resort
SOFT SHELL CRAB PROMOTION at Golden Lotus Chinese Restaurant 1st August – 31st October 2010
The Soft Shell Crab used for this promotion is a Sea Crab, which can be found in the Kedonganan Sea which is located near Jimbaran beach.
The taste of the Soft Shell Crab is very unique. The shell is edible due to the softness of the shell. Each Crab is Fried to a light crisp and is prepared using our very own secret recipe Sauces.
We offer three different preparations:
Fried Soft Shell Crab with Golden Sand Sauce Rp. 75,000 net
Sautéed Soft Shell Crab with Salted Egg Rp. 75,000 net
Fried Soft Shell Crab with Oats Sauce Rp. 75,000 net
Visit our Golden Lotus Chinese Restaurant today and try this very special dish.
Heineken Promotion at Gracie Kelly's Each and every Monday evening at Gracie Kelly's Irish Pub we offer a 'Buy 1 get One Free' on Draught Heineken from 8pm to 10pm.
Also you can get a great deal on bottles of Heineken beer if you buy a 'Bucket of Heineken Beer' you get 4 Small Heineken Bottles for the price of Three!!
For Aussie Rules Footy fans, we will be broadcasting the AFL Grand Final, Live on the big screen at Gracie Kelly's Irish Pub on the 25th September. time to be announced.
Get in early to get a good seat and a cold beer and we will be offering delicious Aussie Meat Pies to enjoy during the match.
Golden Lotus wins Tatler Award
Golden Lotus Chinese restaurant has won its third Indonesian Tatler Magazine Award for 'Best Restaurant'.
Each year the magazine presents awards for it's best of the best restaurants around Indonesia.
The high society magazine, famed for its dining reviews, publishes its prestigious 'Best Restaurant Guide Book'.
Our Chinese Chef Nono is seen in the picture accepting the award on behalf of Bali Dynasty Resort.
Bali International Medical Center
The Bali Dynasty Resort provides an in house Doctor on call 24 hours, but in some cases the Doctor will advise guests to be taken to BIMC (Bali International Medical Centre), the Resort’s recommended Medical Center.
Bali International Medical Centre (BIMC) was officially opened on 27th July 1998 and was established to provide an excellent primary health care service for tourists, travelers and expatriates living in Bali.
Australian, English, American, New Zealand, Japanese, and Indonesian staff are ready to assist 24 hours a day together with Medical Director Dr. Donna Moniaga, who oversees her dedicated International medical team.
This superb international standard medical facility is conveniently located on the roundabout opposite Duty Free Galeria Shopping Arcade, and less than 10 minutes from Bali Dynasty Resort and the International airport.
When travelling to Bali we advise you to check your travel insurance is valid, or indeed you have travel insurance to avoid the probability of costly medical bills in the event of an accident.
Its also worth noting that when you use rental vehicles in Bali, or indeed anywhere in Indonesia your Insurance will not cover you unless you have a valid Indonesia drivers license.
During any emergency proper and reliable communication is a major factor to assist with any situation. Mobile phone systems are unreliable and can break down during an emergency situation.
Usually the most reliable mode of communication during an emergency is VHF or UHF radio communication.
Bali Dynasty Resort is now a Member of IPRC, or the 'Integrated Police Radio Community'.
IPRC is a relatively new initiative that links businesses throughout South Bali directly with the Kuta Police via UHF radio. The system is geared to provide reliable communications during emergencies as well as better accessibility of regular police assistance. The integrated police radio community enables its members to link to the Kuta Police Station 24 hours a day. Regular round calls provide situation updates – assisting the police to anticipate problems before they arise and to exchange security and safety related information without delays throughout Southern Bali.
The system enables the police to provide better services to the community and become more customer friendly. It is also a trust building tool. At the same time Bali’s business community can call for assistance without any delays with a push of a button..
Members also receive regular training covering security related subjects such as police radio etiquette, crime scene management and Security Guard training.
What it means for Bali Dynasty Resort is direct and priority access to the Police and other IPRC members 24/7, also Crisis safe communication and special Police training to our staff resulting in closer ties to the Police department.
The Bali Dynasty resort is very proud to have been assessed in the Green Globe Lite Certification Earthcheck.
During the last two years the resort has been making a positive commitment to reducing the resort’s carbon footprint.
The main focus areas are the resort’s effect on the Environment, including ways to reduce Pollution, Water and Energy and looking at more effective ways to manage waste and garbage disposal
Our resort is striving to acieve and maintain good environmental and social practice and provide choice for concerned consumers.
Our Earthcheck logo signifies better environmental and social performance, improved community interactions and savings through more efficient use of resources.
On the 17th August some of the Bali Dynasty Management team visited Pengalusan, one of the hamlets in East Bali the Bali Dynasty supports through the East Bali Poverty Project.
The occasion was the Children’s Indonesian Independence day party that they put on for all their families and sponsors. There are fun sports activities between the different schools and each school presents a cabaret show.
We left Bali Dynasty and headed North East towards Kintamani on a cool crisp clear day for the 2 hour journey.
The scenery is stunning with the mighty Mount Agung dominating the landscape. The Children had set up their sports and stage area at a dry river bed as they do each year.
We arrived just in time for the flag raising ceremony with all the children dressed in their school uniforms standing in orderly lines saluting their flag and singing their national anthem. All very formal, but very moving.
After the formalities the sports activities began with sack racing, cracker eating and a few other traditional games. Then we all moved to the stage area where we were treated to cabaret shows from the different schools. We saw how creative the children were and indeed how aware they were of things going on around them as one cabaret show was about Human trafficking, another about how the environment is being harmed by over development then a special song the children had written for Bali Dynasty, in the middle of the song was a spoken part where they said “You will never ever realize how many lives you have changed with your help (donations) it brought tears to our eyes, it was hard not to show our emotion, even if it was in front of everyone. A memorable moment.
Some of the Children’s art was also on display, some of the drawings were breathtaking, so much colour. Before their only topic was landscapes featuring Mount Agung, but now there were a few paintings of city streets and global topics, showing the Children’s now widening view of life.
You can help our Charity effort by supporting the ‘One Dollar to Check out’ program, donating your small change in our donation boxes around the resort, by joining the twice weekly Charity Quiz Nights in Gracie Kelly’s and purchasing Bali Dynasty Merchandise, of which a percentage is donated to Charity.
Our new Dutch Interns
In the last two weeks we have been joined by two Dutch Trainees who will stay at the hotel for 5 months for on the job training. You will see the girls in various departments as they work their way around the resort during their time with us.
I will let the girls’ introduce themselves.
My name is Carlyn Summelink, I am 19 years old and come from a city called Enchede in Holland. I am training in Bali Dynasty in Facility Management.
I chose Bali because I also want to learn about the different culture and people which should be very interesting. My hobbies are traveling and playing tennis.
In January my parents will visit Indonesia to see the country and meet me at the resort.
I am looking forward to meeting you all.
Hi, my name is Laura Schutkamp, I am 20 years old and come from a small town in Holland called Genemuiden. I am also studying Facility Management.
My hobbies are playing sports and gymnastics
I am looking forward to learning about Bali and its culture and people.
Please come to say hello to us on your next visit to Bali Dynasty Resort.
Kind regards, Carlyn and Laura
September / Otober Events around Bali
Lots of events going on during September and October in Bali.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd of October marks the arrival of the Annual Kuta Carnival. One week of music dance and sports activities followed by a Food Festival featuring all of Bali’s top restaurants.
Our Gracie Kelly’s Irish Pub is amongst the participants at the Carnival’s
Food Festival offering icy cold Bintang and our signature Beef & Guinness Pies.
It’s a busy week of music, sports and culinary events culminating with a Carnival Street procession showcasing not only Bali’s diverse cultures, but also featuring the Bali’s very own Harley Davidson Club, Vintage Car and Motorbike club and many many more.
Its an event not to be missed and if you are in Bali during the event make sure you drop by the Gracie Kelly’s stall and come and say hello to us!
October 12th to 17th brings the Bali International Film Festival (BALINALE 2010).
Top of the bill will be the Indonesian Premier of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ starring Julia Roberts which will be shown at the Galleria 21 Cineplex on the 12th October. For more information visit their website www.balinale.com
Also in October is the ‘Ubud Writers and Readers Festival’ which is the 6th to 10th October. The Festival goes from strength to strength. This year’s theme is ‘Harmony in Diversity’.
The brightest global writers come together to debate the issues that divide and unite us in a celebration of stories and voices.
For more information visit their website www.ubudwritersfestival.com
Tour of the Month
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 Ariel 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 quite environmentally friendly featuring protective half logs to prevent cables from cutting into trees and minimize 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 at the hotel Lobby.
Recognisng our Star Performers
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 July 2010. These staff 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.
Also this month we announced our 'Supervisor of the Quarter'
Congratulations once again go out to our Star performers this month.
Employee of the Month, Front of the House is Ketut Sukerening. Ning to her friends works in the Food & Beverage Service Department as a Waitress at our Golden Lotus Restaurant.
Ning has been with Bali Dynasty since 1996 and says looking after her 2 Children keeps her busy around the house when she is not at the hotel.
Employee of the Month, Heart of the House is Alex Kartika. You may have heard Alex’s voice as he is one of the Reservation Staff working in the Sales office. Alex is relatively new to Bali Dynasty having joined the resort in 2009. Being still single his hobbies include reading and swimming.
Our Supervisor of the Quarter is a familiar face to you all. Hayadun, or O’Dun as he is affectionately known works in the Food and Beverage Service Department as the Gracie Kelly’s Irish Pub Supervisor.O’Dun joined Bali Dynasty in 1992 and has 2 children. O’Dun, like his children is a crazy football fan.
Our Guest Nomination this month is Dewa Tirta. Dewa is a Trainee at Tropical Café and is gaining a reputation amongst guests as always attentive and always goes out of his way to keep our guests happy. Nothing, it seems is too much trouble for Dewa.
Congratulations to all our winners!
What the Guests say!
Just got back after 9 wonderful days, thank you so much Bali Dynasty for making our holiday so beautiful. The staff are wonderful, the food is great and the drinks and atmosphere just get better. This was our second trip to the Dynasty and we can't wait to get back again next year. An awesome time! Ms. G, Australia
Our family holiday to the Dynasty in Bali was so relaxing. After much apprehension about returning to Bali after 12 years - we were certainly put at ease upon our arrival at midnight on Monday 9 August.
When we were told of our complimentary upgrade to the Executive Suite. Initially we had booked the Studio room then moving into the Kids Suite. The Executive Suite was just amazing, the beds so comfy and the choice of pillows was great. The location of the room within the hotel was just perfect.
We all had a fantastic time around the pool, slides, restaurants, and pool bar. We also enjoyed the activities like Biggest Splash, Bingo, Tug o War, etc
We had massages whilst we were there and found them to be just amazing.
The staff at the Dynasty were all so friendly and helpful in many ways. We'll never forget our Bali holiday.
We also had the opportunity to have some amazing family photos taken by the photographer at the pool hut. The experience is one we won't forget. The photos are just gorgeous and we've had many of our friends and family comment on them.
I've friends coming to stay with you in September\October 2010. They are so looking forward to seeing the Dynasty and enjoying their holiday as much as us.
We are looking forward to our return trip perhaps July \ August of 2011. Ratni has given us her business card and has offered assistance in this matter when it comes time to book.
Thanking you and your staff at Dynasty for such an enjoyable, relaxing and memorable holiday.
Kind regards C,M,T and J S.
Our Newsletter Lucky Draw Winner!
This month we Congratulate Mrs. Gillian Kinsey, who has been drawn out of the hat to be our Newsletter Lucky Draw Winner.
Mrs. Kinsey has won 2 Nights Complimentary stay in a Deluxe Room at Bali Dynasty Resort with Breakfast for Two Persons.
Congratulations and see you soon at Bali Dynasty resort!
Jl. Kartika, P.O. Box 2047, Tuban, South Kuta, Bali