Welcome to the February 2012 edition of the Bali Dynasty Newsletter.
Lots to share with you this month with some of the Staff and Management recently returning from Perth from our Annual Fundraiser at the Italian Club
We trust you had a good Chinese New Year and Valentines day and in this month’s issue we look ahead to a busy March with Gracie Kelly’s hosting its famous St. Patrick’s Day party at the resort, and Bali in general, preparing for the big Nyepi day celebrations, Bali’s day of silence.
We hope you enjoy the read and see you soon at Bali Dynasty resort.
Nyepi Day brings complete Silence to Bali
This year the Balinese will be celebrating Nyepi on Friday, 23 March 2012.
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 street (since it is mandatory for everyone to stay indoors) and there shall be no noise, no lights and no activities in whatsoever form. The whole island of Bali shall appear deserted. This year the Balinese will be celebrating Nyepi on Friday, 23 March 2012.
The evening before Nyepi on the 22nd of March, traditionally we will make an Ogoh Ogoh (a paper mache statue) in the form of an evil spirit and parade it around the hotel area, just as the Balinese do in their villages to chase away evil spirits from their houses. After the parade the Ogoh Ogoh will be burned at the beach.
Before we do that we ask as many hotel guests as possible to dress up in a sarong and head band and help us carry the Ogoh Ogoh.
Apart from being a lot of fun, it’s a great photo opportunity and a chance be part of the Nyepi tradition. If you are with us at that time we invite you to join us outside the Kertagosa Ballroom at 5pm, where we will dress you up, give you a traditional blessing, an arak to keep the other spirits from harming you and a musical instrument to make as much noise as possible.
Bring your cameras
On the following day, Saturday 24 March, all activities will be back as normal.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Gracie Kelly's
On March 17th we again will celebrate St. Patrick ’s Day, one of the biggest nights of the year in Gracie Kelly’s when everyone and everything turns green. With prizes for the Best Green Outfits, Bartender Show, Drinking Competition and Green Beer and Cocktails on sale with our resident band the Rais Paddies rocking the blarney stone off it’s foundations.
Definitely another great night at Gracie Kelly's you do not want to miss!
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Kids Pool Waterslide re-opened today!
We are pleased to announce that the waterslide at the Kids Pool has re-opened today as per schedule.
We continue with the installation of the Kids Water Fun Zone in the kids pool area located next to the kids club which will be completed in early April 2012.
During the finalization of this project the Kids Club and the waterslide will operate as normal.
Opened Today - The Waterslide
19th Back to Bali Dynasty Night another great succes
On February 11th at the Italian Club in WA we held our 19th ‘Back to Bali Dynasty’ Party, our biggest Charity Fundraiser of the year!
With resounding support from our travel partners in Perth and Bali including Asia Escape Holidays, Freestyle Holidays, New Horizons, Qantas and Viva who consistently support the event. The night was a great success with just under 300 people enjoying a sumptuous rijstafel prepared by our chef and the team from the Bali Dynasty Resort.
The annual event has been the major fundraiser for the Bali Dynasty Resort Charity Effort which was established in 2000 in conjunction with the East Bali Poverty Project to give hope to over 80 impoverished Children in North Eastern Bali through education.
Everyone was entertained by a Live Band and as always the highlight of the event was the raffle; with over 140 prizes from Bali's local attractions as well as some airline tickets which were donated courtesy of Air Asia (Grand Prize pictured) and Garuda Indonesia.
Congratulations to all our Winners!
We would like to thank all of our guests in attendance for your generous support to the Raffle, we raised in excess of AU$6,300 on raffle ticket sales alone!
Gracie Kelly's is a Winner!
The greyhound 'Gracie Kelly's', owned by Graham and Noela Haswell, won the races at the Brisbane Greyhound Club recently followed by another winning race at the Albion Park in Brisbane last Sunday.
She will be racing again on the 5th of March and we have our fingers crossed.
A big thank you goes to Graham and Noela for their support by donating a part of the winning price money towards the Bali Dynasty's charity funds for the East Bali Poverty Project.
Escape from the queue upon your arrival
Bali Fast Track Service offers exclusive departure airport services, to make your holidays in Bali completely efficient and smooth.
Their team will hold a sign board with your name, meet and greet you at the arrival corridor inside the arrival terminal before arriving at the immigration counter.
Fast Track is able to assist you to purchase a Visa on Arrival (VoA), proceeding your immigration clearance without queuing and you just need to wait at the luggage conveyor.
Visit us at the Holiday & Travel Show in Sydney and Melbourne
Bali Dynasty Resort will be participation in the upcoming Holiday & Travel Shows in Sydney and Melbourne in March 2012.
Visit the Bali & Beyond booth and ask for Robert or Nicoline for an update on the hotel or for any other information you require.
Holiday & Travel Show Melbourne, 17 & 18 March 2012 at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Garden
Booth numbers A31, A32 and A34
Holiday and Travel Show Sydney, 24 and 25 March 2012 at the Royal Hall of Industries, Fox Studio, Moore Park
Booth numbers B28, B30 and B32
See you there!
Tour of the Month - Bali Adventure
This months tour choice is Bali Adventure Tours that offer Elephant Safaris, White Water rafting, Mountain Cycling and Jungle Trekking.
The operators of Taro Elephant Safari Park, visitors can ride and interact with the elephants, watch an elephant show, watch them paint in their unique style and take in the beautiful landscape of the parks flora and fauna.
Lunch is offered in the package at the parks large and spacious restaurant and the park even has its own elephant museum and gift shop.
Bali Adventure also offer White Water rafting thrills on the Ayung River, Jungle Trekking through some of Balis amazing countryside and Mountain Cycling beginning at Kintamani, overlooking the volcanoes and ending up for Lunch at the Elephant Safari Park.
You can book any of the above Bali Adventure Tours at our Tour Information Centre located near the Hotel lobby and enjoy special prices!
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. For Special prices book at our Tour Information Centre just off the Lobby.
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 in January 2012. These staff members 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 feedback forms before they check out.
This month we are also including our Supervisor of the Quarter
Our Employee of the Month for 'Front of the House' is WAYAN SUDANA. You will find Wayan working in the rooms. Sudana has been with the Bali Dynasty Resort since 1991 and is married with three children living in Denpasar.
Our Employee of the Month 'Heart of the House' is SITI SUDINAH, or Siti to her friends. She joined the Bali Dynasty Resort in 1991 in the Housekeeping Department and she is the mother of two beautiful children. She says her daugher keeps her busy at home and most Sundays are spent swimming at the beach. Siti enjoys practicing her English with our hotel guests.
Our Supervisor of the Quarter for the period October to December 2011 was I WAYAN SUMERTA from the Front Office. You may have spoken to Wayan, as he works as one of our telephone operators in the Guest Service Center. Wayan has been with Bali Dynasty since 1998 from Karangasem.
Finally, our Guest Nomination for January 2012 is MADE SUPADMA. Padma works in the Housekeeping department (yes, they have done well in the awards this month!) and has worked in Bali Dynasty since 1991. Made has two children and lives in Denpasar. He enjoys shopping with his children.
Congratulations to all our winners!
What the guests say
As a family of 4 (1 adult & 3 kids) it was wonderful. We felt safe at all times & were helped truly excellent. Mrs. F, Australia
It is a fantastic hotel and very secure. Ms. B, Singapore
Anak-anak senang dengan activitas di kids club dan swimming pool dan makan pagi banyak variasi dan enak-enak. Mr. S, Indonesia
To arrive at the resort and see so many familiar smiling faces is fantastic. Ms. J, Holland
Our first trip overseas and had a great holiday. Ms. D, German
Buffet breakfast at SEN5ES was fabulous every morning. The staff were friendly and the food was lovely. Ms. L, Australia