Welcome to the July 2012 edition of the Bali Dynasty Newsletter.
Well we have seen the first of the high season and the hotel has been full to the brim during the school holiday period! The new Kids Water Fun Zone, kids Mushroom Paddling pool, Ashoka Spa and the High Flyers Trapeze School have only further enhanced our facilities for the whole family and in this edition we are pleased to announce yet another award for the Bali Dynasty Resort!
The weather in Bali at this time of year is at it's best the humidity is lower and there is a nice breeze, similar to a hot european summers day!
Bali is attacking the ever increasing traffic problem and the works on the tunnel at the large Simpang Siur roundabout are in full swing and completion is expected by May 2013 whilst the new Tanjung Benoa - Benoa bypass out over the mangroves is reported this week as 16% progress and anticipated to be finished in April 2013 as well which should alleviate a lot of the traffic!
Last month we were featured on Today Tonight in Perth over two nights when they produced the Bali Survival Guide and the things to look out for and be careful of whilst holidaying in Bali. They came in under cover and took samples of the hotel water in the taps as well as the swimming pool and had them laboratory tested; the results were not as they expected! The Bali Dynasty Resort water was deemed as good as the Perth drinking water (although we still recommend you don't drink it!) and the pool water was as good as any pool in Perth. So another bit of excellent publicity for the Bali Dynasty Resort!
As we look now into August, we are already in Ramadhan and will have a busy Idul Fitri period followed by the Balinese holiday of Galungan.
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Favourite Family Resort in Bali
Bali Dynasty Resort most Family Friendly Resort in Bali, 2012!
We are proud to announce that the Bali Dynasty Resort has been recognised as most favourite family resort in Bali for 2012 voted by the Holidays with Kids readers. This is the fifth consecutive year that Bali Dynasty Resort has been in the Top 10 of Bali's most Family Friendly Hotels & Resorts and we are proud to be the Number 1 this year!
As most of you know, we offer a host of family friendly facilities including a dedicated kid’s pool complete with the 56m Caterpillar Splash and the brand new Kids Water Fun Zone and mushroom paddling pool for the little ones. There is a special teens room known as ‘The Den’, with pool table, video games and an activity board to sign up for surfing, scuba diving and other activities, while the little ones will love the Kupu-Kupu Kiddies’ Club, complete with its own Enchanted Garden themed club house. For those aged between 5 -65, the resort recently added a Trapeze School where you can learn how to fly! All this should keep the kids busy while mum and dad relax at one of the six restaurants, five bars or at the adults only ‘lazy pool’.
Bali Dynasty has everything you need for a great family holiday and once again a big thank you for all of you who kindly took the time to vote for us!
We all are looking forward to seeing you at the Bali Dynasty Resort very soon!
We have just found out that we have our very own "Back to Bali Dynasty" song and we'd love to know who made it for us!
It was just by chance we heard it playing from a CD in one of our bars!
On Tuesday July 16th, Bali Dynasty Resort conducted the official launch of its new Ashoka Spa, the High Flyers - Trapeze school and the new Kids Water Fun Zone.
Now fully completed, guests have commented on how the new Spa has a much more light, spacious and contemporary feel about it!
With the added attraction of the new Kid Water Fun Zone everyone will have so much more fun with all the water toys, the mini water slides, pull ropes, water curtain, tipping cone, bubbler jets, hose jets and tipping trough....It is awesome!
"High Flyers" Trapese School, which is suitable for all ages from 5 -65, makes it possible for almost everyone to experience some of the magic and mystique of the circus right here at the Bali Dynasty Resort!
Friends, travel agents, media and long time supporters of the Bali Dynasty Resort were invited to join this special event.
Mussels and Baby Lobster promotion
From the 1st of August to the 31st of October 2012 Golden Lotus presents its new promotion on "Chinese mussels and baby lobster".
For seafood lovers, oriental style sea mussels and baby lobster with "King Poon" sauce are a light flavourful seafood dish making a great example of an authentic Chinese seafood dish that just melts in your mouth. Caught fresh daily, and at only Rp.85,000 nett per dish.
Why not try them all on your next visit to Golden Lotus!
Dine To Help Others!
On the 1st of August 2012 Golden Lotus will launch their “Dine Out to Educate a Child” promotion with the focus on raising money for the Bali Dynasty Charity Effort “Helping the Poor Children of Bali” in conjunction with our integrated education project, the East Bali Poverty Project.
During the three month promotional period from August to October guests are invited to dine from the a la carte menu in Golden Lotus at either lunch or dinner when 5% of the revenue will be donated to the charity project to help the poor children of Bali.
Diners will be encouraged to support this initiative through a dining card which they will have stamped on each visit to the restaurant. Each completed dining card (ie. 6 visits) will be entered into a prize draw to win the Grand Prize of a return trip for two people to Singapore sponsored by Qatar Airways, including two nights accommodation at the Orchard Parade Hotel in Singapore.
We hope to welcome you soon and together with us improve the future lives of many children in Bali!
Non Smoking Policy
Following the introduction of a new smoke-free policy from the Bali Gorvernment in June 2012 related to tourism businesses and following a lot of guest feedback the Bali Dynasty Resort has enforced more smoke-free zones within the hotel.
New Smoke-Free Zones are introduced at all enclosed restaurants including Gracie Kelly's, Sen5es, Golden Lotus, inside H2O as well as at the Kids Pool area, north side of the main pool and in all guest rooms. Guests are still permitted to smoke on the balconies except at the balconies of the family rooms.
Smoking is still allowed in assigned areas such as the D'Lounge, Cafe Piazza and the outside terrace at the H2O restaurant and a smoking room is provided in Gracie Kelly's.
Fly SKY HIGH at the Bali Dynasty Resort
Learn to Fly and book our new Fly Sky High package starting from only USD 440 net!
The package includes:
2 nights/3 days stay in a Deluxe Room
One extra bed for a child up to 14 years old
Daily Buffet Breakfast for 2 adults and 1 child
One Time High Flyers Trapeze Lesson for 2 people
Free use of 56 meters “Cater pillar splash “ water slide
Free use of New Kids Water Fun Zone
Kids eat free when dining with the same number of full paying adults at the buffet
Free entry to Kupu-Kupu Kids Club
Free full day children fully supervised activities
Free use of Hospitality Lounge for early arrival and late departure
Free use of Exercise Room
Free use of all 3 swimming pool
For more benefits and booking details please visit our website
New Dim Sum Sunday set up
Thanks to our guest comment card and the constructive feedback we have received from our guests with regards to the Dim Sum Sunday Buffet we have made some changes!
Our large steamer display has always been a good source for maintaining the steamed dim sum at a good temperature however we have recently made some changes to our fried selection with the addition of hot plates under the food as well as heat lamps. These changes ensure that the Dim Sum is more presentable and kept hot.
Over the past few weeks the Sunday Dim Sum buffet has grown in popularity as the word has spread about the improvements to ensure a more consistent Dim Sum.
Dim Sum Sunday lunch buffet runs every Sunday from 10am - 2pm and is just Rp95,000 nett per head for as much as you like whilst kids eat at half price! What better value is there in Bali and what a great way to spend a Sunday!
If you haven't tried for a while then make sure you come to Golden Lotus and give it a try, and of course don't forget to give us your feedback as to what else you would like to see improved!
Mushroom Paddling pool
As a further improvement to our Kids Water Fun Zone we have added the new Kids Mushroom Paddling pool which is well sheltered from the sun by the waterslide and a huge kind of almond tree.
The new facility as well as providing a safe and fun environment for the little ones also has a seating area where parents may watch from and order food and drinks to their tables through our new pool butler service which consists of a button to call and page the nearest waiter for service.
Indonesia celebrates its Independence
On August 17 Indonesian people happily celebrate the Independence Day of Republic of Indonesia. The happiness is of their freedom from Dutch and Japanese colonization.
On this special day everything is decorated in red and white and everyone displays large red and white flags outside their houses.
Banjars organize a clean up of the area or kerja bakti. Drains are swept, weeds are cut back, debris is burned and public areas are repainted.
An important ceremony on this day is the flag hoisting at the National Palace, televised live. Full of pomp and circumstance and conducted basically the same way each year, it is a spectacle of the greatest respect and honor for the flag and for the Republic.
Meanwhile local neighbourhoods are preparing fun games for the kids such as sack races, kerupuk-eating, eel-catching, dancing with balloons, climbing, tug-of-war, recycle creativity, etc. Each province has their own traditional games. The winner of every game will get a present or trophy from the organizer, such as books, stationaries, food and drinks, or luxurious things like bikes, motorcycles or televisions which are sponsored by large companies.
As a visitor to Bali you are always welcome to join in the neighborhood activities. Join in the fun ... and spend time getting to know the friendly locals!
Ramadan and Lebaran Celebrations
Idul Fitri, more commonly referred to in Indonesia as Lebaran, is the celebration that comes at the end of the Muslim month of fasting, Ramadhan. Every day during this month, Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours in a complete fast. Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours.
Hari Raya Lebaran will be celebrated on the 19th of August 2012 when most of the muslims will return home and spend time with their family.
Galungan & Kuningan Celebration
Galungan is celebrated every 6 months based on the Balinese calendar. Galungan is celebrated every 210 days. The celebration of Galungan is a symbol of the glory of the Goodness (Dharma) against the Devil (Adharma). Galungan will this year be celebrated on the 29th of August 2012. On this day, God joins the people on Earth and most Balinese will begin their Galungan 'holiday' the day before, where the family is seen to be busily preparing offerings and cooking for the next day. While much of this cooking is for use in the offerings to be made at the family temple, by mid-morning, once all the cooking is done, it is time for the first of a series of satisfying feasts from what has been prepared, which normally includes a pork meat finely diced mashed to a pulp with a grinding stone, and moulded onto sate sticks.
While the women continue to be kept busy with the preparations of the many offerings to be made at the family temple on the day of Galungan, the men also have another job to do this day, once the cooking is finished. A long bamboo pole, or 'penjor', is made to decorate the entrance to the family compound so that all over Bali the visitor can see these decorative poles creating a very festive atmosphere in the street.
This Galungan period is also a symbolic representation of a battle between good and evil, and the most important function of Kuningan is to celebrate the victory of good over evil so that the balance and harmony of the world can be maintained.
Kuningan takes its name from the fact that special offerings of yellow rice (nasi kuning) are made by colouring ordinary white rice with tumeric (kunyit). It is a time for family groups, prayers, and offerings, as their ancestors return to heaven.
Tour of the Month - Learn to Fly with High Flyers Bali
Have you ever wanted to run away to the circus? Now you can while you are in Bali!
High Flyers Bali offers a unique opportunity to experience the exhilaration of flying trapeze under tropical blue skies .
Imagine hanging from your knees and swinging on the trapeze, then the freedom of flying through the air and the thrill of being caught by one of our experienced professional staff. Overcome self-doubt, build your confidence with a whole new skill set and recharge your batteries in a challenging but safe environment.
Trapeze is a fun activity for all the family and availbale for ages 5 -65 and offers a chance to try something beyond the normal beach and temple activities in Bali. Read more to find out how and where you can fly with us!
You can book a flying session at our Tour & Information Centre near the hotel lobby or at the High Flyers Counter in the lower 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 June 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 will also inform you who is announced as our Supervisor of the Quarter!
Congratulations goes out first to I Wayan Mawen who is one of our popular Housekeeping Assistants. Wayan is this month's Employee of the Month 'Front of the House'. He works at the Bali Dynasty Resort for 22 years, from the opening of the resort in 1991. He is married and has two children. Congratulations Wayan!
Our Employee of the Month 'Heart of the House' is Made Surdana.
Made joined the Bali Dynasty Resort in 2001 and is probably to some of you a familiar face. You can meet him at the secutiry post as he is one of our Security Guards in the resort. He is married and has two children.
Our Guest Nomination is I Dewa Gede Adi Tirta. Hery is one of the smiling faces at the H2O restaurant and works since 2011 as a waiter at the Bali Dynasty Resort. He has been nominated by the guests as being very friendly, helpfull and happy!
Finally our Supervisor of the Quarter is Riki Taufan Nugraha. Riki started working at the resort in 2011 as the Restaurant Manager of the H2O restaurant, which opened in May 2011. Riki got recently married and has 2 children. He stands out due to his innovative ideas and actions!
Congratulations to all our Winners
What the Guests say!
Love the relaxation it provides can not wait to try out the new spa...A lot of our friends and family were first timers to Bali and were very impressed with the rooms and friendliness of the Balinese staff. We will be back next year for our 1st Anniversary holiday. Mr & Mrs N - Holland
It was lovely returning again to Dynasty. So many staff remembered us and greeted us like friends Mr & Mrs N - Australia
The housekeeping staff were excellent and efficient. It was my wife?s birthday and they left beautiful decoration on the bed which made her day even more special.
Food quality was awesome. The staff at Gracie Kelly?s have to be the best. They remembered us when we were here last time. Mr. & Mrs. B, Australia
Music during happy hour was excellent. Nice to have a drink and listen to good music. Mr. R, UK.
H2O was a very nice place to eat. Staff always friendly and always plenty of quality food. Mr & Mrs W - Singapore