Welcome to the February 2014 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 WA 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, 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 the Bali Dynasty Resort!
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Gracie Kelly's
Mark the 17th March in your diaries now!
Saint Patrick's Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick's Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide.
It's one of the biggest nights of the year in Gracie Kellys and this year will be no exception with the introduction late last year of both draught Guiness and Kilkenny this will be the first St Patrick's party with this available!
There will be some great prizes for the best green fancy dress, drinking and Irish dance competition. Lucky draw, bartender show. Enjoy Guiness, Kilkenny, Green Beer and Cocktails which will be on sale whilst enjoying our resident band the Rais Paddies rocking the blarney stone off its foundations, to be sure it's not a night not to be missed!
Relax while your Kids are having fun!
We realise how some family holidays can add up and that parents are looking for the best deals around. Thats why we have always prided ourselves for being a family friendly resort, continuously offering many special added value benefits for our visitors.
The Ashoka spa offers the following special promo especially for parents wanting to take a break!!
Enjoy a 60 minutes Ashoka Signature Massage while your child can enjoy access to the Kupu-Kupu Kiddies Club inclusive Kids Lunch.
Rp. 300.000 net/person or Rp.500,000/couple.
Price is based on 1 child. Rp.100,000 per additional child.
This promotion is valid until 15 March 2014.
For further information and bookings please email to email@example.com or visit Ashoka Spa at the Bali Dynasty Resort
Golden Lotus receives award again!
We are proud to announce that the Golden Lotus Chinese has been recognised again in the category of “Best Chinese Restaurant 2014" by the readers of Indonesia Tatler Magazine.
The Golden Lotus restaurant at the Bali Dynasty Resort is, without doubt one of the best Chinese restaurants in Indonesia. This elegant and sophisticated Chinese Restaurant offers the finest Cantonese and Sichuan cuisines and Dim Sum lunch. The restaurant has a delightful atmosphere and its private rooms compliment important business gatherings or special occasions.
Charity Fundraiser a great success!
We would like to thank all our guests who made the effort to attend and support the 21st Back to Bali Dynasty Party held on the 15th of February in Perth in aid of raising money for the Bali Dynasty Charity effort in "Helping the Poor Children of Bali" in conjunction with the east Bali Poverty Project . Also our thanks go out to our industry partners in Perth and Bali for their generous support to the raffle and especially to our premium sponsors including Air Asia, Garuda Indonesia, Asia Escape Holidays, Creative Holidays, New Horizons and Free Style Holidays who have consistently supported the event year after year.
The raffle was a great success and some of the grand prizes won included Perth-Bali-Perth return flight tickets supported by Garuda Indonesia and Air Asia as well as a 5 nights stay in our Luxury Tent Villa plus a flight ticket with Garuda Indonesia.
Congratulations to all our Winners!
Book and Pay!
With the dollar sliding and the rupiah all over the place, we found our guests wanted "peace of mind" in knowing what they would be paying and so we have implemented a new payment gateway so you pay at the exchange rate of the day of booking which could make you savings in the future!
In 2014 Java Jazz Festival will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary and has now become the biggest Jazz Festival in the world! For the first time ever the Bali Live International Festival in association with the Java Jazz Festival, will take place just after Java Jazz Festival, from 3rd to 8th March, 2014. This prestigious Event with five days of Pre-events, will feature world famous international acts from the Java Jazz line-up, other International artist’s as well as the best local talent from Bali and other parts of Indonesia.
The festival will be an all day open air concert at Taman Bhagawan, an iconic and idyllic ocean-front venue for events in Tanjung Benoa on Saturday 8th March from 1pm - 12am. Festival guests will enjoy the beautiful Balinese style setting of Taman Bhagawan, with direct access to a 100-metre stretch of white sand beach in the charming village of Tanjung Benoa which is just 5 mins drive from the exclusive Nusa Dua tourists enclave, 20 mins drive from the airport and 30 mins from Seminyak, Kuta or Denpasar.
The concert will feature up to 6 International bands or artists selected from the Java Jazz line-up, as well as 6 Indonesian bands and other International Artists. This will be an all day event featuring all of the acts playing consecutively on one stage, performing a 45minute – 1.5 hour set each.
The festival tickets are IDR. 1,000,000 but there are discount rates available for Indonesian Nationals and Expats and tickets will also be available for purchase on-site, on the day of the festival if they are still available, but we suggest that you purchase yours early to avoid dissapointment. There are no refunds and the festival takes place rain or shine. Parking is available in designated public parking spaces.
Please visit www.balilivefestival.com as we will be up-dating information regularly to keep you informed. For more information, call +62 361 971 348 or email your enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org
Make sure you are there to witness this monumental entertainment feast featuring world famous International acts as well as the best local talent from Bali and other parts of Indonesia.
Bye-Bye plastic bags!
Bali's beaches are drowning in rubbish, and this year it's worse than ever. The Governor has committed to bringing in laws to ban plastic bags, but only if 1 million of us sign up to hold him to his word. Let's create a tidal wave of support for banning the plastic pollution.
Bali’s most iconic beaches are littered in heaps of plastic rubbish. It’s hard to imagine tourists sunbathing and surfers catching waves amidst the debris, but the monsoon has brought a tidal wave of trash to the island’s shores
But there’s a ray of hope: Activists on the ground say they have wangled a promise from Bali’s governor I Made Mangku Pastika -- if they get 1 million signatures, a law banning plastic bags will be introduced. Now it’s up to our community to make it happen!
Plastic bag bans work. Several countries already ban or restrict them, including Bangladesh and China, where use fell dramatically. Getting Bali to say bye-bye to the pollution could be the first step in making Indonesia plastic bag free. Sign this petition now and share widely -- when we reach 1 million, Avaaz will deliver the petition on the steps of the governor’s office.
Run away with High Flyers Bali Circus
Have you ever wanted to run away to the circus? Now you can while you are in Bali!
Imagine yourself as a high-flying trapeze artist, feeling the exhilaration of flying through the air before catching the hands of a fellow acrobat. You might think such a feat impossible, but once you’ve signed up to the High Flyers Bali Trapeze school you’ll learn to build confidence, overcome self doubt and develop the basics in a completely safe environment.
Trapeze is a fun activity for all the family and a chance to try something beyond the normal beach and temple activities in Bali.
High Flyers Bali Trapeze school is located in The Bali Dynasty Resort in South Kuta. They offer trapeze classes six days a week and teach flyers between the ages of 5 and 65. You can sign up for a single class to feel the rush and learn a basic trick or multiple classes if you can’t resist going further. With each class, you’ll learn more tricks and develop more skills to include catches and somersaults. Classes are kept small so that each flyer receives individual attention and the time to develop their skills.
Now you can complete your circus experience with High Flyers circus workshop. Learn to juggle, spin plates , diabolo and more. The whole circus experience is ideal for birthday parties and teambuilding and High Flyers offer packages to suit your needs.
Saraswati - 8 March 2014
This day is devoted to Dewi Saraswati, the Godess of Science & Knowledge. Books of knowledge, manuscripts and the Wedas are blessed and special offerings are made for them.
As with other religious days in Bali, there are also ritual activities before and after the day of Saraswati itself. The day before the Saraswati is called Pengeradanaan, a day to prepare for Saraswati both spiritually and physically. Books are cleaned and properly arranged.
On Saraswati Day, the Balinese make offerings to their books. Students celebrate at school, usually in the morning. The Saraswati Day is not a day off work, so all offices are open.
The day after Saraswati is called Banyu Pinaruh. "Banyu" means water and "Pinaruh" means wisdom. Taken together, the words mean that man must have wisdom which always flows like water, and is useful for mankind. Early in the morning of Banyu Pinaruh Day, people will go the beaches, rivers and springs to purify themselves and pray for wisdom.
Pagerwesi - 12 March 2014
Pagerwesi commemorates the day upon which an ancient battle between good and evil was fought. The word "Pagerwesi" means "iron fence", and reflects the purpose of this important event: it is the day to strengthen one's fortifications against evil. The correlation between Pagerwesi and the Saraswati is that knowledge is so powerful that it must be protected from bad influences. Pagerwesi Day reminds people to be wise and more aware of the function and power of knowledge.
The Balinese celebrate the Pagerwesi ceremony every six months according to the Balinese calendar. The celebration is usually three days after the Saraswati day.
During Pagerwesi, people make special offerings for the dead who have not yet been cremated. Observances are usually held at every house compound, and at temples.
Nyepi - 31 March 2014 ( Day of Silence, Balinese New Year)
The saka calendar has a major festival called Nyepi, or the final day of the saka year. It falls on the day after the new moon on the ninth month. Nyepi is a celebrated holiday and the Balinese New Year called icaka New Year. It is a day of total silence throughout the island. Nyepi really is a celebration observed with total silence!
On Nyepi day, there is totally no activity - no traffic at all on the roads, no amusement is held the whole day long. No fires also may be lit in observance of the Nyepi and great purification and sacrificial rites are held on the day prior to Nyepi in order to exorcise evil spirits from every corner of Bali
At Nyepi in Bali, it is best to simply go with the flow, enjoy a little introspection yourself and if you are staying in one of the hectic tourist resorts such as Kuta, savour the once-a-year novelty of utter peace and quiet. Nyepi is a unique experience and there is no other day like it anywhere else in the world.
Our Star Performers
Every month we hold our staff gathering, where we celebrate our staff birthdays and present an update to our team on new hotel products and services. Here are our winners of December 2013. These staff members have excelled in their duties and the services offered to our guests. This month we are also including our Supervisor of the Quarter!
Our Employee of the Month for Front of the House is I Wayan Supartha Antara.
You will find Wayan working at SEN5ES and Cafe Piazza, as he is part of the Food & Beverage Service Team. Wayan is married with three children and joined Bali Dynasty in 1993.
Wayan is part of a Gamalan orchestra and loves traditional music.
Employee of the Month, Heart of the House is Johan Zulkarnaen or Johan to his friends. Joe works in the Housekeeping Department. Married with 3 Children, Joe has been with the Bali Dynasty Resort since 1990. His passion is Manchester United Football Club and is excited to learn that some of the team members will soon be coming to Bali.
Supervisor of the Quarter
Congratulations go out to I Gede Sudirga our Supervisor of the Quarter. Dirga has worked in Dynasty since 1994 at the Recreation department . Dirga is in charge of the poolside activities and kids club. Dirga has two children and enjoys Balinese singing as his hobby.
Congratulations once again go out to our Star performers of this month!
What the Guests say!
We enjoyed our stay at the Dynasty. Would definitely consider another stay. The quality of food, service and staff was excellent. Mr. P, Holland
I really want to say thank you so much for everything and making mine an Tony's day so special, it is a credit to you and staff and management at the Dynasty. Our stay was fantastic, we couldn't ask for any more for our wedding. We could not fault, thank you so so so much. Mrs. D, Australia
Loved the tapas on the upper deck at H2O. The Staff were great and drinks were amazing. Mr. W, Australia
The Kids Pool, New Kids Water Fun Zone and activities around the pool especially for the kids was fantastic. Mr. N. Australia