Welcome to the June 2015 edition of the Bali Dynasty Newsletter.
June has been a great month. The sky is bright, the sun is shining and laughter is everywhere and we believe you had great fun.
At the Bali Dynasty Resort, we have the pleasure to introduce a scenic afternoon tea in our newly designed Café Piazza. Also, we’d like to highlight that our website now has more responsive features.
If you plan to be in Bali this July, all the hotels in South Kuta Beach will be participating in the Penjor Competition, making the street looks fancy and beautiful with Balinese atmosphere. Also Tanah Lot Baleganjur Festival and the 36th Bali Kite Festival are things you must see this month. If you opt for other holiday experience, feel free to visit our Tour & Information Centre for easy tour arrangement.
Please don’t forget to sign up for Dynasty Rewards and also vote for us in the Holiday with Kids readers choice survey for ‘best family resorts’.
We hope you enjoy the read and have a gorgeous July!
Afternoon Tea at Café Piazza
“At half past three, everything stops for a tea.”
The newly remodelled Café Piazza is a perfect place to spend the afternoon with your favourite tea (or coffee) and delicious savoury delicacies. The Classic Afternoon Tea provides you a perfect combination of freshly brewed Café Piazza’s tea and an enticing array of cakes, such as the heavenly croissant sandwich, tasty chicken curry puff and a selection of petit fours. The Balinese Afternoon Tea highlights tea experience with local delights, such as savoury deep-fried coconut prawns, delicious Balinese sweet cakes and local’s favourite banana fritters. Whether you go for Classic or Balinese, it is only 70K per person. Coffee is available at an additional charge of only 20K.
You can also treat your little ones with Little Rascal’s Afternoon Tea for only 55K per kid. The choice of smoothies, cupcakes and chicken fingers are great as an afternoon delight. The afternoon tea is available between 3-6pm.
Café Piazza is a Mediterranean style café located at the lower lobby of the Bali Dynasty Resort, recently refurbished in a bright and breezy colonial style to offer a more enjoyable experience. The new design features a blue-tiled water centrepiece, blue ceramic tabletops, white chairs and potted parlour palms creating an air of tropical elegance among the rotund pillars and archways. The new, fan-cooled lounge area with its deeply-cushioned cane sofas and chairs provides a comfortable space for guests to relax in a classic scene.
With beautiful views to the newly landscaped pond and surrounding gardens, Café Piazza opens daily from 8 AM to 10 PM, serving lunch and dinner as well.
Bali Dynasty’s New Responsive Website
With the increasing number of people using their gadgets to stay in touch and get connected, Bali Dynasty Resort is proud to announce its newly designed website. With a refreshed look and user-friendly interface, the website aims to ensure a convenient browsing experience from any device anytime.
The new website introduces simplified, yet-powerful main menu with links to the most useful pages, enabling users to find anything they need just in a click. An informative website with responsive features gives users an interactive 360-degree-view of the resort grounds and building. Also highlighted in the website are the most up-to-date special offers and promotions for accommodation.
Users can also simply make their reservation from anywhere on the site, thanks to the booking feature, which always appears on top of each page. At the bottom of the homepage, users can see the recent updates from Bali Dynasty Resort’s official Facebook, Twitter and TripAdvisor account. In addition, the website also offers 24hour online help with fast response.
Easy Tour Arrangement at Bali Dynasty’s Tour Information Centre
Located just off the hotel lobby, our Tour & Information Centre offers great discounts on all the most popular Bali tours.
Make your tour hassle free by trusting our Tour & Information Centre to reserve and arrange it on your behalf. Focus on what matters to you most during your holiday: easy service, fun time and a memorable experience.
Our Tour & Information Centre only solicit companies of good repute and whom we have tested and have verification of their safety as well as liability insurance to ensure that our guests are given the best possible experience.
Our Tour & Information Centre opens daily from 7am to 10pm.
Top 10 Holidays with Kids Awards
Cast your vote for us in the Top 10 Awards for Best Family Resort 2015 by Holiday with Kids Reader's Choice Awards. Nominations are now open so please take a few minutes to fill out the entry form and VOTE FOR US!
The Holidays with Kids team runs a highly regarded Annual Top Ten Awards for The Best Family Resort in Bali. The wonderful thing about these awards is that they are completely 'Reader's Choice', rather than being judged by a panel. You get to decide on the best place to holiday with your family, as recommended by you!
If you think we are one of the best family resorts you and your family have experienced, please increase our chances of winning an award by submitting your votes. Please also share with your family and friends.
THANK YOU for taking the time to vote, your support is extremely important to us.
East Bali Poverty Project
Since 2000, Bali Dynasty Resort has been a dedicated, committed supporter of the East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP). It is a local charity providing sustainable education, health, water, sanitation and bamboo reforestation and environmental programmes to impoverished families living in the 19 scattered mountain hamlets across Ban Village ,in remote East Bali.
Bali Dynasty Resort is one of EBPP’s most valued long-term supporters for its education programmes by first funding two of EBPP’s six hamlet schools, Cegi (April 2000) and Pengalusan (September 2000). Over the last 15 years, we have continued our commitment to community education by enabling EBPP to pilot a bamboo education and community development project. The village communities are now skilled in bamboo handicrafts and can produce quality bamboo products for sale. One of the products is woven wastebaskets, which are now used throughout Bali Dynasty Resort rooms , 500 having been made to date.
We are more than proud and happy to know that over the years, our collaborative work with EBPP has opened up new opportunities for sustainable community development in Ban Village.
Indonesia waives visa requirements for 45 countries
Tourists from many countries can now make travel plans in less than 24 hours to visit Bali and other cities in Indonesia as the government waives visa requirements for 45 countries. Announced on Friday, 12 June 2015, the policy allows tourists to stay in the country visa-free for up to 30 days. Ngurah Rai International Airport has been appointed as one of the five airports where tourists can enter Indonesia visa-free.
Amongst the list are ASEAN countries, Chile, Morocco, Peru, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Macau, China, Russia, South Korea, Japan, United States, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, and South Africa.
Australians, however, will still need a visa to enter the country, although tourists can buy one on arrival.
Besides Ngurah Rai International Airport, tourists can enter Indonesia visa-free from Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Kuala Namu in Medan, Juanda in Surabaya and Hang Nadim in Batam.
Tanah Lot Baleganjur Festival
Tanah Lot Baleganjur Festival will be held on 3 – 5 July 2015. Taking place on the famous Tanah Lot Temple, this cultural activity will involve the baleganjur gamelan troupes from 23 customary villages throughout Kediri sub-district.The event aims to increase the sense of unity and togetherness amongst the traditional villagers. The festival will exhibit the Balinese classical art and culture.
Baleganjur is a Balinese percussion orchestra dominated by traditional instruments like gongs, small gongs, portable drums and traditional cymbals. The orchestra usually comprises 25 to 40 musicians and dancers. Their popularity as a traditional, performed art makes it a musical accompaniment for a myriad of traditional and religious ceremonies.
In addition to the festival, there are also art performances, exhibitions of unique culinary treasures of Tabanan, jewellery, handicrafts, clothing, paintings, paraphernalia of Hindu spiritual activities and souvenirs.
Tanah Lot Temple is one of Bali’s most important landmarks, famed for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops. Located in Tabanan Regency, it takes approximately 1.5 hour from Bali Dynasty Resort.
36th Bali Kite Festival this July
The Bali Kites Festival takes place annually between July and August is one of Bali’s calendar highlights presenting unique cultural scenes on a par with the preceding the Bali Arts Festival. The festival this year is scheduled to be on 18 – 20 July this year on Padang Galak eastern coast, just north of Sanur, only 30 minutes from Bali Dynasty Resort. However, dates may change following favourable weather conditions.
A yearly festival, Bali Kites Festival gathers not only participants from the villages of Denpasar, but also enthusiasts from other parts of the island and international teams with modern kites. In the festival, giant traditional kites, four meters in width and almost ten meters in length, are crafted and flown competitively. This event is a seasonal religious festival sending a plea to the Hindu deities for an abundant crop and harvest, and truly is a feast for all five senses.
If you’re lucky enough to be travelling to Bali at this time make sure you don't miss this festival!
Bali's Cultural Calendar
Galungan & Kuningan (15 & 24 July 2015)
Great celebration is coming to the Island of Gods as the Balinese will celebrate Galungan and Kuningan—the most important Hindu holidays. Galungan is a Balinese holiday that signifies the victory of Virtue (Dharma) over Evil (Adharma). This important festival occurs every 210 days. It will begin this year on Wednesday 15th July and will last for 10 days. During this time, the Balinese gods and ancestral spirits descend to Earth to be honoured. They will leave on Kuningan, which is the final day of the holiday.
Before the day of Galungan and Kuningan, Hindu people in Bali are very busy preparing for the religious ceremonial offerings and Bali's streets are adorned with bright and colourful penjor, bamboo poles with offerings for the entire period between Galungan and Kuningan.
On Friday 10th July 2015, all of the hotels in the South Kuta Beach area will be participating in a Penjor and Gebogan Competition, organised by the South Kuta Beach Business Association (SKBBA) and Kuta Village, to prepare for Galungan. All the SKBBA hotels, together with other businesses in the area, will place their penjor in front of the entrance to their premises. Visitors to the South Kuta Beach area will be amazed by the beautiful, Balinese atmosphere in the South Kuta Beach streets during this 10-day celebration.
If you’re lucky enough to be travelling to Bali at this time make sure you don't miss this competition!
Idul Fitri (17 & 18 July 2015)
Lebaran or Idul Fitri is the popular name for Eid al-Fitr in Indonesia and is one of the major national holiday in the country. It is the celebration that comes at the end of the Muslim month of fasting, Ramadhan. The fasting month for Muslims has begun in 17 June 2015. Every day during this month, Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours in a complete fast. Their abstinence from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours will end in joyful celebration called Idul Fitri.
Idul Fitri will be celebrated on the 17 and 18 July 2015. This time, most of the Muslims will return home and spend time with their family.
Tour of The Month: Devdan – Treasure of the Archipelago
Devdan – Treasure of the Archipelago is a spectacular stage performance in Bali. Awarded as the Winner of Indonesia Leading Tourism Show – ITTA 2014-2015, Devdan is a high-energy visual tour of Indonesia's culture and diversity.
This show features a fusion of traditional Indonesian dance activities with modern contemporary dance, world-class aerial acrobatic attractions, dazzling costumes and hi-tech special effects. The performance is unique because it focuses on the diversity of cultures across Indonesia, from Bali to Sumatra, Java, Borneo and Papua with an extensive array of special effects, acrobatics and traditional dance and music. In addition to the traditional presentation of diversity and uniqueness of Indonesia, the performance deliberately combines contemporary music and "hip hop" dance, making the show very dynamic and entertaining for audiences of all ages from around the world.
The show is one of the most amazing Bali attractions and ensures to provide a perfect choice to fulfil your entertainment activities during your stay in Bali. The show is performed four times per week. Be sure to book your seat early and get ready for the most amazing Bali show available.
For a special price you can book at our Tour & Information Centre just off the hotel lobby!
Our Star Performers
Every month we hold our staff gathering, where we recognise our star performers, celebrate our staff birthdays and present an update on new hotel products and services. Here are our winners for May 2015, these staff members have excelled in their duties and the services offered to our guests.
JOHANNA THERESIA LOUDOE, our Waitress from Food & Beverage Service, won the title as Employee of the Month from Front of the House. She has been with Bali Dynasty Resort since 20 August 2001 and is never tired to share her sweet and friendly smiles to brighten everyone’s day from her counter at Café Piazza.
LUH BETI SUANIASIH, our Guest Service Administration from Front Office Department, won the title as Employee of the Month from Heart of the House. She has just completed her seven years of service and looking at her passion to deliver quality service, we don’t think she is going to stop.
IDA AYU MARYANI is the winner of our Guest Nomination for May Period. She is a very dedicated person, both to her family and to the tasks at hand. Being with Bali Dynasty Resort for 25 years, her comment when she is asked about this is always, “Ah time flies so fast!”
Congratulations to all our Winners!
Review us on TripAdvisor
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What the Guests say!
Our friends suggested we stay in Nusa Dua. But we are glad we picked Dynasty and Thank God we did!!!We will sure to be back here next year. Mrs. V Australia
We have only tried Golden Lotus, which was great. The staff very polite and delicious food. H2O is great for lunch; we have been eating there every day. The staff is friendly and welcoming nice atmosphere. Mr. P UK
We keep returning to the Dynasty as we find the service is excellent, the staff are always pleasant & friendly and always very helpful. I feels like we are family. Mrs. S Australia
Thank you for making our honeymoon so special! We will recommend it to my colleagues. Mrs. N India
This is the first time we have visited Bali with a small infant and we are definitely glad we choose the Dynasty. Thank you to all pf the wonderful staff. We will definitely come back! Mr. K Australia
Dynasty Rewards for Dynasty’s Friends
Have you signed up for Dynasty Rewards?
Dynasty Rewards is a new programme specially designed for our loyal customers like you.
With Dynasty Rewards, for every night you stay and each time you spend in our restaurants, bars and spa you will earn points which you can redeem on your return visit against food, drink, spa or even room nights if you save enough points! Oh, who doesn't love rewards and free stuff?