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July 2016

Welcome to the July edition of Bali Dynasty Resort e-newsletter.

August will be full of events in Bali, so pack your bags and get to Bali soon to enjoy the festivities. We introduced some new dishes to the extensive menu of H2O and Gracie Kelly’s that you should try. The Ashoka Spa is highlighting the Ayurveda Shirodara, a perfect treatment for those in need for a relaxed body and mind.

We also want to share with you that Gede Surata already received his prosthetic leg, thanks to your generous donations in the last Back to Bali Dynasty Party. We also adopted a few more disadvantaged people that we will help through the Gracie Kelly’s Quiz Nights. We look forward to seeing you more often on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Gracie Kelly's.

Thank you and see you soon!

Have you cast your vote?

The voting for Holidays with Kids Readers’ Choice Awards for Top 10 Best Family Resorts 2016 is still open. We hope that you have cast your vote for Bali Dynasty Resort.

Many families had a great holiday experience during their stay. Our dedicated team and complete facilities ensure that everyone’s needs are taken care of. At the Bali Dynasty Resort, parents can enjoy their relaxing break by the pool while the children are having fun at the free Kids Club or the playful Kids Water Fun Zone.

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. We would appreciate it very much if you can also share with your family and friends.

Click HERE to vote or visit their website at www.holidayswithkids.com.au

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!

New Menus at H2O and Gracie Kelly’s!

Guests frequently visiting H2O and Gracie Kelly’s for lunch and dinner will notice that we introduced some new dishes in both restaurants.

Tortilla lovers will find heaven at H2O with the brand new “Tex-Mex Slow Cooked Pork”. The Mexican style tender pork is shredded and served in tortilla with shredded lettuce, diced red onions and cilantro plus zesty potato wedges and sour cream. Choose the “Burger Slider” to enjoy a trio of mini gourmet burgers with beef, chicken and fish patty served with French fries and coleslaw. If you are looking for a dessert, consider the “Toffee Brownie”, a chocolate fudge brownie with toffee sauce  served with a scoop of ice cream. Yum!

Some new dishes also made their debut at Gracie Kelly’s. You may need to try the “Slow Cooked Pig’s Cheeks” this is succulently braised pig’s cheeks in a red wine sauce served with creamy champ potato and green peas. Otherwise, opt for the “Three Bean Chilli”, a vegetarian dish made of butter bean, kidney bean, chick peas and jalapeno peppers in a tomato and chilli sauce served with rice and tortilla chips. Savour as well the new Indonesian favourite “Semur Daging Kentang Lunak”, beef stewed in spices and soy sauce with potato chunky, topped with fried shallot and served with steamed rice.

Tempted enough? Be sure to check out H2O and Gracie Kelly’s and try our new menu!

Have you checked @graciekellysbali?

Did you know that our popular Irish Pub is on Instagram?

Gracie Kelly’s Irish Pub is on Instagram as @graciekellysbali. Managed directly by the Gracie Kelly’s team, you will receive the latest updates from Gracie Kelly’s Irish Pub. Sometimes we do a special offers only to our social media followers as well. Therefore, make sure that you click the FOLLOW button to stay updated.

If you happen to be at Gracie Kelly’s, be sure to snap some cool photos, be it your delicious dish or a selfie with your group of friends. Upload to Instagram, tag @graciekellysbali with hashtag #graciekellysbali so we can repost your picture to our account!

Ayurveda Shirodara at Ashoka Spa

The Ayurveda Shirodara is a great treatment to treat chronic headaches, insomnia, anxiety and nervousness. Shirodara drops you deep into an altered state, where your mind can relax and reorganise itself.

This 90 minutes treatment begins with a back and shoulder massage including an Indian head massage, scalp, neck and shoulder to stimulate and reenergise your body. Then the treatment moves to the ayurvedic therapy in which a warm blend of essential oils are gently poured over the forehead (third eye) to help calm the nervous system.

Be entitled to a 20% discount between 6pm and 9pm every day!

For more details please visit Ashoka Spa which is open daily from 9am to 9pm or email us at info@bdr.pphotels.com.

Charity Update

Gede Surata Received His Prosthetic Leg

29 year old Gede Surata had his leg amputated three years ago due to cancer. He adjusted well. After the surgery, he walked with the aid of crutches and travelled locally using an adapted moped. He was in need for a prosthetic leg which would make a big difference to his life. A prosthetic leg cost IDR 10 million.

Upon hearing his story from our fellow Solemen, we decided to step in with our SoleNeeds programme which aims to help individuals with one off donation.

Thanks to the generosity of those attending the 23rd Back to Bali Dynasty Party in Perth last February, we managed to raise over AUD 7,000 from the raffles and tickets. The money was adequate to fund a few charity projects including Gede Surata's prosthetic leg.

The prosthetic leg project began in March with the prosthesis maker visited him in Gerokgak, North Bali. In May, the prosthetic leg was delivered and well received by Gede Surata. Since then he has enjoyed the confidence and comfort to move around without the crutches.

As we adopt more and more pleas from the people with the disadvantage, we do a regular fundraising at the Gracie Kelly's twice a week Quiz Nights. It has received a positive response from our guests who are eager to donate while having fun on Tuesdays & Thursdays Quiz Nights.

In the coming weeks, the Quiz Nights will focus on helping Yudi & Yuda (6 y.o & 1.5 y.o)—siblings from Karangasem who are suffering from Epidermolysis bullosa, funding solar lights for a family in Payangan, Ubud who lives with a disabled granddaughter, and many more.

Let’s help our friends in need through the fundraising at Gracie Kelly’s Quiz Night every Tuesday & Thursday. Together we make a difference to the lives of others.


Solemen Needs More Aquaphor and QV

Aquaphor and QV are very useful to treat skin condition. The Aquaphor is very essential to treat patients with Epidermolysis bullosa while the QV will give care for the ones with Harlequin ichthyosis.

Solemen has met people with the above skin conditions in Bali, some of whom live in  remote areas. They have to endure their suffering as none of these products are readily available in Bali. When available, they are very expensive.

Solemen normally received Aquaphor and QV brought by people travelling to Bali and distribute to the needy. Unfortunately their stock is almost depleted.

If you are travelling to Bali soon, we hope that you can spare space of your luggage to bring some Aquaphor and QV for donation. You can drop them in the Charity Box next to the Front Desk at our main lobby.

Thank you for your kindness to help.

Bali News

A Glamping Experience in North Bali begins this September

Prime Plaza’s new property, the Menjangan Dynasty Resort will be officially open on the 1st of September 2016 inviting travellers alike to experience the glamorous camping (otherwise known as “glamping”) in the quiet peninsula of North Bali.

Spanning across 16 hectares of land, surrounded on the three side with white sand beach and calm blue lagoon, the resort promises an ultimate retreat experience, perfect for those on honeymoon or looking for a "Maldives" type experience. The location which is only around 15 minutes to the famous diving spot Menjangan Island and the Bali West National Park makes staying at this brand new resort a suitable option for adventurers or dive enthusiasts.

The resort provides comfortable accommodation with premium facilities in their Beach Camp Tents or the Tent Villa (one or two bedroom) with their own private pool. An infinity pool facing to the sea and the bamboo-styled beach club with magnificent view of sunset add the elements of luxury.

Anticipating its opening day, the resort currently offers special opening rate for stays until 2017 through its website www.menjangandynasty.com or email to info@menjangandynasty.com. Book now and be the first to experience the tranquillity North Bali has to offer.


Garuda Indonesia is named the “Best Cabin Crew” 2016

Garuda Indonesia remains the customers favourite being named the World's Best Airline Cabin Crew for the third consecutive year by Skytrax, a London-based, independent global rating agency. The award was the third time for Garuda since year 2014.

The award was given to Garuda Indonesia based on a ‘Global Customer Satisfaction Survey’ conducted by Skytrax of more than 18 million passengers. Skytrax is the global benchmark of airline excellence and is acknowledged as running one of the most comprehensive customer satisfaction surveys in the airline industry.

The Award for the world's "Best Airline Cabin Staff" is one of the Premier categories in the World Airline Awards and a much coveted Quality distinction. The award recognises the highest all-round performance of an airline's cabin staff, and covers 'hard' service such as techniques, efficiency, attention etc, together with the 'soft' service characteristics such as staff enthusiasm, attitude, friendliness and overall hospitality.

Asian airlines dominate the top positions in this Award category, with Qatar Airways and Emirates also featuring in the world's Top 10.

Bali Events

Bali Kite Festival

The Bali Kite Festival takes place annually, mainly between July and August but sometimes can be until October. This is one of Bali’s calendar highlights presenting unique cultural scenes on a par with the preceding the Bali Arts Festival. The festival is normally held at Padanggalak, just north of Sanur, only 30 minutes from Bali Dynasty Resort.

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!


Ombak Bali International Surf Festival

Date: 11 – 13 August 2016

Ombak Bali hits the shore of La Plancha in Seminyak again this year, presenting three days of surf film screenings, music and art from the 11th to 13th of August. The film screenings are usually the main draw, and are free entry for the public. Ombak Bali in itself becomes a platform for surf filmmakers to promote their work, and aims to promote awareness of social issues and the environment by screening inspirational surf films.


Ubud Village Jazz Festival 2016

Date: 12 – 13 August 2016

The Ubud Village Jazz Festival returns mid-August this year, once again bringing together a line-up of various Jazz artists from Indonesia and all over the globe. This year's community Jazz concert carries the theme, 'Embracing Uniqueness' and among the notable artists slated to perform this year include the East West European Jazz Ensemble featuring Gregory Gaynair from Germany, Peter Bernstein from USA, Piotr Orzechowski from Poland, Youn Woo Park Trio from South Korea, and a big lineup of Indonesian performers such as The Daunas, Arman & Penina, Bali Gypsy Fire and Mia Samira. The festival will once again take place on an open stage at the ARMA Museum in Ubud.


Legian Beach Festival 2016

Date: 26-29 August 2016

This year's 'Lively Legian Beach Festival' is slated for the end of August with its' annual offering of fun activities, day and night. The festival will be set along the 700m long Legian beachfront. This year's event is organised by the Legian village community and is supported by the Indonesian Tourism Board, and will feature various games, competitions, exhibitions and bazaars over the four days.


Sanur Village Festival

Date: 24 – 28 August 2016

Marking its 11th annual festivity this year, The Sanur Village Festival attracts large numbers of international visitors. The organisers put in much communal effort to make the annual event bigger by the year and feature an array of water sports activities in its week-long agenda, celebrating its coastal heritage. This year's festival is slated to feature a SanurRun on 23 August, a Sanur Creative Expo, Agro tourism Expo, music performances and art on 29 August, and a highly anticipated cultural street parade. There will also be a culinary festival featuring heritage cuisine, as well as fruit and ice carving.


Herbalife Bali International Triathlon

Date: 14 August 2016

The ninth annual Herbalife Bali International Triathlon returns to the Island of the Gods on August 14, 2016. This “Triathlon for the Soul” now has a new course steeped in Balinese culture, starting and finishing in Sanur, the largest traditional village in Bali. The triathlon joins the weeklong Sanur Village Festival showcasing Bali’s Spirit of Heritage with a variety of cultural and athletic events.

The new course changes will improve safety and the athlete experience. Sanur, the largest traditional village in Bali, is less developed than Jimbaran Bay and will allow for full road closures and add in additional traditional Balinese cultural experiences.


Maybank Bali Marathon

Date: 28 August 2016

The 5th BII Maybank Bali Marathon 2016 will be held on Sunday, 28th of August along the Ida Bagus Mantra Highway. Registration for the Maybank Bali Marathon 2016 can be made by clicking here www.balimarathon.com.

There are 4 categories in the competition: full marathon (42.195 km), half-marathon (21.09 km), 10 km and Children’s sprint. It is expected there will be around 5,000 athletes who will take part in the competition. Maybank has also announced its intention to increase the number of awards to top finishers in the national category in the hope of attracting more participants from Indonesian runners.

Cultural News

This year marks Indonesia's 71st year of independence. The day is celebrated on the 17th of August, when red-and-white flags adorn the street sides and flag raising ceremonies take place at the government offices and many public institutions.

During the week of Independence Day celebration, expect to see red and white decorations adorning almost all part of the cities, from front of the houses, offices, malls, hotels, restaurants and more. Some communities also hold sack-run races and other revelries in the spirit of nationality.

Tour of the Month

Enjoy the best safari experience in Bali at the home of hundreds of amazing animals representing over 60 species, including some rare and endangered species such as the Komodo, Orang Utan, and the Bali Mynah.

At Bali Safari & Marine Park, you can choose to enjoy your safari journey with the Safari Tram or from the elephant back with the Elephant Back Safari, interact with your favourite animal up close at the Animal Encounter space, experience the wildest fine dining moment surrounded by lions, meerkats, and porcupines at the Tsavo Lion restaurant, and unwind with the spectacular shows of Bali Agung or Kecak Masterpiece at our state of art theater in the park, Bali Theater or make your own big splash at our Water Park and Fun Zone.

Plan your holiday to Bali Safari & Marine Park now. Get special discounts up to 15% at our Tour & Information Centre off the main lobby in our Resort.

Dynasty Rewards

Have you signed up for Dynasty Rewards?

Dynasty Rewards is our loyalty 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!

We currently have a special promotion for Dynasty Reward members where you can redeem your stay for half points! Pay for a minimum of 3 nights, and then redeem your additional nights at 50% off the normal point redemption rate.

For example, the normal redemption value for a deluxe room is 3,000 points however during this promotion period a night in the deluxe room can be redeemed at only 1,500 points on the 4th night or more.

This promotion applies to stays between 1st August to 15th September 2016 and 15th October to 25 December 2016.

The free extra night(s) only applies to the fourth consecutive night of the same redeemed stay. Please be reminded that no refunds or credits for unused portions of fourth Night Free redemptions.

For further information on how to redeem your points and how many points you need for each redemption reward please click here.

For reservation enquiries please contact reservations@balidynasty.com

Review us on TripAdvisor

Social Media is all the hype and TripAdvisor is becoming an ever popular source that people are turning to for advice! Please share your experience during your stay in the Bali Dynasty Resort or your experience at our Golden Lotus restaurant and Gracie Kelly's Irish Pub and help us increase our ranking on Trip Advisor It means a lot to us!

Guest Feedback

I would like to say thank you for everything. I loved ths hotel it was the best. It is very close to things. My favourite things was the cleans who did the animal towels. You guys are very talented. I also like the kids Gecko passport. Amahli Australia

Excellent kids club team. The kids loved movie nights. Great entertainment at H2O buffets dinners. Excellent activities around the pool for all the family. Tau Australia

Golden Lotus, very friendly. Knew all our names and orders. Gracie Kelly’s very friendly. H2O awesome food and service. Chaplin Australia

Thank you to all the staff at Dynasty as you all made our holiday a very good one. All your staff are very friendly and made us feel very welcome. Lyle Australia

The pool boys were fantastic with arranging fun games for all. Example, frog race, watermelon eating competition. Ryan Australia

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