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Nikko Bali News - March 2008
 

JEAN-CHARLES LE COZ, APPOINTED GENERAL MANAGER OF NIKKO BALI RESORT & SPA

Mr. Le Coz has recently been appointed as General Manager of Nikko Bali Resort & Spa. He is replacing Mr. Thierry Joho, who is now part of the opening team at Hotel Nikko Shanghai’s new and stunning property in China, scheduled to open in March 2009.

Born in France at 1968, Mr. Le Coz’s interest in hospitality industry began early in his life. He is conversant in 4 languages and is married and a father of 2 children.

After earning his degree in Hospitality Management at the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland, he moved on to work in Hotel L’Horset Opéra, Paris. His impressive background spans 14 years in the international hospitality arena including in Geneva, Paris, Phuket, Jakarta and Lausanne.

He is not a new comer in Bali, having held consultant and managerial positions in various resort; and opening innovative properties such as Novotel Benoa Bali and Haris Resort Kuta. Mr. Le Coz works independently with strong organizational skills and effective communication skills.

On his welcome speech, he pointed: “I am thrilled to join Nikko Bali Resort & Spa at a time when employees and owners are committed to raise the standards at even higher level.”

With his new role, Mr. Le Coz will lead this luxury resort to higher level. Promoting the philosophy always Trusted, always Ahead, he will continue to drive Nikko Bali Resort & Spa to its highly reputable, innovative products and services.



BIWA CHARITY TENNIS TOURNAMENT, 28 TH MARCH – 06 TH APRIL 2008

This month, BIWA in collaboration with Bali Tennis Academy will organize charity tennis tournament which will take place 28 th March – 06 th April 2008 at Nikko Bali Resort & Spa. Open to public with four categories; Junior, Amateur, Senior and Open. All proceeds of this tournament will be donated to the underprivileged people. For more information, please call Bali Tennis Academy, phone: 62-361-773377



NYEPI DAY 7 MARCH 2008

Nyepi day (silent day) is one of the biggest and most important Balinese religious days held each year. There are four series of ceremonies in Nyepi day.

melastiMelasti or Mekiyis or Melis
Melasti is the first ceremony held three or four days before Nyepi and aimed to clean the nature with its contents and also to take the Amerta (holy water) from the ocean, lakes, rivers or other sources of water. On this interesting occasion, all the effigies of the Gods from all the village temples are taken to the river in long and colorful ceremonies. There, they are bathed by the Neptune of the Balinese Lord, the God Baruna, before being taken back home to their shrines. Several communal prayers will also be held until the last evening before the Nyepi day.

ogoh-ogohTawur Kesanga (The day before Nyepi)
It is the second ceremony held exactly one day before Nyepi. All villages in Bali hold a large exorcism ceremony at the main village cross roads - the meeting place of demons.

The remarkable event is Ogoh Ogoh. It is a fantastic monster of evil spirits of Bhuta Kala, made of Bamboo with colorful paper mache which symbolize the evil spirits surrounding the environment which have to be ridden off. In order to make a harmonic relation among human beings, God and their environments, Tawur Kesanga is performed in every level of society, from the people's houses. In the evening, the Hindus celebrating Ngerupuk, make noises, light and burn torches and then set the Ogoh-ogoh afire in order to get the Bhuta Kala, evil spirits, out of their lives.

tanah lotThe Nyepi Day, the silence day
Nyepi, comes from the word Bahasa 'sepi' which means 'quite' and it is the peak of the festivities. According to the Balinese calendar, Nyepi Day this year falls on March 7th, 2008. This year in the caka calendar, which has 35 days in a month. it is still 1929. The activities in the entire Bali Island are stopped for 24 hours. There are four mandatory religious prohibitions called Catur Brata Penyepian which should be observed by common Hindu people in Bali. The prohibitions include amati geni or no fire, amati karya or no work, amati lelanguan or no entertainment and pleasure, and amati lelungan or no travels. Air, sea and land transport are suspended in Bali during this day. These prohibitions help people to control their five earthy senses by mind and wisdom in order to improve the quality of life for the upcoming year. For people with higher spiritual ability or willing to have higher spiritual life are expected to perform further prohibitions include fasting by not eating or drinking, staying still by not talking, meditating by focusing the mind to the God and praying. For the hospitality industry such as hotels or villas are open for business but outdoor activities are forbidden and the guests are asked to stay indoors.

ulundanuNgembak Geni, a day of forgiveness
The anti-climax of Nyepi day is on the following day and when the Berata Penyepian is over. This day is called Ngembak Geni where people share happiness by visiting their relatives and friends. They start the New Year by forgiving each other and forget the hatred in the past year and work together to face the challenges of the New Year. Only a simple ritual rites are performed within the house compound for this day. Various cakes will be made to welcome the visitors, relatives and friends.

photo courtesy: Tonny Trisnawan



NEW APPOINTMENTS AT NIKKO BALI RESORTS & SPA, MR. JUERGEN DOMANI - EXECUTIVE CHEF

Chef Juergen Domani began his studies in the culinary arts in Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl, Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany in 1985 and has been traveling the world ever since at fine five-star hotels, sometimes under the tutelage of Theodor Laufenberg his mentor and 1* Michelin star Alfons Schuhbeck “Kurhausstueberl in Waging am See” and 2* Michelin Star Hans Hass at the restaurant “Tantris” in Munich.

Chef Domani has been plying his trade as a Chef for 22 years. After completing studies at the prestigious Hotel Fachhochschule and the only 5 star hotels in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany, he was soon sought as Chef de Partie at the exclusive party service company Feinkost Käfer in Munich who caters world wide for all the high society events and VVIP functions. Furthermore, he’s having worked at 5 star deluxe properties within Shangri-La hotel and resorts, Marriott Hotels International and Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts.

"Having a Chef of Mr Domani’s caliber with experience working in Caribbean, Europe, USA and Asia helps us realize our goal of further enhancing our range of tastes for our guests," commented General Manager Mr. Thierry Joho. "He's a talented professional who has been at some very fine properties around the world and he surely has much to contribute to the taste buds of our discerning guests".



Nikko Bali Resort & Spa Announces Schedule for 2008 Property Enhancement Project

Nusa Dua – Bali, October 2007… Following the successful launch of its exclusive Executive Lounge and Club Rooms, Nikko Bali Resort & Spa is delighted to announce the next phase of its renovation program, which is scheduled to take place during the low season months of February through mid of August 2008.

This phase of the project will see the stylish refurbishment and upgrade of 171 guest rooms, including all Ocean View Rooms, Pool Access Rooms and Suites. The resort will embrace a contemporary design, while still retaining the best elements of Balinese artistry. In order to minimize disturbance to resort guests, the renovation work will be carried out in individual stages, involving different wings of the resort, each of which will be kept in isolation from the rest of the resort.

In addition, the Mamiri Pool Bar & Grill will also undergo a major transformation. The venue will close briefly and re-open with a fresh new image and menu concept in time for the busy summer months ahead. During the renovation period, the resort will set up an alternative poolside dining facility to cater to resort guests.

The renovation program is part of Nikko Bali Resort & Spa’s commitment to continually upgrade and enhance our guest services and facilities. Throughout the process, guests can be assured that Nikko Bali Resort & Spa’s main focus continues to be providing an enriching holiday experience within that world-renowned Balinese hospitality.




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