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Nikko Bali News - August 2008
 

NIKKO BALI LAUNCHES A MONTH LONG CULTURAL APPRECIATION PROGRAM

On 05th August 2008, Nikko Bali Resort & Spa successfully launched a month long cultural appreciation program. This initiative is scheduled to be held six times a week throughout the entire month of August 2008 with the aim to introduce guests’ to Bali’s unique artistic heritage by showcasing some of the best local performers of traditional dance and music.

Following a brief opening speech by Nikko Bali Resort & Spa’s General Manager, Mr. Jean-Charles Le Coz, legendary dance maestro, Mrs. Ni Ketut Arini as well as the best students of Indonesian Institute of Performing Arts (ISI) Bali took to the stage at the Kupu-Kupu Amphitheatre. Performances during the evening included Selat Segara Dance, Saraswati Dance, Legong Kuntul Dance and Satya Brastha Dance. For the grand finale the audience was treated to Mrs. Arini performing the charismatic Teruna Jaya Dance. With a perfect display of energy she presented the moods of a young man who is becoming an adult attracting the ladies. This opening ceremony also attended by The President’s of SKAL, Mr. Philip Sims and his wife.

Guests’ attending the evening were greeted upon arrival and presented with batik sarongs, woven fans for the ladies and headdresses for the men along with a Balinese music CD. To maintain the authentic Balinese theme for this occasion, Kupu-Kupu Amphitheatre was decorated to recreate the ambience of a night market with handicraft vendors, traditionally decorated food stalls and candlelight table settings. Guests’ were invited to help themselves to a lavish buffet of local specialties including bebek betutu ( Traditional Style Roasted Duck ) , Be Balung Matunu ( Barbeque Pork Rib in Shallot Galangal Sauce), assorted traditional dessert and fresh tropical fruits.

Throughout the month of August, the Nikko Bali Culture Appreciation Nights will be held everyday except Sunday with several performances of Jegog Bamboo, Kecak Dance and Barong Dance according to schedule. Saturday’s cultural evenings will be highlighted by a collection of dance and music performances by prize winning children from the recent Bali Art Festival.

riced at just Rp398,000++ / per person, this premier cultural program offers international travelers’ a social evening of exclusive Balinese dining and entertainment that is not to be missed.



OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF NIKKO BALI RESORT & SPA’S KITCHEN TEAM

The dynamic kitchen team of Nikko Bali Resort & Spa led by Komang Adi Arsana and Juergen Domani recently accomplished an outstanding performance in the 6 th Bali Culinary Challenge. This event was held in conjunction with Sanur Village Festival, from 06 th to 10 th August 2008.

The team won 7 (seven) medals from 8 categories in which they competed. They won 3 (three) gold medals for gebogan janur decoration, martabak action cooking and babi guling, 2 (two) silvers for butter/fat sculpture and Indonesian rijztaffel and 2 (two) bronzes for styrofoam sculpture and team ice carving. Finally Nikko Bali Resort & Spa was awarded The Best Organization Team.

he management of Nikko Bali Resort & Spa congratulates them and extends thanks to all participants who have put their efforts, talents and support in this event.



THE PRESIDENT OF SKAL CLUB INTERNATIONAL STAYED AT NIKKO BALI RESORT & SPA

The President of SKAL Club International, Mr. Phillip Sims and wife, Joy stayed at Nikko Bali Resort & Spa from 2nd to 6th August 2008. During their visit, they attended the monthly SKAL Club Bali Chapter luncheon as the guest of honor on 5 th August 2008.

Mr. Phillip Sims had an opportunity to open the Nikko Bali Culture Appreciation Nights festivities together with Mr. Jean-Charles Le Coz, The General Manager of Nikko Bali Resort & Spa. In his thank you letter to Mr. Le Coz, Mr Philip said that he was very enjoyed with the wonderful night of Balinese dance and music in the opening ceremony of Nikko Bali Culture Appreciation Nights also they had a memorable stay at Nikko Bali Resort & Spa.

SKAL International is an organization of travel and tourism professionals with goals to promote global tourism by giving members access to its worldwide network, and also works to benefit the community at large. It was founded in 1934, now it has around 23.000 members in 500 clubs in 87 countries.

SKAL Club of Bali was launched in 1991 and is the fastest growing chapter in Asia. Now there are 109 members and they meet for lunch once a month at different venues around the Island.



BABY TURTLES RELEASE AT NIKKO BALI RESORT & SPA

In conjunction with the 63rd Independence Day of Republic of Indonesia, Nikko Bali Resort and Spa in collaboration with Rotaract Nusa Dua – Bali successfully conducted Let’s Save the Turtles Program. This program commenced at 04.00 pm and took place at Serenity.

Turtle conservation program was opened by Honorary Consul of Switzerland, Mr. Jon P. Zurcher as one of Rotarian Club Nusa Dua. Directly, the other participants followed Mr. Jon to release a baby turtle which they were already adopted. Approximately 100 baby turtles were released to the sea on that occasion. The participants were only donate Rp 75.000,- and they can adopt a baby turtle and release it to the sea. All the profit of this program will be donate to Turtle Conservation and Education Center at Serangan Island Bali.

ikko Bali Resort and Spa is committed not only in preserving and conserving the culture and tradition, but also to the protection of the environment.



SUSILO WARDOYO, APPOINTED AS REVENUE MANAGER FOR NIKKO BALI RESORT & SPA

Nikko Bali Resort & Spa has welcomed a new member to its team Mr. Susilo Wardoyo who filled the post of Revenue Manager effective August 2008.

For almost 20 years he has been occupied within the hospitality world. After his graduation from College of Foreign Language, Malang, he ventured into the hotel industry where his career started at Kartika Prince International in Malang, East Java. Then in he moved to several well known hotels namely Sheraton Lagoon Nusa Dua Beach Resort, Sheraton Surabaya Hotel and Tower, Radison Bali Hotel and Suite, Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel & Suites and finally, at Bali InterContinental Resort as Revenue Analyst.

ith his extensive experience and expertise, he will be a valuable asset to the team of Nikko Bali Resort & Spa.



RULY AMADA APPOINTED AS WEDDING COORDINATOR FOR NIKKO BALI RESORT & SPA

Wiwaha at Nikko Bali Resort & Spa has welcomed a new member to its team, Mr. Ruly Amada who filled the post of Wedding Coordinator starting 5th August 2008.

Ruly, as his relatives usually call him obtained his degree from Takushoku University, Tokyo in 1994 majoring Economic. He was span almost 20 years of his life in Japan therefore he conversant in Japanese. Ruly started his career in hospitality industry since 2001 in the Food & Beverage field by managing his own restaurant. Then he moved to Nihon Television (NTV) based in Jakarta where he learned managerial and marketing skills as well as business development. From 2004 to 2006 he handled wedding management service at Tirtha Bali Uluwatu.

Prior to his appointment as Wedding Coordinator at Nikko Bali Resort & Spa, Ruly worked in Novotel Nusa Dua Bali Hotel & Residences as Manager on Duty in charge of Japanese Guest Relations.

ith his varied experience and skills in food and beverage, sales and marketing as well as promotional and event management, he will be a valuable asset to Nikko Bali Resort & Spa wedding team.



I MADE CIPTA APPOINTED AS CHIEF SECURITY FOR NIKKO BALI RESORT & SPA

Nikko Bali Resort & Spa has welcomed a new member to its team, Mr. I Made Cipta who filled the post of Chief Security effective August 2008

He started his professional career at Island Explorer Cruise as a Security Guard. Then in 2000, he joined with Alam Kulkul Hotel as a Security Supervisor. Prior of his appointment, Mr. Sucipta, was in charge of Chief Security at Royal Seminyak (now Sofitel) and Harris Resort, Kuta.

ith his expertise and extensive experience in Security field, he will be a valuable asset to Nikko Bali Resort & Spa team.



THE SHORE ~STYLISH ISLAND DINING~ COMING SOON TO NIKKO BALI RESORT & SPA

The countdown is on at Nikko Bali Resort & Spa to the opening of its new beachfront dining venue appropriately named ‘The Shore’.

Designed by international leaders in modern architecture, DCM; The Shore is a contemporary interpretation of a boat on stilts and extends to three levels each offering inspiring views over the Indian Ocean.

Upon completion The Shore will incorporate several distinct dining concepts that evolve throughout the course of the day. Casual poolside snacks and refreshments will be served from lunch time onwards for guests choosing to relax and soak up the sun. A fully stocked swim-up bar will also provide a welcome relief on hot afternoons.

An Oyster & Champagne Bar will swing into action every day at sunset where a collection of cushioned sofas on the lower deck are orientated towards the ocean to capture the breeze. It is a comfortable niche that truly embodies the laidback ambience of a tropical resort. Alternatively, on the top deck is a stylish terraced setting to savour cocktails and a tantalizing array of Asian tapas.

After dark the second storey, which is enclosed by full length glass panels and air-conditioned for comfort, will transform into a refined dining environment. The menu devised for this area pays tribute to the exquisite flavours of the sea with an infusion of Western culinary delights complemented by a high-end wine list.

The Shore at Nikko Bali is blessed by its own stretch of white sand beach and is secluded from mainstream marine activity. It is ideally a spot to unwind and appreciate the natural beauty of the sea whether it is to enjoy a light luncheon, time spent chilling out with friends over cocktails or an intimate gourmet experience with a loved one.

pen daily until late to Nikko Bali resort & Spa guests and members of the public, The Shore is set to raise culinary standards on the island. The Shore is all about embracing a tropical lifestyle with an edge of sophistication.



GALUNGAN DAY, 20TH AUGUST 2008

The day commemorated as the victory day of "Dharma" (virtue) upon "Adharma" (evil) according to the old history of Bali (Purana). This day the Hindus thank the God and feel grateful for His blessing and for the creation of the earth and its contents. This day is the day of rituals, festivities and celebrations with "Penjor" the artistically decorated bamboo-pole stuck at every house entrance, adorning the both sides of the village-roads symbolizing of prosperity. There are several processions need to be done to celebrate Galungan Day:

  • Penyekeban (3 days before Galungan)
    On this day, people begin to prepare the necessities for the Galungan ceremony. They collect fruits and store them in a special place until they get ripe.
  • Penyajahan (2 days before Galungan)
    On Penyajahan day, people keep on maintaining awareness, patience and the purity of the soul in order to control the demons. Another meaning of Penyajahan is making or cooking Balinese cakes (jaja). Therefore, on this day, people have to cook various kinds of Balinese cakes for the ceremony to come.
  • Penampahan (1 day before Galungan)
    This is a sacrificial day. This is the day to slaughter sacrificial animals like chickens, ducks or pigs. People cook them into various kinds of Balinese food, such as satay, soup, lawar (a special Balinese food made of meat or vegetables, mixed with coconut sauce).
  • Galungan Day , 20 th August 2008
    On the Galungan day itself, Balinese Hindus go to temples and other holy places to pray. People are dressed in colorful Balinese costumes. Women carry the offerings on their heads and men bring palm leave offerings in their hands, while the children walk hand in hand next to their parents.
  • Manis Galungan (1 day after Galungan)
    On this day, Balinese Hindu communities usually visit their relatives, friends and neighbors. They forgive each other and remain together. It is also a day to relax and visit places of interest, after the long days of preparations for the celebration.


KUNINGAN DAY, 20TH AUGUST 2008

The last day of Galungan celebrations, believed as the rising day of the holy spirits and deities back to heaven on this day, special offerings consisted of yellow rice and temples look amazing with ornaments made of young coconut leaves and flowers .




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