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Nikko Bali News - August 2009


Kecak Dance

Wednesday, August 26th marked another outstanding performance by Nikko Bali Resort and Spa. As part of the Nikko Bali Cultural Appreciation Nights, the resort presented a magnificent performance to conclude the August program. This event was the fourth annual event dedicated to the arts of sounds and movements of Bali. Beginning in 2006 as part of the resorts 10th annual anniversary, it is a way of keeping traditions alive; supporting the creativity of the local community and the professional traditional Balinese dancers on the island.

The opening ceremony of the program was held on August 5th by featuring 5 dance maestros of Bali, continued with the Best of Bali performance by Ladies Gong Kebyar on August 12th, and Gending Rare, performed by all children musicians and dancers on August 19th. As the closing ceremony, a colossal performance of Ramayana dance featured in the classic Kecak dance was brought to the Serenity Beach of the resort. The highlight of this final show was the number of dancers performing. Nikko Bali Resort and Spa went the whole nine yards by bringing 200 and more dancers to perform on that night, making the classic dance even grander than it usually is.

After a brief opening speech and the lighting of the torch by the General Manager, Jean-Charles Le Coz, the guests were enthralled by the sheer number of performers. Dancers moved gracefully across the stage to the repeated chant of ‘kecak’, creating a beautiful harmony of sounds and movement, a truly amazing display of Balinese art and culture.

Ending with a round of applause from the audience, the 2009 Nikko Bali Cultural Appreciation Nights has made another mark for the resort. It continues its significant presence within the luxury hospitality industry in the Nusa Dua area, by preserving the arts and tradition of Bali. Look forward to the next Cultural Appreciation Nights only at Nikko Bali Resort and Spa.



Pampering oneself sometimes simply means sitting back, relax, enjoying a cup of coffee with a sweet pastry or even indulge yourself in a chocolaty treat and letting the day goes by. Nikko Bali Resort and Spa recently added a self pampering facility for its guests at the Lobby level just in front of their new Benkay Japanese Restaurant.

Selection of freshly brewed coffees – provided by the well-known Illy Coffee – are available on your request, with refreshing teas and herbal teas up to fine wines are served daily from morning until late. Freshly baked muffins, cookies and sweet pastries are displayed in the most tempting way. If you are a true chocolate admirer then you’d be pleased with the various pralines they have for you, choose from the innocent looking white chocolate pralines to the sinfully delights of Baileys filled pralines.

Any reason you have, there are many ways to pamper yourself but why choose the ordinary when you can do it another STEP UP at The Deli of Nikko Bali Resort and Spa.


Recently, Nikko Bali Resort and Spa finished the facility upgrades that started back in February 2009. Now, with 389 newly refurbished rooms, the resort has added three room types to meet the needs of our guests with greater product quality and consistency, enhancing the individual guest experience. This upgrade is a continuation from the project that has started since 2006. In the last two years, Nikko Bali Resort and Spa has made its mark in the business with outstanding facilities and services.

Starting September 2009, Nikko Bali Resort and Spa will continue the upgrade to bring a fresh look to the lobby of the resort. Guests will have the comfort of a new arrival lounge with contemporary design, breathtaking view and comfortable seating area that will replace the existing Khayangan Lounge. Meanwhile, guests can still enjoy varieties of beverages at the Deli – a cozy lounge serving exotic cocktails, aromatic coffees and teas along with a fine selection of wines, pastries and pralines; Oolooloos Entertainment Center – a light pub serving snack menus, exotic cocktails and other concoctions or The Shore Restaurant and Bar – the latest addition to the resort with exceptional lunch, dinner and late night cuisine, in an unparalleled tropical setting, serving world’s best cuisine for your culinary experience at Nikko Bali Resort and Spa. The Front Desk area will also still be attending your arrival and departure needs as the upgrade will not affect any traffic within the lobby area of the resort.

Nikko Bali Resort & Spa continues its significant presence within the luxury hospitality industry in the Nusa Dua area. Scheduled to be completed in mid December of 2009, this upgrade will surely bring Nikko Bali Resort & Spa another step up.


Nikko Bali Resort and Spa had the honor of welcoming 5 maestros of Balinese dance to the opening night of Nikko Bali Cultural Appreciation Nights, held at Kupu Kupu Amphitheatre on Wednesday, August 5th, 2009.

After an opening speech by Dewa Rucika, Executive Assistant Manager of Nikko Bali Resort and Spa, and the governor representative, the guests were amazed with the opening performance by Ni Jero Puspawati. She took the stage with such grace and harmonious movements with her infamous Candra Metu dance. While enjoying the rich tasting and varieties of Balinese cuisine prepared by Nikko Bali’s skillful chefs, another Bali maestro, Ni Jero Gadung took the stage with the Wiranatha dance – a beautiful dance telling the story of a warrior’s journey.

The never ending applause continued as Gusti Ayu Raka Rasmi performed a cheerful dance of Oleg Temulilingan, followed by a performance by Ni Ketut Arini with her Terunajaya dance, the story of a man’s journey into becoming an adult with her unique and dynamic movements. The highlight of the night was the spectacular Kebyar Duduk dance performed by Ida Bagus Oka Wirjana, or famously known as Gus Aji Blangsinga. The mood of the dance was strongly felt from the music and the dancer, who works in close coordination with the entire gamelan to interpret its shifting color.

To conclude the event, the management of Nikko Bali Resort and Spa honored these maestros with a flower bouquet and honorary certificates. These were presented by the management representative and governor’s representative. Audience also had the chance to take photos with them on the beautifully decorated stage.

This event is the fourth annual cultural event held at Nikko Bali Resort and Spa. It will continue throughout August with more performances from the artists of Bali. Look forward to seeing the performance of Gending Rare, Ladies Gong Kebyar and the infamous Kecak dance performed by 200 and more dancers, as the closing ceremony on August 26th. Another STEP UP for Nikko Bali Resort and Spa and the preservation of Bali’s rich culture.


The month of August will be exclusively dedicated to the “arts of sounds” in the major event called “Cultural Appreciation Nights” that will be held at Kupu Kupu Amphitheater, Nikko Bali Resort and Spa. Throughout the month, guests can see the true arts of Bali through the performance of many artists ranging from children to the dance maestros of Bali.

The opening of the event on August 5th will feature the performances of Bali dance maestros including Ida Bagus Blangsinga, Jero Gadung, Jero Puspa, I Gusti Ayu Raka Rasmi and Ni Ketut Arini in “Living Legends”. Other performances will include Gending Rare, Ladies Gong Kebyar (who also performed at the Bali Art Festival last month), the Balinese version of the Frog and Princess story in the Frog Dance, and the infamous Kecak dance.  In celebration of Indonesia’s Independence Day the event will also feature an array of Indonesian traditional dances on August 17th, Archipelago Night.

At the end of the month, a magnificent display of talent will be featured in the closing ceremony with Kecak 200 Plus at the Serenity Beach of Nikko Bali Resort and Spa where this famous dance will be performed by more than 200 Kecak dancers. Each performance will be complimented by a delicious buffet. For further information on the performance schedules and reservations, please contact Nikko Bali Resort and Spa at telephone +62 361 773377 or facsimile +62 361 773388 or click here.

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