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Nikko Bali News - June 2010
 

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE TUNES
Nikko Bali Resort and Spa pampers all its Club guests with an in room entertainment system

Ipod Dock

One said that the universal language of the world is music. People can tap into it emotionally regardless of the language used in the song. It has powers of its own - some even say it can heal one's illness - and enjoyed by all.

Taking music another STEP UP, Nikko Bali Resort and Spa recently installed iPod docks in all of its 73 Nikko Club rooms. The docking entertainment system will feature an iPod dock that can play all your favorite tunes while charging your iPod, it also features a USB direct playback and DC digital radios for great selection of music and a progressive volume alarm for a gentle wake-up call with your favorite song or radio station. The device is also pre-loaded with relaxation music to help you relax or fall asleep. Simply choose from rain showers, ocean waves, spa music and more to enjoy in relaxed comfort.

Aside from this, guests of Nikko Club can enjoy more pampering in the exclusive Nikko Club Lounge. A contemporary lounge and dining space, was launched in August 2007. It incorporates a stylish outdoor swimming pool surrounded by a timber deck; a semi-open dining area bordered by half panes of frosted glass; and an indoor glass-enclosed fully air-conditioned lounge providing seamless ocean views. Guests can expect premium facilities and services, such as all-day a la carte dining and refreshments, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet, and mini library of best selling books.



GIVING BACK TO THE NATION'S FUTURE
Nikko Bali Resort and Spa pays a social visit to local elementary school

SDN Benoa

For the sixth consecutive year and faithful to its vision of working closely with its surrounding, the team of Nikko Bali Resort and Spa visited Sekolah Dasar Negeri 2 Benoa and presented donations to the school and awards to the students who achieved outstanding academic performance during the past year, on June 7th, 2010.

The top three student from each grade, ranging from grade 1 (6 - 7 years old) to 6 (11 – 12 years old), were given some cash money to help them buy new books, or simply share it amongst their friends. With its symbolic contribution, Nikko Bali Resort and Spa wishes to inspire the youth for academic excellence and give back to the local community.

During his opening speech, the Headmaster of SD Negeri 2 Benoa at Sawangan expressed their appreciation and gratitude to Nikko Bali for its continued contributions - financial, moral and logistical support. A simple lecture by Drs. I Nyoman Murba Widana M. Ag was given to the attending students' parents about the social culture of today's children and how they can create a more positive environment to support their children.

Coordinated by Human Resources Department of Nikko Bali Resort and Spa with the school’s teachers and students' parents, this event was successfully held from 08:00 am until 12:00 noon.

Addressing the students, Jean-Charles Le Coz, General Manager of Nikko Bali Resort & Spa, reminded them to keep their motivation alive, use their wits as their main source of growth, stay open minded and work hard in order to succeed.



A LITTLE TECHNIQUE, A DASH OF PASSION AND A DROP OF TASTE...
How to cook everything, Chris' way

Christopher John Patzold

When it comes to a world where technique plays a big part in one's career, you can only expect to have the best from someone with more than 20 years experience. But it is not always about the technique for Christopher John Patzold, it is so much more.

Chris attended the Box Hill College back in his homeland, Australia where he sort of fell into the world of cooking. "I cannot really remember how I started, my mom and I just sort of fell into the hospitality". He tried brick laying at first but then decided to start a dishwashing job before an apprenticeship was offered to him and took him to where he is today.

Arriving in Bali 10 years ago, Chris had the honor of being the opening team of the now famous dining venue in Bali, Kudeta. "It was magnificent, I've never seen so many rice fields before" he said when asked of his first impression of the island, "Now Bali has grown so much and it never cease to amaze me".

After Kudeta, Chris went to Jakarta to take charge of a Pan Asian fine dining restaurant before coming back to Bali and join the well-known Canggu Club for 2 years. He then worked at Sentosa Private Villas and Spa for nearly 3 years. There, he took charge of Blossom, a modern Australian (global) restaurant with Asian/Thai twist, the villas' in room dining, conference facilities and the catering.

Over the years he spent in Indonesia, especially in Bali, he is always inspired to help others achieve their dreams, "I've seen one or two of the people I worked with now gracing the cover of a magazine with a medal and a big smile on their face. They have really kicked on in the hospitality industry". Having gone through so many unique experiences on the island, he finds it difficult to leave. "Whenever the chance comes to leave, something always holds me back and another opportunity arises". For Chris, Bali is not just a work place; the island has now become a part of him, as he proudly says "Bali is my life".

Chris Patzold is now the Executive Chef of Nikko Bali Resort and Spa. He will be overseeing 4 restaurants and other outlets, including the resort's signature restaurant, The Shore.



COUNTING DOWN TO NATURE'S BIRTH
Two sea turtle nests discovered on Nikko Bali Resort and Spa's beach

save turtle

Nusa Dua, June 10th, 2010 - Sea turtles are one of the world's most bizarre creatures; it has the unique instinct to lay their eggs on the same beach where they hatched. Hunted for their meat, shells and, unfortunately, their eggs as well (considered delicacies for some), this species' population is quickly dwindling and facing extinction. With a very slim chance of surviving (0.01% from one nest) in the wild, world organizations and environmentalists have been taking actions to protect known nests to help increase sea turtle population around the world.

Located on the shore of the Indian Ocean, Nikko Bali Resort and Spa has been very lucky to be able to take part in helping this creature by protecting nests over the years. Recently the associates of Nikko Bali Resort and Spa found two nests just at the beach of The Shore Restaurant and Bar. Immediate actions were taken including erecting protective fences around the perimeter of the nests. It is now just a matter of time before these eggs hatch and gives birth to another generation of sea turtles that will once again roam the ocean. Expected to hatch early August, this will be an exciting moment for both guests and Nikko’s associates.

A single act to save a life, another STEP UP taken by Nikko Bali Resort and Spa.



BALI IS MY LIFE ..AND IT CAN BE YOURS TOO
Bali Hotels Association's "Bali is My Life" dinner introduced its program continuation as well as website and movie trailer launch

bali is my life dinner

On Saturday night, more than 200 guests filled the Graha Sawangan Ballroom of Nikko Bali Resort and Spa for "Bali is My Life" Charity Golf Tournament Dinner. The tournament - organized by Bali Hotels Association, Bali Golf and Country Club, Nikko Bali Resort and Spa, Now Bali and Rotary Club Nusa Dua - was held earlier in the same day with more than 100 pro and amateur golfers who played through 18 holes for charity.

The dinner was a continuation of Bali is My Life website and movie trailer launch (officially launched by the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik the previous day). After a short welcome by the chairman of Bali Hotels Association, also the General Manager of Nikko Bali Resort and Spa, Jean-Charles Le Coz, all guests were awed by a grand feast of world’s cuisine, specially prepared by Nikko Bali's culinary team.

Jack Daniels, the master of ceremony of the evening, took the stage with a short opening speech, impressively in a fluent Bahasa Indonesia and Balinese as well. A short presentation of an interview with Allistair Speirs to explain about "Bali is My Life" along with the footage taken from the previous day launch event, officially began the Bali is My Life program of the evening. One of the highlights was the magnificent performance by Bali's own Ayu Laksmi who sang two ethnic inspired songs, an emotional water chant and a cheerful tune about Dewi Sri, Goddess of Prosperity. The celebration continued with the preview of the long awaited Bali is My Life movie that will soon launch sometimes in August 2010. Supported by Bali Hotels Association and its members, this movie will feature many sides of life in Bali, through its art, culinary, culture, leisure even spiritual aspects.

The night continued with the award presentation for all the golfers by Bali Golf and Country Club's General Manager, Bruce Jellard along with a lucky draw featuring many great prizes from golf shoes to a grand price of a return flight ticket to Shanghai and accommodation at the new Hotel Nikko Shanghai.

Bali Hotels Association’s "Bali is My Life" Charity Golf Tournament will give the proceedings of the event to Rotary Club Nusa Dua who will use this fund for their charity program for HIV/AIDS and cleft palate.



BALI HOTELS ASSOCIATION (BHA) OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES ITS WEBSITE RE-LAUNCH
Offering user friendly, faster, targeted information and services

bali hotels association

Bali Hotels Association (BHA) is pleased to announce the launch of its new and improved web site www.balihotelsassociation.com during a press conference held on Friday 11 June at The Westin Resort and Spa. The upgraded and updated site is the result of years of analysis, design, and programming presenting a brand new look and style. The contemporary design and use of new imagery convey the Bali Is My Life Experience and introduces 14 members of the Bali community as part of the new look.

In addition to the site's many new technical features, the graphic design and interface present a dramatic improvement. The website provides more benefits, aiming to provide visitors and members with a virtual experience that is complete and informative. These include a simplified main menu with links to the most useful pages, enriched corporation and product content.

The revamped site has been redesigned for ease of use. Once connected, visitors can see the most updated news and find what they need in the very first page of the website. This saves time clicking through pages and searching through a sea of information. User can now also easily access archival and cross-referenced information.

The new "Media Centre" section is also more friendly and informative containing news, press releases, archives, awards, reviews and destination pictures both high and low resolution, which can be downloaded from the "Image Gallery".

During the launching, BHA also presented a feature movie about Bali and a brand new high technology visitor's guide using 2D Barcodes. The new website also contains links to Bali Is My Life movie trailer as well as Bali Is My Life community members’ backgrounds and campaign support material.

"We've added a lot more functionality to the website for the BHA members", says Bali Hotels Association IT consultant, Melina Caruso of MMC Marketing Group, "The new site is designed to give users access to a wider range of information about Bali, BHA's members and its programs".

Simply visit www.baliismylife.com or www.balihotelsassociation.com and experience the new era of Bali Hotels Association.

A progressive association with a progressive site supporting a progressive destination!

For more information, please contact
Jean-Charles Le Coz
Chairman Bali Hotels Association
gm@nikkobali.com
or
Melina Caruso
Director of Business Development MMC
melina@mmcmg.com

Secretariat Office: C/O PHRI Office at BALI TOURISM BOARD Building
Jalan Raya Puputan 41 – Renon Denpasar 80235, Bali Indonesia
T. +62 361 227600 F. +62 361 246816 M. +62 818 350635
Email: info@balihotelsassociation.com



YOUR SINGLE ACT CAN SAVE A LIFE
Nikko Bali Resort and Spa to host Bali Hotels Association annual blood donation event

bali blood donation

Nusa Dua, May, 2010 - To support the annual event of Bali Hotels Association (BHA), Nikko Bali Resort and Spa has the honor of hosting the blood donation for Nusa Dua area that will be held on Friday, June 11 at the Breakout Rooms of the resort.

BHA designed this program to bring together all hotel members within a certain area to do the blood donation. Last month, BHA hosted this program at Sanur Beach Hotel for all members within Sanur and Ubud area and for the month of June, it will be for Nusa Dua and Jimbaran area that will be hold at Nikko Bali Resort and Spa.

The blood donation will start from 08.30 am to 12.30 pm and is expecting to have around 200 participants from the BHA members of Nusa Dua area, the ROLE foundation and the local community of Sawangan.

Mark your date, your single act can save a life, donate and give back to the community.



A BEAUTIFUL GASTRONOMIC JOURNEY
Nikko Bali Resort and Spa took another STEP UP in culinary by hosting the exclusive dinner for Cordon Noir Gourmet Club

cordon noir dinner

Nusa Dua, May 2010 - Enjoying good food and beverage is always great with friends who share the same interest. This tradition is what the world known gourmet club, Cordon Noir, tries to establish: great food, great friends and traveling. Their program for 2010 is called the Cordon Noir South East Asian Summer that will take place in Singapore and here on the Island of the Gods from June 6th to 12th. Complete with excursions and of course gourmet experience around Bali’s best restaurants (hosted by Cordon Noirians in Bali), the member will surely enjoy the unique factor of Bali through its arts, cultures and tastes.

About Cordon Noir

Cordon Noir Gourmet Society (www.cordonnoir.com), which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary at The Equatorial Hotel in Penang, is a most unusual society. It has one lifetime membership fee and there must always be caviar available at every meal attended by its members. Founder and president Jochen Kern, said the Cordon Noir Gourmet Society was a camaraderie club.

It was established in 1988 by a group of non, semi and professional gourmet that simply enjoys good food. Their regulation from the first opening dinner held in Beijing, China, was to include Caviar, Creativity and Beverage in every dinner they organize. To become a member is quite simple, all you have to do is to organize and pay for a dinner for six members in the society which must include the executive or founding gourmet and their spouses. The dinner must have a caviar dish and meet the high standards of the club. The caviar dish was made compulsory because it was an exclusive item that enhanced the society’s prestige.

From three members when it first started, the society now has 298 members with nine branches in Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, Singapore, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Abu Dhabi.

The Gala Dinner at The Shore

On Friday, June 11th, this festivity will end with a Gala Dinner at The Shore Restaurant and Bar - Nikko Bali Resort and Spa. Featuring a full 7 course set menu, highlights are the exquisite salmon belly tartar with tomato gelée, avocado cream egg mimosa and Atlantic Keta salmon caviar and freshwater crayfish tortelinni in crustacean emulsion topped with Italian farmed Oscietre caviar.

With the unique touch of The Shore under the hands of Dewa Eka Putra, the restaurant’s chef and team, who were honored with a "Best Restaurant" award in 2009 by a lifestyle magazine; and under the supervision of the resort’s Director of Food and Beverage, Stefan Mueller – also the Cordon Noirian Executive Gourmet of Indonesia - Nikko Bali Resort and Spa will take this gala dinner another STEP UP by featuring premium imported ingredients and creating the best gastronomic journey that the members will ever experience.

This gourmet festival is also hoped to further introduce the name of Bali as one of world’s best culinary destinations with the island being a melting pot of all nations, bringing many influences to its cooking techniques.




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