INTERCONTINENTAL BALI RESORT ENHANCES ITS RAW FOOD MENU IN RESPONSE TO CUSTOMER DEMAND

More and more people are turning to raw food diets in order to achieve optimum health, while many others recognise the wellness benefits of consuming raw foods for at least part of the time. At InterContinental Bali Resort, we are pleased to incorporate a range of raw food dishes into the menus of both Jimbaran Gardens and Bella Cucina. Our aim is to provide guests with the option of fresh, local, sun-ripened fruits and vegetables, and delicious unprocessed foods, which provide the body with the best nourishment that nature has to offer. While the raw food selections are available for any of our guests to enjoy, the menus have also been designed to complement InterContinental Bali Resort’s yoga and wellness programmes.

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The principle of raw food is simply a return to food in its wild or unrefined state – the food we were meant to eat. Raw foodism is a diet of primarily unheated food, fermented food, or food that has been cooked to a temperature of less than 46 degrees C. Below this temperature, the nutrients are not destroyed. Raw food is alive and full of enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Besides being uncooked, it is also unprocessed and often organic. A raw food regime embraces fresh, whole, living, plant-based foods: typically raw fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, and raw grains, seeds, nuts and legume sprouts, which are consumed in their natural state. Non-vegan and non-vegetarian raw foods include raw fish, unpasteurised dairy products such as raw milk, raw meat, raw eggs, and raw honey. Applying heat to foods provides no nutritional benefit, but raw foods supply premium nutrition, and are brimming with the vital life force that our bodies need for highly efficient digestion, for a well-functioning immune system, for energy and stamina, weight loss, beauty, mental clarity and focus, emotional balance and spiritual connection.

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An important key to excellent health is excellent digestion. The human body requires enzymes to digest food. Sprouted nuts, seeds, and grains are living foods, which are easier to digest because the availability of the enzymes is increased, enhancing the vitality and the power of the food by making all of the nutrients readily available and easier to assimilate.

Raw foods also have a big impact on the acid and alkaline balance in our bodies. Diseases develop more easily within the body when acidity rises, which in turn challenges the immune system. The body can become overly acidic due to environmental pollutants, stress, processed and refined foods, lack of nutrients, and mineral-deficient water. Cooked foods create even more acidity in the body, but on the other hand, raw foods neutralise acid and help alkalise the body. When the body is in an alkaline state, it is better able both to absorb nutrients and to expel toxins more efficiently. By integrating a proper raw diet with other healthful living practices, we are less likely to develop weight control problems or chronic or short-term illnesses. No man-made vitamin tablet or other supplement can compare with nature’s handiwork.

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At Bella Cucina, our Chef’s focus is on nutritious satisfaction – physically and mentally. Above all, he aspires to create scrumptious delights that are a pleasure to eat, such as ‘Zucchini Lasagna’ filled with hazelnut cheese and raw plum tomato marinara; as well as ‘Caesar Salad Raw Food Style’ comprising Bedugul romaine lettuce heart tossed with raw Caesar dressing, cashew flakes and nori seaweed; and ‘Raw Vegetable Fettuccini Marinara’ with mixed crunchy Bedugul carrot, zucchini, asparagus, cherry tomatoes and raw pine nut cream sauce.

Our Chef is also getting back to nature at Jimbaran Gardens by utilising fresh, colourful ingredients created around the art and science of feeling great. Dishes here include the ‘Warm Coconut Noodle Wrap’ stuffed with shimeji mushrooms and champignons, scented with ginger and served with cilantro teriyaki sauce. Alternatively, the naturally nourishing ‘Nuts and Seed Raw Pizza’ is layered with raw tomato coulis, cashew cheese, avocado, and raw Bedugul baby vegetable shavings; while the ‘Warm Pumpkin Noodle Roll’ introduces caponata, baby spinach and raw capsicum dressing. A deliciously different dessert, available at both restaurants, is the ‘Raw Chocolate Mousse,’ which is served with mango and mint compote at Jimbaran Gardens, or with balsamic marinated Bedugul strawberries on an almond biscuit at Bella Cucina.

At InterContinental Bali Resort, we put a ROAR into RAW food.

 ‘GIVINGTALES’ – EXCITING NEW CHILDREN’S APP – AVAILABLE FOR YOUNG GUESTS AT INTERCONTINENTAL BALI RESORT

IHG® FOUNDATION GIVES BALI LIFE FOUNDATION A GRANT OF US$17,000 TO SUPPORT THE UNDERPRIVILEGED

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InterContinental Bali Resort is proud to be associated with Bali Life Foundation, a non-profit organisation with the vision to provide hope, dignity, and purpose to unprivileged people; especially to children who have been orphaned, abandoned, or rejected. This is done by providing basic needs, by teaching good morals and values, by providing training, and giving skills for the future.

For the last few years, InterContinental Bali Resort has been actively involved in supporting Bali Life’s community activities and projects as well as providing training, work experience and opportunities at the Resort.

Launched in February of this year, the IHG® Foundation helps to build stronger, healthier, more prosperous communities by teaching people hospitality skills, providing disaster relief, protecting the environment and supporting community project around the globe.

As this year marks the global 70th anniversary of the InterContinental brand, the IHG® Foundation has donated USD $70,000 to various charities around the globe who are working in partnership with various InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. The Bali Life Foundation has been selected as one of these charities.

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Bali Life Foundation’s latest project is the ‘Suwung Community Project and Training Centre’ or ‘Bali Life Dump School’, an innovation that uses a multi-focused holistic approach to address the issues of disadvantaged and impoverished children and women currently occupied in earning an income by sorting through trash at Bali’s biggest official tip, which is located at Suwung, Kuta. These scavenger women and children all have their own dreams and aspirations just like anyone else, yet building a future beyond the dump is a life ambition that would be hard to attain without the help of the Foundation and InterContinental Bali Resort.

Bali Life’s Suwung Community Project and Training Centre is developing training workshops designed to help the women and children gain life skills that will not only benefit them and their families but will also empower them to become valuable and successful members of society.  The vocational subjects that have been selected are English, computer skills, cookery, hospitality, farming, music, dance, arts & crafts, and sports. Where possible, local volunteers are engaged to deliver these workshops. InterContinental Bali Resort will be taking on the children, in batches of two at a time, and putting them through the Resort’s in-house cooking and hospitality training course. The Resort’s IHG Foundation (UK) Trust has provided a US$17,000 grant for the setting up of the Suwung Community Training Centre and the development of the workshops.  

The goal of the project is to enable the children to have access to a free education, while giving their mothers the opportunity to earn an additional income.

Bali Life Foundation recently expressed its deep appreciation for the Resort’s IHG Foundation (UK) Trust’s generous contribution with the following words, “Working with these beautiful children and watching them grow in confidence, happiness and maturity is an incredible privilege. Encouraging and empowering these women through words, skills and work, and seeing them happy and looking at things in different way, makes us so blessed. This privilege wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the generosity of people like yourselves, and for that we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

CELEBRATE THE FESTIVE SEASON AT INTERCONTINENTAL BALI RESORT

The Festive Season calls for merriment and joy; so this year make it special by celebrating at InterContinental Bali Resort, which is offering a whole host of exciting culinary events and leisure activities for couples, families, and children.
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The festivities will begin on Christmas Eve, with complimentary Christmas Cocktails served in the Saraswati Lounge accompanied by Christmas Carols performed by the children of Panti Salam orphanage. In the evening, guests have the choice of two exceptional Christmas Eve dining options: Bella Cucina Restaurant will serve a Christmas Eve set dinner, while KO Restaurant, Teppanyaki & Cocktail Lounge offers an authentic Japanese experience with a Sushi Extravaganza. 
 
Santa Claus himself will herald the Christmas Day festivities, arriving at the Resort Lobby at 10 am in his horse-drawn carriage to spread a special message of peace and goodwill. The merriment will continue at Bella Cucina with a Festive Family Brunch and/or a Christmas Day Dinner accompanied by all the trimmings.
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InterContinental Bali Resort offers something for everyone on New Year’s Eve with the choice of a Seafood Buffet Galore at Jimbaran Gardens, accompanied by live music and a fire dance; a New year’s Eve Italian Dinner at Bella Cucina with a live band; or Japanese Delights at KO Restaurant, Teppanyaki & Cocktail Lounge. For a truly romantic and memorable New Year’s Eve experience, honeymooners and couples can opt for a Candlelit Intimate Dinner, paired with caviar and Dom Pérignon Champagne, inclusive of music and served by a personal butler and chef in ‘bale’ pavilion overlooking Jimbaran Bay. Finally, revelers can welcome in the New Year at Sunset beach Bar & Grill with a Countdown Party, DJ music, and a rousing firework display that will light up the sky over Jimbaran Bay.
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Leisure Activities from the Leisure Concierge include the Christmas Eve Fisherman’s 2-hour Bicycle Tour of Kedonganan fisherman’s village and the traditional fish market; ‘Om for the Holidays’ group yoga;  Water Polo in the Balinese Bath Pool; and Healing Meditation.  Festive Packages at Spa Uluwatu include ‘Celebrate your Life’ – a 150-minute treatment incorporating a Therapeutic Ritual Foot Bath, a Warm Stone Massage, and a Deluxe Manicure or Deluxe Pedicure by OPI; or the Ultimate Spa Package – a 120-minute treatment beginning with a Ritual Foot Bath, continuing with a Balinese Massage, and concluding with a Rejuvenating Oxygen Infusion face treatment.
 
Little travellers have plenty to look forward to at Planet Trekkers, with a comprehensive and fun programme of Christmas and New Year activities such as Chocolate Decorating in the Christmas Kids’ Kitchen, Christmas T-shirt Painting, a Princess and Super Heroes Costume Party, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve parties, and the beautiful experience of releasing baby turtles into the sea. 
 
In the Christmas spirit of ‘giving back’ to the local community, the Resort is running a special charity initiative to raise funds towards the educational and daily living costs of the children at Panti Salam Orphanage. Guests and visitors are invited to contribute cash donations and take home a small gift, made by the children of the orphanage, as a memento of their support for the underprivileged children of Bali.
 
InterContinental Bali Resort looks forward to welcoming guests with warmth and five-star hospitality over the Festive Season.

INTERCONTINENTAL BALI RESORT HONOURED FOR THE THIRD YEAR BY THE ‘WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS’ IN THE CATEGORY OF BALI’S LEADING MICE HOTEL

InterContinental Bali Resort has done it again! For the third year running the Resort has been named Bali’s leading MICE hotel at the 23rd annual World Travel Awards ceremony.

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The World Travel Awards are the highest accolades in the travel and tourism industry calendar today, acknowledging, rewarding and celebrating excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.

World Travel Awards 2016

InterContinental Bali Resort is highly deserving of this prestigious award due to its modern meeting facilities and the expertise of its team in the coordination of meetings, conferences, events and weddings for up to 750 participants in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. Meeting facilities range from the Puri Kencana Ballroom to eight multi-purpose function rooms, including three Meeting Rooms and two Board Rooms located in close proximity within a dedicated separate wing complete with private entrance and parking area.

A specialised team of highly-trained, professional staff is on hand to cater to every aspect of function and meeting requirements, with the full scope of state-of-the-art audio-visual technologies and PA equipment readily available. At InterContinental Bali Resort, meetings and events are designed to capture a genuine sense of place that will inspire delegates and achieve results.

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The Resort also offers an impressive array of indoor and outdoor wedding venues within the gardens and the beautiful beach area, as well a highly professional team of wedding planners who deliver impeccable service to every bridal couple, their friends and family. Weddings at InterContinental Bali Resort are uniquely custom-made to reflect personal tastes.

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INTERCONTINENTAL BALI RESORT PROUDLY SUSTAINS THE CHARM AND SPIRIT OF ITS ISLAND HOME

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Bali is renowned worldwide for its romantic architecture and furnishings, decorative handcrafted features and gorgeous artwork. In fact, art in every form is the masterpiece of the highly-valued Balinese culture. Visitors to the island will not fail to notice intricately carved doorways, ornate stone statues and wood sculptures, splendid paintings, hand-woven textiles, highly wrought metal work, the traditional architecture of temples and houses, and beautifully crafted offerings to the Gods. 

InterContinental Bali Resort was conceived to showcase this ancient culture. Here, the essence and ambience of the island is captured with local materials – teak, coconut wood, alang alang thatch, marble, stone and brick, as well as Balinese artistry and traditional aesthetic characteristics such as high pitched roofs layered to provide natural light and ventilation, covered walkways and hidden courtyards, in tune with nature and in keeping with the environment.

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The essential components of Balinese Hindu philosophies, imagery and symbolism are also prevalent throughout the Resort’s design, which follows the principals of ‘Tri Hita Karana’ by maintaining harmony and balance between the three sources of life – humans, nature, and the Gods – as well as honouring the sacred axis between the holy mountain and the sea. Water is a predominant element in the spiritual landscape of Bali, and like a fabled Balinese water palace, the Resort’s lovely gardens incorporate lagoons, ponds, and exotic water features including fountains, waterfalls and Balinese bathing pools, poetically woven together by pathways and breezeways, bordered by the ocean and the golden sands of Jimbaran Beach.

From the moment you arrive at InterContinental Bali Resort, you will be immersed in the island’s culture. Enter the impressive lobby building, look up, and soaring overhead you will see a magnificent vaulted ceiling showcasing exceptional fan-rafter and open-truss craftsmanship, girded by sky blue and gold frescoes depicting Baruna, the guardian of the cosmic order, Goddess of the sea, and source of the rain and the rivers. The spacious interiors of the resort – from the public areas to the private guestrooms, villas and suites – are a gallery of natural textures, paintings and handcrafted features, all of which are the essence of Bali’s style. Soft furnishings – cushions, bed runners and framed wall hangings introduce Bali’s own home-produced cloth, a weft ikat called endek, made by tying the weft threads of a cloth before it is woven and then dying them so that the tied areas do not absorb the dye. The cloth is then woven and the pattern emerges. 

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At InterContinental Bali Resort you will be exposed to carving in all forms, from elaborately carved doors and ornamental accents to exquisite wood sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Stone carving is also prevalent with distinctive split gates, sculptures, swirling stone friezes, bas-relief tableaux, plaques and panels, depicting trees, flowers, birds and beasts of the forest, heraldic winged lions and protective guardians drawn from the natural and mythical world of the Balinese Hindu heritage.

Not only does InterContinental Bali Resort capture the spirit of Bali through its architecture, artwork, landscaping and interior design, but also through its famous Balinese hospitality and guest activities. The resort is proud to provide a platform from which guests can explore the local culture through a wide choice of activities and experiences ranging from Balinese cooking classes, gamelan music lessons, Balinese dance lessons, and Balinese art and craft making, to turtle release, temple visits, market and village tours, Balinese massage, traditional spa therapies, and the opportunity to enjoy Balinese dance performances and the delicious local cuisine.

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Stay at InterContinental Resort Bali, embrace and absorb the Balinese charm, and you will find that when you leave the island a little bit of that magic will follow you home.

 

THE SIGNIFICANCE AND RITUAL BEHIND THE CREATION OF BALINESE OFFERINGS

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The Balinese Hindus believe that the spirit of the gods is present in all things, from everyday objects to nature. For this reason, it is very important for humans to foster good relationships with the spirit world, and to remember to give thanks in the hope that the good spirits will bring fortune, prosperity and health to all the family. It is also necessary to appease the bad spirits so that they will stay away.

Offerings to the gods are an integral part of day-to-day life for the Balinese, and these offerings can be seen everywhere in many different forms.  You may even notice that some Balinese will pour a few drops of their first cup of coffee or tea onto the ground, before they drink any themselves, as a small expression of thanks as well as to placate the demons. Furthermore, when you walk down the street in Bali, you will most certainly notice (and possibly nearly step on) the many, tiny, woven palm frond trays that have been placed on the pavements and at the base of steps. These are so much more than mere street decorations, they are known as ‘canang sari’, and each is presented twice a day, with devotion, in front of every home and business, as well as at temples and shrines, on statues and even at crossroads to help prevent accidents.

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There are a great many varieties of canang sari, but essentially each is comprised of a square frame, made with a folded coconut palm leaf and measuring about 10cm along each side. A flat bottom is woven, fitted, and skewered into place with either a sliver of bamboo or the central spine of a coconut leaf. Some baskets are very simple while others are more intricate artistic creations.

When completed, the little basket is lined with a banana leaf and filled with a symbolic assortment of rice, fruit, a coloured leaf or two, and flower petals of various colours but generally including red and white petals, as well as green in the form of shredded pandanas leaves to make up the colours of the Hindu ‘Trimurti,’ – meaning the ‘three forms’ of God, the three principal deities – Brahma, Wisnu and Shiva.  Some of the offering baskets might also contain a Chinese coin for prosperity, a cigarette, and food items such as rice, peanuts or crackers.

Even placing the flowers in the offering trays involves a ritual, as one is not allowed to smell the flowers to be used in the offering, until the offering is actually made. A splash of perfumed oil completes the little offering, and then an incense stick is lit and placed on top as it is the smoke that allows the essence (sari) of the offerings to reach the gods. There is a simple hand gesture known as ‘ngayab’ and prayers involved in placing the offerings, in which the right hand is waved three times to direct the essence or ‘sari’ of the offering towards God.

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You will often see women sitting on the doorsteps of shops or outside their homes with baskets of palm leaves and flowers as they create these miniature works of art.  Alternatively, you can see thousands and thousands of them for sale at almost any traditional market in Bali, and most Hindu truck, bemo and taxi drivers will put a canang on the dashboard of their vehicles every day. For special ceremony days and important celebrations, the offerings are much larger and more elaborate than the everyday ones. If you’re lucky enough to witness a Balinese ceremonial procession, you will see the stunningly crafted ‘gebogan’ mountain-shaped offerings of fruit that the women carry on their heads.

Learning how to make the canang sari offerings is an activity available to youngsters at Planet Trekkers, the children’s club at InterContinental Bali Resort. Here, kids of all ages can enjoy enriching and creative pursuits that will introduce them to Bali’s culture and artistic heritage.

THE LEADING FAMILY DESTINATION IN BALI

10th August 2016 – InterContinental Bali Resort  is proud to be awarded as “Bali’s Leading Family Resort” by Bali Tourism Award (BTA) for the two consecutive years.

BALI TOURISM AWARD - THE LEADING FAMILY DESTINATION

The InterContinental Bali Resort team were delighted to welcome Mr Alan Watts, Chief Operating Officer, AMEA (R) and Mr Amadeo Zarzosa (L) to celebrate its most recent Award with the management team.

BALI TOURISM AWARD – THE LEADING FAMILY DESTINATION

“We are proud that we can maintain the recognition which was achieved last year. It’s been two consecutive year that InterContinental Bali Resort received the award. We take pride in the fact that we are able to provide the best facilities for families including Club InterContinental, a resort within a resort, with an exclusive Club InterContinental privileges and entitlements and other activities”, comments Mr. Michel Chertouh, General Manager of InterContinental Bali Resort.

‘ODALAN’ TEMPLE CEREMONY AT INTERCONTINENTAL BALI RESORT

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Wednesday 17th August 2016 was an auspicious day for InterContinental Bali Resort, marking the anniversary of the resort’s Hindu temple which fall on Indonesia’s Independence Day.

The anniversary ceremony is known as the ‘Odalan,’ taking place every 210 days in accordance with the Balinese ‘saka’ calendar. The Balinese Hindus believe that this is the time when the gods descend from the heavens to be present in that particular temple.

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It took three days to prepare for the festival, which was organised by our Hindu employees. Our Resort temple was decorated with ceremonial ‘umbul-umbul’ flags, and the slender, eight-metre-high, gracefully arching bamboo poles known as ‘penjor,’ festooned with flowers, fruit, unhusked rice and palm frond ornamentation. Our employees and their families also contributed by making ‘canang’ flower petal offerings, and the astonishing offerings known as ‘gebogan,’ which are soaring pyramids of fruit, rice-cakes and flowers, ornamented with ‘sampian’ coconut-leaf decorations, and designed to reflect the shape of the holy mountain. These were brought to the Resort Temple in a long procession with our female employees carrying the gebogan on their heads. The offerings were arranged in order of size from the smallest ones up at the front to the huge ones finishing off the procession. Towering at almost two metres high, the gebogan require as much skill to carry them as to make them.

Odalan Temple Ceremony

To celebrate the occasion, there was an array of activities, which began at 7 am and continued throughout the day. This included the dressing of the symbols of the gods, cockfighting, a rejang dance performance and much more. In the Saraswati Lounge, our staff assisted our guests to dress in Balinese attire so that everyone could participate in a ceremonial parade from the Lobby to the Resort Temple compound. This was followed by a blessing ceremony conducted by a Hindu Priest.

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The event was just one example of the many ways in which InterContinental Bali Resort cares for and involves the local community in cultural traditions.

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The guest joined the temple ceremony and the cocktail event

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The guest joined the temple ceremony and cocktail

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