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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
InterContinental Bali Resort is pleased to announce the opening of the ‘Sayana Lounge’ – a dedicated Arrival and Departure Lounge for early arriving and late departing guests. In Sanskrit, Sayana (सायन) have a meaning of the place for a temporary rest or laying down for a rest before start again to continue the long Journey to Ayana. In Sanskrit “Ayana” means “Our true goal, direction” or more specifically “a good path” in terms of one’s life journey.
Located on the ground floor of the Resort, this purpose-designed resting place offers lockers, showers and changing facilities as well as a plush lounge and open air terrace, which guests can enjoy free of charge until either their room is ready or until their time of departure.
The chic and elegant 24-hour lounge resonates with the essence of Bali showcasing local craftsmanship and intricate wood carved accents, such as door handles and wall hangings. Local materials have been utilised in the design, including teakwood furnishings, marble vanity units and parquet floors, to ensure that the ambience of the island greets guests upon their arrival or remains with them until the moment of their departure.
Synonymous with the style of the Resort and in harmony with its engaging, contemporary décor, the air-conditioned lounge is furnished with comfortable seating, including two deeply-cushioned sofas and a refreshment bar with high chairs. It is thoughtfully equipped with an international-channel TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, universal power points, and a complimentary tea and coffee making facility as well as water and biscuits. Outside the main lounge is a large open-air veranda, with plentiful cushioned seating overlooking the Resort’s beautiful lagoon. This is an area where guests may smoke if they wish.
Sayana Lounge also provides eight lockers for the storage of suitcases and bags, two of the lockers are walk-in and family sized with the capacity for a large quantity of luggage and personal effects. Each locker features a combination lock that guests can set with their own PIN number. Adjacent to the lockers is a wide space where guests can comfortably open, unpack or repack their luggage upon suitcase tables positioned at the optimum height. A wash room area with a non-slip marble floor presents three private walk-in showers and changing rooms.
International travel can be tiring, so Sayana Lounge is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long flight, watch the latest entertainment, catch up on emails, or shower and change after a day beside the pool before being transferred to the airport.
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Enjoy the fresh sea breeze while lying down on our cabana overlooking the Indian ocean. Sample the assortment of mouth-watering Middle East tidbits creations such as Chicken tandoori, Mulwara beef brochette chimichuri sauce and many more through-out the month of August.
Aimed at encouraging and raising service standards within the luxury spa industry, the World Luxury Spa Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement for luxury spas. Each award is based on votes by thousands of spa clients worldwide who voted online to select winners in different categories on a country, continent and global basis. This was supported by feedback from an international panel of spa industry professionals in recognition of the winning spas’ world-class facilities, quality, innovation, and the service excellence provided to guests. Competing spas in 2016 ranged from small privately owned spas to internationally renowned spa groups.
The exclusive awards event at the Grand Hotel Kronenhof Pontresina in Switzerland was attended by some of the world’s top hoteliers and leading decision-makers. There were 22 competing spa categories and 38 countries participating from across the globe.
Michel Chertouh, Regional GM IC Bali said, “We are delighted to be honoured with this award in recognition of Spa Uluwatu’s world-class facilities and service. This is a wonderful tribute to our staff and their ongoing commitment to the delivery of an exceptional spa experience for every guest”.
Spa Uluwatu at Intercontinental Bali Resort is a luxurious and restorative oasis, providing a wide variety of massages and Asian treatments that utilise indigenous spices, herbs, flowers, sea salts and volcanic earth. The deluxe treatment rooms, steam rooms and open-air Jacuzzis spill out into a serene garden bounded by wooden decks and punctuated by water cascades and open-sided pavilions, where guests can relax with a drink from the juice bar in a truly peaceful environment. Spa Uluwatu’s Asian-inspired wellness and beauty rituals offer an indulgence that will ease fatigue, stimulate the senses and awaken the spirit. A unique collection of gender-orientated treatments and rejuvenation packages has been designed with the modern holistic approach of healing, balancing and nurturing both the inner and outer self.
InterContinental Bali Resort is very proud to receive the TUI Top Quality Award for two consecutive years. This prestigious accolade is awarded to only four hotels and resorts in Bali among 250 holiday resorts and hotels worldwide. This Award is very special and dear to the whole InterContinental Bali Resort team as it is based solely on the feedback of guests who stay with us and book via TUI. It is the result of the biggest customer survey carried out in the German tourism industry. More than half a million TUI guests get to decide each year what are the best leisure hotels for international holidays.
InterContinental Bali Resort has scooped two more prestigious international awards to add to its impressive collection of accolades. The Resort’s two fine-dining outlets: ‘KO Restaurant, Teppanyaki & Cocktail Lounge’ and‘Bella Cucina’ are both ‘Country Winners’ in the respective Japanese and Italian categories of the esteemed 2016 World Luxury Restaurant Awards. The winners were announced at a gala event hosted by The Grand Kronehof Hotel, Pontresina, Switzerland.
The World Luxury Restaurant Awards were set up to inspire excellence and ignite healthy competition within the luxury restaurant industry. The aim is to highlight the special features of upscale restaurants, thereby increasing competition and ultimately raising the level of food quality and the standards of service in the industry. Restaurants are invited to compete in their chosen category, from a list of 78 categories, and the awards will further promote the nominated restaurants based on culinary excellence and memorable experiences, ranging to outstanding atmosphere and service. World Luxury Restaurant Awards will highlight those categories for which the restaurant should be renowned, recognising and acknowledging service excellence, celebrating outstanding menu choices, and attracting food experts, journalists and gourmands as well as a host of visitors from around the globe. Voting is based on the food experience as a whole, combined with aspects of service excellence, presentation, quality and menu choices. Votes are mainly from guests, but also from industry professionals.
The World Luxury Restaurant Awards is the sister company to the already well-established and popular World Luxury Hotel Awards, a global organization that has been focusing on identifying the world’s best hotels for the past eight years.
Michel Chertouh, Regional GM InterContinental Bali Resort said, “We are thrilled to have won two World Luxury Restaurant Awards and would like to extend our thanks to all of our loyal customers and guests who have supported us. Winning these awards acknowledges the hard work and excellent service of our staff, I’m very proud of them”.
Planning a honeymoon on the sun-kissed island of Bali? Offering style, sophistication, and romance, combined with glorious views and an absolute beachfront location, InterContinental Bali Resort ticks all the boxes as the resort of choice for couples on their first journey together as newlyweds.
Accommodation at InterContinental Bali Resort is undoubtedly romantic, especially at Club InterContinental where newlyweds can opt for a canopied four-poster bed and a traditional Balinese bathroom with an indulging soaking tub and flower-scented luxury amenities. Here, behind closed wooden doors, relaxation, tranquillity, and pleasure is the order of the day, honeymooners will be waited on by personal butlers and can pursue some divinely romantic packages such as a couple’s spa treatment at Spa Uluwatu, which celebrates life with – perhaps – the four-hour ‘Sea of Love’ incorporating a Balinese massage, a Javanese sandalwood lulur or lavender body scrub, and a hydrating fruit and coconut bath.
Sunset cocktails, fanned by ocean breezes while overlooking the golden sands of Jimbaran Bay, can be followed by a romantic candlelit dinner, enjoyed in a private tented pavilion, canopied in white cotton and discreetly located under the stars on the Resort’s beachfront lawn. Set menus have been specially created for this intimate beachside rendezvous; each course served throughout the evening by a personal butler and personal chef with private entertainment discreetly present. Couples can also arrange to release a sky lantern, a meaningful Asian tradition for celebrating special occasions by sending wishes to the skies.
No honeymoon at InterContinental Bali Resort would be complete without participating in some of the Resort’s leisure activities, which promise an interesting and pleasing mix of art, culture and sports, ranging from village cycling tours to interactive Balinese cooking classes, sunrise yoga, or a chance to master the art of traditional Balinese dance, music or wood carving.
Finally, it would be a shame to come all the way to Bali without exploring a little bit more of this beautiful and magical island. InterContinental Bali Resort’s savvy ‘In the Know’ team invites honeymooners to delve into the soul of Bali by participating in some of the island’s most romantic activities and visiting some of its dreamiest destinations. A picnic for two at a jungle waterfall, for example, sunrise on the top of a volcano, a gentle trek through the rice fields, a cruise on a ‘jukung’ fishing boat to a secret beach, a visit to a spectacular cliff top temple at sunset, a rainforest walk and a ride across a tranquil lake in a double canoe, or a trip to see the magnificent sculptured rice terraces of the hinterland. A honeymoon in Bali is guaranteed to leave memories that will last for a lifetime.
THE BALINESE KUL-KUL
When you’re a guest at InterContinental Bali Resort, you might be surprised at how many elements of the Balinese culture you can find within the hotel and its gardens. A good example of this is the ‘kul-kul,’ a traditional communication system in the form of a wooden bell positioned at the top of a tower.
There are two kul-kul bell towers at InterContinental Bali Resort, the most prominent of which can be seenat the entrance, located to the left hand side when viewed from the lobby. Every kul-kul tower is a time-honoured feature of Balinese architecture, hospitality and daily life, and each of the kul-kul towers at InterContinental Bali Resort is designed to blend seamlessly with the classic architectural design of the buildings.
Inseparable from the cultural and religious life of the local communities, the kul-kul plays a significant role in the everyday lives of the Balinese Hindu people. Every village temple and every ‘banjar’ (traditional village council) has its own kul-kul, which is usually hung within an open-sided pavilion standing upon four pillars and sheltered by a roof. The split bell is crafted from selected hardwoods such as jackfruit or the wood of an orange tree. Occasionally a kul-kul might be made from bamboo but this is only for temporary use. The pavilion (locally known as the ‘bale kul-kul’ – ‘a place where the wooden bell is hung’) is often placed on a square-shaped tower constructed of sandstone and brick. From here, the sound can be heard over a wide area and will immediately attract attention.
The beat of the kul-kul in the temple indicates the start and end of formal ceremonies, while various other rhythms – referred to as ‘tabuh’ – are used by the banjar to signal different events such as the notification of a marriage or apassing, a signal for help in the case of an emergency such as a house fire, or notification of community meetings. The temple kul-kul is also used by a number of traditional Balinese organisations such as the ‘penabuh’ (gamelan musicians), ‘pecalang’ (village security) and ‘subak’ (rice farmers association), as well as some temporary organisations. The various beats must be made to sound different and typical for each organisation so that members will understand for whom the bell is being tolled. In fact, even chickens and ducks have been known to respond to the sound of the kul-kul, which might be beaten daily by the farmer, and always with the same pattern of sound, to indicate feeding time. For most events, the kul-kul is sounded in two or three rounds, starting with a slow frequency that then becomes faster, before slowing down again.
This ancient and highly effective method of communication has changed very little over the years. Despite the presence of the telephone, TV and radio, internet and mobile phones, the kul-kul is still the most effective method of making an announcement or summoning the members of a village.
InterContinental Bali Resort captures the spirit of Bali through its landscaping, architecture, interior design, artwork and guest activities. Much of the architecture, including the kul-kul towers, is based on traditional Balinese principles, utilising local materials and incorporating the essential elements of Balinese Hindu philosophy and symbolism. The artwork, meanwhile, is a fascinating collection of intricately carved statuary, bas-relief tableaux, plaques and panelsdrawn from the natural and mythical world of the Balinese heritage. Not only is this an exceptional luxury resort, it is also a platform from which guests can explore the local culture through a wide choice of activities and experiences ranging from Balinese cooking classes to gamelan music lessons, Balinese dance performances, temple visits, market and village tours, Balinese massage, traditional spa therapies, and the delicious local cuisine.