Welcome to the July 2012 Edition of the Amadea Resort and Villas Newsletter | July 2012
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Warm greetings from Bali – the island of the Gods!
Welcome to the July edition of our online newsletter. It is filled with interesting information about what is currently going on at Amadea Resort & Villas located in the heart of Seminyak, Bali’s favorite tourism quarter.
The island of Bali is always at its very best during the summer months of July through until September. Humidity is low and there is a refreshing breeze to cool things down. Australian travelers are now out in force due to affordable airline tickets and the number of flights available on a daily basis. We recently recorded our highest ever occupancy levels this June with an average of 90% per day. This is just another indication that although Amadea is a relatively new property, it is well liked by guests and for that we are extremely grateful for the ongoing support.
In lieu of the high season, we have some great offers on at the moment including a value-added accommodation package with spa benefits. Bistro Batu Kali is also serving up a collection of thirst-quenching cocktails this August as well as a tasty three-course set menu for a special price that won’t break your holiday budget.
Bali’s ongoing cultural calendar continues with Galungan Day on 29th August 2012, which is an auspicious time for followers of the Hindu faith to return home to their ancestral villages. It is a joyous celebration that involves ceremonies with elaborate offerings, family reunions and feasts of traditional food.
In this edition we take a look at the city of Surabaya, a bustling metropolis in East Java. We also announce the two lucky winners of our quarterly draw. Both will receive a terrific prize for their participation.
Happy reading and we hope to see you in Bali very soon.
Summer Special at Amadea
Book online now to stay at Amadea for 3 nights or more and be entitled to a relaxing 60 minute massage that will banish all traces of travel weariness and put the spring back into your step. This special promotion is valid until 25th December 2012 and applies to certain room categories only for a limited number of rooms per day. Make your reservation online to receive instant confirmation of this exceptional offer.
If you do not have any plans to visit Bali in the immediate future, please share this information with family and friends. Your input could make someone’s next holiday to the island a whole lot better! Click here for further information about this summer deal or to secure a booking; https://arvs.pphotels.com
Great Promos at Bistro Batu Kali
For Cocktails Lovers
Bistro Batu Kali is getting into the spirit of summer this August with a super selection of tropically-inspired cocktails to keep you refreshed. Savour our signature Bistro Punch, which is a tasty pineapple and mint flavoured watermelon crush, available daily from 1pm to 4pm daily.
For something with a little more kick to help spice up your evening, treat yourself to a Mohito, Caipirinha, Caipirosca, Lycee Basil Roska, Butterscotch Seduction or Berrytini for just Rp.35.000++ during the happy hours of 6pm and 10pm daily.
Remember there is also live music every Friday night by Azsi Band featuring popular songs by an Australian singer to enhance your holiday mood and get you on the dance floor.
Dining Experience - Set Menu
Hearty appetites will be satisfied at Bistro Batu Kali with a flavoursome 3-course set menu that won’t break your holiday budget. Start with an appetizer of Grilled Chicken Salad followed by a classic Beef Wellington and a Brûlée Triage as a sweet conclusion. This menu is priced at just Rp.125.000++ per person for an affordable dining experience that will have you coming back for more!
Reward yourself with an indulging spa experience during your time in Bali. Ambiente Spa at Amadea Resort & Villas understands the need to address the effects of modern living with a dedicated menu of body and beauty rituals. Look good and feel even better with a choice of two promotional treatments that are available exclusively for your pleasure during the month of August.
Real Dream for Two – 150 minutes
This replenishing ritual has been designed to be a shared spa experience. It is the perfect treat for honeymooners or couples celebrating the spirit of love. The journey begins with a soothing foot bath followed by a Balinese massage for deep relaxation. A body scrub will gently remove impurities and a yogurt splash is applied to naturally moisturize the skin. Then enjoy a reflexology facial and a leisurely soak in a flower bath to end your pampering on a fragrant note. Real Dream for Two is just Rp.1.300.000- per couple and includes an exclusive spa gift.
Calming Spa Package – 120 minutes
Take some well-deserved time out to enjoy the benefits of Balinese healing. This replenishing package includes a cleansing foot bath and is followed by a traditional massage treatment that combines stretching and acupressure techniques to relax the mind and balance the body. Next is a nourishing facial that uses natural ingredients to exfoliate and hydrate the skin for a healthy glow. A serve of herbal tea brings this restful spa experience to a close. Priced at just Rp.500.000- per person.
1930's Bali - A Fascinating Exhibition of Sketches by Miquel Covarrubias
The Agung Rai Museum of Fine Art (ARMA), located in the culturally charged village of Ubud, proudly presents an exhibition of 70 rare sketches by Miguel Covarrubias from 8th July to 8th August 2012. Miguel Covarrubias was a celebrated Mexican artist and author who resided in Bali during the 1930’s. His classic book entitled ‘The Island of Bali’ featured a lively narrative and was responsible for capturing the attention of curious world travellers.
The exhibition provides a glimpse into Bali’s past whereby art, culture and tradition dominated all aspects of daily life on the island. It is open daily to public from 08.00 am to 6.00 pm for a limited time only. Please contact ARMA on (0361) 975 742 for further information about this fascinating collection of original sketches.
Hari Raya Lebaran
Although the island of Bali is predominantly a Hindu enclave, it is also part of the Indonesian archipelago and therefore extremely tolerant of other ethnic beliefs and religious orientations. Followers of the Islamic faith are currently observing the holy month of Ramadhan whereby they fast between the hours of sunrise and sunset. Hari Raya Lebaran on 19th August 2012 celebrates the end of the fasting month and is an opportunity for members of the Muslim community to return home and gather with their family and neighbours. It is a time to pray and seek forgiveness for past wrongdoings followed by a feast of traditional dishes.
Galungan Day Celebrations
Bali’s Hindu community will celebrate Galungan Day on 29th August 2012, which occurs every 210 days on the local calendar system. It is essentially a time of worship to commemorate the victory of righteousness against evil. Most Balinese will return home to their ancestral villages around the island to pray and partake in a series of ceremonial rituals and rites. Elaborate offerings bearing fruit and flowers are prepared to appease the Gods and the spirits of defied ancestors.
While Galungan Day is considered an auspicious date on the Balinese cultural calendar, the island’s tourism industry remains virtually unaffected by this public holiday. All hotels, restaurants and shopping outlets will remain fully operational unless stated otherwise
Beyond Bali - Surabaya
Surabaya – Gateway to East Java
The bustling city of Surabaya is a 45-minute flight from Bali and serves as a business hub for East Java. It is Indonesia’s second largest city and has a busy harbor that supports the nation’s thriving import and export trade. Surabaya offers great shopping opportunities and is also the ideal base to explore other parts of the province.
Magnificent sunrises can be experienced at Mount Bromo, which has become an iconic
tourism destination that attracts visitors from around the world. Alternatively, the scenic
town of Malang is just a 2-hour drive from Surabaya and is elevated above sea level to provide a welcome relief from the heat. It is known for its old buildings that have been preserved as a tribute to the Dutch colonial era. Other sites of interest include the agriculturally-rich area of Batu to reconnect with nature’s precious bounty. Three days is sufficient to explore Surabaya and its surrounds.
Surabaya Plaza Hotel, our sister property, is located in the heart of Surabaya and accommodates both business and leisure travelers. It is the first non-smoking hotel in the city, which makes it the best choice for families and health conscious guests. If you are interested in visiting Surabaya, please visit http://www.sby.pphotels.com as your gateway to East Java.
It’s that time again to announce the two lucky winners from our quarterly draw! The winner of our ‘Guest Comment Card’ draw goes to Ms. Clare Hegarty from Singapore this is a small token of our appreciation for guests who have submitted a comment card following their stay. All feedback is considered a valuable tool as it enables us to evaluate our ongoing service standards and identify areas that need to be improved.
The next prize goes out to Mrs. Ami Wood From Australia as the winner of our ‘Online Newsletter Subscription’. Ensure you and your friends are registered to receive our monthly newsletter and a chance to win a fabulous prize. And for all the latest news and special promotions direct from Amadea Resort & Villas, please follow us on facebook and twitter.
Congratulations go out to both winners. They will be notified individually via email.
What the guest said
Ms. A, Tokyo, July 2012
The towel animals on the bed were great!
Mr. B, Australia, July 2012
Thank you very much; this is the second time we have stayed at Amadea. It is fantastic! The restaurant staffs are wonderful to our children and all staff is very professional and friendly.
Mr and Ms C, France, July 2012
Excellent breakfast, yummy buffet and good variety
Mr. D, Singapore, July 2012
Service of the staffs is very polite and exceptional.
Ms. E, Australia, July 2012
All staffs are beautiful, very attentive made a great start to every morning. Very helpful, we will be back!