Nikko Bali Resort and Spa marks a new beginning with a name change,
19 new luxury villas and a multi-purpose event facility.
Enter Grand Nikko Bali, the first in the Nikko Hotels International Group enthroned with its grand title due to its spacious lead-in room category, facilities and services. At a press conference and dinner celebration micenet ASIA attended on-site in mid-July, Marcel P. Van Aelst, president and CEO of the resort’s management company JAL Hotels Co. Ltd told guests that the new name is poised to strengthen the resort’s five-star rating. The introduction of the multi-purpose event facility (MPF) further seals the resort’s commitment to the MICE industry to deliver more quality events.
The owners have invested to the tune of US$10 million in the hotel’s progressive refurbishment since 2006, and another US$12 million for the villas and MPF, according to Grand Nikko Bali general manager Jean-Charles Le Coz.
The 19 luxury villas, measuring from 300 square metres, are designed with a touch of Balinese architecture combined with modern fixtures, and are well-appointed and ideal for event planners and VIP delegates. Hints of the resort’s signature turquoise hue evident in its finishing, the tranquillity is complete with sustainability measures such as built-in sensors which turn off indoor air-conditioning once the doors are opened.
The MPF is the resort’s answer to the growing MICE demand: a multi-purpose function space to complement the existing 500-seater Graha Sawangan conference centre on-site. Spanning 11,840 square feet (1100 square metres) with an ocean view, it holds 1000 people theatre-style and 760 banquet-style with three 538-square feet (50 square metres) adjoining meeting rooms and two green rooms. Ideal for residential conferences reluctant to endure traffic for off-site dinner functions, using the MPF as a gala dinner venue saves the hassle of turning over the conference room into a banquet set-up and eliminates the need for off-site venue liaison.
The press event, which included a site inspection, ended with a dinner for 450 guests and media to allow the MPF to prove its worth. Pre-dinner drinks and canapés were first served on the lawn accompanied by an easy-listening live band. Guests were then ushered into the fully air-conditioned facility that was spruced up to impress, but not overdone. Formalities kept to a minimum, traditional performances entertained guests as a five-course dinner with fine wine was served.
Towards the end of the evening, the backdrop on stage parted alongside sounds of a contemporary version of the kecak dance (a form of traditional Balinese dance and music) specially choreographed for the occasion inspired by the resort’s logo change from blue to gold. The night ended with aerial dancers showcasing MPF’s high ceiling, as its in-built curtains and encompassing glass panels parted gradually to reunite the audience with the great Balinese outdoors.
Truer words were never spoken when Mr Le Coz described the resort as one rich in “Japanese culture infused with Balinese hospitality excellence”. Through the experience, Grand Nikko Bali has proven to the guests its continued commitment to providing a quality and well-maintained product.