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(7/4/2005) Judging from the substantial amount of new investment as well as capital projects to improve existing facilities – Bali's tourism players are confident of the island's future and its ability to remain one of the world's most preferred holiday destinations.
New Hotel Projects
Luxury developments continue to catch investor's sway from the US$28 million Bulgari Hotel slated to open 58 villas in Uluwatu by year end, to the US$19 million, 176 unit Novotel Nusa Dua Golf condotel development now selling units on the island's southernmost tip to the just opened 38-villa Ubud Hanging Gardens. Taking aim on the younger set, Contiki Resorts opens a 133-room all-inclusive package property for 18-35 year old on September 1, 2005.
Marriott will open its flagship Renaissance Resort, the first in Asia, at year-end. The Renaissance Bali Resort Villas & Spa will feature 116 villas and a spa located along Nusa Dua Beach. Meanwhile, the Intan Bali Village has been razed in preparation for the new Santosa Resort - a project combining both rooms and villas.
Bali's Hotel Operators are Optimistic
"Bali's tourism industry has proved resilient and continues to show signs of recovery, both from traditional long-haul markets and with intra-regional Asian travelers," says Gerard Guillouet, Accor Director of Operations, Indonesia. Amankila's General Manager, Tracy Atherton agrees, "Business looks good and there has been a strong increase from the US and European markets."
"Business levels look to remain strong for the remainder of the year," according to Bennett Peter, Director of Sales and Marketing at Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel & Suites. "The hotel is confident that refurbishments will continue to be well received by corporate travelers and leisure guests," he added.
"New additions have created a great environment for young and old with more activities to give a wow factor to a holiday," added Bali Dynasty's Resort's Director of Sales & Marketing Joy Gartner.
Improvements at Existing Properties
The Bali Hotel Association (BHA), representing 64 star-rated hotels and resorts in Bali comprising more than 13,000 hotel rooms, recently surveyed its members to determine the extent of capital investment in refurbishing and upgrades taking place on the Island.. That survey revealed a program of widespread investments in Bali's hotel sector :
• ALiLa Manggis and ALiLa Ubud now offer wireless Internet service (WiFi) in public areas. Beds are dressed in hand-finished, pure cotton linens with Ploh pillows. In addition to newly refurbished rooms, ALiLa Manggis has added two new seafront pavilions at the Segara Bayu Spa. ALiLa Ubud has also recently installed iPod entertainment systems in selected rooms.
• Amandari, Amankila, and Amanusa are spending US$60,000 to add WiFi service to public areas and broadband Internet in all resort rooms.
• Bali Dynasty Resort has upgraded Executive Suites in a new contemporary style with separate bedrooms, lounges, kitchenettes and baths. Large screen television and DVD players have been added with a second TV available in the bedroom. A dedicated Entertainment Manager has help to expands the renovated the kids' club and programs, adding a giant 56 meter waterslide to the kids' pool to complement a range of new teen activities. A new adults-only exercise room features the latest exercise equipment with a range of fitness programs.
• Bali Garden Hotel has added well-known restaurants Batan Waru and Ryoshi Japanese as street-front, stand-alone restaurants—encouraging access both for guests and walk-in visitors. Both offer room service. The hotel's new Tari Spa offers a complete range of spa services. Closed-circuit television (CCTV) has been installed in public areas for enhanced security. A shopping arcade is due for completion by August.
• Club Med Nusa Dua has spent US$40,000 on beachfront improvements and landscaping; and resurfaced and refurbished its seven tennis courts.
• Conrad Bali Resort has focussed on beefing up security measures with electronic guestroom locks, an access control system, panic alarm systems and CCTV. All vehicles entering the property are checked. Visitors and vendors are identified with a visitor badges. The 42-member security team is supported by elite Indonesian Mobile Police Brigade Officers at the main entrance and on the beach. A bomb sniffer dog is stationed at the main entrance.
• Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel has spent US$ 1.1 million on upgrades, enlarging 16 Oceanfront Rooms and installing new wooden patio furnishings in other rooms. Other new additions are a new bar and more seating in the renovated Musro Nightclub, and Bowls Steamboat Restaurant Public areas now have WiFi and increased CCTV security. Within the year, all guestrooms will be refitted with new TVs, bathrooms will be upgraded, lifts modernized and more one-bedroom villas added to the property. Adjacent to the resort, the 89,000 square meter Discovery Shopping Mall and a children's fantasyland represent another US$32 million investment.
• Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay has spent US$600,000 on recent renovations. Included is the world's only infinity pool for children and a new glass-fronted wedding chapel for 30 guests. The Spa Lounge is energized with new soft furnishings and resort villas are undergoing soft renovations, due for year-end completion.
• Grand Istana Rama Kuta closes 40 rooms on October 1 for complete reconstruction, which, when completed, will result in 88 new rooms. The remaining rooms will be refurbished in eight-room blocks through 2006. All construction work occurs during daytime hours and is isolated to the rear of the property.
• Hard Rock Hotel Bali has refurbished one-half of its 418 guest rooms, the kids' club and all public toilets. The balance of the rooms will be finished next year. A 5-meter climbing wall is a new pool area has been installed and the hotel's recording studio sound equipment has been upgraded. WiFi is available in public area and CCTV coverage has been increased.
• Hotel Padma Bali recently added new meeting facilities, including two new breakout rooms for 20 to 60 people. WiFi is available in public areas. DVD players are now available in Garden Deluxe Chalets which are scheduled to be completely redesigned by mid-2006.
• InterContinental Bali has opened a new airport arrival lounge for Club InterContinental guests.
• Legian Beach Hotel has upgraded its lobby and lobby lounge with modern furnishings, a spacious reception area, public toilets and a dedicated group check-in area.
• Maya Ubud has installed DVD players, hand showers and electronic keys in all rooms, representing an US$53,600 investment.
• Mercure Kuta opened Bali Spa—Beachfront, the only spa with a beachfront view from its fourth floor rooftop location. Indoor treatment areas also are available with spa, beauty salon and wellness center therapies.
• Mercure Resort Sanur officially re-branded and opened in March with all 189 rooms and suites redesigned and refurnished. Three pools have been modernized and bars and restaurants updated and re-themed. The lobby has been completely redesigned and brightened, with a Departure Lounge added for guests on late flights. A modern fitness center, spa and open-air massage huts are being added.
• Nikko Bali Resort & Spa has installed CCTV to enhance security measures.
• Ramada Bintang Bali Resort will spend US$500,000 on improvements over the next three months. These include three new function rooms, new public toilets, a new hotel