Nusa Dua, Bali, September 2013. The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali recently greeted all of the contestants competing in Miss World 2013 with a traditional welcoming ceremony involving Balinese dancers and a scattering of flowers. Managing Director, Mr. Bipan Kapur together with his management team wanted to create a memorable arrival as a symbol of local hospitality. This prestigious beauty pageant is being hosted in Indonesia for the first time ever with all supporting activities taking place on the island of Bali.
The contestants had the opportunity to experience the resort’s brand new wing featuring stylish accommodation categories, a lagoon swimming pool and signature initiatives. Each guest room is fitted with Westin’s next generation Westin Heavenly® Beds , which ensured that the ladies were well rested during their stay. They enjoyed a SuperFoodsRX breakfast for a healthy start to each day in the comfort of Prego and this colourful eatery was used exclusively as their private dining venue.
In the lead up to the opening ceremony the Misses had the opportunity to rehearse their stage moves in the newly refurbished Exhibition Gallery. Some of the contestants learnt how to perform a traditional Indonesian dance in preparation for the show, while the others used the WestinWORKOUT to stay fit.
The opening ceremony for Miss World 2013 was held in the tastefully-appointed Mangupura Hall in the adjacent Bali International Convention Centre (BICC). It was televised live through RCTI to enthusiastic viewers in 160 nations around the globe on Sunday, 8th September 2013. A number of VIP dignitaries and Indonesian celebrities attended this exclusive event dressed in elegant evening wear.
Throughout their stay at the resort, the contestants took delight in a number of inspiring activities. Included was an early morning turtle release on the white sand beach of Nusa Dua supported by Bali Sea Turtle Society. This took place at sunrise and involved a ritual blessing by a Balinese priest in the hope that these tiny creatures would have a safe journey and would one day return to the island’s shores.
There was also Kampung Westin, an evening bazaar set up in front of BICC recreating the lively ambience of a traditional Balinese marketplace with stalls selling handicrafts and souvenirs. The Misses enjoyed this fun shopping experience and got to interact with the members of the local community whilst learning the art of bartering. The resort’s soon-to-launch Heavenly Spa by Westin also took part in this inspiring evening providing contestants with a relaxing head and shoulder massage.
Before checking out the contestants graciously took part in a group photo in front of the Westin Lobby. It was a large shot featuring the management team and the associates who worked tirelessly to ensure that all of the Misses were well cared for during their time at the resort.
“It was indeed a great honour to be one of the official hotels for this prestigious international event. We are excited that the remainder of Miss World 2013 will be held on the island and I am sure that it will put Bali in the global spotlight as a quality destination. Video footage has been shot at all the very best locations to showcase Bali’s unique culture and warm hospitality to a world audience watching the pageant’s crowing finale on 28th September 2013,” comments Mr. Bipan Kapur, Managing Director of The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali.