Sunday, January 31, 2016

Dragons, Demons, Cupids and Worms: Sudamala Resorts Packages Showcase The Stupefying Splendour of Indonesian Culture

Sudamala Resorts offers a fascinating mix of accommodation and tour packages in 2016 to showcase the colourful cultures of Indonesia...from the rousing spectacle of Chinese New Year dragon dances, to the Bau Nyale worm harvest festival of Lombok and the Ogoh-ogoh demon parade during Bali’s Nyepi New Year.

Romantic Dinner
Only in Indonesia with its kaleidoscopic array of cultures could you see such a mystifying, mesmerising display of rituals, festivals, ceremonies and cuisine. These accommodation and tour packages from Sudamala Resorts make it easy and convenient to witness some of Indonesia’s most memorable cultural events, while enjoying the luxury of a Sudamala suite or villa. Spa treatments and special dinner menus are included in selected packages.

Wild-eyed, fluorescent, animated dragons dance to the clamourous din of cymbals and drums...this is the Chinese New Year dragon dance and an unforgettable, cultural experience.  From around the beginning of February, Chinese New Year celebrations will be seen and felt throughout the country. It is a perfect time to experience the culture of Indonesia, and Sudamala Resorts makes it easy with the  Chinese New Year package, valid from 4-10 February 2016 at both the Sanur, Bali and Senggigi, Lombok properties. This package includes a 3 days-2 nights stay at either resort, special Chinese New Year dinner, and airport transfer for two.

February is also the month for romance with Valentine’s Day falling on the 14th. This is the time to show your special someone how much you love them. Candlelit dinners, renewing your vows, a proposal perhaps... Bali and Lombok provide the perfect setting for all of them. Picture a romantic dinner for two on the golden sands of Lombok’s beautiful west coast at Sudamala Senggigi –- fairy lights set the scene, as the sun sets in a blaze of glory over the silhouette of mystical Bali on the horizon. It doesn’t get any better than that, and Sudamala Resorts offer special Valentine’s Day packages in Bali and Lombok, valid from 11-15 February including 3 days-2nights accommodation, pampering 60-minute couples spa treatment, romantic Valentine’s Dinner, and airport transfer.

Lombok’s Bau Nyale festival is one of the country’s more unusual cultural events and must be seen to be believed. Once a year, the seas off Lombok’s south coast come alive with the spawning nyale worms. It is an occasion of great spiritual and cultural significance, as local dukuns or shamans will predict the coming harvest based on the abundance of worms in the sea. Locals also stage cultural events, and prepare the worms for eating in a variety of ways including the Pepes Nyale, where they are ground, mixed with coconut and spices and roasted in a banana leaf...a ‘must-try’ taste of true Lombok. Sudamala Lombok’s Bau Nyale package available from 19-21 February includes 3 days-2 nights accommodation, Bau Nyale Tour, hot sand spa treatment, and airport transfer for two.

Ogoh-ogoh Festival
The Balinese New Year is a special and spiritual time to visit. Occurring over two days, it includes the Ogoh-ogoh parade and the Nyepi day of silence. Ogoh-Ogoh are giant, papier mache demon effigies. In the weeks leading up to Nyepi they appear on the side of the road in all their menacing glory. On the eve of Nyepi they are paraded through the streets, accompanied by music and dancing, and then ceremonially burned. It is one of Bali’s most unforgettable ceremonies and Sudamala Sanur offers a package from 8-10 March including 3 days-2 nights accommodation, the remarkable Ogoh-ogoh parade experience, set menu lunch and dinner, and airport transfer for two. In Lombok, the Nyepi package includes 3 days-2 nights accommodation, BBQ dinner, hot sand spa treatment, and airport transfer.

Indonesia is also home to a significant Christian community and Easter celebrations will take place in March complete with Easter eggs, Easter Bunny and some local touches. From March 21-29 Sudamala offers an Easter Package including 3 days-2 nights accommodation, special Easter dinner, Easter activities like egg painting, egg hunt and traditional games, and airport transfer. 

There is no better time to visit Indonesia and experience its cultural wonders with these convenient, affordable, all-in-one packages from Sudamala Resorts.

All packages described above are priced between Rp3.500.000 -- Rp4.990.000 plus tax and service charges. 

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