Work and play at the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
Famous for its beaches, mountains and culture, Bali is often a top-of-the-list destination for many, from families to couples and young travellers, not many know but this popular venue is also fast becoming a destination for MICE.
Having been selected to host the 2013 APEC Summit with then-US President Obama making his first official visit to the island, the Indonesian government undertook efforts in making the momentous occasion as wonderful as possible. New modern convention centres were built and many top class hotels prepared to play host to legions of international delegates.
Sheraton Bali Kuta under the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Group located in the vibrant town was ever ready to hold any events with its 5 star accommodation and business facilities. This business hotel offers the best sunset view in Bali!
For those planning to organise a convention or retreat, Sheraton Bali Kuta is the right place, the hotel offers patrons both serious business time and equal pleasure time both indoors and outdoors. As for amenities for planners, all meeting packages offered comes with state-of-the-art meeting rooms, fully equipped with necessary equipment, complimentary microphones, projector and sound system, as well as meeting note pads, pens and filtered water.
The ballrooms in the hotel are adequate for large corporate events with 17,000-sq ft space annual dinners and regional meets is no problem, partitions within the space can be drawn for smaller events or conferences. There are also private rooms for the warm-up before the presentation or for VIP’s to converge to discuss last minute changes.
Feel like a celebrity and need a quick getaway after a conference, the hotel ballroom floor is at the same level of the carpark.
Not Your Average Hotel
Meetings and business events at Sheraton Bali Kuta are never a dull affair, as explained by Ms Ng Bee Fong Assistant Director of Marketing, the full time in house events team are rife with creative ideas and can offer theme suggestions with often quirky yet exceptional results.
One example Ms Bee shared to BusinessToday was when the team was required to come up with suggestion for a breakaway session during a conference for the attendees, to ‘break’ the monotony the team came up with a ‘Black Box’ cooking competition. Participants were made to prepare a meal with ingredients in the mystery box guided by the hotel chef, the prepared meal was then shared with the children of the local orphanages. What a great way to start a business meeting!
Sheraton also has dinner-and-dance events such as the Heritage and Cultural Dinner, along with Poolside Music Event. Activities like ‘Zumba at the Beach’ and ‘Kuta Beach Runs’ can also be arranged for those looking to add some fun in their team-bonding exercises.
Dining With the stars
What sets this hotel apart from those in Legian, Sanur or Nusa Dua is the close proximity to Kuta, a thriving and vibrant street that has surprises in every corner. Now if you’re looking for quiet vacation you can head over to the beaches, but if your here for a short meeting and want to fill the trip up then Kuta is the place to be. Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort neighbors Hard Rock Café and Jamie Olivers famous Italian restaurant, done with the hotspots visitors can find a wide array of Balinese crafts and accessories along the beachfront and if you miss your Zara or H&M there is a mall right next to the hotel.
Night sky in Kuta is just as resplendence as day, on a moon lit sky you can see the beam glittering over the steady waves, shimmering like tiny mirrors. Stars seem extra bright in Kuta, flickering away as if the the Christmas tree lights have been switched on. Maybe that’s why there are so many bars and cafes along the stretch. You can take the breath taking view of the night from the balcony of the hotel, or head on down to one of many spots to gaze out in the horizon.
Before you leave back to the hustle and bustle of city life and taking in those facts and figures be sure to try out the traditional form of stress relieving technique that is guaranteed to sooth any aching body, the popular Balinese massage. Sheraton Shine Spa is open till late night, a 90-minute therapy is recommended.
This article was first published in Business Today July 2017.