Bali, Indonesia – 17 October, 2016 – The Extraordinary Moonlight Dinner, a charity event for UNICEF was successfully held at Cloud Nine Terrace of The St. Regis Bali Resort last Saturday, 15 October 2016. The dinner was a joint event by The St. Regis Bali Resort and The Laguna, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in support of the UNICEF Check out for Children program. UNICEF started the COFC program to help raise funds for the world’s most vulnerable children in partnership with Starwood Hotels and Resorts for over 20 years. Over $35M has been raised since the program began.
Presenting 6 Chefs; Agung Ardiawan of The St. Regis Bali Resort, Made Putra of The Laguna Resort & Spa, Farah Quinn, Kevin Cherkas of Cuca Jimbaran, Maurizio Bombini of Mandapa a Ritz Carlton Reserve and Mandif Warokka of Teatro Gastroteque, the event started with a press conference held at the Astor Ballroom of The St. Regis Bali Resort, where the Chefs shared their insights and excitement at being involved in such a wonderful event in support of this good cause.
The Extraordinary Moonlight Dinner started with a pre-dinner cocktail overlooking the beautiful beach of The St. Regis Bali Resort. While enjoying cocktails and canapés at the wonderful venue, guests were entertained with a special fashion show from John Hardy Jewellery, presenting their Bamboo Collection, where each piece has been hand crafted from 100% reclaimed gold and silver.
The dinner opened with a speech from Lucia Liu, Hotel Manager of The St. Regis Bali Resort, representing the two resorts. And continued with a foreword from Charlie Hartono Lie, Philanthropy Manager of UNICEF Indonesia. The six-course dinner began with an Amuse-bouche “Kemangi” cured salmon by Chef Made Putra made of tamarind pearl, salty lime, kemangi sherbet and begonia petals. Chef Farah Quinn presented Grilled tiger prawns on tomato beef cheek carpaccio, carambola – shallot relish, shaved bonito and micro coriander. Chef Maurizio Bombini presented Poached barramundi filet with Jerusalem artichoke, kaffir lime and anchovy powder. The feast continued with Chef Kevin Cherkas’ signature dish of Black Squid Risotto of hand cut squid grains, vegetable stew, garlic cream and popped rice. While Chef Mandif Warokka presented 21 Days Wagyu Prime Ribs with smoked green chili “sambal”, braised young jack fruit and cassava mousseline. The dinner concluded with a sweet dessert of Jivara milk chocolate tart by Chef Agung Ardiawan from exotic cremeux, licorice meringue and passion fruit sorbet. During the dinner, guests were entertained by the soulful jazz performance of Lisa Riung or Lisa Soul, an emerging Indonesian Jazz Singer, to perfectly complement the unforgettable evening.
To further support the fundraising efforts of the evening, a number of exciting items were auctioned, including hotel stays vouchers from The St. Regis Singapore, The Hermitage Hotel Jakarta, Bali Safari & Marine Park, W Retreat & Spa Bali, Keraton at The Plaza Hotel Jakarta, an activities voucher from Air Bali and Waka Sailing, an exquisite wine decanter from Riedel, diamond studded pearl earrings from Atlas Pearl as well as a set of John Hardy Bamboo Gold & Silver necklace and ring from John Hardy. The auction was led by auctioneer, Jack Daniels of Bali Discovery Tours.
A raffle was held for guests to win some premium prizes such as a stay voucher from The St. Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Suiran Luxury Collection Hotel Kyoto, The Naka Island Luxury Collection Resort & Spa Phuket, The Andaman Luxury Collection Hotel Langkawi, Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort Lombok, dinner at Blanco par Mandiff Ubud, treatment voucher from Jari Menari Nusa Dua, voucher from Paul Ropp as well as bottles of premium wine from PT. Kaybee Interindo and Bali Buana Cakra. Raffle tickets were sold at IDR150,000 each and all proceeds donated to UNICEF.
Closing the event, a Certificate of Appreciation was presented by Helmut Pluecker, Managing Director of The St. Regis Bali Resort and The Laguna Resort & Spa to the six chefs for their valuable effort in supporting this event. The evening was brought to a close with Lisa Soul performing “We Are The World”, marking an unforgettable evening where approximately over USD20,000 was raised from dinner sales, raffle ticket and auction items sales of which all goes towards providing clean drinking water and proper sanitation facilities to children and families across Asia and the Pacific.
Pictures from the event here: http://www.whatsnewbali.com/gallery/
About The St. Regis Bali Resort
Located on the pristine beach of Nusa Dua, The St. Regis Bali is nestled in the heart of the noteworthy “Garden of Bali”. Exuding understated barefoot elegance and Balinese-inspired living, the Resort offers infinite panoramic ocean views on a generous 9 hectares of lush gardens, a strand pool with a swim up bar and 3668sqm of crystal blue lagoon to its lavishing guestrooms. Captivating in every detail, the beautifully appointed 123 Suites and Villas welcome guests with all the comforts of a contemporary refined Balinese home with striking interiors, complimentary Wi-Fi, and The St. Regis heritage of uncompromising luxury: bespoke 24-hour Butler Service. The resort promises culinary excellence with 3 distinctive restaurant venues and 2 bars spread across the expansive property. Indulge into blissful treatments at Remède Spa or unwind at the fitness center. In its own tropical park, the Children’s Learning Center features intelligent fun-filled activities for youngest connoisseurs. For more information on The St. Regis Bali Resort, please visit www.stregisbali.com
About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
Combining classic sophistication with a modern sensibility, St. Regis is committed to delivering exceptional experiences at nearly 40 luxury hotels and resorts in the best addresses around the world. Since the opening of the first St. Regis hotel in New York City over a century ago by John Jacob Astor IV, the brand has remained committed to an uncompromising level of bespoke and anticipatory service for all of its guests, delivered flawlessly by signature St. Regis Butler Service. The ultra-luxury brand is set to expand its legacy to 50 hotels by 2018. For more information and new openings, visit stregis.com or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook
About The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
Nestled on Bali’s most beautiful beach with infinite Indian Ocean views, the Laguna Resort & Spa boasts 287 guest rooms, suites and villas cradling the 5000 sqm world’s first swimmable lagoon. The resort’s unique Lagoon Access Rooms allow you to step from your private balcony directly into turqoise waters. Matchless 24 hour Butler service, complimentary Wi-Fi, brand new state of the art Lagoon Spa and Fitness Center carved underneath waterfalls, meeting room and wedding capacity up to 600 guests. The Laguna delivers the widest range of dining options from around the world: Banyubiru, pan-Asian and international cuisines, Arwana, beachfront unparalleled premium coastal cuisine with fresh, live seafood, oyster and sushi bars. Cornerstone, private wine room and Deli highlighting the sambal corner, homemade treats and daily specialties. Signature cocktails, wines, spirits, and light bites on offer throughout the resort- at our poolside KuKul Bar, Cascade Garden Lounge & Bar, and Sapphire Lagoon Bar. For more information, please visit www.thelagunabali.com
About The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts
The Luxury Collection® brand is comprised of world-renowned hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA® brand as a collection of Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble, recently surpassing 100 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world’s finest. For more information and new openings, visit theluxurycollection.com or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.