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MICEBTN - AUGUST 2015 • Page 21 menus for wellness and detox programs, all incorporating the freshest local ingredients. Dining Beyond, an exclusive culinary journey, will allow guests the chance to dine in special and exclu- sive locations within the Reserve and feature a tailor-made menu for each guest experience. Featuring an organic garden, farm and an educational Kid’s Hut tucked away from the rest of the resort, Mandapa will offer an exclusive journey for the curious minds of young guests and will provide exciting nature-based educa- tional activities for mini explorers. Mandapa offers three wedding packages AUSTRALIAN couples choose Bali for weddings because the island offers beautiful, spectacular settings – and often, costs are significantly less, making the budget go much further. Mandapa (the Sanskrit term for a wedding pavilion) has created a choice of three wedding packages offering a combination of the spiritual and the earthly. They are: Mandapa Villa Wedding: A two or three-bedroom pool villa is used and the package includes a Balinese blessing followed by a Commitment Ceremony in the private villa grounds. A Mandapa White Wedding enables vows to be exchanged at inspiring and unique venues located inside the village including: By the sacred Ayung River, the lawns by the rice fields or high above it all in the suspended Wantilan. The third option is a traditional Balinese wedding. This is a spiritual ceremony that is part of Bali traditional custom, with mantras in ancient Sanskrit. The Mystical Mandapa Temple is the setting for this unique celebration, which involves five stages - purifying and cleansing with incense, receiving of holy water, receiving of blessings of rice in the forehead, placement of thread on the wrists and the ceremony ends with feeding portions of yellow rice cake. This wedding package includes all traditional decora- tions, the ceremony offering and a local priest for the ceremony. The wedding couple have the option of using their own wedding attire or a simple Balinese style sarong and kebaya. “Our wedding ceremonies are very popular,” said Eko Nugroho, Sales Manager – Events & Weddings for Mandapa. “They offer a memorable and customised affair for couples seeking a one-of-a- kind experience in Bali’s cultural heart. The wedding package includes flower decoration arrangements, a wedding celebrant to lead the ceremony, and traditional Balinese musicians.” On the web: www.mandapareserve.com.