Hotel review: Apurva Kempinski – Bali, Indonesia

Apurva Kempinski hotel Bali
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Dining

There are a variety of restaurants at the Apurva Kempinski. Breakfast is a buffet affair with hot options cooked to order, with guests split between the Cliff Lounge (for suite residents) and Pala Restaurant (serving everyone else). The buffet options are extensive, catering to western, Chinese and other Asian palates. We had faultless service at breakfast with staff regularly checking if we needed a top up on any drinks or anymore food.

Lunch options expand even more, including a complimentary afternoon tea served in the Cliff Lounge (for suite residents only). This afternoon tea is far from the traditional offering that is expected at British establishments; nevertheless, it is a welcome treat. Pala restaurant, situated in between the pools (and with rooftop dining spaces), offers casual dining all day. The Reef Beach Club, which is free for non-hotel guests to enter (unlike many beach clubs on the island), offers casual dining and drinks throughout the day.

Dinner time is when the Apurva Kempinski pulls out all the stops. Near the lobby is the Japanese restaurant, Izakaya, inspired by OKU restaurant in Jakarta. With a sommelier specialising in sake pairing, this is a venue to try for Japanese food enthusiasts. Where we dined, is another altogether uniqueness for Bali: a restaurant within an aquarium. Koral restaurant uses fresh seafood ingredients to create an underwater, fine-dining experience. The tuna steak with mango salsa, and Thai Lobster were both impressive, and the Banoffee Valrhona is a must-choice for dessert.

Vada rating for dining 9.5 out of 10

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