luxuy-week-bali-300It was my final day of Luxury Week Bali and I had my flight back to Europe which was bang at midnight. I hate flying, let alone travelling at night. So it occurred to me how am I going to pass a whole day by, feeling relaxed, energized and leave Bali on a high note. If you are experiencing a flight as late as mine, then I would recommend to come and visit Kayumanis Jimbaran which is just 10 minutes from the airport and eat and treat yourself.

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Reception

Kayumanis

Kayumanis Jimbaran is an exotic and idyllic retreat virtually hidden amongst the hypnotic sway of groves of coconut trees and the romantic embrace of the Jimbaran bay nearby. Set amongst a wide expanse of coconut trees was a newly opened restaurant with a vision of fresh architecture. From the outside, it reminded me of one of the homes in outback Australia. When I walked in I instantly fell in love with this Javanese inspired building. The venue itself is a customized Javanese joglo designed to recreate the cultural nuance of a bygone era. Nestled within a tropical garden, Kayumanis Resto is the perfect spot for an intimate or to dine socially with family and friends.

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Lunch At Kayumanis Resto

I hate airplane food so, I normally eat before so when on the plane, I avoid most of their food at all costs. So I had a big lunch at Kuyamanis Resto. The atmosphere was lovely and the restaurant allows anyone to the food anytime you like at any pace. I had a long day ahead of me so I opted for some heavy dishes. Kayumanis Resto had a number of signature dishes intended to give guests a well-rounded introduction to the exotic flavors of the Indonesian archipelago.

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Entree

This beautifully presented dish was, Ayam Dabu-Dabu shredded chicken with raw vegetable and chili lemongrass sauce. In Indonesia, you can eat the flowers too, it was so much fun.

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Main course

For my main I opted for Nasi Bakar grilled fragrant rice with a choice of, Rendang and braised beef in rendang sauce. This can be a hit and miss here in Indonesia. I don’t normally like to take the risk. But on this occasion I am glad I did. It was combined with a grilled fragrant rice, steamed rice that was seasoned with spices. It was then wrapped in a piece of banana leaf and grilled over a charcoal fire. The burnt banana leaf infuses the rice with an aromatic smoky flavour. It was a first for me and it tasted  delicious.

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Duck

I am not a fan of duck at all, however the Bebek Panggang Mekudis was amazing. This was a traditional grill smoky duck which had been marinated for 10 hours. I can say it was the best duck I have ever had. When staying here, you must try this. It was served with minced chicken skewers, clear chicken soup and Indonesian vegetables. This flavourful dish celebrates Bali’s colourful Hindu heritage as duck is the only type of meat that high-caste priests are permitted to eat.

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Dessert

For dessert,  I was served a purple sweet potato with palm sugar and grated coconut green rice flour jelly bits, mud cake, and banana in coconut milk served with jackfruit ice cream. It all just tasted amazing.

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This next dessert was inspired by the street desserts you often see the locals buying from a wayan. The restaurant decided to recreate its own signature take on it. It was ice cold and perfect for heart and tropical living. What a great dessert.

The Cendol Ngangenin, green rice flour jelly bits, mud cake, and banana in coconut milk. On this occasion it was served with jack-fruit ice cream instead of condensed milk. Once again, when staying here you must try it.

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Afternoon Tea

For afternoon tea I sat for a long time, just to reflect and take in my three weeks of Bali. Balinese and Indonesians certainly understand the art of luxury food. I was given different bite sized foods and these combined with juices were just bliss.

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Tofu

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Tempeh

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Ginger biscuits

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The carrot Bread, was very unique and yummy, make sure you try it.

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Beverages

The Kayumanis Resto offered so many unique drinks.

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Spa

When you’re about to take a flight back like me, you need to get that body into energized mode. I had to fly back to Amsterdam, pick up my BMW and drive back home to Barcelona. So I decided to opt for an oil massage to give me energy. What I liked about this Spa was that it was located in a separate beautiful building which set the scene. On entering I was greeted with ginger tea and biscuits. I was offered a choice of oils that I could smell and decide which one to have.

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After the oil choice I then had a two hour Spa treatment ahead of me. Which was a fully body massage, followed by a body scrub and ended in a beautiful coconut flower bath. The massage was a traditional Balinese massage in a gorgeous setting. Then the body scrub was always a great way to prepare and clean the body after three weeks of sun, sand and dirt. For me it was my first coconut flower bath this year and what a perfect way to get my soul, body and mind ready for a long flight back to reality.

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Guys please try this too, because flowers can be a best man’s friend too. This resort is all about trying out new things and pushing the boundaries when it comes to well being.

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Kayumanis means cinnamon so everything served is inspired by this spice. I loved how they recycled the cinnamon stick for pens.

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I would encourage anyone, who has a long flight back home. To spoil yourself and come here at Kayumanis. The people, the place is a gorgeous and what a way to end a life of paradise.

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