Weekend is the best part of the whole week. After 5 days working, it is the best time to take a break, refresh your mind, learn something new, and motivate your self with something special, agree?
Simple trip to place you haven’t been, gathering with family, or sightseeing around might be nice things to do. But my favourite is pampering myself in a stay-cation. Where ever it is, it have to be good. So, this week I took you to Ramayana Kuta Resort Bali, one of the hippest resort in the center of Kuta.
LOCATION AND SURROUNDINGS
Ramayana Kuta Resort Bali seemed to be one of the oldest resort in Kuta. Located strategically in the hustle bustle of Jalan Bakung Sari, the resort surrounded by never-sleep-spots where you could find many restaurants, mall, shopping center, and even beach. All your wish for your short-gateway and all simply reachable by walking. Highlighted place around the resort are Kuta beach (500m), Waterboom (500m), Discovery Shopping Mall Kuta (750m), Kuta Art Market (100m), Poppies (700m), Monument Ground Zero – Bali Bombing (1,2km), and Sky Garden (1,2km).
The resort area is huge, covering two swimming pools, one main Indonesian restaurant, spa, salon, bar, lounges, and other Rama Restaurant outlets in front including Stadium Cafe, Blufin, the famous FlapsJaks, Seafood house, and Aldente Kitchen and Bar.
LUXURY TRADITIONAL RESORT ROOM
The concept of Ramayana Kuta Resort itself emphasizing in luxury but still with traditional Indonesian atmosphere. Entering the resort, you’ll be welcomed with a traditional Balinese music instrument and warm greetings from the staffs. The interior is a bit old, but the management could maintained it well.
I spend my one day gateway in Resort Club Room and gladly smile when stepped inside. It’s not that spacious as I thought but the traditional-luxury-concept got it well. The room has a king size bed with super comfy pillow and curtains, reading sofas besides, working table and dresser, lcd flat TV, mini bar, closets come up with safety box, pajamas, and iron table. Best part is the bathtub where it also completed with small lcd TV, enable you to enjoy your hot bath while watching. The room also has a balcony (I got a pool view but not that clear) and outside sofas for enjoying your day. Rate for this room cost around USD 125++/night.
Currently, they just launched a brand new Junior Suite Room which become the most expensive room in the resort. There only one room for this types in my last visit thus an advance booking is a must. It has spacious room, more complete facilities, way more nicer and modern interior. One night stay at this room will cost around USD 250++/night.
LUXURY INDONESIAN DINING AT GABAH RESTAURANT
Set your stomach free because Gabah Restaurant has plenty choices to serve you for breakfast. As I go hotel to hotel in Bali, I could say that Gabah Restaurant has served the most complete and delicious food for breakfast buffet! Congratulation, you passed my qualification! *clapping hands*
Gabah Restaurant is quite well-known for it’s food and serve outside guests even for breakfast, so the situation was a bit crowded even in the morning. I was soooo excited when I got so many things to grab to my table. For breakfast, they serve not only Indonesian food but also Asian and International convenience ones. They also have special table for vegetarian food (mostly typical of Indian cuisine).
The Royal Baruna: Boat from The Sea
For ala carte dining, Gabah Restaurant mostly provide authentic Indonesian food. Last August, they just launched their new luxury set menu named The Royal Baruna consist of three courses from appetizer, main course, and dessert. The name of Royal Baruna itself derived from Hindu’s God of sea and ocean — Baruna. Going along with the name, the course emphasize it’s menu variety on seafood as the main earnings of the sea.
What make the course different is its outstanding presentation. It begun with Tahu Telur and Balinese Salad authentically served in banana leave on Wanci — Hindu’s traditional trophy use for giving the God offerings. The appetizer also set up with Traditional Fish Soup (similarly taste like Pindang) made from Balinese sea water fish called Bepasih. Soup was super fresh and delicious. It was not fishy at all and so tasteful with authentic herbs and spices. Young coconut called Bungkak simply accompanied the course with it’s sweet taste. The availability of this drink was not far from Balinese traditional tradition where it usually used in Balinese Holy Ceremony as the sign of self-cleaning.
Climax of the course begin after the starters. A one meter boat filled with main courses come to my table along with traditional attraction performed by the staffs. They brought the boat in their shoulders and sang a traditional Balinese song interspersed by Balinese poem. I was so surprised by the performance, not because all of the guests at the restaurant put their attention to my table but I haven’t seen any of this idea in my culinary journey. It was unique and memorable!
The boat filled up with more than 12 side dishes including Sate Lilit (Balinese Skewers), Tuna Sambal Matah (Tuna in Balinese Chili Relish), Pepes Ikan Kakap (Steamed then Grilled Snapper in yellow sauce), Grilled Lobster, Rendang, Cumi Sambal Hijau (Grilled Squid in Green Relish), Kerang Hijau Bumbu Kuning (Grilled Green Mussels in yellow sauce), Grilled Prawn, Crab, Perkedel, Sauted Vegetable, Lodeh (Vegetable in coconut sauce) and some additional chili relish.
Not only brought you food, the boat also played a traditional folk music, telling a story about Balinese fisherman. The music let me to fall more deeper in the joy of their life in the sea. It felt so great to have delicious food in great atmosphere.
The course closed with a dessert boat, brought me various sliced fruits and fried banana. The dessert was simple but it balance the feast where I had already so much for starters and main course.
Gabah Restaurant was perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner but I recommend you to visit them on Wednesday and Saturday for dinner because they performed a live traditional attractions for the guests. In every Wednesday they have traditional music Keroncong while in every Saturday you’ll get the famous Balinese Barong dance. Both of performance will start at 19.30 – 22.00.
Having a luxury in authenticity gateway at Ramayana Kuta Resort Bali was an forgettable experience for my culinary journey in Bali. From the traditional luxury resort club room to the delicious luxury Royal Baruna, all answering my needs to pamper myself for a good.
All is well and I am re-charged to continue my journey. Stay tuned for another post!
RAMAYANA KUTA RESORT BALI
Jl. Bakung Sari, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
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