Automorphic Musings

October 10, 2013

The Aman Experience – Amankila – Part 2

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Shortly after 6pm, the sun began to rapidly set behind the hotel complex.   I almost wished there was a good view of sunset over the water, but the geography meant that it wasn’t happening.

We decided to head down to dinner and then perhaps calling it an early evening, as the rice terrace trek and hike was a bit exhausting.

As we walked down to the bar and restaurant areas, the walkways were all lit up, some by candlelight:

Amankila walkway at night

Amankila walkway at night

Amankila walkway at night

Amankila walkway at night

We thought about just having dinner, but we were tempted by snacks at the bar when we were simultaneously greeted by both the restaurant staff and the bar staff.  We decided to go for a drink first, since it was “only” 630 in the evening.

Amankila Bar

Amankila Bar

Amankila Bar

Amankila Bar

Amankila Bar stone sculpture

Amankila Bar stone sculpture

Balinese musical instrument

Balinese musical instrument

It appeared that there was going to be a musical and dance performance sometime during the evening.  We sat down, and took a look at the drinks menu, and ordered a Lime-Bitini, and an Amanjunkies (Which we were definitely turning into by then).  The lime-bitini was “gin, dry vermouth, and aman serum” – whatever “aman serum is”…. and the Amanjunkies was “bacardi and midori with pineapple juice, lime juice, and mint leaves.”

Amanjunkies and Lime-Bitini

Amanjunkies and Lime-Bitini

Both were delicious and deadly.  So delicious that I almost forgot they were deadly.  We also ordered a pretty large plate of edamame to go with it, which I think was the cheapest food on their menu, and of rather good value – I’ve had to pay far more in NYC and in HK for about a quarter as much…

While we were sitting and enjoying our drinks, a blond woman just came by and said hello to us.  I was confused for a moment, but then I realized that she was Claudia, the manager.  We proceeded to have a very nice conversation with her about our experiences so far, such as the new airport mess, our stay at Amandari, and the upcoming typhoon that would hit Hong Kong.  It turned out that she has family in Hong Kong, and was slightly concerned as well.  She also told us that another couple from Hong Kong was in town, and decided to extend their stay by a day to avoid the typhoon.  She mentioned that they were indeed not full, and we should not worry about it at all.  By then the typhoon was starting to concern my paranoid self, as I would hate to have my flight cancelled or delayed and so on.  After all, Denpasar airport is definitely not the most pleasant place to hang out at….

A few more minutes of pleasantries later, the music and dance routine began, and she left us to enjoy the show.  Once again, pardon the quality of the photos:

Amankila Dancers (Are these the same flower girls?)

Amankila Dancers (Are these the same flower girls?)

Amankila Musicians

Amankila Musicians

The drink was *really* starting to hit this lightweight me then, and after another half hour of sipping through this drink, I finally decided to go have dinner.  The bar was emptying out by then anyway, and I was actually starting to get hungry.  Like magic, someone showed up and before we finished our sentence, he offered to bring our unfinished drinks over to the restaurant next door.

We sat down and was immediately greeted and offered a choice of bread, and we both had some bread.  We then turned out sights to the menu:

Amankila Dinner Special

Amankila Dinner Special

Amankila Special Dining

Amankila Special Dining

Amankila Dinner Menu

Amankila Dinner Menu

Amankila Dinner Menu

Amankila Dinner Menu

Amankila Dinner Menu

Amankila Dinner Menu

Amankila Dinner Menu

Amankila Dinner Menu

Amankila Dinner Menu

Amankila Dinner Menu

Unfortunately, because I truly suck at taking photos and I have no memory whatsoever, I couldn’t recall what the soup ordered (until my partner just very unsubtly reminded me that it’s all itemized on the bill!).  Anyway, I ordered the Jukut Gedang to share (A chicken and papaya soup, which was divine), and for main course I had the Ayam Bakar Bumbu Rujak (a grilled baby chicken with chili, garlic, and tumeric), whereas my partner had the Ayam Goreng Kecap Manis (fried chicken with garlic, shallots, chili and sweet soy).

Jukut Gedang

Jukut Gedang

Ayam Bakar Bumbu Rujak

Ayam Bakar Bumbu Rujak

Ayam Goreng Kecap Manis

Ayam Goreng Kecap Manis

Mint Tonic (note how it is served slightly differently here - with extra tonic water!)

Mint Tonic (note how it is served slightly differently here – with extra tonic water!)

For dessert, even though we were thoroughly stuffed, we ordered the Piseng Goreng, which were fried banana fritters with a coconut sorbet.  Unfortunately, I devoured the entire thing before I remembered that I didn’t take a photo…. I originally thought I couldn’t finish it all, but it turned out that I had plenty of room for dessert!

Being so stuffed, we decided to go for a short walk around the complex, but since it was so dark and my photos turned out to be such duds, I really didn’t take many photos for the rest of the night.  But I did wander into the library and sat for a few minutes, where I saw a piece of technology that I sorely didn’t miss – in fact, I didn’t miss it so much that I didn’t take a photo of it:

Television Channel List

Television Channel List

One thing of note: I have not seen a television at all at the resorts since I arrived in Bali, and the lack of technology like that was very welcoming, even though I was out carrying my iPad, my phone, and my camera…

Amankila Library

Amankila Library

Amankila Library Board Games

Amankila Library Board Games

Amankila Library Brochures

Amankila Library Brochures

Amankila Library Board Games

Amankila Library Board Games

Amankila Library

Amankila Library

Amankila Library

Amankila Library

Amankila Library

Amankila Library

There was also a computer for everyone’s usage, but nobody was there, and I wasn’t about to get on a real computer to do any real work…

After a bit more walking and climbing back up to the villa, we returned to the following:

Villa 36

Villa 36

Amankila Bedtime Story

Amankila Bedtime Story

Amankila Bedtime Story

Amankila Bedtime Story

Chopsticks with bedtime story

Chopsticks with bedtime story

A bedtime story!  Just like in Amandari, we were given a small present with turndown service.  I’m not sure what the chopsticks mean, and I didn’t see it in the bedtime story… but I guess I’ll have to find out next time.

Thoroughly happy, we set up a nice warm bath for the night and happily went to sleep.  But before bed, we had to decide whether or not we wanted the windows open – the windows here all had screens, so there was no obvious mosquito issue, and it did feel cool enough.  However, we decided that it was probably going to be too warm under the covers, so windows closed it was!

Hot bath!

Hot bath!

Hot bath!

Hot bath!

Next up – The Aman Experience – Amankila – Part 3

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