Automorphic Musings

October 29, 2013

The Aman Experience – Amankila Part 3

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I’m normally not a big breakfast person.  Perhaps hotels are the only place where I would actually go and have breakfast.  Not because I’m cheap, but because I’m normally not hungry at all in the morning.  There is no short of great breakfast places in Hong Kong, but I don’t really want to eat within a few hours of waking up…. so there usually goes breakfast.

But in any event, the Bali Break package came with breakfast, so it seemed such a waste not to actually eat.  Out in Amandari, the rice terrace and market trek included breakfast, and I was a little bit hungry after the hike…

Anyway, we had the option of having breakfast in the villa or going downstairs.  Since it was so beautiful out, I wanted to take a walk….

Morning view...

Morning view…

Flowers

Flowers

Flowers

Flowers

Flowers

Flowers

So we decided to have breakfast down at the restaurant.

Breakfast Menu

Breakfast Menu

Breakfast Menu

Breakfast Menu

We ordered coffee, juice, pastries, yoghurt, muesli, and a mee goreng (!) – which was definitely more than enough food.  I barely finished my portion anyway.

Juice & Coffee

Juice & Coffee

Juice & Water

Juice & Water

Muesli

Muesli

Pastries

Pastries

Mee Goreng

Mee Goreng

Condiments

Condiments

Pastries

Pastries

Having stuffed ourselves and had our morning share of coffee, we wanted to go back and chill in the villa for a bit.  Unfortunately, we walked right into them servicing our room, to which they hastily apologised.  I just asked them to continue and we went back downstairs instead.  We spent a few minutes in the library and went down to the beach to take some more photos.

Amankila Beach

Amankila Beach

Amankila Beach

Amankila Beach

Amankila Beach

Amankila Beach

Amankila Beach

Amankila Beach

Amankila Beach

Amankila Beach

Amankila Beach

Amankila Beach

Amankila Beach

Amankila Beach

Amankila Beach

Amankila Beach

A few notes about the beach: the dry black volcanic sand is *hot*.  The ones covered by waves, of course, is cool.  Nonetheless, the sand where they had chaises and cabanas were quite warm to my feet.  The waves were, as seen, quite strong, so nobody was actually in the water.  I wanted to ask how popular the water activities were, but I never got around to it.  They did have free activities for us, but the rough seas definitely turned me off to it.

After lying around for a bit more, soaking up some rays and drinking lots of water, we opted to go back to the room before we turned to toast.  Our main form of exercise this trip was actually walking up and down between the villa and the beach.  Fast forward ten minutes and 280 steps later, we were back, and we found tuber roses waiting for us:

Tuber Roses and Card

Tuber Roses and Card

It is definitely these little touches that helped make service so phenomenal.  On the bed was tonight’s dinner specials:

Dinner Specials

Dinner Specials

The cookie jars were also refilled to my delight 🙂

Later that afternoon, we made it down for a quick lunch, spent time at the library, and swam in the beach club pool for a bit, before retreating for more afternoon tea:

Lunch

Lunch

Young coconut

Young coconut

 

Beach Club Pool

Beach Club Pool

 

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

Flowers

Flowers

A funny thing did happen during afternoon tea – we were approached by the staff about dinner time.  Unbeknownst to me, my partner already arranged dinner plans up at the villa.  I guess the message that I should not know about any of this didn’t translate.  Ha!

As evening rapidly approached, I took a few more shots of sunset, which happened behind the mountains…

Dusk

Dusk

Dusk

Dusk

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

Dusk

Dusk

Shortly thereafter, we walked to the bar for a drink, and we encountered a fire dancer performance.

Fire Dancer

Fire Dancer

Fire Dancer

Fire Dancer

Fire Dancer

Fire Dancer

Musical Instruments

Musical Instruments

Fire Dancer

Fire Dancer

 

Lobby in the evening

Lobby in the evening

Evening

Evening

We arranged for dinner at 8pm, but so we thought we would have a little time when we got back at 730 to relax for a bit.  But of course, the dinner table was already set up:

Dinner Setup

Dinner Setup

Dinner Menu

Dinner Menu

Dinner Menu

Dinner Menu

My partner ordered the Rijsttafel for us, which is a good selection of Indonesian dishes….

Soon as we entered our villa, our waiter popped up from nowhere (probably from the villa next door, which is by now empty), and asked us whether or not we wanted dinner now or to wait.  I opted to wait a couple of minutes.  We went inside, got changed and relaxed a few minutes, before he showed up with the food, which he carried on his shoulders on a huge tray.

Rijsttafel

Rijsttafel

Rijsttafel

Rijsttafel

Rijsttafel

Rijsttafel

Rijsttafel

Rijsttafel

Rijsttafel

Rijsttafel

Rijsttafel

Rijsttafel

Rijsttafel

Rijsttafel

Dessert

Dessert

It was a lot of food, and a lot of it was pretty spicy.  He also carried a large cooler filled with cold water with him.  Unfortunately, we drank the entire supply, so he apologetically had to go refill it.  We were also given towels from time to time.  He also took a few photos for us.  What amazed me was how he was able to carry *everything* at one time.

After dinner, we thanked him and went back inside, but not five minutes later, we went out and *everything* was cleaned up and back to normal.

We got another bedtime story and some more dessert – this time Pecan Pie.

Bedtime Story 2

Bedtime Story 2

Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie

We spent the rest of the evening relaxing, reading a bit, and then went to bed early.

Next up: The Aman Experience – Amankila – Part 4 and Final Thoughts

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