The Oberoi Bali, long known for being a glamorously authentic Balinese resort with professional and prompt service and cuisine, is conveniently just steps away from Seminyak’s vibrant nightlife, world-class shopping and dining.
When you’re not enjoying the cosmopolitan and luxurious hotspots of Seminyak – the artisan boutiques and galleries plus top dining destinations make Seminyak feel like the Chelsea of Bali – there’s still plenty of time to enjoy relaxing and romantic moments at The Oberoi Bali which is a beautifully landscaped resort set on 15 acres of lush tropical gardens.
The Oberoi’s beachfront swimming pool is the perfect place to relax, catch some rays and watch the world go by after having a cooling dip in the crystal blue waters.
The resort’s 60 Lanai rooms feature a terrace for outdoor dining, and a luxurious air conditioned bathroom with sunken bath. The 14 villas have a walled courtyard ensuring absolute privacy, a dining pavilion for intimate dining, air conditioned bedroom and en suite bathroom. Most have their own full size swimming pool.
The Oberoi is the perfect surroundings for romantic occasions with its lush tropical gardens and the crashing surf on the beach fronting the hotel. This beach is considered by the Balinese to be one of the holiest on the western coast of Bali.
Things hot up when there is one of the frequent cultural performances in the Amphitheatre of The Oberoi Bali.
The Kura Kura restaurant offers an appetising selection of dishes in an open air thatched pavilion. The Oberoi’s ever friendly Balinese staff in their traditional dress ensure excellent smooth-as-silk service.
The beautiful pavilion restaurant setting of Kura Kura overlooks tranquil lotus ponds. The design of every aspect of the restaurant has clearly been created with the sole aim to delight and inspire the diner in anticipation of the tantilising flavours and textures of the dishes to be discovered on the menu.
The Kura Kura Restaurant is beautifully lit at night and the ambience exudes romance. Diners are treated to delectable Indonesian, Continental and Asian cuisine accompanied impeccable Oberoi service, while being serenaded traditional ‘Angklung’ music and a variety of Balinese musical troupes, including the West Bali Bamboo Orchestra.
We therefore had high expectations for our romantic evening meal which began with a beautifully presented amuse bouche to excite the palate and whet the appetite.
To start, we enjoyed the Marble of Foie Gras and Valrhona served with sweet and sour mango sunny side up, pistachio brioche and snake fruit compote. Equally inventive as it was delicious, we loved the pairing of world-renowned Valrhona chocolate with the foie gras.
We also enjoyed the Fresh Sashimi Selection which was presented with careful attention to detail. We chose to sample the freshest A grade sushi including tuna, salmon, sea bass and grilled unagi eel served with gome wakame and Japanese soy sauce.
The chef then surprised us with a dish of his very own interpretation of Skin Seared Rock Groupper served with caramelized salsify, black olive spheres, broccoli stems and orange dust.
We then sampled a delightful seafood dish of Seared Pacific Diver Scallops with foie gras, organic spring leek, verjus highlights, apple syrup, green mango puree and confit spinach. The combination of flavours and textures was superb.
We also tried an Indonesian speciality called Timbungan – described as the chef’s selection of mixed seafood flavoured with Balinese spices before being charcoal cooked and served in bamboo. The preparation time apparently takes 40 minutes… would it be worth the wait?
Of course it was! This is The Oberoi after all! Look how beautifully the delectable contents of the bamboo sat on the plate…
The Timbungan comes with three different types of rice including dark and delicious squid ink rice and fragrant yellow saffron rice. See how elegantly the rice is served to the table…
To finish our culinary adventures at Kura Kura, it was time for some gastronomic theatre courtesy of the chef preparing the classic French dessert of Crêpes Suzettes Flambées au Grand Marnier in an impressive tableside performance.
The scrumptious crêpes with beurre Suzette were served with caramel and almond ice cream – how heavenly!
For a less elaborate dessert that looked and tasted as equally delightful as the Crêpes Suzettes, we also enjoyed the Coconut Panna Cotta – a creamy twist on the classic Italian dessert with the tropical flavours of coconut, we were delighted with the charming presentation of the dessert in a baby coconut shell topped with toasted coconut flakes for added flavour and texture.
What a wonderful end to an outstanding dinner at Kura Kura! The setting of The Oberoi Bali’s restaurant encapsulates all the mystique and enchantment of this manficent Island of the Gods. The serene ambience and bucolic garden backdrop is the prefect place to enjoy a romantic dinner or celebrate a special occasion while on holiday in Bali. Perhaps this is a taste of things to come for all those seduced by the comforts of Kura Kura into book their next Bali hotel stay at The Oberoi!
Kura Kura Restaurant at The Oberoi Bali
Seminyak Beach, Jalan Kayu Aya, Denpasar 80361, Bali, Indonesia
+62 361 730361