The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Aahh Bali Bed & Breakfast (Jimbaran), Bali

We are back from our mini-vacation in Bali, and I can now understand why Bali is favoured by so many tourists, especially Aussies. The people are friendly, everything is cheaper than home (though I've been told that Bali is getting more and more expensive with time), and it's very foreigner-friendly. My friend's wedding was to be held at the gorgeous Ayana, and we would have loved to stay there, but having spent most of our annual travel budget on our recent trip to France and Italy, we needed to be money-sensible. I looked around the area for nearby accommodations, and found Aahh Bali Bed & Breakfast, which looked like the perfect place for our family to stay for four nights. The house is run by a lovely couple - an American expat, Bob, and his gorgeous petite partner, Lydia - and they really did try their hardest to make sure that we were as comfortable as can be. They were kind enough to lend hubby a suit for the wedding, and our almost-5-years-old boy could fit into one of Lydia's black jacket (she's really quite petite!). It's no Ayana, but our room was large and spacious (our boy had his own bed in a separate area), the breakfasts were fantastic, and four nights at this B&B cost about the same as one night at the Ayana! Location-wise, the B&B is an easy taxi ride to the Jimbaran Bay area, and Bob was happy to organise transport to wherever we wanted to go that day. Using taxis and getting driven around is not how we usually travel, but I was quite happy to be relaxing on a trip for once, as it is not easy travelling when 7 months pregnant.

Our breakfast table, right outside our room door:

This B&B even has a small pool!

What really sealed the deal on this place for me is the fact that Lydia used to be a chef at the Grand Hyatt in Singapore. There are only great reviews of her food on tripadvisor. We also got to enjoy her cooking for dinner one night, and I will write about that soon. For now, here are photos of the various food items we enjoyed for breakfast over the four days that we were there. Lydia wakes up at 4am everyday to prepare fresh pastries for breakfast, and we enjoyed different types each day.

Freshly baked doughnuts with luscious chocolate icing and sprinkles:

Freshly baked muffins on another day:

Apple bread that was more cake-like than bread-like, and so delicious with the crumble topping:

There was also a flaky chocolate pastry on one of the mornings, but I wasn't feeling well that day and failed to take photos of breakfast (hubby and the kid loved it). In addition to the pastries, we were served fresh fruits, juice or coffee/tea, and we could choose from a menu various items that are cooked to order. Delicious!

Omelette with the lot:

Scrambled eggs with toast:

French toast with maple syrup:

Quiche with the lot (this one needs to be ordered the day before) - I really liked the pastry crust on this quiche:

Crepes with cinnamon (and maple syrup on the side, not pictured):

Waffle (with maple syrup on the side, not pictured):

I realised that I took a lot of photos of the food, but none of our room! There are lots of photos on their website if you're keen to take a look. We stayed in Room A (deluxe) which was perfect for our family. We know where we're staying when we come back to Bali in the future!

Aahh Bali Bed & Breakfast
Jl. Uluwatu II
Gg. Tanjung Mekar #9
Jimbaran-Kuta, Bali
Indonesia 80361
Tel. +62-878618-7312
(See their website for more ways to contact them.)

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