First off I would like to preface that I was looking at creative and romantic ways to propose to my girlfriend. I looked at a number of different venues, but after much thought I decided to go with Ayana’s Romantic Dining Experience.
Booking – quite an easy process but be warned if you want a specific day I would highly recommend booking way in advance for your special day. I was in contact a few months prior to when I initially pulled the trigger to make the booking just so I could have questions answered about the dinner and various scenarios. The initial date I wanted was unavailable and the type of dinner was also unavailable. I had wanted to book the candlelight dinner, but it was booked out so I ended up booking the Asmara about six weeks out.
Apparently there is only 1 booking for each dinner they have per night leaving only 4 bookings to be had. In order to secure the booking I had to send credit card details which shortly thereafter I received an email confirming my booking. I continued to communicate with them prior to the day itself with additional questions. I must admit I am rather impressed with the service they bring which is reassuring because you want everything to go perfectly.
Price – the evening is not cheap so if you are budget conscious I suggest you plan another venue. However this was a once in a lifetime event so I thought it was worth it at the end of the day. The cost for Asmara was around 1950000 IDR per person and this does not include cocktails or wine. There are other dinner options available ranging from 1850000 IDR to 2500000 IDR so you can go a bit less or way more depending on your budget. We declined any wine but I did order an additional cocktail while my better half just had water.
Pre-Dinner: VIP access to the Rock Bar was given. Hence we caught the sunset prior to dinner and had a cocktail without waiting in a massive line.
Ambiance: The personal butler guided us through the hotel property in the area where the dinner table was located. It was very dark and I know my girlfriend was wondering what was going on. Then we finally arrived and lead through a grassy area where candles are setup everywhere. At the end of the candled area was a lovely table setup within a gazebo like structure with stairs leading up to the pedestal. On the stairs there were rose petals spelling out the words: “I Love You”. I must say if you are not a romantic at heart then this entire setup might make you one. I was completely blown away and I know she was too. We were then given flower leis to wear while we waited to be served dinner.
Dinner: The dinner itself was a 5 course masterpiece where there is 2 options for each course. We decided to each do the opposite option to one another so we could sample both dishes the Chef was prepared to make. Bread was served initially with the additional drinks we ordered. We weren’t disappointed by the menu, but do try to arrive hungry because we found they gave very generous portions. We were completely stuffed by the end of dinner. The dishes were very well thought out and it was obviously the chef was extremely good at making the cuisine at your special occasion quite memorable. Our butler surprised us during dinner and provided us with wine at no charge. We thought that was a very lovely gesture to make for us.
Sautéed duck foie gras,
raisin concassé, apple and fig terrine, macerated grapes
Atlantic scallop tartare, dill coulis and roasted cherry tomatoes,
parmesan shavings, vichyssoise, avruga caviar
Seafood bisque, yabbies and tomato ragout,
pickled fennel ravioli, orange salad
Mushroom cappuccino, wild mushroom ragout cannelloni (V)
Escargot and mushroom fricassee, basil pesto and tomato fondue,
deep-fried soft center egg, sweet onion cream
Pan-roasted black cod and oysters “à la meuniere”, tomato coulis,
crispy ham and potato rösti, hollandaise sauce
Lobster tail “au gratin”, pumpkin and pistachio agnolotti,
pineapple carpaccio, brown butter cream, roasted beetroot
Grilled wagyu beef tenderloin, roasted bone marrow
celeriac puree, mushroom powder, golden chanterelle
Frozen matcha green tea parfait, chocolate streusel,
white chocolate agar,
raspberry gel, blood orange sorbet
Pumpkin crème brûlée, honey granola and spiced chocolate crémeux, orange coulis, vanilla ice-cream
Entertainment: During dessert 2 lads with a guitar appeared and serenaded us. I had forgotten about this and it took me by surprise when they did show up. Basically we had the ability to choose 3 songs for them to sing to us. Well we both had brain freeze and couldn’t think of anything at the moment. I probably should have thought that one out prior but I was more concentrated on proposing. Anyways they did a good job singing to us and the singers ended by choosing:
1. Enrique Iglesias - Hero
2. Bryan Adams – Everything You Do I Do It For You
3. Rod Stewart - Have I Told You Lately I Love You
Proposal: Overlooking the water and everything went as I had planned. (A Big Yes)
Payment: Hotel accepts credit card or IDR so you can do either. I ended up tipping our butler a nice amount for making the night so memorable.
I wouldn’t hesitate to do this again and I really have no regrets. If you want a great experience with a staff who actually looks after you on your special night I would say go for it. The entire researching, booking and the dinner itself experience was top notch. It is pricey but if you are going for a once in a lifetime memory I do believe you need to go out 1000%.
-Great menu with deliciously prepared food
-Singing Duo was really good
-Incredible staff from booking, personal butler, chef
-Need to plan way in advance for type of dinner/day requested
-Price is on the high end, but well worth it for a special occasion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The award-winning AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI is a world-class destination resort located on 90 hectares of cliff-top land perched above Jimbaran Bay, just 10 kilometers from Bali airport. AYANA’s majestic sunsets and ocean-front views are complemented by white-sand beach and shared facilities as Bali’s only integrated resort with RIMBA Jimbaran BALI. With full access to all dining and recreation at both AYANA and RIMBA and complimentary resort shuttle, guests enjoy the most extensive on-site facilities of any resort in Bali. There are 19 restaurants and bars including the famous Rock Bar; exclusive private beach; 12 swimming pools; world-class Spa with Aquatonic Seawater Therapy Pool and Spa on the Rocks treatment; golf-putting and fitness center; and complimentary WiFi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ayana Hotel Jimbaran
- AYANA Resort And Spa Bali Jimbaran