Indonesia, Bali – Nusa Dua: Inaya Putri – Food & Service

With all the fair warnings of the potential to get food poisoning while in Bali, we were more than hesitant when seeking food options during our stay. Our first taste of Balinese food would come from dinner at one of their on premises restaurant. I travel in the pursuit of authentic food but it would be an understatement to say that I wasn’t entirely sure what food Bali was known for. And while the hotel wouldn’t exactly bring the same elements found through street vendors, we were pleased enough with their renditions. Overlooking the pools and onto the crashing waves on the beach in the distance, we eagerly headed to the restaurant, Homaya for dinner. Specializing in Indonesian fare, it would be our first meal in Bali. Admittedly we were a bit early and ended up alone at the restaurant for most of the evening (eventually a few other guests came later on at the end of our meal). The servers were exceptionally attentive, thankfully skilled in English and charming story tellers. Since no one else was around, we had four servers devoting themselves to our every move and request. The food was delicious – my sister had chicken satay and I had nasi goreng as it was the most familiar on the menu. Beautifully presented and eagerly eaten.

We also made use of room service for the lunch times when the sun was just too unbearable. Sitting in robes within a full air-conditioned room doesn’t exactly push you to go out exploring. The service was quick and everything was carefully laid out for us on our desk. Everything was charged to the room so we never had to worry about dealing with money (though we still kept track of all our expenses). Each day they also came by to refresh the mini fridge and bathroom supplies to ensure that everything was always stocked up for our usage. Not having to purchase water or additional drinks definitely came in handy.

One of the evenings after walking the grounds, we decided to stop by another restaurant, Ja’Jan Bistro to have desserts and drinks.This one was located underneath the main entry building. Once again, the minimally patroned restaurant provided a quiet atmosphere to just unwind on our own. I find that sweets in Asia aren’t always as sweet or as indulgent as I’m used to so this wasn’t my favprite  but was still a nice finish to the evening.

While none of the food was ‘blow-your-mind’ good, it was still very delicious, carefully prepared and satisfying in the moment. There were other meal options (breakfast bar, grilling by the beach…etc) that I wish we could have tried but we certainly didn’t go hungry during our stay at Inaya Putri. Everyone we interacted with was kind, attentive and accommodating. It was a pleasant experience overall and set the tone for the rest of our trip in Bali.

Inaya Putri
Kawasan Wisata Nusa Dua Lot S-3, Benoa, Kuta Selatan, Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80363, Indonesia
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