Words: Kirsten Durward Photos: Monica Tindall
Breakfast at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort was so delightfully different that I felt they merited their own breakfast-themed post. Here are the trio of morning experiences.
Floating Breakfast Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort
The doorbell rings and two smiling servers enter, bustling backwards and forwards with armloads of offerings as they set up our enormous floating breakfast tray. I am surprised to see a bottle of bubbly appear so early in the morning. Freshly squeezed orange juice is more my speed at 8:30 am these days, but who am I to argue with what is provided? Once all is set up, a gentle push, then a morning photography session, before falling to the feast.
The Eggs Benedict are perfectly oozy, and the sauce has just the right tinge of vinaigrette. Both types of eggs we tasted feature ham, so if you prefer halal or vegetarian, please remember to mention that on ordering this breakfast. Monica exudes joy over the fruit smoothie bowl and sighs with satisfaction on sipping the first coffee of the day, while I prefer the plain yoghurt with a light addition of sliced kiwi. Chamomile tea is a refreshing start for my morning.
Nestled under snowy napkins in two baskets lie a range of decadent pastries, muffins and a selection of bread. They even manage to provide gluten-free bread which I requested beforehand. Gluten-free is a growing trend but not all hotels are recognising this yet. I am glad to see it here.
A floating breakfast consumed while standing in waist deep water might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I found the experience charming all together, and would happily do it again.
Buffet Breakfast at Kwee Zeen Restaurant
We are both used to well-catered hotel buffet breakfast, but the design of the stalls at Kwee Zeen is fun and the variety of cuisines on offer is extensive. Even Monica was impressed with the range of patisserie and bread, while I am in rhapsodies with Indian breakfast choices. Puri hot from the pan with two dahls and a vegetarian curry? Divine.
Traditional offerings include the regular bacon, eggs and mushrooms, a cereal bar, salads and cold cuts. More eggs benedict cooked to order for our table; always a favourite for The Yum List. Something unique though is the build your own juice station. I select cucumber, with Asian greens, pineapple, ginger and green apple. Made to order, fresh as can be, I love my new concoction and sip it judiciously as Monica attacks her second skinny latte of the morning.
Breakfast at Kwee Zeen is a bustling boost to the senses. Make sure you have the time to wander, select, return and enjoy all there is to digest.
Serene Breakfast at Club Millesime, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort
One of the benefits of a club room is a quieter breakfast location. With not quite the grand selection of the main restaurant, but still many fresh, appealing options, Club Millesime provides a relaxed start to our last day at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort. I love the fresh salads, a Greek-themed rocket with feta and tomato, and a sweeter grated carrot with sultanas provide the perfect foil to smoked salmon and herbed cream cheese. Now if breakfast was only like this every day.
From the fresh juice bar, we select the anti-ageing concoction, always best to be on the safe side. It is delicious, slightly savoury and very refreshing. Monica is happy to experience another fruit smoothie bowl, whereas I concoct an egg and spinach delight. The spacious table allows us time to catch up on some writing and editing before heading for our spa treats just downstairs.
My mother would always say ‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.’ I still don’t agree with that, but I am happy when travelling to experience something beyond the norm, such as the breakfast here at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort.