Ayana Villa and Rock Bar
Yes, Ayana is a villa, and no, it’s nothing like the Villa Uma Sapna where I stayed previously. Ayana Villa is much much much more upscale. To be honest, I can’t afford to stay there. Not even for 1 night. Well, I can, it’s just a matter of how many months afterward that I need to live on butter and toast.
How glamorous you ask? This is how…
It is actually pretty perfect for wedding. Especially for bride who wants a grand entrance. Although on second thoughts, it’s gonna be a verrrry long entrance walk. There was actually a wedding reception going on when we left. It was held at the lower part of the hotel, right by the cliff. Which make sense, so the guest would be able to catch a little bit of the sunset. They have about 10 tables and a stage where the wedding singer, I assume, were sitting on a stool playing a soft, mellow song. Pretty cozy setting, I must say.
Ayana Villas is a gated property. To enter its vast land, you have to drive past through a guard post where someone with a fake smile (the one who greet us, anyway) ask you for the purpose of visit. Then you will drive for another 5 minutes or so to reach the main entrance/drop-off point. A pretty lady in traditional Balinese outfit will greet you at the entrance.
So, if we can’t afford to stay at Ayana, what are we doing there? It’s to visit the infamous Rock Bar. As the name says, it’s located on or by the rocks, you can spot it by the cliff of Ayana Villa. Here are some pics to clarify…
The Rock Bar open at 4.30pm. By 5pm or so, there will be a loooooong line-up already, and chances are you won’t be able to get in until while past 6 or 6.30pm, since patrons will not be leaving before sunset. And yes, it was a gorgeous view of sunset. This was my 3rd time visiting before I can finally get in, the other 2 times we had to settle for view of sunset from the top and head out of the villa and go have dinner elsewhere. This time we arrived at exactly 4.30pm and only waited in line for about 15 minutes. The wait was largely due to the mini tram bringing us down to the rocks. The capacity of the train is about 7 people at most.
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Let’s now move on to the food that they serve at Rock Bar. It is a bar, so obviously drinks, the food however are also bar food, so fries, spring roll, and all other tidbits. And they are EXPENSIVE. Rightfully so, since probably all the patrons are just there for the view, and will stay there for few hour just ordering 1 drink and 1 food item. That said, the fries and pita that we got were pretty tasty. The beverages were served with a good dose of booze a.k.a not diluted ones. Beverages cost on average IDR 170,000 each and several food items I saw were about IDR 50,000
Menega Cafe at Jimbaran Bay
I mentioned that I failed to go to Rock Bar a couple of times in the past. So one of those time, we decided to go to Jimbaran Bay instead. Jimbaran Bay is famous for its location by the beach side and its many, mostly seafood, beach-front restaurant. The place that my friend seems to frequent is Menega Cafe. The restaurant has inside seating and on the beach seating. We wanted to get the one outside, and since we arrived just about dinner time, we had to wait a good 45 minutes before we get a seat, and unfortunately it was already dark by the time we’re seated and I was not able to take any pic with my 5 years old camera. I did however manage to take pic of the beach, during the cloudy sunset.
Food cost about IDR 100,000 per person. There were 5 of us, we ordered about 5 dishes; veggie, prawn, fish, clams, and squid. 5 drinks and 5 rice and 5 super full stomach.
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