How to enjoy the ‘new fabulous’ at Apurva Kempinski

No doubt about it, we are all feeling a little anxious. Kempinski Bali has added a unique feature to put their guests at ease.
No doubt about it, we are all feeling a little anxious. Since re-opening this year, Bali’s Apurva Kempinski has created a number of programs to put their guests at ease and soften the effects of the pandemic. New on the menu is a mindfulness program that aims to balance the chakras and alleviate stress and anxiety.
The stunning resort on the white sand beachfront in Nusa Dua is designed as a majestic theatre that celebrates the history and cultural traditions of Indonesia, and incorporates features throughout that are designed to soothe the senses and inspire a feeling of wellbeing.  

We were invited to Kempinski to sample the new menu at Koral, Bali’s first underwater restaurant, and to spend a night at the luxury resort. When the staff suggested we extend to try the new mindfulness program that offers seven chakra-balancing activities including a two hour spa treatment that is literally the crowning glory (crown chakra balancing!), it wasn’t a difficult decision to stay. 

A modern resort in many ways, there are many features within the resort that begin to work their magic from the moment you arrive. Flowing water, natural materials, timeless architecture and a narrative that runs throughout the property, give you a sense of being connected, and trigger tranquility, that is never obvious but always felt. It is quite a magical place in many ways.  

Visiting in July to sample the new menu at the fabulous underwater restaurant Koral and test the new safety protocols, I was happy to see that elegance still reigned. There was no sign of hazmat suits or extreme precautions, instead there was a reassuring sense of safety. Temperature checks, a brief questionnaire on our health, a liberal sprinkling of hand-santisers and a run down on cleanliness protocols were part of the check in process. Everyone is wearing a mask and they are required throughout the resort.  

We were given a complimentary pack with masks, hand-santiser and gloves for our stay and asked to sign a waiver that staff would only enter our room on request. It takes a little getting used to but it’s a small step to ensure our safety and that of others.  

Our first night was worth getting excited about. Our junior ocean-front suite on the third floor had spectacular ocean views, a private pool and a marble bathroom with a view.  

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Koral Restaurant – Bali’s first underwater dining

Dinner at Koral was a 5-course gourmet meal with wine pairing to introduce the Italian chef, Andrea Astonewho arrived in February and has been using the shutdown time to refine the menu.  

 With an emphasis on fresh seafood to celebrate the underwater theme, each dish arrived with a glass of wine that complimented the menu perfectly. From a fresh barramundi carpaccio with Balinese spices, a creamy red curry studded with tender lobster, a main course of lamb cooked two ways (my personal favourite), followed by a modern take on a brulee, with petit fours to finish, the dinner was elegant and delicious. Needless to say we slept well.  

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Balancing the Chakras

At breakfast we were taken through the activities and spa programs on offer and spa director, Rahma, suggested we prolong our stay to try the new Mindfulness program, seven activities that focus on balancing the chakras. It wasn’t a tough decision.  

 Our first afternoon saw us at the spa to discover our dominant chakra and create an essential oil designed specifically for us. This is a first chakra exercise designed to unblock the root chakra and awaken feelings of safety and security . The second activity was a batik class. This second chakra exercise is designed to enhance creativity. It quickly became an exercise in focus as we dipped our pens in wax and creat