[HOTEL REVIEW] Mercure Bali Nusa Dua

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Thanks God finally I have a time to spend my time with my little family in the middle of working rush hour. I have no such a big plan to arrange this holiday, but seeing my baby starting to love playing with water and sand, my hubby and I decided to go to the beach. We chose Bali as the destination since we both miss that God’s Island a lot! Been there about 2 years ago before our marriage and now we thought it’s time to have a great escape with a new little member of our family. Since we know that Bali nowadays become more and more crowded both with new hotel or restaurant joiners, we decided not to go to area close to public attractions such as Kuta or Legian, so we move to Nusa Dua area which you know that area is quite exclusive surrounded by several luxurious and five star hotels or villas and one thing I love about Nusa Dua regardless the distance of which from the Bali’s crowd, is beaches around Nusa Dua are more pristine, quiet and PRIVATE! (most of the hotels in Nusa Dua have a private beach) and of course it is very convenient to bring along the baby with.


Basically, my hubby and I are budget travelers ummm I prefer to be called as ‘backpackers’. However, since we have a baby, we should upgrade our standard but still on our budget hahaha…So, we tried to look for a great hotel but still fit in our budget. Thanks God months ago I got a super great rate from Mercure Bali Nusa Dua. This hotel located at Nusa Dua, about 100 m after Hotel Santika Siligita. It took me around 1 hour from the Airport through the iconic-above-the-sea “Mandara” toll road. As you may know, Mercure is one of great establishment of 4 stars hotels under the amazing Accors Hotel Family, the family who brought us the famous Fairmont, Sofitel, Pullman until the all-time favorite budget hotel, Ibis Hotel. I always love how they manage the family members into something that people couldn't easily forget. They even focus on how to make customers experience a five-star ambiance even in a budget hotel. 

I never thought before that Mercure Nusa Dua Bali is 4 stars as the hotel area was actually bigger than I thought it would be. From the main gate into the hotel lobby may take you around 3 minutes walking because they have a large and beautiful park area. I love seeing their green concept, at least it was pamper my eye in the humid and hot Bali's weather at that time. Reaching the lobby, I was welcomed with more colorful atmosphere. The lobby area was designed super eye-catchy with blue sofa and colorful cushions! geez I wanna take it one home! Next to the lobby there's a mini bar serving simple welcome drinks and snacks for every guest.



After checked in, since I chose deluxe room with pool view, I should go down one floor since actually the lobby is on first floor and my room was on ground floor next to their all day dining restaurant, Soka Restaurant and surprisingly, the view from our room was super gorgeous, right in the front of the swimming pool, yeaay! The first thing I did once we stepped at the room was chasing my little baby who directly runaway when seeing the swimming pool right outside the door hahaha…You can see how happy he was to find swimming pool in below video:
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I was so happy to have this deluxe pool view room not only because it’s facing the beautiful swimming pool (more details after this) but also for the 4 stars standard, the deluxe room was quite spacious. Okay now let’s move with the photo tour of the room. The room was quite big with queen size bed, two-separate toilet (one for showering, the other for the closet), 32 inch LED TV, working desk, sofa and big wardrobe.

Overall ambiance dominated with white color and some touch of fuchsia in their sofa and Balinese dancer’s painting on the top of the bed’s headboard.                                                                  



Now the most important thing when I stay in any Bali’s hotels is SWIMMING POOL! Yeah trust me, even when you can’t have a time to visit the beach, swimming pool will help you settle with the humid and hot Bali’s weather. Mercure’s swimming pool was more than UH-MAZING for me. It’s not too big but how they manage to separate the two pools was beyond amazing for me. The first one is kid area which right under the adult area. To reach the adult area, we have to go through several stairs, like about four floors from the ground. The adult area, meanwhile, is quite enough and right facing the sunlight. Perfect for everyone who wants to do sunbathing! I feel sooo homey lazing at the gazebo and swimming here. Too bad, I only spent two nights here huhuhu…


I stroll the hotel and see what more do they have in store. They have spacious gym area located right in the middle of the beautiful park. Next to the gym, there are several gazebo to lazing your day, but unfortunately when I visited the gazebo, they’re all covered by a cover sheet. I didn’t have any idea why, but I thought the staffs tried to cover it from the heavy rain last night. Here’s how cozy the gazebo presentation. 


The only restaurant they have is Soka Restaurant. This is an all-day dining restaurant with various choices of food in the buffet.

The other hidden gem of this hotel is their private beach. I didn’t realize before until I saw an information board next to the receptionist hahaha…Their private beach actually located inside Bali Tourism Development Centre (Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua) where most of luxurious hotels & resorts such as Courtyard, St. Regis, Grand Hyatt, etc., resided. To reach the beach, we should take a hotel shuttle, available every 30 minutes for return trip. Mercure’s private beach is next to Melia’s. It was actually quite nice place with several long beach chairs and mini bar and the beach was very quiet! Gosh, I was so happy to see this, compare to Pantai Pandawa I visited before which was fully loaded with people.


Overall, I love to spend my nights in Mercure Nusa Dua Bali. The only complaint might be the room temperature which was at that time the AC couldn’t be turned off so every time we went back to the room, the floor was quite wet and slippery. However, I didn’t care too much about this since we used the room only at night hahaha. With the amazing swimming pool and happy face of my baby playing around, I honestly think spending around IDR800,000 per nights was super worth it. Thank you Mercure Nusa Dua Bali for the hospitality.

Mercure Bali Nusa Dua
Jl. Nusa Dua Selatan
Blok SW 03,
Nusa Dua, Bali
Reservation: +361 8467000
www.mercure.com


[NEW SPOT] Pavela : Enjoying Peruvian Cuisine at Its Best

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Yesterday I was invited to join in a blogger gathering celebrating the opening of a new restaurant joiner in one of the hippest hangout area in Pondok Indah, Street Gallery-Pondok Indah Mall 3. I always happy when it comes to something new and unique rather than new but so so. I mean you know, most of the new restaurants in Jakarta now only focus on the theme and the decor, as long as it’s instragammable and gather the hype of Jakarta’s patrons, everything will look “unique” without minding the food served, which is more important for the establishment of the restaurant.


Well, sorry for my dramatic thought, let’s start talking this new baby which is good in name also, Pavela. This is the first-ever Peruvian restaurant in Jakarta (I thought in Indonesia, CMIIW since I’ve never heard any Peru’s authentic restaurant before anywhere in Indonesia). Pavela, wholly owned by Henalda Group, serving original Peruvian cuisine with fresh ingredients from Peru and modified with some Indonesian’s ingredients to give the world’s culinary hunter satisfy feeling in enjoying authentic Peru’s cuisine right in Jakarta.


Not only the authentic Peruvian cuisine, Pavela also brought us to enjoy Peru’s atmosphere  here. The ambiance is set very warm, with yellowish lighting and black and white colour in overall interior. The pictures of Peruvian people in frames and a mural of Macchu Picchu, Peru’s historical and ancient city, also adding a real atmosphere of Peru.


So, for the opening treat, Pavela gave us a refreshing Peru’s national drink which is a very MUST TRY, named Pisco Sour (45K). This drink was made from fusion of lime, egg white, brown sugar and cinnamon. A lil bit sour but super refreshing!


For appetizers,  Yucca Fritas (40K) was the BOMB!. Actually this is only a crunchy cassava, but the dipping called ‘aji verde’ was between hell and heaven. A combination of cilantro, lime, and ‘secret ingredients’ resulting a spicy flavor like wasabi but surprisingly addicting when I dipped the cassava in it. Can’t stop munching this snacks!


Another tasty of appetizers you can choose are as follow:

Papas Fritas (40K). Butter french fries with ‘aji verde’


Pavela Wings (55K). Marinated crunchy bone-in chicken wings with pavela tarter dipping.


Causa Limena (45K). Traditional Peruvian style. Seasoned mashed potato terrine topepd with shredded chicken breast, onions, Japanese cucumber, and ‘aji verde’


Move to the main course. Peruvian cuisine is actually dominated with ‘carbo-things’. You can see rice and cassava get together in one plate like in this Pollo A La Brasa (95K). In one plate, you can find slow-roasted Peruvian spiced chicken leg quarter, fresh green vegetables, yucca fritas and cilantro butter rice. I simply love the buttery rice. Moist and fragrant in the same time.


If you want something sweet, Pollo Saltado (85K)  might be the best choice. This one actually similar with Pollo A La Brasa, combining butter rice and yucca fritas but with caramelized onion for the chicken, resulting more sweet sensation for non-spicy lovers.


My favorite would be this Nikkei Chicken (80K)

Crunchy chicken leg topped with special Nikkei sauce which is sweet like a maple syrup, cilantro butter rice and Pavela tartar. I can not explain how heaven this was, the one thing I love was eating savory chicken with shot of sweet sauce has never been so good before!


And this one also, Jalea (95K). Peruvian fish & chips, fresh salad, papas fritas, with ‘aji verde’ and salsa criolla dipping. I simply love how crunchy the Dory fish outside and super moist inside.


Another choice you can try is this  Chicharron De Pollo (80K). Crispy chicken breast with salsa criolla, cream de rocoto, fresh greens and cilantro butter rice.
 

 Don’t skip the dessert since Pavela also serves selection of great Peruvian style’s dessert.

Banana Popsicles (40K)

Who doesn’t love popsicles?! Ouch, I bet you’re gonna love this. Frozen banana topped with dark chocolate coatingand roasted crushed peanuts served with vanilla ice cream. Childhood alert!


Beso De Moza (45K)

I expected something ooey gooey from this dark choco cake unfortunately they’re served frozen so it’s really hard to cut the cake. The hint of melted marshmallow inside made my feeling better to enjoy the rest of the cake.  


Overall, I love having lunch here. Friendly and fast service with reasonable price and proportional portion. So, if you’re someone who loves traveling and wishing to visit Peru someday, visiting Pavela might be a good start before you enjoy the real Peru. Congratulation again Pavela. Wishing you have a great journey ahead!

Pavela Peruvian Cuisine
Street Gallery Ground Floor #13
Pondok Indah Mall 3
Telp. +62 21 2952 9767
Jl. Metro Pondok Indah, Jakarta Selatan
IG: @pavela.peru

 
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