InterContinental Bali Resort is pleased to offer visitors and guests the opportunity to taste and benefit from a range of traditional Indonesian and Balinese beverages. These are served at the Resort’s restaurants and bars as well as at Uluwatu Spa.
Indonesia is famous for the time-honoured medicinal remedies and tonics known as ‘jamu,’ which are created from fresh, blended herbs, spices and natural ingredients, and sold daily on the streets by ladies on bicycles, clad in sarongs and conical hats, with huge baskets strapped to their backs. The ‘secret’ recipes date back to the 9th century and have been passed down through the generations from mother to daughter. Capturing the life force of indigenous plants, flowers, roots, barks, herbs, fruits and spices, this holistic therapy for inner and outer beauty and health is derived from the science of Asian homeopathy and aromatherapy enhanced by Chinese, Arabic and Ayurvedic influences. Indeed, so accustomed are many Indonesians to drinking their morning jamu that it has become an essential start their day. The various jamu tonics are known to increase stamina, rejuvenate the skin, purify the blood and aid digestion, as well as playing a part in disease prevention and the treatment of serious health conditions. The main ingredients are turmeric, ginger and tamarind, which are all known to be potent antioxidants and anticancer herbs. Jamu is traditionally sweetened with honey to taste and drunk hot or cold.
Sample some jamu herb tea at Uluwatu Spa. This delicious drink is made from fresh ginger, cracked lemongrass, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, star anise, cloves, tamarind and honey. Ginger has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems, cloves can be used to treat cardiovascular problems, and cinnamon is used as a remedy for the common cold. The health benefits of lemongrass include relief from stomach disorders, cardamom has diuretic properties, star anise has antifungal and antibacterial properties; while the delicately sweet and sour tamarind is known to reduce increase the strength of the immune system. Another very popular local beverage is ginger tea, which is also served up at Uluwatu Spa, and comprises fragrant pandan leaves, thinly sliced fresh ginger rhizome, cracked lemongrass, black tea, and local palm sugar if required. It can be served hot or cold.
Visit the Club Pool Bar at InterContinental Bali Resort and relish a refreshing rosella infusion. Made from the ‘rosella sabdariffa’ shrub, which belongs to the hibiscus family, the rosella infusion is rich in vitamins, minerals and fibres; it is known to improve blood circulation, lower cholesterol levels, aid weight loss and strengthen the immune system.
If you’re feeling the heat, try some all-natural coconut water. Completely pure and sterile, this well-balanced fluid composition is an excellent source of hydration. It has a higher concentration of electrolytes than anything else found in nature and is composed of many naturally occurring bioactive enzymes and minerals.
Finally, Bali’s fresh juices and creative combinations of fruit juice will please you no end. All of the drink menus at InterContinental Bali Resort have a section devoted to various non-alcoholic fruit-based beverages. Enjoy!
About InterContinental Bali Resort
Blessed by an endless stretch of white sand beach overlooking the tranquil waters of Jimbaran Bay, InterContinental Bali Resort features 417 guest rooms in three unique levels of accommodation. The property embraces a 14 hectare tropical landscape that is a blend of indigenous flora, gentle waterways and stone statues reflecting the island’s artistic heritage. There are six swimming pools, Planet Trekkers children’s resort, a fitness centre and plenty of recreational activities to keep guests occupied throughout the day. Spa Uluwatu is a dedicated healing and beauty facility for individual sessions, while the exclusive Villa Retreats promises indulging spa packages for couples. A superb choice of restaurant venues makes every dining experience an adventure in culinary excellence.