Bali’s First Underwater Restaurant Is Nestled Into an Immersive Aquarium Experience

Koral Restaurant at the Apurva Kempinski in Bali

Kempinski is synonymous with luxury and the five-star hotel group has really upped their game in Bali. At their hotel in this Indonesian paradise, they've opened a fine dining restaurant inside an aquarium. The Koral Restaurant at the Apurva Kempinski is a unique opportunity to taste gourmet food while being surrounded by marine life.

Opened in 2019, the Koral Restaurant is Bali's first underwater dining experience. Chef Andrea Astone leads the kitchen, which prepares “elegant dishes inspired by Indonesian coastal flavors and crafted from local ingredients.” As diners enjoy their meals, they're drawn into an incredible atmosphere. The design for the interior was inspired by Indonesian history, specifically the Mahapajit empire, which reigned from the 13th to the 16th century.

The walls are made of red clay bricks, which were also used in the Mahapajit empire. These bricks, along with the teak wood ceilings, perfectly frame the aquarium. The tegel tiles found on the floor are reminiscent of those used at the historic royal court. By using history as an inspiration, Kempinski has been able to raise the level of this unique restaurant and give it another layer of refined elegance.

To add to the experience, diners will also enjoy a soundtrack that “captures the magic and mystery of life below the waves.” In this way, dining at the Koral Restaurant is a full sensory experience. Open for both lunch and dinner with advance reservations, it's a must-eat venue for anyone looking to enjoy a unique dining experience underwater.

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The Koral Restaurant is an underwater dining experience at the Apurva Kempinski in Bali.

Interior of the Apurva Kempinski Aquarium Restaurant

Koral Restaurant at the Apurva Kempinski in Bali

Diners enjoy gourmet food inspired by local flavors while nestled within an aquarium.

Koral Restaurant at the Apurva Kempinski in Bali

Opened in 2019, it's Bali's first underwater restaurant.

Aquarium Restaurant in Bali

Interior of the Apurva Kempinski Aquarium Restaurant

Apurva Kempinski: Website 

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Apurva Kempinski.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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