Our Floating Breakfast in Bali 'fail'
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I Did It For The Gram: My Floating Breakfast Fail

The butter was melted, the eggs now certainly overcooked, and if I didn’t hook the tray back with my toe in the next 2 seconds the whole thing was going to experience death by drowning. Or I was.

Floating breakfast in Bali

Our breakfast floats towards a watery end

We’ve all done things just for the Insta right? Ordered the OTT dish we didn’t actually want but knew would look pretty – I’m looking at you everyone who has ever ordered a Fairyfloss Burger at Long Story Short Brunswick – or did the hike we weren’t physically prepared (or adequately dressed for) as the views looked amazing on social media? (Story of my life, anyhow.)

Well, a Floating Breakfast is not just something you do for the ‘gram, it’s entire existence was created purely for it.

Because, as I was to discover, eating breakfast in the pool sounds like a good idea, but is it in any way practical? Hell no.

Floating breakfast in Bali

Floating right out the photo

Our Floating Breakfast experience in Bali was a faff from the beginning – we couldn’t even get the order right.

I spied the leaflet advertising the private Floating Breakfast as soon as we entered our swoon-worthy pool villa at the Royal Purnama. (A stay this lucky lady actually won in an Instagram contest.)

Royal Purnama Bali

Pool area at the Royal Purnama, which we didn’t visit because hello private pool villa

Noticing that all other listed activities – High Tea etc – were priced per person I assumed the Floating Breakfast, listed as 575,000 IDR (£30/$53AUD), was the same.

As we had a perfectly adequate buffet breakfast included with our room I (wisely, I thought) suggested we order the Floating Breakfast for just 1 person (for the pictures, mostly) and then we fill up at the restaurant later if we’re still peckish. (I’m not one to shy from a breakfast double dip.)

High Tea at Royal Purnama

High Tea is served, rather sensibly, next to the pool. Not in it.

Floating breakfast in Bali

I did not eat my breakfast here

Justin made the call. “You want Floating Breakfast for just 1 person?” The staff asked, several times. “Yes,” he replied, because his wife told him to. They ended the call, Justin later admitted, sounding thoroughly confused, and then arrived at our door the next morning with a half full tray of food.

The sweet ladies began the surprisingly lengthy set up in our pool and when done asked me why we ordered for just one person. “The price includes two,” one of the servers told me. The penny dropped. We were about to pay $53AUD for 50% of the service. Red-cheeked, I said that yes, an extra coffee so that we could consume breakfast together would be nice actually.

Floating breakfast in Bali

The second coffee arrives 15 mins later

My Floating Breakfast Fail in Bali

In the meantime, Justin and I were left in peace to enjoy our unique experience.

Who am I kidding?

In the meantime, I made Justin take a million different photos I immediately hated (standard), the food was almost wiped out by a water feature (3 times), and my husband looked close to leaving me when I asked if he could pose for a photo just so I could frame up the exact photo I wanted with me in it.

The burden of being an Instagram Husband

Floating breakfast in Bali

Hubby becomes an unwilling model

Floating breakfast in Bali

And then it was my go!

I fretted about whether to be in the pool (and thus have flabby arms and cleavage exposed) or sit awkwardly on the side in a million-miles-from-natural pose.

Floating breakfast in Bali

I look like I’m in pain!

I jumped in the pool to save the food, out of the pool to wrap up for photos, sent Justin and the camera “back, back, BACK” until he was practically in the bedroom and, no doubt about it, pretty much ruined breakfast for both of us.

When the rest of the breakfast we were paying for arrived, I told myself enough was enough. We hopped in the water to eat the sun-saturated food and tried not to tip the tray with every slice of the Eggs Benedict.

Floating breakfast in Bali

Still together, just…

Was it worth it? Well it depends if you value novelty more than practicality.

Either way, the coffee was fabulous and I got a whole 22 Insta comments. (Sigh.)

Tempted to try a floating breakfast in Bali?

Here are 5 places you can experience it:

Ayana Resort & Spa, Jimbaran

Kamandalu, Ubud

Aksari Villa, Seminyak

W Bali, Seminyak

Royal Purnama Art Suites & Villas, Sanur (our one!)

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49 Comments

  • Reply
    stella
    January 19, 2018 at 7:35 am

    omg! now i dont know if i would want something like it! ans we are heading to bali soon!

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      Jayne Gorman
      January 19, 2018 at 11:11 pm

      Hahaha just eat your breakfast fast if you order one!

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    Annika
    January 19, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Oh my word – that is too funny! I like how you were trying to be frugal and almost paid that much for half a breakfast 😉 That could have happened to me…

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      Jayne Gorman
      January 19, 2018 at 11:10 pm

      I know right! I thought I was being so clever but Justin says that is the bit that still stings for him as we saw photos from other guests and we definitely paid $53 for less than the usual serving. Total communication fail!

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    Lara Olivia
    January 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Hahahaha this blog post made me laugh! Oh man, story of our lives huh?

    Good on you for following through tho! I tend to give up far too quickly because, as my husband says, I have the temper of Tony Soprano and also, as I tell him, he is quite literally the worst photographer in the world. #bloggerproblems

    At least you had a proper breakfast before/after.

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      Jayne Gorman
      January 19, 2018 at 11:12 pm

      The funny thing is the first 3 photos were the ones I used so we could have skipped the whole failed photoshoot and eaten our brekkie before it melted. I like to say I’ve lived and learned but we all know that’s not true lol

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    Eloise
    February 24, 2018 at 4:45 am

    Well, it does look delicious and you made me laugh a lot … so it’s not a complete fail at all! 😀 😀

    • Reply
      Jayne Gorman
      February 24, 2018 at 4:53 am

      Haha well at least there is a bright side to all that faffing 😀

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    Cassie
    February 24, 2018 at 4:57 am

    While i like to think I wouldn’t do stuff for Instagram, I did give my kids ice cream in the bath and therefore also learn that hard way that food and water aren’t actually a great combination!

    • Reply
      Jayne Gorman
      February 24, 2018 at 4:59 am

      Hahaha sometimes we have to learn these things the hard way!

  • Reply
    Kristine
    February 24, 2018 at 5:05 am

    The laugh you brought made the experience worth documenting, lol! The things we do sometimes really just for the gram

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    Jessica
    February 24, 2018 at 5:22 am

    Lol! I love the honesty and hilarity of this!

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    Katherine
    February 24, 2018 at 5:54 am

    Ahaha I was just writing about this too. I’m guilty of going places/ordering food for the Gram. 🙂 But whatever, I’m still going to order a floating breakfast when I get the chance.

    • Reply
      Jayne Gorman
      February 24, 2018 at 5:58 am

      Just try not to order half a floating breakfast like we did haha

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    Caitlin
    February 24, 2018 at 5:56 am

    I can totally relate to this as I find myself doing a lot of things for the gram in Bali and driving my husband bonkers in the process. Making him take hundreds of pictures of my swinging, check. Taking weird awkward photos of my in the bathtub, check. Spent a few hours posing with a floatie, check… Well you get the idea

    • Reply
      Jayne Gorman
      February 24, 2018 at 5:59 am

      Poor Instagram husbands! At least they get some perks from being with a travel blogger

  • Reply
    Lizzie
    February 24, 2018 at 6:03 am

    I LOVE this, it’s exactly what I would end up doing, and my insta shots always go wrong haha!! My boyfriend is a lot less patient than your husband though!!

    • Reply
      Jayne Gorman
      February 24, 2018 at 6:05 am

      Mine might be close to snapping hahaha

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    Maartje Hensen
    February 24, 2018 at 6:59 am

    hahaha this is so refreshing, we actually did a collab with an hotel and decided to make the F&B insta post at the pool. It’s the weirdest – most unnatural thing to sit in the pool with breakfast on the floor haha but the pic turned out pretty nice and luckily we could eat it at our table haha

    • Reply
      Jayne Gorman
      February 24, 2018 at 7:12 am

      It totally makes for a pretty pic, just not the most practical way to eat.! I think in our case we needed a shallower pool. And maybe not a fountain!

  • Reply
    Frankie
    February 24, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Oh Jayne, love your honesty and wit coming through here. These things we do for pretty photos! I honestly think something like this would have pushed my bloke over the edge (and out the door!) so props to both you and Justin for navigating the modeling and photo shot! I hope you got stuck in to the food eventually (or made up for it at lunch ;-).

    • Reply
      Jayne Gorman
      February 24, 2018 at 11:08 am

      I had to treat Justin to several beers and a decent meal to make up for it as there was not much eating at our breakfast!

  • Reply
    Chandrika
    February 24, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Hahaha loved reading this! I totally feel you! But your pictures look irresistibly delicious though and maybe I will give this a shot when in Bali 😀
    I have never ordered a floating breakfast but I did order one by a pool in the scorching heat of Abu Dhabi. The end result, the cold cuts on the plate had changed colour and the juices tasted like soup by the end of our photo-op! 😛

    • Reply
      Jayne Gorman
      February 24, 2018 at 11:09 am

      Ewww that is pretty much what happened to our food. The things we do for photos hey!

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    Sarah Shumate
    February 24, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Oh, this is too funny! I hadn’t heard of a floating breakfast until now, but I don’t think I’ll be ordering one. Sounds like they’re more trouble than they’re worth! 🙂

    • Reply
      Jayne Gorman
      February 24, 2018 at 11:09 am

      I think it depends on the pool and how stupid you are being when you order it :p

  • Reply
    Katherine
    February 24, 2018 at 10:02 am

    I relate to this post so much hahaha. Reading it and showing my husband and he says “that’s you!” We owe instagram husbands big time. So funny, looked lovely though – hope you enjoyed your trip!

    • Reply
      Jayne Gorman
      February 24, 2018 at 11:10 am

      We did have an awesome trip once I put the camera down. If your husband ever feels hard done by you can remind him of this post hahaha

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    Melanie Klien
    February 24, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Ohoho 🙂 Good read but I could hear and feel your frustration. I could only imagine to eat such a breakfast while sitting at the pool but then I imagine it’s hard because the breakfast tray will slide more towards the middle of the pool so I think sitting in the pool and drinking a coffee it’s not something I want to do. But you are right Instagram tells us we need to do that. Or a blogger worlds got a bit crazy I think. And at one point it’s good to tell yourself stop and just enjoy the rest with your husband or boyfriend. I am happy to read you took him out for dinner and meet up with him.

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    Cherene Saradar
    February 24, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    omg dying!!! I can totally see myself doing stuff like this (actually the old me before I’ve had one too many “do it for the gram” fuck ups myself). Thanks for the laugh. The breakfast does look great and that pool!!! Best save those floating breakfast shots for those model girls who don’t actually eat it. LOL

    • Reply
      Jayne Gorman
      February 25, 2018 at 2:05 am

      Hahaha exactly! And don’t rope poor partners in who just want a bit of Eggs Benedict

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    Kylie
    February 24, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Hahahaha! Sounds like the type of thing I would do! I don’t really get why it would be floating though, that sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, it’s not like you can swim and have a munch at the same time! But it looks cool none the less, very unique!!

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      Jayne Gorman
      February 25, 2018 at 2:04 am

      It is very cool, especially in a warm climate, but maybe stick to just pastries and champers lol

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    Aga
    February 24, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Haha that’s hilarious 😉 I was always thinking how hard it must be to actually eat that breakfast in water!

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      Jayne Gorman
      February 25, 2018 at 2:04 am

      I can confirm it is! You’re constantly chasing your meal around the pool!

  • Reply
    Nicole
    February 24, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Haha this is brilliant. I love that someone actually thought, I know what would be a great idea, a floating tray that we’ll serve breakfast on – totally practical, lol.

    • Reply
      Jayne Gorman
      February 25, 2018 at 2:03 am

      Maybe I just wasn’t cool enough to pull it off haha

  • Reply
    Jaillan Yehia
    February 24, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Love this, thanks for keeping it real, atta girl. 🙂

    • Reply
      Jayne Gorman
      February 25, 2018 at 2:00 am

      It was cathartic to confess!

  • Reply
    Lucy
    February 24, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    Haha, I love this! We do so much for the gram don’t we?! xo

    • Reply
      Jayne Gorman
      February 25, 2018 at 1:59 am

      Sometimes I have to have a word with myself hahahah

  • Reply
    Nicola
    February 25, 2018 at 2:45 am

    Haha absolutely LOVE this! We recently went to Bali and were in a constant state of full from all the food we ate. Food there is made to be photographed.

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      Jayne Gorman
      February 25, 2018 at 2:55 am

      That’s so true, we had so many yummy colourful meals. I’m hungry just remembering the breakfast bowls.

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    Sydney Bus Charter
    March 16, 2018 at 5:17 am

    Well, it does look delicious and i wish i coud try it out! Nice post!

  • Reply
    Anna
    April 21, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Haha I love this so much! This pretty much describes how I’ve always thought these breakfasts go behind the scenes, but damn they do look pretty!

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    Chinmoy Lad
    March 9, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks for saying it like it is! I’ve done a short feature on floating breakfasts, how awful they are, and how they need to die a very quick death on my Instagram, check it out: https://www.instagram.com/p/BunTpM2AVWz/

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    Renata
    July 2, 2019 at 9:38 am

    I’ve found your blogpost by googleing floating breakfast tray as I want to buy one from Ubud market and made our own breakfast at our accomodation.
    You made my day with this post! Laughed so hard! Thank you! Very funny story! I can relate.

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    Louise
    July 6, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Hahahahaha LOL!

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