At the fishing village of Jimbaran, in a quieter part of Bali, in Indonesia, you’ll discover one of the best beaches. Here are some of the best places to stay.
Jimbaran is a haven of fresh seafood and restful shorelines and home to some of Bali’s most enticing resorts and hotels. With its sparkling infinity pools, verdant tropical gardens and fluffy white sands, this town offers Balinese authenticity with ample opportunities to treat yourself. You’ll find all this only a ten-minute drive away from Ngurah Rai International Airport.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
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A 57-meter beachfront infinity pool and sweeping views of the Indian Ocean are just a glimpse of the glamour at this Four Seasons Resort. Located at the southernmost part of Jimbaran Bay, it’s close enough to the action but feels like its own separate sanctuary. Gastronomic delights await with dishes such as the seafood teppanyaki. For something light and healthy, the poolside cafe serves a selection of Bhudda bowls, poke and street food. Indulgence is the operative word here.
Traditional Balinese architecture blends with modern luxury at the InterContinental Bali, a vast resort with exquisitely manicured seafront gardens and decorative waterways adorned with carved stone statues. This sunset-facing property has six swimming pools (yes, really, six!). At its Spa Uluwata you can enjoy indulgences like a body scrub infused with Balinese flowers.
For a family-friendly experience with plenty of grown-up perks, opt for the Movenpick Resort & Spa. This five-star resort boasts swim-up hammocks, Peruvian-Japanese fusion cuisine, and a kids club to keep the young ones occupied while you slink away for your third cucumber-basil gin and tonic. Rooms range from twin beds to grande suites, so you can keep it simple or go for something premium.
For those seeking privacy, Villa Camellia offers a good balance of home comforts and hotel conveniences. This three-bedroom stay has a 10-meter swimming pool, Bluetooth sound system and outdoor BBQ grill. It’s only a two-minute walk from the fish market in Kedonganan, so the grill will come in handy once you see the fresh catch for sale.
Flower petal filled baths overlooking the ocean in marble bathrooms are the norm at The Villas at Ayana Resort Bali. This honeymooner’s paradise is situated on a towering cliff, far from any noise. Opulence is an understatement here – think floating breakfasts in the pool, candlelit dinners, sunrise yoga and hot stone massages, all overlooking the Indian Ocean.
On a secluded site in front of Jimbaran Bay, Temple Hill Residence comprises of two-, three- and four- bedroom modern villas. Each comes with their own pool and a fully-equipped kitchen. Upgrade to the Villa Soma for a glass-like infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Hire a private catamaran for a tour of the Balinese coastline.
It’s the little touches that make Belmond Jimbaran Puri so magical. The natural stone pool, thatched roofs and high vaulted ceilings lend to a stylish but laid-back atmosphere. The spa menu is just as decorated as the cocktail list, with hot stone massages that feel even better after an elderflower spritz at the resort’s oriental-style Puri Bar.
Set in what was once a coconut grove, the grounds of Kayumanis Jimbaran are shaded by towering palm trees that soar into the tropical sky. No details were spared when designing the 20 onsite villas. Expect airy bed canopies and candle-lit dinners for two. The customised spa experiences — including a chocolate body scrub — are worth the indulgence.