You haven’t experienced all that Bali has to offer if you have yet to step foot in Jimbaran, fast becoming the new go-to place on the island. Read on to find out the 10 things we love about this other Balinese paradise:
1. Golden sands
With calmer, crystal blue waters – Jimbaran Bay is one of Bali’s best and safest beaches with spectacular sunset spots to boot.
Rip Curl School of Surf
2. Find the green room
3. Go local
Wake up early and venture out to the local fish market to watch restaurant owners claim their catch-of-the-day. Better yet, climb aboard, set sail and spend the day on a local fisherman’s colourful outrigger and be part of the Balinese version of ocean-to-table dining.
4. Wine me, dine me
For the freshest seafood on the island, go beachfront on Jimbaran Beach. Drive up the hill to PEPeNERO for delicious Italian fare and a divine view. Catch a gloriously golden sunset at AYANA Rock Bar. Need that infinity edge feel? Head to Sundara for canapés and cocktails and a stunning view.
RIMBA Rooftop Spa by Thermes Marins Bali
5. World’s best spas
Aura Spa Jimbaran’s Spa Yoga programme is perfect for those seeking true nirvana while the eco-inspired Bamboo Spa by L’Occitane is a visual spectacle in its own right. RIMBA Rooftop Spa by Thermes Marins Bali, voted world’s best spa by Condé Nast Traveller readers, is also an excellent spot to re-energise.
6. Iconic landmarks
The Uluwatu temple, perched on a cliff-edge over the thunder of the ocean below, is one of Bali’s iconic landmarks, and its intricate stone carvings are the reasons why the 11th century Hindu temple is featured so heavily on postcards. Also, don’t forget to catch Bail’s most iconic dances, the Kecak fire dance at GWK Cultural Park.
Le Meridien’s Smoqee Lounge and Sky Bar
7. Hitting the d-floor
If you like to shake your thing, Le Meridien’s Smoqee Lounge and Sky Bar has that winning combination of cocktails and sunset, and after dark, the chequered dance floor beckons.
8. Super family friendly
There’s plenty to keep kids happy and occupied. A day pass to The Intercontinental Hotel Water Sports Club gives unlimited access to their equipment like kayaks, surfboards, stand-up paddles and boogie-boards. Beyond the beach, check into water park Waterbom Bali – your little ones can spend the day slipping down waterslides. End the day together with a family Jukung boatride to watch the sunset from the water.
9. Retail therapy
Bring a piece of Bali back with you from homeware stores Warisan and Kian Interiors, or design your very own ceramic centrepiece with the kids’ input at Jenggala.
10. One of our fave villas
Shacking up in lavish villa Sea Shanty means everything we talked about is almost literally within arms reach. The villa sits just 100-metres from the beach on the southern end of Jimbaran. With it’s 15-metre lap pool, friendly and extremely helpful villa staff – this is our home away from home in Jimbaran.
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