Bali’s coastal resort village of Jimbaran is no stranger to tourists looking for a relaxing Balinese experience away from the busier towns of Seminyak and Kuta. Renowned for its flaming orange sunsets, tropical forests and fishing-boat-dotted coastline, this is a place for those looking for great seafood restaurants (the Kedonganan fish market is a must!), coastal walks, quiet surf beaches and stylish cliffside bars that are just asking to be Instagram-ed with their jaw-dropping views and colourful cocktails. Here’s the Luxury Escapes guide to Jimbaran!
Jimbaran Fish Markets (Kedonganan)
Giant prawns, succulent octopus, slabs of rare tuna—these are just some of the incredible things you’ll find at the famous Jimbaran Fish Markets, arguably one of the best fish markets in South-East Asia frequented by travellers and locals alike. The abundance of caught-that-morning seafood is something you’ll have to see to believe and it’s all part of the local fun. After you pick out your meal, stroll along the water’s edge and pick from one of the dozens of local seafood restaurants that’ll cook up your fresh catch, so you can enjoy it with your toes in the sand watching the vibrant pink sun set behind the glistening water.
Ju-Ma-Na Restaurant & Bar
Next time you pack your bags for tropical Bali with your special someone, don’t skip out on the best views Bali has to offer— Banyan Tree Ungasan’s Ju-Ma-Na Restaurant & Bar. Granted it’s in Ungasan, this open plan space with Moroccan-inspired architecture, minimalist décor, chic finishes and dramatic water views is worth the short drive. Gaze out over the deceptively endless Indian Ocean as you enjoy French cuisine with a Japanese twist and snack on dishes such as the tantalising five-spice crab or delicious seafood risotto.
If you haven’t heard of Rock Bar at Ayana Resort & Spa, then where on earth have you been living?! Arrive at an open-air, cliff-front bar in true style—via cable car— and enjoy 14-metre high views over the crashing cobalt waves beneath you. With a DJ booth carved into the cliff face, a minimalist natural design, true beach-chic vibes and exceptionally-dressed clientele, Rock Bar is an ideal place to enjoy a classy cocktail as you overlook the blue-on-blue horizon stretched out before you.
The BARber at Sintesa Jimbaran
Taking 1930’s New York to the shores of Bali, this prohibition-style speakeasy is hidden behind a secret door at The Sintesa Jimbaran Resort. This vintage-chic bar doubles as a functioning barbershop, disguising the bar behind it. Adorned with cosy sofas and dotted with high bar tables, The BARber’s lush wooden interior entices travellers from around the world to enjoy one of their delicious classic cocktails (try the Brandy Crusta complete with pomegranate sugar, orange liqueur and bitters!)—if they can find it, that is.
Image courtesy of Jamahal Private Resort & Spa
Jamahal Private Resort & Spa
With a strict maximum of just 26 guests at any given time and a 2:1 staff to guest ratio, Jamahal—which translates to “precious time”—is as far removed from a mainstream hotel experience as you can get. Perched on Bali’s rugged south-west coast and voted Indonesia’s #1 romantic hotel on TripAdvisor, you can spend your evenings watching the famous sunset meet the turquoise waters at the resort’s ultra-exclusive private beach club or experiencing high-end service in your own private villa located just 400 metres from the water’s edge – just take your pick.
Check out our Luxury Escapes package for a five-night stay in your choice of three luxury villas complete with daily in-villa breakfast, a three-course candlelit dinner, private airport transfers and more.
Belmond Jimbaran Puri
Honeymooners, this is for you. Situated on Jimbaran’s legendary ‘Millionaire’s Row’, this all-cottage-and-villa sanctuary is a true five-star experience in a boutique setting. The Belmond hotel group is renowned worldwide for its ultra-luxurious hotels, impeccable service and once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences, and Belmond Jimbaran Puri is no disappointment. Giving romantic island seclusion a new meaning, relax under the sun at the infinity-edged pool and embrace true ‘island time’.
Party with the locals at Padang Padang Beach
Unknown to many, the charming hidden shores of Padang Padang Beach turn into one of Bali’s best parties come Saturday night. By day, descend what seems to be a thousand steps and reach the golden sands where you can enjoy some of the clearest, turquoise waters enclosed by lush cliffside terrain. By night, tip your hat to resident bands who play reggae covers and hundreds (yes, hundreds) of locals who drink cases of Bintang and bottles of homemade alcoholic brews and party until the sun comes up. Saturday’s Padang Padang parties are purely word of mouth, so it’s your turn to party like a local.
Indulge in a spa on the rocks at Ayana Resort & Spa
Placed atop rocks that jut out into the Indian Ocean, the lavish all-wood-and-glass spa villas at Ayana Resort & Spa are a celebrity-grade way to truly unwind—with sweeping ocean views, of course. These ‘Spa on the Rocks’ villas house some of the most extravagant treatments you’ll find in Bali. Listen to the sounds of the waves lap the shore as you indulge in a two-hour Lava Me Tender: a volcanic earth body wrap that detoxifies and firms your skin from head to toe. Or, feel that sea breeze roll over your skin as you bath in rose petals, enjoy a diamond-dusted facial and sip on champagne with the 150-minute Diamond Miracle treatment.
Go ceramic crazy at Jenggala
Welcome to 17,000sqm of ceramic paradise. Jenggala Ceramics Bali is one of Bali’s biggest ceramic makers and their headquarters are conveniently located in Jimbaran. The elegant white interiors are adorned with wooden shelves of colourful ceramics, perfectly placed as if art in a showroom. Largely Japanese-inspired, the options of ceramics seem endless. Drop the kids off at the onsite paint-a-pot class and begin redecorating your kitchen. When you’re done head to the back of the store and enjoy an ice-cold fruit juice or a freshly-baked cake at Café Jenggala.