Jimbaran is a fishing village and a coastal tourist resort south of Bali. We spent most of our time here exploring their famous luxe clifftop resorts. Here are our highlights.
THINGS TO DO IN JIMBARAN, BALI
During our few days in Jimbaran we chose to stay at RIMBA. This gave us access to a private beach and all facilities at both RIMBA and sister resort, Ayana (which meant a long list of dining and pool options!)
Don’t worry about hiring a driver while you’re here. There’s a free shuttle bus that runs every 5 minutes daily that runs between RIMBA, Ayana and the private beach (Kubu Beach) which are the perfect three spots to kick off your relaxing holiday.
Ayana is a beautiful luxury resort and home to incredible ocean views and 12 pools and beaches. We didn’t get to explore all of Ayana but we were able to enjoy their main pools and dinner at Rock Bar.
The Ocean Beach Pool at Ayana offers the most impressive view, however, it does get really busy here on a beautiful day so we ended up spending most of our time at the River Pool. Although the pool was smaller, having it all to ourselves made it quite special.
Photo by thetraveller.com
Our dinner reservation at Rock Bar was at 8pm and in hindsight, we wished we made an earlier booking. We missed out on the beautiful sunset and popular menu items were sold out. However the food was still enjoyable and the crashing waves are still beautiful at night. Make sure you book your dinner reservation in advance as sunset slots are booked out quickly!
Kubu is a private beach reserved for Ayana and RIMBA guests only. We explored this beach an hour before closing time (5pm) and the sky and soft beach waves were mesmerising. We had a late lunch upon a tall bale overlooking the water and were served coconuts (the size of our heads!) before descending down the stairs to explore the beach. We were pre-warned by the local staff about the 197 stairs down to the beach but the stairs weren’t difficult at all so don’t be concerned.