Written by Adelina Luft
Co-written by Jiayi Ng, Stephanie Peeters, Val Caulin, Stephanie Leong, Antonia Fransiska, Tey Kher Ying
Did you know that the Beverly Hills of Bali is actually Jimbaran? For a place that has claimed this moniker, Jimbaran has gone a really long way.
So why stay in Jimbaran?
Now lined with luxurious hotels and unique accommodations that you won’t find anywhere else, it’s not that quaint fishing village south of the airport (which means easy airport access, y’all) that it used to be.
But one of the nicest things about Jimbaran is that it will always have that fishing village charm that attracts people to come and relax in this place.
It’s not just the white sands and clear blue waters that give Jimbaran its charm, it’s the quintessential experience of seafood dining along the beach while here.
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There’s quite an option for seafood places to enjoy your craving for lobsters or prawns, and can be an ideal romantic setup as well. Not to mention having a natural jacuzzi at Tegal Wangi Beach, Jimbaran has so much more to offer.
And even if you come to Bali to surf, Jimbaran can still be the place for you. Balangan Beach will definitely satisfy your hunger for the waves.
Also read: The ultimate guide on where to stay in Bali
Lastly, just a hop and a skip away in Kuta and Seminyak which are conveniently near Jimbaran, your shopping and coffee needs will be well met too!
Now that you have decided to stay in Jimbaran, check out our selection of accommodation for an ultimate relaxation!
Note: The prices reflected below are the low season rates, and they exclude tax and service charges. Accommodation rates often change with room availability, and low or high seasons. We recommend double checking for the final prices before confirming your booking.
This newly launched vintage-style Magical Treehouse by Balangan beach at Jimbaran is going to be a very exciting addition to the unique accommodations you can find in Bali.
With a eco-resort concept in a village setting, it is built in a teak and kapok tree grove and you can comfortably enjoy the wonders of nature here. One unique detail about this treehouse is that they only use native construction methods and reclaimed timbre wood from old Balinese ships.
Another plus point – it’s only an hour away from the airport and 5 minutes (by car) to the beach!
Great for a romantic getaway or for a family gathering to spend some quality time together.
1-2. Embrace heritage and culture – The Shaba, Balquisse Hotel
1-2-1. The Shaba
Staying at The Shaba is like taking a step back in time when Bali was a budding little flower, untouched by tourists. The interior decor and ambiance are similar to middle eastern decor – and in fact, The Shaba is heavily accented with Moroccan touches.
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But what draws people to the Shaba isn’t just this. Think of the place as a huge playground that you can rent for private functions.
And that is what The Shaba is all about. Privacy because it has three special suites; great catering to ensure that your party goes beyond expectations; and pristine decor to continue enchanting your guests.
Not a minute will pass by without them oooh-ing and aaaaah-ing.
1-2-2. Balquisse Hotel
Balquisse Hotel is not only similar, but is located really near The Shaba too! Built in the late 1960s, Balquisse Hotel will transport you back in time as you enter its stone temple doorway, awe you with its antique decorations collected from around Indonesia.
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There’s also a natural stone swimming pool, spa, a restaurant that serves Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, as well as lounges spread throughout the property.
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Finally, choose from superior and deluxe rooms, where you can enjoy a variety of texture and elegance from renowned designer, Zohra Boukhari!
2-1. Live like royalty – InterContinental Bali Resort
A winner of World Luxury Hotel Awards (2015), InterContinental Bali is truly a mystical haven.
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You don’t need to go out to get that much-needed R&R. They have a complete spa facility, and if you fancy a treatment al fresco, it’s possible. Feeling too lazy to walk to the spa? Call for an in-room massage!
You will never be bored in this lavish hotel, with plentiful activities for adults and children – including water sports, a fully-equipped gym, fishing with the local people, and as well as tennis courts.
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This luxurious beachfront hotel also comes with amazing views of the sunset, which you can enjoy with a drink at the Sunset Beach Bar and Grill.
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Dreaming of chowing down on delicious seafood? Visit Jimbaran Gardens that serves market fresh varieties. Al fresco dining with fabulous views of either the pool or the beach is also available!
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If not, explore Japanese and Italian cuisine at InterContinental Bali’s KO Restaurant, Teppanyaki & Cocktail Lounge – which has been dubbed as the best Japanese restaurant in Bali; and Bella Cucina, fine Italian dining for those who want more than just a quick dinner.
2-2. For your sunset romantic bliss: AYANA Resort and Spa
If you want to kick back and relax, the AYANA Resort and Spa (formerly known as The Ritz-Carlton) would be the perfect choice destination.
Fancy a morning swim? You even get a variety of pools – the Infinity Edged Pool, Ocean Beach Pool, River Pool, and even a Children’s Pool – suitable for all ages!
But if chlorine water isn’t really your thing, head down to the private Kuta Beach. You can bask in the sun in complete peace and quiet, away from the tourist crowd.
Golf courses, a tennis pavilion and jogging tracks are also available for the fitness fan.
And what’s best after you’ve tired out your sore muscles? Soothe yourself at a fully equipped spa!
And that’s not all.
One of AYANA’s best gems is its famous Rock Bar, where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the sunset with your significant other.
Just this year, Chinese stars Yan Kuan (严宽) and Du Ruoxi (杜若溪) made their eternal vows here, in a romantic sunset wedding ceremony.
And who says you can’t do that too, in this perfect honeymoon destination?
2-3. A beach retreat to fall in love with: Belmond Jimbaran Puri
With a reputation as one of the most serene hotels in Bali, everything about this beachfront luxury hotel will make you fall in love.
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If privacy and tranquility is what you are looking for, the One-Bedroom Deluxe Pool Villa is the most intimate haven you could possible experience.
With a large stone bath, separate walk-in showers and private terrace with sunken pool, you will feel like disconnecting yourself from the outside world and be immersed in your own little haven.
Surrounded by lotus ponds and the aroma of frangipani flowers, each bedroom enjoys exquisite en-suite facilities where high-tech entertainment system blends with traditional Balinese art.
If you roam around the resort, you will find more places to take your mind off unimportant thoughts.
The retreat includes a large swimming pool terraced into the landscape with blue and green natural stones, while fresh water cascades from fountains.
When the sun comes down, you can go for the beach dining a la Bali, a must-try! Whether you are with your romantic partner or simply with friends, book a dinner by the sea and enjoy the sunset while tasting a delicious fusion of Western dishes with Indonesian spices.
For an ultimate relaxing experience, you can’t miss the bales (traditional open-air terraces) on the beach. Book a spa treatment right on the beach, inhale the therapeutic aroma of the oils and let yourself be immersed into a delight of senses.
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2-4. Aqua theme and traditional touches: Le Meridien Jimbaran (From USD $150)
This luxury hotel has actually translated Jimbaran’s fishing village roots into a fluid and modern futuristic design without losing its warmth.
The 118 chic and contemporary rooms are positioned around a curving saltwater lagoon-style swimming pool and carry the aqua colours flawlessly.
Every room features floor-to-ceiling windows, a private terrace, LED TV, wireless Internet access, and an iPod dock, perfect for your own vacation soundtrack.
With such luxurious amenities and a heavenly spa-inspired deep soaking bathtub in the bathroom, the room is a vacation itself!
And don’t forget to check out the chic Smoqee Lounge.
Its signature design brings a unique blend of open-air enclave with water deck that offers an elevated viewpoint to the unparalleled ocean views.
2-5. Privacy, privacy, privacy – Bali Baliku
In a place like Bali, you would not imagine yourself having quiet, quality time with your loved ones or your family. But why wouldn’t you? Bali is the go-to place for a vacation.
It’s the island of the Gods and a water playground for those who want to be sunkissed – and you most definitely haven’t heard of Bali Baliku.
It’s beachfront so you won’t have to worry about walking for more than five minutes to the beach, saving you the time and hassle.
If you don’t want to be on the beach with other people, fret not, as you’ll have your own private pool. Yes, we are talking about a villa that has all the amenities of a home and your very own pool.
With all the usual amenities like airport transfer, laundry services, and daily housekeeping, you’ll definitely enjoy a stay at Bali Baliku with the privacy of your own pool and villa at the same time.
It’s so awesome when it feels like you have a vacation home to call yours – and at Bali Baliku, perhaps it may seem like you never left home!
3-1. A room with a view, please! – Nomina Villa Pecatu
Have you ever imagined waking up in a villa perched at the top of a hill, with the ocean opening up in front of your very eyes? Your dream can come true at Nomina Villa Pecatu, if you opt for the two-bedroom pool villa with sea view.
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With a hybrid of modern minimalist design and an oriental touch, the room provides affordable luxury facilities and boutique bathroom amenities. Cut into the northwest corner of the resort, Villa Apui is the closest to the Indian Ocean and offers fantastic views when you face the north and a beautiful sunset on the west.
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Your visual senses will be spoiled by the simple yet exquisite design. Doesn’t the ocean-facing outdoor pool simply tempts you to take a nice morning dip?
3-2. Go green: La Joya Biu-Biu (from US$75 per night)
This tiny bungalow in South Kuta is a great choice for the environmentally-friendly traveller – it’s located within the La Joya Biu-Biu resort complex, an eco-friendly establishment.
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The loft-style housing, completely built from native materials such as limestones from the area, is a cute alternative from the usual type of architecture, and the infinity pool offers a sweeping view of the secluded Balangan beach.
Yes, it’s Kuta, but not quite. This time, you get to have your cake and eat it too. Water sports advocates will find the hidden beach ideal for their adventurous endeavors, even while privacy is waiting right at their fingertips.
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It may be pretty far removed from the rest of civilisation, but this loft is the place for a short weekend beach getaway – just remember to get back to reality when it’s over!
3-3. Surround yourself with wooden adornments – Keraton Jimbaran Beach Resort
You will never doubt for a second that you’re in a Balinese hotel whilst staying at Keraton Jimbaran. Adorned with Balinese decorations, the wooden theme is evident everywhere with intricate wood carvings peppering the spaces.
Though the hotel is rated 3-stars, it definitely doesn’t fall short of facilities that can be enjoyed during your stay. A restaurant will keep you munching away on that favorite Indonesian cuisine of yours, and a spa will provide the traditional Balinese massages you love.
You will also be kept busy with their range of recreational facilities from table tennis to water activities, beach volleyball and billiard.
Good news – transportation can also be arranged for you if needed, through the front desk!
With a private villa inclusive of a private pool, you’ll get to enjoy some private bonding too. And if you’re here to mingle and won’t mind about seeing other guests, then you can enjoy their suite, deluxe, and superior rooms!
3-4. Home away from home: Milo’s Home (from US$81 per night)
This villa may be called Milo’s Home, but at the end of your stay, you’ll wish it’s yours too.
With a small group of 8 bungalows modelled after ancient barns, Milo’s Home has a familial and cosy atmosphere that will quickly have you warming up to its group of staff. This comfortable atmosphere permeates throughout the complex, and is guaranteed to make you feel right at home.
Other than the pretty rooms built from bamboo, Milo’s Home also has beanbags and chairs for you to chill on the breezy terrace. And who can forget the infinity pool, which offers the best vantage point for watching the sunset?
Views from the bungalows look like beautiful paintings, with one of the bungalows even overlooking the entire ocean.
If you ever get tired of just standing at your balcony and staring out to sea – we sure won’t – you can always head down to the Uluwatu Temple or Balangan beach for a surf too! (It’s just a 5-8 min walk! So you don’t have to lug your surfboard around)
One thing’s for sure – you definitely won’t be missing home during your stay at this little haven!
3-5. Romantic stay in the sunset: Aman Gati Hotel & Resort (From USD 85 per night)
Perched above the romantic Balangan beach, the Aman Gati Hotel & Resort is the perfect place for an extended date with your loved one.
You can kick back and relax beside the villa’s outdoor pool, enjoy the panoramic view of the ocean, or even indulge in a sunset dinner at the restaurant.
You can also easily access popular tourist destinations such as the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue, Uluwatu Temple and Jimbaran fish restaurants, which are just a short drive away.
A minimum stay of two nights is required, but to be honest, who would ever want to leave?
4-1. A telescope for the boys: Villa Adenium
Perched on the hillside above Jimbaran bay, Villa Adenium is the perfect place for a quiet retreat.
This stylish and contemporary four-bedroom villa is designed for relaxed, comfortable living, offering breathtaking views over Bali’s Bukit Peninsula – famed for its crystal blue waters, white sandy beaches, world-class surf, fresh seafood and stunning sunsets.
You will be spoilt for choice for entertainment – as will the kids.
Located on the ground floor of the villa is an air-conditioned play room where children will be entertained for hours on colourful beanbags in front of the flat-screen TV, with DVD player and Xbox.
When the novelty wears off (or when Mum and Dad decide to pull the plug on technology), there’s a trunk full of good old-fashioned games, Lego and pool toys to meddle around with.
Meanwhile, the games room is for the entire family, with table tennis, billiard, a gym and a cinema lounge.
The closing deal?
A fully functioning telescope on the balcony upstairs is a lovely touch that will surely delight curious young ones and eager stargazers alike.
4-2. Indulge in luxury and privacy: Temple Hill Residence Villa
At the luxurious and stylish Temple Hill Residence Villa, it’s all about cherishing good times with your friends and family in your own private villa.
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Being a large resort with units of two, three and four bedrooms in private villas, each villa is equipped with a private pool and complete services and facilities. So take this opportunity to spoil yourself and your travel mates!
Nestled on a hill only 15 minutes away from the airport, the villa offers a beautiful view of the surroundings, with the ocean, greenery and far-off mountains as the backdrop.
It also can get quite chilly at night, but that’s just another reason to enjoy the pools at any time of the day!
4-3. Luxury for the entire family: The Longhouse Villa
Designed by renowned Balinese architect Popo Danes, The Longhouse is a three-floor masterpiece of contemporary tropical design.
The atmospheric living room on the upper floor melds seamlessly with the infinity pool beyond, and the villa’s six generous bedrooms are each imbued with their own unique Indonesian flavor.
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The villa also provides a children’s play area equipped with toys, books and games so you can let the kids can play at ease while you work out on the treadmills or enjoy a relaxing bubble massage in the jacuzzi.
The spa room includes two massage beds and an outdoor tub. What more can you ask for?
The villa’s long narrow design affords similar stunning views from every room. And this, combined with a delightful garden, convivial dining room, air-conditioned gym, spa room and home theatre, makes The Longhouse a perfect holiday retreat for you and your family.
You can even take part in organised in-villa activities, such as the art of Balinese flower offerings and private yoga classes. You even get a complimentary car and driver, if you wish to explore the rugged beauty of the Bukit Peninsula and beyond.
4-4. Life in a gazebo: Yasmine Villa
What can be more appropriate for a relaxing holiday than an open gazebo with porch, terraces and luxurious canopied beds?
Yasmine Villa includes all the above, a place where even Indiana Jones would feel like home. Located away from the hustle and bustle of Bali, you can indulge in this tranquil villa surrounded with tropical trees, rich flora and a beautiful landscape.
With a total of three bedrooms designed in the same tropical Indonesian style, the villa includes a private pool and a large lounge area for your family members to relax in after an afternoon swim.
The place is ideal if you plan to visit Bali with other close friends or family as the villa offers an intimate atmosphere with the inside-outside transparency of the rooms. It’s a place to be shared, and you can dig into joyful lunches prepared by the villa chef every day.
On top of that, the villa management offers complimentary cars for guests during their stay, so you can freely take your family to enjoy the spa, restaurants and other events!
4-5. Girls Just Want To Have Fun: Villa Aiko (4 bedroom villa from $650 – Up to 8 adults)
Villa Aiko presents an architectural symmetry that embodies the ancient Chinese philosophy of yin and yang.
There’s a balance of light, space and flow of air, weaved together through its classic interior décor created from teak, marble and recycled ironwood.
Set over two levels, this sunny villa offers four bedrooms.
Active children will love explore Villa Aiko’s enormous lawns. They can play hide and seek, run around or even cartwheel!
When the midday sun gets too hot, they can cool down at a 15m pool or chill in the cute air-conditioned playroom.
Girls will love the charming doll’s house and kitchen set in the playroom, which is also stocked with games, crafts, toys, DVDs, Xbox and Wii.
Adults can soak in the shaded rooftop Jacuzzi with a glass of sparkling wine in hand.
The upper deck rooftop terrace is also an amazing place to admire the views, meditate or to do yoga.
Now, who’s up for some banana pancakes on the rooftop for breakfast?