“Beachside cottages and deluxe villas with a fabulous pool and restaurants on Jimbaran Bay”
The Balinese-style cottages lie adjacent to one another, and are reached along stone paths passing occasional statues of Hindu gods and koi-filled lily ponds. Features include a spacious bathroom with sunken terrazzo bathtub and terrace or wooden deck. Some are a little way back from the beach with only a view of their private walled courtyard gardens. If you prefer to feel less enclosed and want a sea view (albeit partly obscured through palm trees), we recommend one of the Beachview Cottage Suites. These are closer to the beach (though still 100 yards away) and feel more airy.
For families or friends travelling together, there are spacious two-storey 2-Bedroom Garden View Pool Cottages. Inside, rooms have soaring thatched ceilings, polished marble floors and white walls dotted with framed Ikat weavings. You get a kingsize bed, sitting area (some with sofabed) and a run of drawers and cupboards long enough for an extended stay. Teak wood doors open onto either porches with table and chairs. Your large ensuite bathroom has a sunken pink terrazzo bathtub, big enough for two, and an overhead shower. There are organic soaps, lotions and carpet-sized white fluffy towels. The wall-length mirror reflects your walled garden seen through sliding patio doors and a second shower (cold-water).
Moving up to the top of the scale (and well worth the extra), the Deluxe Pool Villas (1 or 2 bedrooms), each have a spacious tropical garden and sunken swimming pool. Inside, decor is elegant: a wood and marble living room, black stone bathtub, indoor and outdoor showers and super comfortable kingsize beds. Outside you’re treated to a hardwood deck with sun loungers, a private daybed and traditional Balinese thatched bale, where spa treatments can be carried out.
Breakfast is laid out in the airy Tunjung Café, where sliding doors open onto a lotus pond and the morning breeze. The buffet overflows with croissants, sweet and savoury breads, hams, cheeses and home-made preserves in ceramic jars. The chef will knock you up a crêpe, a slice of French toast or eggs however you like them. Help yourself to crispy bacon, sausages and/or a mie or nasi goreng to accompany them. There are also fresh juices, tangy Bali Kopi and a selection of teas.
For dinner, Tunjung is transformed into an intimate candlelit restaurant, where tempting Indonesian specialties are served.
Alternatively, dine at the open-sided, beachfront Nelayan Restaurant. Surrounded by flaming torches, Nelayan has a reputation for having the freshest seafood on the island. Unsurprising, as you see the catch brought in each morning from the beach. Wiggle your toes in the cool sand as you order carangue, red snapper, grouper or mahi-mahi, prepared in a fusion of Mediterranean and local cuisine.
The local fish restaurants along the beach, for which Jimbaran Bay is famous, make a good alternative. And be sure to sample any one of the cheap beach stalls selling barbecued fish on coconut husks.
Snacks are available at the beachside Puri Bar, as are wonderful cocktails, including a seriously good Mai Tai (pricey by Balinese standards, so best enjoyed at happy hour.
Unsurprisingly, the hotel staff are great with young children and the relaxed vibe and spacious layout means that kids won’t disturb those on a more romantic break. Dinner is served from 6pm but you can always order room service or have a snack at the beachside Puri Bar.
Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)
The Two-Bedroom Garden View Pool Cottages and Two-Bedroom Deluxe Pool Villas are the most spacious options, but all cottages have single sofabeds for kids.
If you choose to stay in a pool villa or cottage, it goes without saying that you need to be vigilant with kids near the pool. However, they make a great option if you want to enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner out on the decking, while the little ones slumber inside. Villas also have a grassy area perfect for burning off extra energy and include an afternoon tea served as you lounge on the luxurious daybed...
Baby cots available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
On-site children's pool