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Balinese Bliss at The Four Seasons Jimbaran

One of my travel mottos is ‘you can’t go wrong with the Four Seasons;’ for me it’s a hotel franchise that owns some of the best hotels that I’ve ever stayed in. Since starting this blog I’ve written about The Four Seasons Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Bora Bora and The Biltmore in Santa Barbara all of which offer gorgeous accommodation and very high levels of service. Of course, I had little doubt in my mind where I wanted to stay for the first four nights of our holiday, The Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay.Four-Seasons-Jimbaran
Jimbaran Bay in the south of Bali, is known as the ‘Beverley Hills of Bali’ as it is home to several luxury beach resorts and expensive villas and has one of the best beaches in Bali. When I first booked the hotel, I thought we’d be in fairly easy reach for the nightlife of Seminyak and Kuta, but I hadn’t bargained on the terrible traffic into town and it actually took us two hours to get to a restaurant on our second night! There are however, some excellent restaurants in the neighbourhood and Jimbaran is a beautiful and peaceful place to stay plus it’s in easy reach of the luxury hotels in Uluwatu and Nusa Dua if you fancy a hotel snoop somewhere else for dinner….Four-Seasons-JimbaranDSC_6624 DSC_6691
The grounds are simply stunning with gorgeous water features and beautiful pink flowers around the hotel. The resort resembles a Balinese village with its pretty thatched villas inspired by traditional Balinese architecture peppering the hillside. Though it was August, it wasn’t crazily hot and it was actually very pleasant to stroll around the property. Compared to some of the other hotels that we stayed in it was a pretty big resort with 147 rooms, but guests aren’t expected to walk anywhere and there’s buggy service throughout the hotel.Four-Seasons-Jimbaran
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The hotel is directly on the beach and it’s very easy to stroll down and walk across the water front and check out one of the little seafood restaurants that Jimbaran is known for.Four-Seasons-Jimbaran
The Four Seasons Jimbaran is also right next door to The Intercontinental Hotel in Bali, and you can just wonder in from the beach, which of course we did!Four-Seasons-Jimbaran
Just look at that pristine sand and doesn’t the hotel looks gorgeous in the background with the thatched roofs rising in the hills?

When you arrive at the hotel you’re given a delicious lemongrass tea and cool towel, swiftly checked in and taken to your villa.
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Delicious summer rolls are bought to the room on arrival to give you a little sustenance after your flight. The room was absolutely stunning! Let’s start with the outside…
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You enter the villa to this little garden path which leads to your own private pool with a view of the ocean beyond…Four-Seasons-JimbaranDSC_6757Four-Seasons-Jimbaran
Next to the pool, is a pair of sun loungers just ripe for lazing with a jug of margarita…Four-Seasons-Jimbaran
Each room has a stunning walled court yard with your own private pavilion and outdoor living space…Four-Seasons-JimbaranFour-Seasons-JimbaranDSC_6879
The Pavilion was so big you could even have your friends around for dinner! Of course, I immediately inspected the mini bar…I do these things for you, readers…and it contained only a few soft drinks though you could ask for it to be filled with what ever you wanted. I immediately put in my order for a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc!DSC_6744 DSC_6745
The bedrooms are beautiful, inspired by Balinese homes and are decked out with Indonesian furnishing and fabrics to give you a taste of the traditional.Four-Seasons-Jimbaran Four-Seasons-Jimbaran Four-Seasons-Jimbaran
The bathroom was also huge with a gorgeous double vanity unit, large soaking tub and lots of cute extras such as candles and incense.Four-Seasons-Jimbaran
The bathroom also led on to its own garden with an outdoor shower.

One thing I loved about the Four Seasons was that they provided a daily program of activities such as cocktail classes, water sports, art tours around the property, yoga and loads of stuff for kids. Everyday you’re provided with a ‘what’s on’ activity sheet to plan your day and many of the onsite experiences are free of charge. There’s lots of other activities at the resort that are chargeable and need to be booked such as the cookery class academy and the spa.Four-Seasons-Jimbaran
Though we didn’t get a spa treatment, we took a look in the beautiful Healing Village which offers treatments inspired by Balinese traditions as well as yoga and salon treatments. Around the spa is the gym offering personal training and boot camp and a tennis court which provides tennis lessons from pros.

But just writing that is making me feel exhausted…if you just want to lie and do absolutely nothing (ahem…Mr S) there’s two pools.DSC_6666 DSC_6674 DSC_6950
One very quiet and chilled out infinity pool slightly higher on the hillside. It was very relaxed with excellent service and attendants providing ice cream and refreshments along with cold towels and sunscreen.DSC_6713DSC_6710
We loved the pool and the hotel’s beach club, Sundara which was quite lively in the afternoon. You could relax in the shade of one of their chic daybeds sipping on chilled cocktails or wine. The area is mostly for guests of the Four Seasons, but non-resort guests can hire one of the day beds and use the facilities. Just a few steps away from Sundara was the kids club  and just on from that was Coconut Grove Beach.four-seasons-jimbaran
A platform raised just off the beach that gave guests a chance to lie on their resort loungers, shaded by tropical trees and gaze at the ocean without getting too covered in sand. From here guests have complimentary water sports such as wind surfing, kayaking and snorkelling, as someone that’s not a strong swimmer and scared of the ocean, I’m not big on water sports but Mr S loves them! However, for this holiday he was quite keen just to relax and not expend too much energy on sport.

In terms of food there were three restaurants; breakfast was served in the main restaurant Taman Wantilan meaning Garden Outdoor Gathering Place.DSC_6639DSC_6635 DSC_6646
The restaurant was a gorgeous indoor / outdoor space with views out to the pool and the ocean beyond. It was surrounded by beautiful gardens and we admired the indoor pond and the gentle music of the Balinese Kim (xylophone) as we enjoyed our breakfast.
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Breakfast was wonderful and featured so many different things but all of such high quality; there was an egg station, local Indonesian and other Asian options as well as the stuff we’re more used to such as bakery goods, fruit and sausages.

Taman Wantilan doesn’t serve lunch but we had dinner there one night and sampled some of their delicious Indonesian cuisine.DSC_7068
Sate Lilit or grilled Balinese mixed satays, these are incredibly popular in Bali and are generally made from minced beef, chicken, pork or fish and skewered on sugar cane or lemon grass.DSC_7078
We also tried the Nasi Goreng, one of Indonesia’s most well known dishes that can come in different varieties but this one contained prawn fried rice, dried anchovies, prawn satays and fried egg. It’s delicious and totally addictive but watch out for that spice – I think Indonesian’s have a different definition for spicy than Europeans!DSC_6761
One option for lunch is the poolside cafe which serves a mixture of Asian and Western food.DSC_6765
You know I can’t say no to some delicious sushi!DSC_6770 DSC_6772
As I mentioned Jimbaran is famed for it’s delicious seafood which we sampled at the pool side cafe; a beautifully cooked selection of snapper, jumbo prawns and calamari in Balinese spices. We didn’t visit ourselves but apparently Jimbaran fish market is well worth a look and if you sign up for the Cookery Academy, the hotel will give you a tour of it.

The final restaurant is Sundara at the Beach Club where we ate a couple of times;Four-Season-Jimbaran Four-Season-Jimbaran
The setting over looking the pool and the ocean is absolutely stunning and definitely worth a visit even if you’re not staying in the hotel. There’s both indoor and outdoor seating for the restaurant and a bar serving tropical cocktails using local Balinese ingredients. DSC_6554
We went there for dinner on our first night and enjoyed champagne by the ambient glow of fire pits and chilled out live music.DSC_6604DSC_6601
The food was served tapas style and you could choose the size of your dish (small, medium or large) from an Asian inspired menu. We went for lots of small dishes so we could try as much of the menu as possible.DSC_6586 DSC_6595
Highlights were tuna sashimi served with nashi pear and benito soy as well as giant king prawns with bumbu spice and kangkung.

We also returned to Sundara for the signature Sunday Brunch which featured unlimited starters to graze on – a mix of European and Asian, a choice of main course, and a choice of incredible desserts….oh and the option of unlimited drinks.DSC_6969
I have to say we weren’t overly impressed by the starters but we loved the snapper for main course…Four-Season-JimbaranFour-Season-Jimbaran
And do I even need to write a word about the bombe Alaska with layered ice cream cake and burnt meringue. I mean just look at it!

The other option is in-room dining in for own pavilion which we did for breakfast one day.Four-Season-Jimbaran DSC_6942
I just love the way they lay out the table so beautifully! The waiter even produced a toaster and toasted our bread freshly for us! It seems a really simple thing but it really was lovely. The hotel can also organise romantic dining experiences such as candlelit dinners in the room or in an ocean front gazebo or even a champagne sunrise breakfast with your own customised menu.

As you can tell by the length of this gushing post, I totally loved The Four Seasons Jimbaran. You come to expect the high levels of service from such a luxurious hotel – Mr S and I look at each other and nod knowingly – that’s the Four Seasons training…But what really struck me about this beautiful property was the friendly atmosphere. It’s not one of those places where you never see another guest, but none of the public areas are ever too crowded; the staff chat away to you and remember your names and your favourite wine. Overall a hotel that’s very hard to fault.

The Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay
Jimbaran
Kuta Selatan
Bali
80361
Indonesia

62 361 701010

  • The only thing I can really say about this is WOW! What an incredible hotel – I don’t even know where to start! It really does look like one of the most wonderful hotels I’ve ever seen; it certainly seems as though everything has been taken care of and thought of. I love all the dining options (I too couldn’t say no to some sushi and an in room breakfast!), and that they offer Sunday brunch. What a perfect start to your Balinese adventure!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

  • That looks like absolute bliss, Angie! I also love the beautiful and clever use of plants and landscaping for the pool suites … it’s perfectly secluded without compromising on design. What a gorgeous place to stay.

    • I know what you mean, everything felt very natural and beautiful.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • That an amazing places. Looks like pure luxury

    Leonie ♥ Lo On The Go

  • Wow these photos really capture the hotel gorgeously. Every detail is in place and perfect. Looks like a luxuriously good time! Take care x

    Louise
    http://louiseplace.com

  • Culture In Theory

    This is what I imagine paradise to be like! So peaceful and luxurious! I have totally made the assumption that the fruit is ten times fresher.

    http://www.cultureintheory.com

    • ha! I know what you mean. I loved the fruit at breakfast, they had someone just to carve the fruit 🙂
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • WOW Angie – everything about the hotel sounds and looks amazing… you have made me desperate to stay at a Four Seasons now so thanks for that!!! Haha. Lots of love, Andrea xxx oh, and my mum and I LIVE off nasi goreng when we visit Thailand – it’s our absolute fave!!!

    Andrea’s Passions

    • The FS hotels are simply a dream! I know Nasi Goreng is so addictive 🙂
      Lots of love,

      Angie

  • thegrownupgapyear.wordpress

    Wow, this looks amazing, especially that bathroom! Looks like you’d never need to leave the hotel!

  • I just love everything about this post! Beautiful pictures of food and oh an added hint of jealousy seeing how amazing this hotel was ;). I really need to stay at a Four Seaons hotel 🙂

    Tahira | http://ramblingsofafoodaddict.com/

    • I just loved the hotel, I’m glad my passion came out in the post 🙂
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • This is simply #travelporn…

  • Etta

    So beautiful! That private pool… <3 Bali is top of my wanderlust list at the mo, and this has definitely helped get it there! I'm trying to persuade the boy we should take a trip next year… Can't wait to see what else you got up to 🙂

    Etta xx
    http://www.ettaeats.com

  • The standard of hotels in Bali is really high and the setting is beautiful. Due to being their on work I visited about five of the top hotels and all were excellent. This post just reminds be how beautiful everything is and the four seasons looks wonderful Lucy x

    • ooooh which ones did you go to? The Four Seasons really know how to dress a hotel.
      Lots of love,

      Angie

      • The Grand Hyatt, The St.Regis and The Languana definitely highlights Lucy x

  • This looks absolutely incredible! I would do anything to be there right now instead of an office in cold, rainy london!

  • We loved our stay in Jimbaran Bay, very close to the Four Seasons at the Kayumanis Villas. We didn’t make it to the fish market either but it sounded like fun

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • Jimbaran is gorgeous isn’t, far enough away not to be too touristy but still lots to do!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Miu

    I’m in love with the gardens, the cute private pool and the outside shower. You definitely made me want to go there 😉

    • Is’t it heavenly? And that wonderful waterfall!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Catherine Lux

    The entire hotel looks absolutely beautiful! I LOVE the bathroom, and the food looks divine!

    C x | Lux Life

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  • We’re big Four Seasons fans too. There’s the Canadian connection through its founder Issy Sharp, so as Canadians ourselves, that makes us extra loyal :-). And we’ve also stayed at the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay when in Bali. It’s lovely! And your post brings back really fond memories (luscious photos!). They have a super spa too, where we enjoyed a very decadent couples massage treatment.

    • Isn’t in gorgeous! I’m so glad I’ve bought back some memories for you!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

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  • Frey de Fleur

    The hotel looks so beautiful! The design really makes the most of the surrounding location – I can’t wait to visit after seeing your photos x

    http://www.freydefleur.com

  • OMG THE FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD. What is life. I AM SO EXCITED hahaha. Love AP xo

    Andrea’s Passions

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