Spotlight on Le Méridien Jimbaran Resort
Jimbaran is a part of Bali that we have visited by day many times – mostly to visit a gorgeous beach club or bar or to have fresh seafood on the beach. It has never been a part of Bali where we have stayed in accommodation. Towards the end of last year that all changed when we were invited to check out one of Jimbaran’s newest resorts – Le Méridien.
The Le Méridien brand is synonymous with luxury resorts throughout the world so we jumped at the chance to check out Bali’s latest offering!
On arrival to Le Méridien it was obvious that this resort is a modern design, full of bright pops of colour and of course a lot of smiling welcoming faces. By far the most unique feature of Le Méridien Jimbaran is the massive lagoon style pool, complete with swim-up bar which winds it’s way throughout the resort. For those of you who like your pool and tanning time this is a resort you need to check out. There are plenty of sun lounges and day beds scattered around the lagoon area for use throughout the day.
Our room was a lagoon access room, which was a thrill to say the least. Out of all of our travels we have never stayed in a resort room, which had direct access from your balcony into the pool. We really loved this feature and would recommend paying a little extra to secure one of these rooms! Not only was it lovely to be able swim right from your room to grab a drink at the swim-up bar, the room itself continued with the modern theme and colour and was really gorgeous. It was a large room with a huge super-king sized bed, a lounge and also a study area. The bedding, bathroom and amenities were everything you would expect from the Le Méridien brand – luxury!
This resort features a lovely restaurant called Bamboo Chic, which we were lucky enough to experience for breakfast, lunch and dinner during our stay. We were quite impressed with the energizing shots on offer as you entered breakfast each morning to start your day (and they are made in Thermomixes as well – the first time we’ve seen these in Bali!). Every meal we enjoyed in here was cooked and presented to perfection! Also after a huge swim we’d liked to pop to the Gelato cart and grab ourselves a sneaky treat.
One of the most gorgeous features of Le Méridien Jimbaran is the Smoqee Lounge and Sky Bar – a truly magical place to watch the gorgeous Jimbaran sunsets. It opens from 5.30pm in the afternoon through until late. Also up high and capturing the view is the famous Celebration Pavilion, which captures the breathtaking views of Jimbaran. We weren’t lucky enough to witness a wedding while we were there but we could imagine it would be quite the spectacle with the views and the lovely glass chapel.
Of course you can never fully checkout a resort until you’ve tried their day spa! We indulged in full body massages (which as a great way to start the day!). The spa was right up there with some of the best spas we’ve visited. Highly trained staff that managed to find every knot or sore spot on our bodies and massage the pain away. It was so divine and I was so relaxed we had to force ourselves not to drift off to sleep so we could savor the experience.
For those who like to get active the gym is complete with everything you need and overlooks the gorgeous lagoon pool – nothing like a view to take your mind off your workout. Downstairs there is also a really well equip Kid’s Club – conveniently it’s not too far from the Day Spa – did someone say couple’s massage?
The area of Jimbaran itself was definitely better to explore over a few days than just via day trips that we had done in the past. Jimbaran has a really great restaurant scene, which range from great little cheap eats, to the famous fresh seafood cooked on the beach to 5 star restaurants.
Le Méridien Jimbaran is not directly on the beachfront but it is literally a hop, step and a jump away (just across the road). Like all Bali Beaches come sunset and this is where everyone like to congregate. We loved seeing locals and tourists alike joining in on sunset soccer on the beach. A nice little treat was to wander down the beach a little to Sundara Beach Club (a very short walk from the resort) – we quickly found out that from 5-7pm daily there are 2 for 1 cocktails and free flow bar snacks. We also enjoyed our fresh seafood at Menenga Restaurant just across the road. We found it to be good value, yummy food and great service.
Jimbaran is one of the closest places to stay near the airport – just a 15-20 minute driver away. It has lots to explore and something for everyone. We would really recommend adding a few days at the beginning or end of your next trip to give yourself a chance to explore it as well! Although once you try those amazing pillows at Le Méridien you may just want to stay for your entire holiday!