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Ease into Bali at the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay

Ease into Bali at the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay

For my trip to Bali, I worked with Artisans of Leisure to help me curate the perfect trip catered to my husband and I. We were able to squeeze in 4 destinations, 3 in Bali and one in Central Java. Artisans made the whole experience super smooth, with private drivers for pick up upon arrival to all private transport to and from hotel and to any sites we were scheduled to see. We always had a local expert with us and our driver to take us where we wanted to go and add to our itinerary as needed. Not to mention, they scheduled and booked all our dinner reservations and planned out any other meals we would like to arrange. While I have blogged bits and pieces of my trip to Bali, I never did a full recap of the trip with highlights. So for the next few posts, I would like to highlight and share my experience in Bali, hopefully to inspire people to take a trip out there as it has been one of my most memorable trips. 

Our first stop in Bali was Jimbaran Bay, located on the Southwestern Coast of Bali. After so many hours of flying, I often like starting with a relaxing and more chill spot to get your body ready for a big trip. Jimbaran Bay is a quieter and more secluded beach than some of the other more happening ones. Seminyak or Legion definitely has the most glitz, glam and activity which I wanted to reserve as our last spot to hit. At this point you are well adjusted to the time and ready to stay out late and really enjoy the fun. 

JImbaran Bay has quite a few great luxury hotel selections to choose from, but we went with Four Seasons as you really can't go wrong with their consistent service and quality of accommodations. It really was the perfect place for us to land into and begin our magical trip in Bali.

Lobby @Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay Bali

Lobby @Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay Bali

Upon arrival, you enter their open air lobby with a sneak peak of the beach that lays below the property and the lush vegetation that surrounds the resort grounds. 

Our suite

Our suite

Suites carry a whole new meaning when you visit luxury resorts in Southeast Asia and Bali has some of the best examples of this. You will find most suites in luxury hotels to be massive. We opted for the Suite with Pool, because who doesn't love their own personal pool? The suite here is like a small compound, you enter through the middle and see this breathtaking view, the pool front and center, to the right you have your outdoor terrace/living space for lounging, snacking or reading and to your left you have your bedroom which also opens up to the pool lounge area with sliding doors.

Bedroom view and layout

Bedroom view and layout

The open layout allows you to feel connected to nature but still within luxury. With this view, you're not going to want to sleep. And naturally the first morning, you tend to wake up super early due to time difference and also the sounds of birds chirping. Like any excited kid ready for what's ahead and not wanting to miss anything, we woke up quite early, just in time to watch the sun rise:) We slid open our doors to our bedroom and walked out to this view. 

Good morning Bali!

Good morning Bali!

After taking in the beauty of this place in the morning, we get ready and head to breakfast. I'm not going to lie, the Chef in me, has this guilty pleasure of checking out hotel buffet breakfast spreads. It's like a hobby of mine:) The best spreads I've had to date are all from Asia only because they provide such a vast and plentiful spread of Western and Authentic Regional Asian Cuisines and the fruits in Southeast Asia is just top notch. You usually find yourself having trouble choosing what to eat. 

The breakfast area 

The breakfast area 

If you can see from the photos, there are tons of little stations featuring different items throughout the dining area. Up to about 8-10 stations with hot items and a few stations with cold items, baked goods, etc. 

One of their local dishes: chicken curry

One of their local dishes: chicken curry

My spread: curry, sambal, vegetable scramble, some cut cucumbers and sliced tomatoes, and some local fruit (dragon fruit, banana, snakefruit and longan)

My spread: curry, sambal, vegetable scramble, some cut cucumbers and sliced tomatoes, and some local fruit (dragon fruit, banana, snakefruit and longan)

Beautiful walkways that branch off of the dining area for breakfast

Beautiful walkways that branch off of the dining area for breakfast

After breakfast, we stroll through the walkways around the dining area and look for little komodo dragons hanging out in the ponds that surround the walkways.

Can you spot the little Komodo Dragon? 

Can you spot the little Komodo Dragon? 

And yes we did find our little dragons lurking above the Koi Ponds right by the breakfast area. You can see the breakfast area in the background and there we have our komodo chillin there:) You can also feed them to draw them out, something kids seem to be fascinated with.

Tempting the komodo dragon with a plate of bread.

Tempting the komodo dragon with a plate of bread.

Close up shot of the dragon and that looong tongue!

Close up shot of the dragon and that looong tongue!

After our chill morning of dragons and a huge breakfast, we get ready for a day at the beach. The Four Seasons has two pools. The Sundara beach club by the beach and the quiet pool near the bar and breakfast area.

View of the left side of the sundara pool beach club overlooking the cabanas from the indoor dining area

View of the left side of the sundara pool beach club overlooking the cabanas from the indoor dining area

The infinity pool at Sundara by the beach is the best one to visit and here's why...

1. It's got comfortable private cabanas that feel like you are laying on a bed and has an a adjustable cover for shade when it gets too hot and has nice built in tables next to the cabana for you to hold your drinks and cocktails which is a must.

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Our built in table holds my perfect dirty martini and how can you complain when your dirty martini comes with a fresh oyster shooter?! 

Our built in table holds my perfect dirty martini and how can you complain when your dirty martini comes with a fresh oyster shooter?! 

Martini in hand, sunshine, and beach = happy camper

Martini in hand, sunshine, and beach = happy camper

 2. An outdoor dining terrace that serves phenomenal food and drinks

One of my fav poolside snacks at Sundara, their chicken satay with pickles and sambal

One of my fav poolside snacks at Sundara, their chicken satay with pickles and sambal

Delicious frozen cocktails made with fresh fruit to help with the heat on their outdoor terrace

Delicious frozen cocktails made with fresh fruit to help with the heat on their outdoor terrace

3. An indoor dining terrace for lunch when you get hungry from all the swimming and lounging you'll be doing

Indoor dining option at Sundara that opens up to the beach view

Indoor dining option at Sundara that opens up to the beach view

Super accommodating staff and service here...I requested sushi rolls to be made without rice and they were happy to do it. My husband requested a bowl of bacon and if you can see, it's there as well! Yes he loves his bacon:)

Super accommodating staff and service here...I requested sushi rolls to be made without rice and they were happy to do it. My husband requested a bowl of bacon and if you can see, it's there as well! Yes he loves his bacon:)

4. They have an incredibly long lap pool that happens to be an infinity pool right on the beach.

Pool and ocean all in one

Pool and ocean all in one

So if you get tired of swimming laps in the pool,

Benefits of having a cabana right at the pool, just slip right in.

Benefits of having a cabana right at the pool, just slip right in.

you can jump into the ocean waters, or walk the beach and go hunting for shells

Beach finds

Beach finds

After one full day of lounging, you can retreat back to your room,

The entrance and exit of Sundara Beach club towards our suite

The entrance and exit of Sundara Beach club towards our suite

Hubby taking a dip after we got back to our suite.

Hubby taking a dip after we got back to our suite.

read a book, shower, nap or take another dip in your own pool. Then get ready to enjoy a night out for drinks and dinner.

Grab a drink at Sundara during sunset

Grab a drink at Sundara during sunset

Check out the Beach BBQ's that feature Balinese Style BBQ Seafood. Had a hard time capturing the photo here...it's quite hazy...but this area is also filled with a lot of smoke from the grills. A fun experience, live music, seafood, local beer, sand beneath your feet and the crashing of waves. I found the food to be decent, the atmosphere is more of the highlight here.

Check out the Beach BBQ's that feature Balinese Style BBQ Seafood. Had a hard time capturing the photo here...it's quite hazy...but this area is also filled with a lot of smoke from the grills. A fun experience, live music, seafood, local beer, sand beneath your feet and the crashing of waves. I found the food to be decent, the atmosphere is more of the highlight here.

Or opt to do the private bungalow dinner at Four Seasons for two. We tried their lobster feast dinner overlooking the ocean and that was another great evening to help us settle in. Again excuse the crappy dark evening pic. 

Or opt to do the private bungalow dinner at Four Seasons for two. We tried their lobster feast dinner overlooking the ocean and that was another great evening to help us settle in. Again excuse the crappy dark evening pic. 

The next day you can begin bright and early on all your tours and sightseeing now that you are fully rested. Check out my Kecak Dance Post on my blog for the activity we took part in while in Jimbaran Bay. 

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