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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2. An outdoor dining terrace that serves phenomenal food and drinks
3. An indoor dining terrace for lunch when you get hungry from all the swimming and lounging you'll be doing
4. They have an incredibly long lap pool that happens to be an infinity pool right on the beach.
So if you get tired of swimming laps in the pool,
you can jump into the ocean waters, or walk the beach and go hunting for shells
After one full day of lounging, you can retreat back to your room,
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.
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.