Five-Star Lagoon Paradise: Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran
September 22, 2015
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The streets, beaches and restaurants of Bali are as familiar to our Travel Team as the laneways and landmarks of home; this is one place we never tire of visiting. Our most recent journey took us to the sun-drenched shores of effervescent Jimbaran Bay – the scintillating seafood capital of Bali in a great central location that ensures easy access to an engaging array of local attractions.
Ensconced within the heart of ‘Millionaire Row’ – a stunning beachfront strip adorned with world-class hotels that face the glimmering waters of the Indian Ocean, the lavish Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran is a chic modern oasis just waiting to be discovered.
Offering five-star luxury in an idyllic coastal setting just moments from Jimbaran Beach, the stunning Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran is the perfect place to indulge in some uncompromised Balinese rest and relaxation. Named the ‘World’s Best Honeymoon Resort’ for 2014 by Five Star Alliance, the inviting resort is pure heaven for couples seeking a romantic escape, while also presenting families with plenty of fun and entertainment.
Upon entering the lobby area, we were immediately struck by the resort’s daring architectural designs and bold modern décor accents. Setting the benchmark Le Méridien luxury aside, this resort is unlike anything you’ll have ever experienced before. Super chic and en-trend in every way, Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran will leave you utterly spellbound.
The Jimbaran establishment comprises 118 sophisticated guestrooms suites and villas that showcase spacious interiors, stylish designs and plush furnishings.
Bedecked in soothing shades of aqua, our lavish Lagoon View Room served as a welcoming haven. With a 62sqm floor-plan, there’s plenty of space and comfort for the most discerning of travellers. The king-size bed provided the perfect night’s sleep, while handy mod-cons including a 42-inch SMART 3D LED TV and fully-stocked refreshment centre made for nice additional touches. The dramatic floor-to-ceiling window panel that opens up onto a private terrace complete with outdoor setting overlooking the pool was perhaps our favourite feature of the room.
A stylish ensuite bathroom adorned with glamorous marble fittings and romantic rain shower completes the picture.
Our Travel Team also took the opportunity to spend a few nights in an Aqua Studio Suite Lagoon View Room, as well as a luxurious Lagoon Access Room, which features all the amenities of a Lagoon View Room but with the added extravagance of allowing guests to jump straight into the gorgeous lagoon pool right from your private terrace.
Dining at Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran is an experience in its own right with five diverse restaurants and bars to choose from.
We greeted each new day with a flavour-packed breakfast at the resort’s signature eatery, the Bamboo Chic Restaurant. Their fully-cooked breakfast buffet features an extensive selection of Asian and Western favourites including fresh fruits, flaky pastries, granola, yoghurt, and local dishes like Balinese Tartine, Duck Betutu, and Beef Rendang poached eggs.
We particularly loved their energising fruit-infused booster shots – a tasty treat that will leave you ready to take on action-packed days with ease!
Aside from the delicious daily buffet brekkies, Bamboo Chic serves satiating Pan-Asian cuisine for lunch and dinner, showcasing Jimbaran’s iconic seafood dishes.
We also indulged in some of Le Méridien’s famous Parisian éclairs – crisped to golden-brown perfection and featuring irresistible locally-inspired flavours like pandan mangosteen and raspberry/rosella-flower. Take our word for it; you won’t be able to have just one…
The unique Smoqee Sky Bar became one of our favourite hang-out spots, offering breathtaking elevated views of the resort and engaging live entertainment – from cultural dance displays to catchy DJ beats.
We enjoyed some unique dining experiences at Smoqee including a mouth-watering Balinese share-style dinner, a Jimbaran Seafood BBQ extravaganza and even a Rome-inspired pizza dinner with wine.
The bar’s effortlessly cool rooftop makes for a great place to unwind with tempting tapas-style dishes and cocktails with plenty of kick.
Another must-try in-house eatery is simply known as WaLa – a charming ice-cream parlour that dispenses designer-brand illy Coffee by the mugful, as well as creamy Italian gelato that’s simply to-die-for and acts as the perfect counter-weapon for those steamy Balinese afternoons.
The resort is also home to a comprehensive range of on-site facilities including the incredible central saltwater lagoon swimming pool – great for a refreshing dip and an enviable place to unwind in a sun-lounger.
The Shinee Retail Shop stocks everything from designer threads and fine jewellery, to casual beachwear and holiday souvenirs; while a fully-equipped 24-hour fitness centre is available for guests who just can’t bear to break their regular workout routines.
Those looking for pure relaxation are sure to enjoy Le Méridien’s in-house Serenity Spa & Salon – regarded as one of Bali’s finest spas. We experienced some of their rejuvenating treatments including a soothing Balinese massage that made us feel totally pampered from head-to-toe.
Guests travelling with children are certain to make use of the resort’s convenient J Kids Club – the little ones will enjoy fun-filled days featuring engaging cultural education programs and exciting indoor/outdoor activities.
When not relaxing amid Le Méridien’s decadent surrounds, feel free to explore the island of the Gods at your leisure! Jimbaran is a safe and secure area that’s perfectly positioned to put the best aspects of Bali well within your grasp.
Hit the sandy shores of Jimbaran Beach for some fun in the sun – from kayaking to snorkelling and everything in between!
Also, take some time to soak in the incredible coastal vistas and panoramic views of the spectacular Indian Ocean sprawled beneath your feet.
Embrace Bali’s rich culture by visiting the Taman Ayun Temple in the ancient Mengwi village – a deeply spiritual and historic part of the island surrounded by lush native gardens and courtyards.
Treat your tastebuds and sample some of the best seafood on the planet at Jimbaran Bay’s famous shorefront dining district.
Dine right on the sand with the sea breeze in your hair while indulging in succulent, fresh, and locally-sourced piscatorial delights – a true tourist tradition when visiting Bali.
The restaurants are also ideally situated to grant diners exquisite views of the setting sun – check out that view!
Head in-land to the charming Ubud region where you can experience true Balinese village life, immerse yourself amid pristine rainforest scenery, and peruse markets laden with locally-made handicrafts.
Or visit the nearby town of Nusa Dua where the retail temptations of the famous Bali Collection Shopping Centre reside. The home of famous designer brands, live musical performances and distinguished restaurants; Bali Collection is a premier destination to see and be seen at.
The engaging Bali Nusa Dua Theatre is also close-by – where the incredible Devdan Cultural Show takes centre stage and leaves audiences awed with a mix of traditional song, dance and flair.
Make your next Balinese getaway one to remember, by staying at the luxurious Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran – pure paradise is waiting for you!
“This was one of the best holidays of my life, thanks to Le Meridien. I came here with one of my friends and we both had the most amazing time. The staff were exceptional and would stop at nothing to assist any need that we had. There was a lot to do as well, close walk to Jimbaran Bay Beach and restaurants along the beach. We went up to the rooftop bar for drinks for a few nights during our week long stay. The drinks were of superb quality, the atmosphere was amazing and we really enjoyed listening to the live entertainment that was provided. The pool was clean and it was a pleasant surprise to see pretty little frangipani flowers occasionally when swimming. Housekeeping came twice a day to make sure the room was clean and they were always thorough. It was a five minute walk to general shops, restaurants, spa and nail services. Overall I could not recommend this hotel more, there was so much selection for breakfast I didn’t know what to choose first, and all of it was of exceptional quality. They also had chefs on hand making whatever omelette I wanted which was nice. The gym is quiet and equipment is all new. I absolutely loved staying here and I will definitely be back in the future for one of their awesome pina coladas, fresh young coconuts and massages by the pool.”
Five out of five stars
“Awesome experience! The hotel is very new and trendy and the room was very clean. But what really makes this hotel stand out is the staff. Quality service that we expected only from a 6-star hotel! Unbelievable service that makes this one of the most memorable trips we had in Bali.”
Five out of five stars
“We stayed here for 12 nights. We had an amazing time. From the time we checked in with a welcome drink till the time we checked out. We couldn’t have asked for anything more. We were upgraded to a suite which was large & luxurious. All the staff are super friendly & eager to help. The food is amazing, they even have a gelato stall by the pool! Love love love this place. Can’t explain how awesome the staff & hotel really is!”